Gear up for the Big South East Asian Adventure

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A trip to South East Asian countries of Singapore and Malaysia in 2011 introduced me to the prospect of long-term and budget traveling around the world. I found backpacking around SE Asia quite easy and manageable and decided to take a road trip across South East Asian countries on my year long travels.

It was 2011 and so I was hoping that by the time I will start my RTW trip, Trans-Asian Highway network would get operational and I would enter SE Asia from Manipur, India. Well, that was not the case last year. There were no direct flights to Myanmar from India and so I had to fly to Thailand on a double entry visa and fly in and out of Myanmar. So much hassle!

Which makes me think that you guys are definitely lucky. I was informed yesterday that India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) road corridor would be operational from January next year. EXACTLY a year after I did my South East Asian adventure. So let’s agree that wishes do come true, in my case a year too late.

The route map of India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway that will connect Moreh to Mae Sot in Thailand, via Mandalay and Yangon in Myanmar
The route map of India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway that will connect Moreh to Mae Sot in Thailand, via Mandalay and Yangon in Myanmar

Most people I spoke to see it as a tri – nation road adventure but I see it as a way to explore the entire SE Asia (including Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia) without the need of flying- that is my idea of a perfect road trip.

With the opening of IMT corridor, you can explore the entire SE Asia (including Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia) by road without the need of flying.
With the opening of IMT corridor, you can explore the entire SE Asia (including Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia) by road without the need of flying.

If you wish to travel SE Asia in coming few months, I would love to be your partner in crime. For next few days, I would write about planning, routes, visa procedures and, of course, my personal experiences in SE Asia to help you craft your own SE Asian adventure.

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12 thoughts on “Gear up for the Big South East Asian Adventure

  1. Looking forward to more details for the same. Although, I was planning on a European backpacking trip as my first backpacking trip, but this one sounds equally appealing and economical! 😀
    Plus, I think venturing into known lands for starters might prove to be a good idea afterall!

  2. I think i live on this planet or u can say god sent me here for tour only. But economy is main pillar for that. So, i hv decided to tour India first. But now this IWT gave us hope to make a trip in dream land also. Your suggestion will help us enormous way….

    1. I totally wish Chandan, that your dream of travel will come true. It is a great idea to start with India as it is one of the most incredible countries to travel in. And, of course, opening of IMT is a great news. I will update an itinerary of that route and visa procedures soon. :)

  3. Bro 😊 my friends and I were planning to go for our first international trip to Malaysia /Singapore/ Thailand. We were just confused whether to go to SG or Malaysia or Thailand. Our main concerns are budget and time issues. I asked her to check your site for some ideas since I’ve been following you from quite some time now. And here you’re ! Writing exactly what we were thinking ! 😊 that’s great. Eagerly waiting for your next post..

  4. I have visited many places in our motherland like North Eastern States, Char Dhams in the Himalayas ,Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib,Himachal Pradesh,Punjab,almost all major places in Rajasthan,Ajantha-Ellora Caves etc.
    Now I would like to visit some European countries like Germany,France,Switzerland, Check Republic.
    I need your guidance to know more about Visa requirements and other details.
    Hope you will respond.
    Thanking you.
    Haris TM,Kerala.

  5. Please let me know the way to travel more number of countries in SEA in public transport.

    I am a Backpacker with Minimum Budget to Travel

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