Anyone can take a flight to Bangkok, but it takes someone with the grit to attempt the drive. Driving from India to Bangkok came in the limelight back in 2015 when a part of IMT Trilateral Highway connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand was opened.
With all this buzz about the cross border India Bangkok road trip and with an inbox filled with uncountable emails from enthusiastic travellers, we decided to launch the first-ever cross-border road trip from India to Thailand giving people a chance to drive across three countries in a convoy and named it “Road To Bangkok”. We had already covered this route during “The Great Indian World Trip”, and it gave us an added advantage while planning this challenging yet complicated expedition. Over the next few months, we arranged the paperwork, visas, vehicles, carnet, special overland permits, hotel booking and more to ensure smooth flow during the expedition.
Officially the journey began on 23rd January 2016 when all our fellow travellers joined us at Imphal, the start point of our first “Road To Bangkok” expedition. We were a group of 20, with people from Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, West Bengal, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa. The first days and last days of a journey are particularly interesting as you witness the start of some of the most beautiful friendships being formed when you travel together.
The next day was a big day as we crossed our first land border at Moreh. There was a lot of checking at the border due to cocaine and narcotics smuggling. But having all the documents and a local team from Myanmar, we cleared the border formalities with ease. Crossing the first land border filled the group with a lot of enthusiasm.
Some of the highlights from the expedition were:
After a night halt in a town called Tak, we continued our journey towards Bangkok. We concluded the first-ever cross country drive from India to Thailand paving the way for future travellers to embark on cross country and cross-continent drives from India.