Aung San Suu Kyi is becoming the star of the show wherever she goes. Her appearance at the World Economic Forum in Bangkok created a buzz as media and delegates tried to get close.
Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader is in neighbouring Thailand on her first trip abroad in 24 years.
She has also visited Burmese communities; hundreds of thousands of migrants have fled poverty and repression at home.
The Forum is seeking to boost the East Asia region’s competitiveness and economic clout.
Suu Kyi’s presence is also seen as a nod towards democracy.
One session she attended attracted a full house, leading many observers to wonder whether the panelists would have attracted as large a crowd without her.
The Nobel Prize winner did not intervene, even when questions turned to Myanmar.
She is due to address the Forum on Friday.