It’s unbelievable, but it’s true! There is now a highway connecting India to Thailand, through Myanmar! Get ready for the best road trip ever as the highway becomes operational soon and the government is already planning a car rally in March to mark the occasion. Here are the most important things you need to know about the India-Thailand highway:
1. Cities Covered:
This trilateral highway is said to connects Moreh, in Manipur, India, to Mesot, in Thailand. It also, crosses Tamu, Mandalay, and Myawaddyin Myanmar., Mandalay, and Myawaddy. The India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) Highway, is part of the East-West Economic corridor of the Greater Mekong sub-region.
2. Time & Distance:
To cover the entire highway from Manipur, India to Mesot, Thailand, would take about 70 hours to cover by car, as it’s around 3,200 km. The 26.5-km stretch of the Asian Highway between Myawaddy-Thinggan and Nyenaung-Kawkareik stretch of the Asian Highway is now operational. This has reduced the travel time between Thinggan, Nyenaung and Kawkareik from three hours to only about 45 minutes!It’s a long way to travel so don’t forget to follow a healthy diet for men as well as doing some easy exercises for men.
Post inauguration, there are talks of running a bus service connecting Imphal, Manipur and Mandalay. However, if you are planning to self – drive, then an All International Drivers Permit is recommended to avoid any trouble. Carrying proper documentation is very important, on the other hand, don’t forget things like your leather jacket, and your grooming products.
4. Tourist Spots En Route:
On the way to Thailand from India through via Myanmar, you will come across many tourist spots and attractions. The best recommended places to visit in each country on this journey are Shillong in India, Yangon in Myanmar, and of course, Bangkok in Thailand. Shillong is known as the ‘Abode of Clouds’, and the Elephant Falls on the outskirts of the city are a must visit. Yangon, also known as Rangoon, is the former capital of Myanmar, and when here, it is hard to miss the gold plated range of temples, stupas, and statues. Lastly, Bangkok, infamous the capital of Thailand, on the other hand is popular for its nightlife, vibrant street culture, and famous Buddhist temples.
This India – Myanmar – Thai Highway is a huge step forward for relations between the three countries and also makes for probably the most amazing road trip of your life!