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Mr Thaksin may meet the president of the country when he visits Myanmar, but his supporters are far more interested in his visit to Tachilek, just a few steps across the border from Chiang Rai.

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Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was greeted by thousands of his Thai supporters during his visit to Laos last April. He can expect a similar welcome during his upcoming visit to Tachilek, Burma, just across the border from Chiang Rai. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

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Excitement grows for Thaksin’s Tachilek visit

Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is scheduled to visit Myanmar in the second week of November, his legal adviser Noppadon Pattama confirmed on Thursday.

During the visit, Thaksin is due to meet important people in the Burmese government, very possibly the president, but the highlight for his supporters here in Thailand, will be his stay in the Burmese town of Tachilek, opposite Thailand's Chiang Rai province.

Mr Noppadon said Mr Thaksin is expected to stay in Tachilek for a few days to make merit and meet red-shirt supporters and Pheu Thai MPs

Last April, thousands of his supporters from Thailand's Northeast crossed the border into Laos when the ousted premier made a visit there.

Now, the visit to Tachilek gives his northern supporters easy access to their hero. Mr Thaksin, after all, is a native of Chiang Mai.

Hotel rooms in Tachilek township are reportedly filling up in anticipation of the visit.

It is not just the North that will be represented, however. Anant Sriphan, a Pheu Thai MP for Udon Thani, said he and 10 other MPs would meet Thaksin in Tachilek.

Many more MPs are expected to make the trip to Myanmar, he added. Among them are likely to be Pheu Thai’s eight MPs from Nakhon Ratchasima.

One of them, Suchart Pinyo, said on Thursday that more than 400 red-shirts in the province’s Kaeng Sanam Nang and Ban Luam districts had expressed their intention to visit Mr Thaksin in Myanmar.

Many more red-shirts from the other 32 districts in the province also planned to travel to Tachilek by personal car, van and bus, Mr Suchart said.

They would take with them two special dishes to offer to Thaksin – the famous Tha Chang roasted chicken and Wat Dong Moon Lek noodles, which are his favourites, the MP said.
Adapted from recent Bangkok Post stories.

ousted – forced out of a position of power ขับออกจากอำนาจ
greet – to say hello to somebody or to welcome them ต้อนรับ, ทักทาย
upcoming – happening soon ซึ่งกำลังจะเกิดขึ้น, ซึ่งกำลังจะมา
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries  เขตแดน อาณาเขต
fugitive – someone who has been accused of doing something illegal and is trying to avoid being caught by the police ผู้หลบหนี
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
adviser – a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject ที่ปรึกษา
due to – scheduled to มีกำหนด
highlight – the most exciting, impressive, or interesting part of an event เหตุการณ์สำคัญ, จุดสำคัญ
opposite – across from or facing someone or something ที่อยู่ตรงกันข้าม
make merit – to do good things according to religious beliefs ทำบุญ
access – the means by which you can get into a place การเข้าสู่
native – someone who was born in a particular place ชาวพื้นเมือง
in anticipation – the fact of seeing that something might happen in the future and perhaps doing something about it now ความคาดหมาย,ความมุ่งหวัง,การทำล่วงหน้า
express – to tell someone about a feeling, opinion, or aim by speaking or writing about it แสดงออก (ทางความคิดหรือความรู้สึก) โดยใช้คำพูดหรือการเขียน, พูดออกมา
intention – a plan in your mind to do something ความตั้งใจ เจตนา แผนการ
personal – your own; not belonging to or connected with anyone else  ส่วนตัว
dish – food prepared and cooked in a particular way อาหาร
roasted – cooked in an oven without any oil  ย่าง, ปิ้ง, เผา
favourite – something you like the best of all similar things ที่ชอบมากที่สุด, ที่โปรดปราน, ของโปรด


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