My husband and I had been toying with the idea of our dream road trip for quite sometime now. Guess where we will be heading? It’s from his hometown to mine: from Calicut, Kerala, India to Khon Kaen, Thailand, a trip of our life time we’ve longed to make it happen some day.
A trip like this requires a lot of ambitions, resources and time. We plan to save aside some money for it, working on the routes and planning every single detail about this great road trip.
First of all, the roads…
Looking at the map gets me excited every time. As per google map, the routes we will be taking is at least 5,169 km, stretching across India, Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, that is about 5 times longer than the longest road trip we have ever done so far. And practically, one way of the drive like this will take us more than 3 weeks, including resting, stopping and staying in various cities.
We did some thorough digging about this route and found that it is impossible to drive from India through Myanmar without a special permission right now, but the good news is, in 2016, there is a great possibility that India will open a super highway to Myanmar and Thailand. Check out this link. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9297354/India-to-open-super-highway-to-Burma-and-Thailand.html
We have been following up this news and hoping in the next three years, we can fulfill our dream road trip.
My family loves doing a road trip. There is something comforting about the fact that we’re going to be stuck together for days.
There are going to be just us in the car although I really like the idea of having a lot of companions in this trip. We have been talking to friends who would want to join us. It would be cool to have our own walkie talkie to communicate on road. Having friends makes the trip more fun. We could camp out and share food at night. And the trip will be safer when you have friends to come along to help and assist when you face any problem. Actually, we will love to have a little friendly rally in this road. At the end of the trip, we will have a massive welcoming feast at my hometown… if that can be a selling point. So if you are interested in the journey like this, feel free to email us.
We go over and over about the car we want to use for this road trip. The vehicle we need is not only has to suit our budget, but it has to perform well in this kind of travel as well, 4 wheels drive preferably. It should be spacious since we have to pack quite a bit for such a long trip. We will be spending days and nights in it, eating, napping, traveling and probably have to sleep in it in some nights.
Ford Endeavour Alterrain Edition is the car we are looking at to use for this trip. It has double folding 2nd row seats which allow loads of space for suitcases and gear.
It is also a high performance vehicle that can handle difficult terrains which we are expecting in this trip.
The Travel Plan
We have spent a lot of time dreaming and thinking about this trip which we hope to come true in 2016. While waiting for India and Myanmar government to open the international highway, we are having fun working on the travel plan in detail.
Starting from Kerala, we will be driving along the Indian East Coast from the south to the north. We will be stopping at various cities, meeting new friends, trying new cuisines and living on the highways. From eastern state of Assam, we will enter Myanmar. I heard so much about how scenic this country was from my friends in Thailand who had visited it recently. We will visit several towns in Myanmar, and I’m dying to try Myanmar’s traditional food. From Myanmar, we will enter Thailand at Kam Phaeng Phet province, and from there, it will take us an enjoyable 3 days drive to my hometown in Khon Kaen province of Thailand.
I will share these details with you later so when we are passing through your city, we could have some tea together.
The Road Trip
Road trip can be exciting and tiring at the same time. We have to plan it wisely for it to work out and for us to be able to have fun as well. Always have plan B and C because you don’t really know what to expect. Pack light and only necessary. Have important contact details. Make tons of playlists and mixed tapes ahead. Check out emergency services and hospitals along the routes and note them down. Study your map and routes. Charge your phones, laptops, video camera and camera whenever you can. And most importantly, enjoy every minutes on roads.
When we stay in the car for so long, eating in it, sleeping in it, spending the days without shower in it, sometimes the car stink. Well, this is an undeniable fact, especially for us with a kid who always creates such a mess in the car. We love snacking along the ride, and after a while the whole thing smells like sour cream and onion flavored potato chips.
We use a lot of car refreshers to kill those unwanted odours. We recently got a sample from Ambi Pur and really loved it. It made our car smell fresh and good, especially right now during monsoon when the car smells funky due to humidity and moisture. Ambi Pur really helps lightening it up. When the car smell fresh and welcoming, it makes you feel better. We tried the car vent clip that sent beautiful fragrance throughout the car, eliminating foul odours and replacing it with refreshing scent. It is also very easy to control amount of scent released in the car with a simple adjustment. There are lots of beautiful scents you can picked to suit your mood and preference. I really love this New Zealand Springs fragrance, it’s very soft but linger really long, making you feel like being on a vacation while driving.
Our Future Travelogue
I will keep updating you guys about the plan of this road trip in details regularly.
And when our journey begins in the future, we are planning to update videos, facebook, twitter and blog posts every step of the way. So make sure we’re staying in touch.