Golden sandy beaches. Great food. Martial arts. Technology?
Thailand hosted its largest ever tech conference over the weekend, a nod to the country's growing pool of entrepreneurs.
The Techsauce Summit was the first of its kind held over the weekend in Bangkok, drawing an estimated 3,000 people, including representatives from companies large and small, as well as venture capitalists. The major themes centered around financial technology, or fintech, and the country's buoyant e-commerce market.
"There is a very influential crowd here, a lot of amazing local leaders, and a lot internationally focused companies with global reach that can help connect the dots between Thailand, Southeast Asia and the globe," Ben King, country head of Google Thailand, told CNBC following his presentation entitled, "The Digital Opportunity in Thailand and Southeast Asia."
The conference was organized by Hubba, a co-working community in Thailand and Digital Ventures, a newly launched subsidiary of Siam Commercial Bank, one of Thailand's largest banks. In April, Digital Ventures said it plans to invest and support the nation's start-ups, with a particular interest in fintech.
"Four years ago, no one knew what a start-up was in Thailand and now here we have this major tech conference," Charle Charoenphan, co-founder of Techsauce.
"The government needs a new toy for economic growth and thinks start-ups might be the answer," he added.
Southeast Asia is the fastest growing internet region in the world, with nearly four million new internet users being added every month, according to a research report by Temasek and Google issued in May.
By 2025, its internet economy is expected to be a $200 billion opportunity, according to the report.
The large majority of start-ups are based in Singapore though, with the city-state housing nearly 80 percent of the start-ups in the region, according to some experts.