If you are a backpacker, then you won’t want to miss this trip. You can plan a road trip next year which connects three countries. The India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) trilateral highway will link India to Myanmar and then to Southeast Asia. It is a 3200km road link that connects Moreh (India) to Mae Sot (Thailand), via Mandalay and Yangon in Myanmar. It will boost connectivity between Mekon sub-region and India’s northeast region. This highway shall connect Moreh in Manipur to Thailand’s Maesot through Tamu in Myanmar, Mandalay and Myawaddy.

Three-nation highway
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So, if you are planning a road trip from North East region in India to Thailand, don’t forget to visit these places:
Guwahati It is the gateway of the North East. While in Guwahati, there are many interesting places to visit if you are a nature lover. Guwahati is situated on the banks of Brahmaputra River with a stunning landscape and rich cultural background.

  • Kaziranga National Park– It is home to tigers, elephants, leopards, panthers and one-horned rhinoceros. If you are a bird watcher then it is a haven as birds flock in thousands here. The best time to travel is in the month of November and April as the park is open for tourists.
Wild Indian rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park
  • Manas National Park– it is a World Heritage site. It is the only Tiger Reserve in Assam. There are many endangered species here. Among birds, you can spot bulbuls, falcons, hornbills and magpie robins.

  •  Brahmaputra River Cruise– You will be mesmerised with breath-taking views of the majestic river that flows through Guwahati dividing it into two halves.
  • North East Tour

    From Guwahati to Imphal and Moreh, via Dimapur by road. This is Asian Highway (AH-1) and a part of India-Myanmar –Thailand Trilateral Highway.

    Moreh– It is the border town in Manipur in the north-east region of India. An important trade point in north-east India that connects Tamu town in Myanmar.

    Moreh-Tamu India-Myanmar border (Image source)

    Myanmar– Bagan, a city from the 9th century, was built by King Anawrahta in 1044. There are many stupas and temples built around 11th and 13th century. Magnificent architecture with mural or fresco paintings. Hot air balloon can be taken over Bagan to enjoy the spectacular view of the sunset and birds-eye view of Bagan.

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    Bagan (Image source)

    Mandalay is known as the centre for Burmese culture, city of artisans and a trading centre of goods. Hot air balloon tour can be taken over Mandalay and Inle Lake.

    •  Yangon – Shwedagon Paya, a large golden Buddhist temple is fabulous.
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    The Shwedagon Paya in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)
    •  Inle Lake– You can see the local fisherman use special techniques to set their nets. The fisherman row boats using their legs.
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    Fisherman and his net

    The wide lake has villages on stilts and floating gardens. The gardens are anchored with long bamboo poles in the lake. There are flowers, tomatoes, chillies, cauliflowers and vegetables. The best time to visit is September and October. Hapaung Daw U Festival lasts 3 weeks and Thadingyut festival of lights.

    Phaung Daw U-Festival (Image source)

    Thailand– To its north, it forms a border with Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia on its east, to its south by Malaysia and to its west by the Andaman Sea.

    • Bangkok– The capital city of Thailand has magnificent palaces. Wat Phra Kaeo in the Grand Palace is among Bangkok’s major tourist attractions.
    Wat Phra Kaeo (Image source)

    So, do go ahead on this once in a lifetime road trip.

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