Why A Drive On The India-Thailand Highway Should Be Your Next Roadtrip.
Parts Of India-Thailand Highway Are Now Open & Soon We Could Be Driving All The Way To Thailand
The highway, known as the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway (IMT), will be connecting Moreh to Mae Sot in Thailand, passing Yangoon in Myanmar. PM Narendra Modi has taken it up the project on priority basis and it is expected to be completed by 2016. It would not only be an alternate tourist route but is believed to give a good boost to trade as well.
From 2016, if you are travelling from Guwahati to Imphal and Moreh, via Dimapur, by road, you will actually be driving on the Asian Highway (AH-1), which is a part of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway that will connect Moreh to Mae Sot in Thailand, via Mandalay and Yangon in Myanmar. The Myawaddy-Thinggan Nyenaung-Kawkareik section of the Asian highway linking India, Myanmar and Thailand has been put into service, which means that the India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) road corridor is technically operational and you should soon be able to drive on it. If you did decide to take the roadtrip, it would take 14 days to cover the 4,500 km once-in-a-life drive.
You can watch the setting sun over Guwahati. It looks a bit like this.
You can have a stare off with some really angry clouds in Shillong
You can visit a city from the 9th Century – Bagan, considered the starting point of the country of Mayanmar
Road through Mandalay…
You can see one of the massive pagodas in Naypyidaw, Mayanmar’s beautiful but hauntingly empty capital city.
And then, Yangon (formerly Rangoon) where Bahadur Shah Zafar was kept in captivity by the British.
Or just gaze out at Bang Pa In Royal Palace, Thailand before heading to Bangkok.
Bangkok, Thailand – if your life hasn’t changed by the time you have arrived here, you’ve done something wrong.
Here’s a handy map of your forthcoming roadtrip
In the future, the AH-1 will start from Tokyo (connected by ferry) and run through Seoul, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom to Mae Sot, Yangon, Mandalay, Tamu, Moreh, Imphal, Kohima, Dimapur, Nagaon, Jorabat (Guwahati), Shillong, Dawki, Sylhet, Dhaka, Kolkata, Kanpur, New Delhi, Attari, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Kabul, Istanbul till the border of Bulgaria.