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Thailand Road Trip

Thailand road trip is not for the leisure riders. Although, those who do have the drive to ride on this route will experience a road trip like few others. It is long and it is beautiful. Here is all the info you need for India Thailand Road Trip.

Distance from India to Thailand: Approximately 3,200KM
The highway: Known as the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, begins from Moreh in Manipur, India and ends at Mae Sot, Thailand
Although you can undertake the Thailand road trip anytime but the most comfortable time in terms of weather would be November-February

Important Things First

Documents needed.
For Visa on arrival: (Documents required for Non-Indians)
– Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months.
– Visa application form completely filled out.
– One recent photograph (4×6 cm).
– Myanmar Kyat for paying fines (if any), toll charges etc. 1 MMK is around 0.05 INR, so ensure you carry enough cash for the road ahead. There are ATMs in towns like Bagan and Yangon.
– For Thailand: Evidence of adequate finance (10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family).
– Ensure that your country is applicable for visa on arrival in Myanmar and Thailand. If not, you will have to get it in advance.

Documents for Indians to carry:
– Valid passport, with at least 6 months validity, from the date of arrival.
– One application form.
– Two color photos (35mm x 45mm), not older than 3 months, taken against a white background.
– Photocopy of credit card with original credit card statements of last 6 months.
– Last 6 months bank statement with original bank seal & a minimum balance of INR 20,000/person.
– Original currency exchange slips of at least USD 500 (five hundred USD)/person/week with applicant’s name.
– For Myanmar, ensure you carry a Visa or a MasterCard debit card as the country now has a large collection of ATMs in certain towns, therefore you need not worry about carrying a lot of Myanmar Kyat in your wallet while crossing the borders.
NOTE:
– Before entering Myanmar, ensure you have applied for a visa on arrival by downloading the online form. A step by step guideline has been provided by the Myanmar Visa authorities and you can refer to www.myanmarvisaco.com for further updates
– You can register online and fill in the Travel and Health documents required for the trip by clicking on this link: www.iatatravelcentre.com

Transportation documents: International Driving Permit
– An International Driving Permit (IDP) is recognized worldwide as a valuable and sometimes essential document identifying motorists as legally-licensed drivers, in the country they are travelling. The International Driving Permit (IDP) is recognized in many countries, some of them being Myanmar and Thailand and IDP could facilitate convenience when renting a car in your country as well.
– Your Indian license will do, as long as it is valid. However, it is advisable to maintain an International Driver’s Permit with you in order to avoid any legal hassle with the cops in Thailand.
– For Myanmar, the highway does not call for an IDP from Indian citizens, however it is better that you carry your International permit in order to avoid any situation with the Myanmar authorities or political groups. Carry your Indian driver’s license as well, since the permit will not be held valid without a license.
– A good and reliable source is www.wiaaindia.com

Things to carry
– Driver’s license: You will need to show it to authorities at every check point.
– Vehicle Documents:
– For rented vehicles from India, ensure that you carry the rental agreement forms with you on your way as proof of ownership of vehicle.
– Photocopies of your driver’s license and passport along
– Originals of the vehicle’s papers including its registration and legal papers.
– Travel Insurance: Ensure that you have travel insurance with you while driving down from Myanmar to Thailand via India.
– Prescribed/General medicines (if any): Make sure you have taken vaccinations to protect yourself from diseases like Malaria or Yellow Fever that are prevalent in certain forested regions of Thailand.
– Bottled water and snacks: For emergency food on the road.

And now the route and the actual interesting stuff for the tour.
ROUTE
Day 1
– New Delhi – Agra – Lucknow – 578 kms
Day 2 and 3
– Lucknow – Guwahati – 1334 kms
Day 4
– Guwahati – Shillong – Ukhrul – 693 kms
– You can stay a day at Shillong as well for seeing the place.
Day 5
– Ukhrul – Churachandpur – Moreh – 585 kms
Day 6
– Moreh – Tamu – Bagan – 490 kms
Day 7
– Bagan – Mandalay – 180 kms
– You can spend few days in and around Mandalay. More info on that later in the post.
Day 8
– Mandalay – Myawwady – 857 kms
Day 9
– Myawwady – Mae Sot Tak – Bangkok – 511 kms

Total approximate distance for the Thailand road trip: 5228 kms

Highway routes:
– Asian Superhighway (AH1) route:
The AH1 road will be further linked with Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam by March 2016. Accessible for cities such as: Moreh, Kohima, Imphal. Dimapur, Nagaon, Jorabat (Guwahati), Shillong, Sylhet, Dhaka, Kolkata, Kanpur, and New Delhi
– Asian Superhighway 2 (AH2) route:
Accessible for cities: Moreh, Imphal, Kohima, Dimapur, Nagaon, Shillong, Dawki, Kakarbhitta,and New Delhi.

