November 18, 2012 00:00 By The Nation, Deutsche Presse Ag
US President Barack Obama arrived in the Thai capital on Sunday on a three-nation visit to Southeast Asia that underscores a new US emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.
Obama's Air Force One was initially scheduled to land in Bangkok on 2pm but was delayed to 3.10pm.
He will visit Bangkok's Wat Pho temple at 3.45pm, renowned for its giant reclining Buddha statue. He will spend about 45 minutues at the temple, before having an audience with HM the King at Siriraj Hospital at 5pm.
He also planned talks with Prime Minister YingluckShinawatra and the Thai government will host a dinner reception for him at 6pm.
He will spend the night in the Thai capital before travelling Monday to Myanmar, where he will be the first US president to visit the country. On Tuesday, he will attend the East Asia Summit in Cambodia.