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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s Pledge: Pausing International Travel to Focus on Thailand’s Future

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Amidst the bustling streets of Paris, under the watchful eyes of historical marvels, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin engaged in a series of captivating discussions with French business tycoons. With each word, he painted the prospects of investment in Thailand with the finesse of an artist, his passion for progress and prosperity for his nation evident in his demeanor. This scene, captured early this month, was more than a mere diplomatic exchange; it was a testament to Thailand’s unwavering commitment to fostering international alliances for economic growth. Yet, the vibrant life of a Prime Minister is always under scrutiny.

In a world where leaders are often seen jet-setting to negotiate the next big deal for their countries, Prime Minister Srettha found himself at the heart of a swirling debate. Concerns rose like the tide amongst the public, with voices growing louder over his recent frequent travels since assuming office. Taking to his X account, a platform for unfiltered thoughts and announcements, the Prime Minister made a bold declaration that resonated like a drum in the night. “From March 14 to May 15, I won’t travel abroad,” he professed, acknowledging the public’s critiques with the grace of a seasoned leader. His assurance was clear: the murmurs of the crowd did not fall on deaf ears.

The announcement seemed to be a direct ribbon connecting to the thoughts aired by columnist Sorakol Adulyanont. In a stirring piece for the Prachachart Thurakij newspaper, Sorakol beckoned the Prime Minister to turn his gaze inward, to the streets and souls of Thailand. He painted images of the Mor Chit bus terminal, a bustling hive of life where dreams and destinies of the low-income earners intertwine, suggesting it as a destination for Mr. Srettha before he boards another plane. This call, woven with reminders of the Prime Minister’s own beliefs in the value of listening, even to the harshest of critics, struck a chord.

Indeed, criticism had mounted like storm clouds. Even Senator Somchai Sawangkarn had cast his stone into the pond of public opinion, challenging the effectiveness of the Prime Minister’s numerous voyages. “Our PM must hold the world record for the most overseas trips by a leader of a country,” he mused with an undertone of skepticism, questioning the tangible results of such expeditions.

Nonetheless, Mr. Srettha’s commitment to Thailand’s prosperity never wavered. His travels, painted in some quarters as a grand tour, were, by his account, missions of utmost importance. From the historic streets of Germany and France to the serene landscapes of Australia for the 2024 Asean-Australia Special Summit in Melbourne, each journey was a step towards securing Thailand’s position on the global stage. His mission? To unfurl the red carpet for investments and to shine the spotlight on Thailand as a beacon for tourists from every corner of the globe.

Thus, amidst the whirlwind of discussions, debates, and deliberations, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s narrative continues to unfold. With his recent vow to stay grounded, if only for a while, the leader embarks on a new journey—one that promises not just to listen but to hear, not just to travel but to connect, and not just to promise but to deliver. In the grand tapestry of leadership, his efforts, home or abroad, aim to weave a future where Thailand doesn’t just participate in the global dance but leads it with grace, agility, and unprecedented prosperity.


  1. BangkokBill March 20, 2024

    Srettha’s idea of pausing international travel is just a show. Real leadership would be improving domestic issues without such publicity stunts.

    • IsaanInsider March 20, 2024

      Disagree, Bill. It’s a strategic move. Shows he’s listening to the public and still working towards international goals.

      • SiamSam March 20, 2024

        Both of you are missing the point. It’s about balance. International relations and domestic issues are both key. Srettha seems to be trying to juggle both.

    • BangkokBill March 20, 2024

      Maybe, but actions speak louder than words. Let’s see if he actually focuses on domestic policies during this time.

  2. TukTukRider March 20, 2024

    A bit dramatic to say he’ll lead Thailand to unprecedented prosperity, don’t you think? Political leaders always promise the moon.

    • MangoStickyRice March 20, 2024

      Cynicism won’t get us anywhere. Have some faith. Sometimes, change starts with bold promises.

      • TukTukRider March 20, 2024

        Faith and reality are often two different things, but I hope you’re right.

  3. ChangMaiChai March 20, 2024

    Visiting Mor Chit as suggested by Sorakol is a great idea. Leaders need to be connected to every layer of society, especially the grassroots.

    • CitySlicker March 20, 2024

      Visiting is one thing, but making tangible changes that improve lives is what really counts.

  4. PhuketBeachBum March 20, 2024

    Why zero in on Srettha’s travels? It’s part of the job. Opening doors overseas is vital for Thailand’s economy!

    • CountryMouse March 20, 2024

      I think the critique is more about the balance than the travel itself. We need to care for our own backyard too.

      • PhuketBeachBum March 20, 2024

        Fair point, but let’s not undermine the importance of those doors he’s opening. It’s a balancing act.

  5. HuaHinHippo March 20, 2024

    Srettha’s pause on travel is a good start, but I hope it translates into real focus on local issues. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  6. TrangTraveller March 20, 2024

    So much negativity here. The man is making an effort to address public concerns while keeping Thailand’s international relations strong. Give credit where it’s due!

  7. PattayaParty March 20, 2024

    With or without travel, the Prime Minister’s actions will be scrutinized. But it’s a smart move to show he’s not ignoring the people’s voices.

  8. LampangLecturer March 20, 2024

    Cultural diplomacy and economic alliances are crucial for Thailand’s future. Even Senator Somchai should see the value in Srettha’s travels.

  9. AyutthayaArchivist March 20, 2024

    The question is, will pausing his international travel have a real impact, or is it just symbolic? Time will tell.

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