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Published on : Friday, January 29, 2016
Setting out from Manipur, convoy-style in 5 four-wheel-drives, these travel enthusiasts will roar through Myanmar on the India-Myanmar Friendship Road before crossing through to Tak in Thailand and finishing in the City of Angels, Bangkok. Highlights of the journey, besides the adrenaline rush and beautiful landscape all along the way, are the exhilaration of crossing international borders, the pagoda-studded town of Bagan, fishing at Lake Inle and of course celebrating all of these experiences in Bangkok
Their backs may tire but their eyes surely wont: The landscape outside their windows will include rice paddies, thick forests, 46 narrow wooden and iron bridges built during World War 2 (all within a distance of 100 km), hilly terrain riddled with dust and curves besides villages and towns.
They’ve been promised a host of treats in Myanmar: Football in the empty streets of half-occupied Nay Pyi Daw in Myanmar, a meal which will allow them to drool over a variety of Myanmar’s sauces with its rice noodles (and roasted crickets for the daring!), a potential visit to the White Elephant Zoo in Yangon and a Golden Rock in Kyaiktiyo.
Amazing Thailand will keep to its brand-promise by welcoming the band of explorers with its beautiful rainforests. They will drive through a few towns and villages, taking in Thailand’s unbelievable variety of sights and sounds before reaching Bangkok for a bedazzling rooftop celebration. Participants are to be welcomed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Soraya Homchuen, director, TAT Mumbai says, “I hope this paves the way for many adventurous Indians to take a road trip to Thailand. Especially among youngsters, the idea of a road trip is very exciting and in fact very trendy at the moment, so I think that this is going to be the first among many adventures to be taken by many more adventurers.”
Vikram Ahuja, CEO, Byond Travel adds, “We are proud to be associated with the first ever planned expedition on the India-Myanmar Friendship Road. It is truly encouraging to see this new breed of travellers who are undertaking a more experience-based form of seeing the world. This certainly marks a new wave of travel, especially out of India. At one point, we were seeing more than 200 queries a day!”