Few detours along the way on your Thailand road trip which are worth visiting are:
In and Around Manipur
The whole of northeast is beautiful so why not see some sights while crossing the region. Few places in Manipur you can visit:
Bishnupur
For those who love temples and archaic architecture. It has lot of exotic temples such as Jorebangla Temple, Pancha Ratna Temple, Dal Madol, Radha Shyam Temple, and Shyamraj Temple among others.
Chandel
This is known as the gateway to Myanmar, with rich in flora and a heaven for the photographers. Close to Moreh, you can go to the Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary and discover many unique forms of wildlife while you are here.
Churachandpur
The place is situated amongst hillocks and valleys and has some amazing waterfalls and caves you can visit. Visit the Ngaloi Falls, Tuibuong Tribal Museum, Tonglon Cave, Khuga Dam, and Tipaimukh are also worth going to on this amazing road trip.
Ukhrul
Ukhrul is a land strewn with heavenly valleys, waterfalls, and streams. A dream made true by Mother Nature, you can visit the Khayang Peak, Shirui Kashung Peak, Kachouphung Lake, Khangkhui Cave, Hundung Mangva Cave, Nillai Tea Estate, and Ango Ching on your road trip.

In and Around Myanmar:
Bagan
Famous and breathtaking ruins of Bagan. You will need one day to spend here.
Yangon
Half a day should suffice and you can leave by night unless it is the festive season in which case you might want to stay for couple of days and extend your road trip.
Mandalay
One day will be required for this deviation from the normal route, but why not visit one more place while you are at it. It should be on your list enroute your Thailand road trip.
Pindaya
Half day should suffice.
Kyaiktiyo
The third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda, the place is a must see for anyone who visits the country. It is located on the highest mountain of the Paunglaung mountain range, the ‘Golden Rock’, and is a sight to behold.
Nagpali Beach
It is said to be one of the best beaches in Myanmar. You can relax here or at the resort close by for few hours before continuing on your epic Thailand road trip.
Mrauk U
This 15th century ancient city of Rakhine Kingdom is situated at the North-West of Myanmar and is a slight deviation from the route to reach Thailand, but it is worth it. Spend a few hours exploring the almost dilapidated temples and relics of ancient wonders in the area.

If you visit the in and around places which is reccommended, add 6-7 days in total to the duration of the trip mentioned day wise earlier.

OTHER ESSENTIAL THINGS TO CARRY
Personal Items
– Camera+Charger+Memory Stick etc
– Phone + Charger
– Bungee Ropes
– Elbow and Knee Guards
– Biking Gloves
– Spare Light Shoes (For Emergency)
– Waterproof Bag cover
– Rain coat
– Sun Screen Lotion, Moisturizers, Moov/Iodex/Pain Relief Sprays
– 1 Torch
– Small Air Tight container to keep medicines
– Locks for Bags
– Map Print out
– Other General Items

Medicines/Eatables
– Soframycin/ Betadine ointment for cuts and bruises
– Savlon/Dettol for cuts and bruises
– Bandaids for cuts and brusies
– Cotton and Crepe Bandage
– General Meds for headaches, stomach aches – Dispirin 1 strip, Aspirin – 1 strip
– Small Scissor
– Fever medicines Like Crocin, Paracetamol, Combiflam – 1 strip each
– Medicines for cold and cough – Dcold-1 strip, Honeytus-1 Bottle, Vicks Lozenges – 20

Bike Spares
– Spare tube
– Puncture kit
– Clutch wire
– Spark plugs
– Toolkit

Route Map
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Map Link
Thailand Road Trip Route Map

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