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Travel Diary: Road Trip to Thailand

Travel Diary: Road Trip to Thailand

If you have been aching for a foreign trip that is easy on the pocket and exotic at the same time look no beyond the magical land of Thailand the Asian backpacker’s go-to destination since the time the Asia Pacific opened up to the world. Being nearby neighbours helps Indians take the travel quite often but what could ever beat the thrill of heading to the magical temples of Thailand via road, with your best buddies, with the wind on your tails. A sun-kissed highway might be calling you for a long dreamt .

trip to Bangkok and surrounding plains.

The IMT (India-Myanmar-Thailand) Trilateral Highway shaping up in 2020 has given the much needed impetus to road trip enthusiasts by making true the Asian Highway a dream achieved. It’s time you packed your floral shirts and sunglasses as we bring to you an easy guide to take a road trip across India and Myanmar into the azure beaches of Thailand.

Route to Take:

  • From Delhi
  • Delhi – Lucknow – Darbhanga –
  • Siliguri – Guwahati – Kohima –
  • Imphal – Moreh – Kale – Bagan –
  • Inle Lake – Yangon – Maesot –
  • Tak – Bangkok
  • From Mumbai
  • Mumbai – Calcutta – Siliguri –
  • Guwahati – Kohima – Imphal –
  • Moreh – Kale– Bagan – Inle Lake –
  • Yangon – Maesot –
  • Tak – Bangkok

Step 1:
First things first, ensure your exit from and back into India. For this you need the Carnet – a passport like document when travelling by car on the India Myanmar Thailand road.

Step 2:
Adherence to local Burmese policies is must. This includes travelling with a local guide hired from trave companies exclusively approved by Ministry of Myanmar tourism, and a lead car for the convoy.

Things you Need:

International Driving permit:
Whether 4-wheeler or 2-wheeler, keep your IDP close to your heart. Visit your driving license issuing RTO office to apply for the same.

It takes just a week to get your Visa to Myanmar once you apply online. Indians have the benefit of Visa on Arrival.

Carnet Fees:
The AAI or the Automobile
Association of India provides with the Carnet in exchange of 200% of your vehicle’s value. It is a refundable security deposit and the document is accepted by Thailand customs.Escort Vehicle:

Escort Vehicle:
All aspects of Thailand travel have to be pre-defined. Hence, book the escort vehicle well in advance. It should be a Thai registered escorting vehicle.

Hotel Booking:
Since camps are not permitted, your options are limited to hotels, guest houses, Airbnb or Homestays.

Pro Tip:
Entry into Myanmar has to happen only before 10pm. (Myanmar Standard Time). It is better to reach the border with one hour to spare and get the formalities get over with.

Change lanes once you arrive in Thailand as it is a left-hand drive country. Once the trip of a lifetime ends, you have the option of putting your car on sea while returning back to India by ship or to again drive back via the same route you had taken.

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