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.
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.
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.