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Old 6th May 2012, 19:49   #1
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Hi All,

I was checking on Google Maps that Roads exist from India (Nagaland - Kohima) all the way into Thailand, through Myanmar (through Yangon and whereabouts).

I would like to know the following :

1. Is it permitted to drive an Indian Registered Car across Myanmar and Thailand?

2. What are the Legal Procedures (Documents, Permits, etc) required to undertake this journey?

3. Is LPG easily available in Myanmar and Thailand (as an alternative, is unleaded petrol available)?

4. Approximately how much time would it take, if the starting point is Kohima (Nagaland) and the ending point is Bangkok (Thailand) - one way? (my guess is 3 - 4 days, assuming the drive is during day time, for about 10 hours, per day)

5. What are the precautions to be observed, especially along Country Borders? And what about on - road safety (decoity, lonely stretches, etc)?

6. Has anyone of the Members tried this before? Experiences are most welcome.

7. Are there sponsorships available to undertake such an adventure - if yes, please list a few names.

8. How are the road conditions across the stretch?

9. Which are the good places to halt (including information about Motels, Lodgings, etc)?

Thank you all in advance, for your valuable replies.

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Question No. 1 is the most important one - and the answer according to me is NO.

But long time back, lots of Tata Safaris made it through to Thailand via Myanmar as a part of a rally. This is the route they took -
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Now if you can somehow manage to sign up for the upcoming 2012 rally
ASEAN car rally to come to India
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3. Is LPG easily available in Myanmar and Thailand (as an alternative, is unleaded petrol available)?

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In Myanmar, LPG would not be so easily available. In fact, be careful about the petrol there as well. There are only few outlets in major cities where high octane (>92) is available. The larger issue is the abundant moisture and impurities in fuel. It wouldn't be a too bad idea to carry a portable fuel filter for fillings across Myanmar.
On a different note, an Indian vehicle on Myanmar roads would blend in just fine. They have road rules similar to US, including the driving side, but most of the vehicles there are refurbished ones from Asian region, with steering columns on right. The fron co-passenger has a huge role to play in such driving conditions. The roads in mainland are fairly good, and are treacherous in hilly areas. However, the food and craze for football is sheer delightful.
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This thread (Now drive your car to Sri Lanka) has some more information on cross-border driving.
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Myanmar is a closed paranoid country. You cannot drive there without a Myanmarese license. Period.

The ASEAN rally was a one off. The cars came back by ship.

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