Now Drive on India Thailand International Highway Via Myanmar !
Are you a travel freak? Then, the news of opening up of a huge patch of Asian Highway-1 shortly, which passes through India to Thailand via Myanmar (Burma), will sure put you dreaming of a long-long drive! Rightly so. If you Google the New Delhi to Bangkok road map, you will get a map which passes through Indian States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and then Myanmar, region of Navpytaw and ultimately Bangkok. The route will raise your vehicle’s odometer to 8,650 kms net if you drive to and fro.
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Not bad? Then tune-up your vehicle, pack your bags, make your travel documents as well as vehicle papers updated, and get yourself ready for this mega drive. Of course, arrange sufficient funds and get your trusted and lively accomplice along with in this road adventure.
About The Route:
The Government of India and the Thailand Government have agreed to open up the spruced up routes to the travellers from November 2015. The 3200 kms road of India-Burma-Thailand highway has become a reality now. The 26.5 kms long Myawaddy-Thinngan-Kawkareik stretch of the Asian Highway-1 is also operational now. It has shortened the distance between these cities to 45 minutes from three hours, thanks to the short route. A bus service to the city of Mandalay in Burma is also proposed from Imphal and Manipur.
The Asian Highway-1 is the longest road of the network which is spread into 20,557 kms and extends from Tokyo in Japan up to Korea, Hong Kong, China, South East Asia, Bangla Desh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, turkey, Bulgaria and west of Istanbul. It merges into European road route E 80 onwards.
Theoretically, one can achieve the destination in two-day and 19 hours journey, if he drives consistently at a speed of 60 hours per kilometers or so. It simply is not possible because one need pause at several intervals. Moreover, who would like to miss the serene beauty, folk life of the Indian State’s north-east region, their bamboo crafts, local handicrafts and wonders of exotic land, their cuisine and nightlife en route? It is not a car race, after all, but a visual treat and romantic sojourn with the nature! I bet you will love to extend this three day drive to a fortnight trip and will still feel something missing which you could see!
Checklist for Travel:
If you plan to drive yourself and your accomplice will also be on steering occasionally, it is a better idea to get an international driving license for both. Though visa on arrival will be readily arranged, provided you have valid Indian passports but you will not be able to move your driving machine beyond the check post of Indian border.
It is suggested that you plan out your itinerary well before embarking on a journey. It could include the places of interest en route and your halt. It is better to arrange a recent version of a SUV type diesel vehicle with sufficient boot space. Though baggage should be kept to the bare minimum but all your clothes, suited to the climatic conditions and the body gears are the prerequisite. If you are a photography freak, get your camera(s) and camcorder serviced, take extra batteries, chargers and Class 10 SDHC memory cards handy (The photographers know why! J). There is no mystery involved. It quickly fetches the buffer of your shoots, which is a must for video and multi shoot environment.
It is also suggested to check with your mobile service provider, whether they will be able to provide you the international calling facility once you enter the alien land. If yes, check and compare their tariffs. If not, pre-arrange an international calling card at a competitive tariff and be sure to ask, cross check and make yourself doubly sure about every fine print in their conditions, which otherwise may cost you dearly. Activate the data service too, but check their international plans, or take local cards, if possible. You can also route all your calls through Whatsapp calling, Viber or so. It may save you a lot of money.
So, are you ready for a life time experience?
Hope you have a great journey on this India Thailand International Highway.
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