8 Beautiful destinations that will cover India-Myanmar-Thailand highway. Read on!
Ok! Come November, the international highway linking India, Myanmar and Thailand will be thrown open to the public. It will be known as the Asian Highway-1 (AH1). The highway will be from Moreh in India’s Manipur to Thailand’s Maesot via Myanmar’s Tamu, Mandalay and Myawaddy. So start planning for your next road-trip which could give you bragging rights in your friend circle and social media which seems to be more important these days!! The India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway has some amazing landscapes along the way. Here are a few which should not be missed.
Moirang is famous for its largest freshwater lake in north-east India named as Loktak Lake or floating lake in the world due to its floating phumdis. Loktak Lake is situated near Moirang and 45 km from state capital Imphal. The area is the part of Keibul Lamjao National Park, the last natural refuge of the endangered sangai or Manipur brow-antlered deer.
2. Churachandpur, Manipur
Churachandpur fits the bill perfectly as a district in Manipur. Like every part of Manipur, Churachandpur abounds in natural beauty. Located amidst hillocks and valleys, the place is a scenic delight. It is also the second largest town in the state. The land boasts of unity in rich cultural diversity. Boat riding facilities are available at Tipaimukh. Here are the important tourist spots in Churachandpur.
- Ngaloi Falls
- Tuibuong Tribal Museum
- Tonglon Cave
- Khuga Dam
3. U Bein Bridge, Mandalay
Over two centuries old, the world’s longest teak bridge spans Taungthaman Lake in Mandalay’s Amarapura township. At one time, Amarapura was a distinct and separate city, and was an ancient capital of Myanmar.
4. Naypyidaw, Mayanmar
Naypyidaw is the capital city of Myanmar. Built mainly for government staff, locals only come to live in the city, which looks more like no man’s land than a booming metropolis, if they need to for work. The super-sized highways have up to 20 lanes and are built to be big enough for government SUVs, though some report that the massive roads were also constructed as runways to accommodate the landings of the military aircraft.
5. Pai, Thailand
Once just a quiet village in northern Thailand, Pai is now a booming town that is part of the Mae Hong Son Loop stretching between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. Noted for its picturesque valley and relaxed atmosphere, Pai is a favored destination among backpackers and tourists wishing to explore the region.
Railay (or Rai Leh) is a small peninsula that is only accessible by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. These cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world, but the area is also a popular attraction in Thailand due to its beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere. Almost every patch of buildable land fronting in the eastern and western part of the peninsula has been taken over by bungalow resorts, and development is creeping up into the forest behind.
7. Islands off the coast of Thailand
The islands off the coast of Thailand are famous throughout the world for their beautiful beaches, others for their gorgeous scenery and some even claim their fame for the party atmosphere. There are three main sets of islands in Thailand. To the east of Bangkok there are Ko Samet and Ko Chang, in the Gulf Ko Samui lie Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao, and in the Andaman Phuket and Ko Phi Phi. Phuket is the country’s largest and most developed island, connected to the mainland by two bridges.
8. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and, with a population of over eleven million inhabitants, by far its largest city. Its high-rise buildings, heavy traffic congestion, intense heat and naughty nightlife may not immediately give you the best impression — but don’t let that mislead you. It is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone.