Plan Your India To Thailand Road Trip
Amid the pandemic struggles, travel lovers are trying to find ways how and where to safely travel. Turns out, road trips can be the most exciting and the safest way! After all, you can be 100 per cent sure of the safety measures you take for yourself and your vehicle.
Road trips make to the top of every adventure enthusiast’s bucket list; especially a cross-border one. Now, with the India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) Trilateral Highway, an India to Thailand road trip is no longer a dream. Travelling to Thailand by road seemed near impossible a few years back. But now, India to Thailand road trip is via Myanmar, you can simply relax and start planning.
In your India to Thailand road trip, the most important thing to remember is that you only need a bunch of permissions and permits in place for a hassle-free trip (of course followed by the list below).
Documents that you’ll need:
- A passport with at least a six-month validity from the date you arrive.
- One application form.
- Two colour photos (35mm x 45mm), not over three-month-old.
- Credit cards copy with original card statements of last six months.
- Last six months bank statement with bank seal and a minimum balance of INR 20,000/person.
- Currency exchange slips of five hundred USD/person/week with applicant’s name.
- For Myanmar, make sure that you carry a Visa or a MasterCard debit card as the country now has a lot of ATMs in certain towns, therefore you need not take a lot of Myanmar Kyat with you.
- An international driving permits.
- Your Indian driver’s licence.
- Vehicle documents are a must. Don’t miss the rental agreement if you’re driving a rented vehicle.
- Travel insurance.
- Medical prescriptions (if any).
Travel route and sample itinerary:
You may want to reduce or add rest days anywhere you wish in this India to Thailand road trip sample plan.
- New Delhi to Lucknow (535 km, 8-9 hours)
- Lucknow to Darbhanga, Bihar (590 km, 11-12 hours)
- Darbhanga to Siliguri (325 km, 7-8 hours)
- Siliguri to Guwahati (460 km, 10-11 hours)
- Guwahati. Rest day.
- Guwahati to Kohima (360 km, 10-11 hours)
- Kohima to Imphal (140 km, 4-5 hours)
- Imphal – Moreh – Tamu – Kale (245 km, 6-7 hours): Get your documents checked and verified at Moreh ICP. The India-Myanmar Friendship Bridge needs to be crossed to enter Myanmar. Remember, cars drive on the right-hand side in Myanmar.
The following required immigration process will happen at Tamu, where your visa will get stamped. Also, the carnet will get stamped a few kilometres after Tamu.
Important: You can enter Myanmar only before 10 PM. As the entire formality takes about an hour, reach the border well in time. Remember that Myanmar Standard Time is an hour ahead of IST. It would be ideal to reach the border during daytime.
- Kale to Monywa (240 km, 7-8 hours)
- Monywa to Mandalay (132 km, 3-4 hours)
- Mandalay. Rest day.
- Mandalay to Yangon (630 km, 9-10 hours)
- Yangon to Bago (75 km, 2 hours)
- Bago to Hpa An (210 km, 6-7 hours)
- Hpa An – Myawaddy – Mae Sot – Tak (225 km, 6-7 hours)
You will cross another international border on this day as well and will reach Thailand from India finally! Carnet Pass is necessary for entering into Thailand driving your own vehicle.
In Myawaddy, where you get your exit stamp on the passport and other permits at the Myanmar Immigration office at the border.
Tak to Bangkok (430 km, 6-7 hours)
After having spent your planned number of days in Bangkok , you may want to decide if you wish to return taking the same route or ship your bike or car and return by air from Thailand. There! Your once-impossible-road-trip is reality.
India to Thailand road map while on this road trip:
When in Manipur
The highway begins from Moreh in Manipur. So, you can explore the beautiful sights there. Bishnupur, for its breath-taking temples and ancient architecture ; Chandel, known as the gateway to Myanmar, for its gorgeous flora and the Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary; Churachandpur, for the beautiful hills and valleys; Ukhrul, for lovely waterfalls and streams.
When in Myanmar
During your long India-Thailand road trip, fortunately, you will spend most of the journey driving past the rich foliage in Myanmar. The country holds some of the world’s most untouched and stunning temples. On your trip, ensure that you visit the breath-taking ruins of Bagan, located near Mandalay. Take a walk through streNyaung U Market’s street Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay; golden temples, emerald plains and azure skies make for some mind blowing, regal colour palettes.
Places that you absolutely cannot miss on your drive are Bagan, Yangon, Mandalay, Pindaya, Kyaiktiyo, Nagpali Beach, Mrauk U, Phra Charoen Waterfall, Pha Wo Shrine, and Cambodia and Vietnam – IF you can club these two in your trip.
When in Thailand
One-stop for affordable luxury, adventure, and culture – Thailand – every traveller’s dream. On reaching Thailand by road, make sure you don’t miss out on anything. It is a region that houses great street life, awe-inspiring ancient relics of the past and beaches that have attracted travellers for ages. On arriving at Mae Sot, do visit the exciting bazaar life before you head to other interesting places like, Bangkok, Phi Phi Islands, Pattaya and more. The Wat Phra Kaew, The Grand Palace, Railay Beach, and Sanctuary of Truth are things you shouldn’t miss.
Starting point: From the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, from a place called Moreh in Manipur, India.
Total Distance: About 4,305 km.
Endpoint: Mae Sot in Thailand
Best time to travel: November through February.
**Please check with your travel agent for the latest on documents to carry.
**Please check for latest Covid restrictions for travel with Indian and international border agencies.
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