The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) co-organised the first ever road journey from Bangkok to Thimphu in Bhutan – the ‘Bhutan-Thailand Friendship Drive – Connecting Peoples of the Two Kingdoms by Land’. The epic eight-day journey set off from Bangkok on 21 June and covered 3,000 km when it arrived in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu on 28 June. The route followed the Myanmar-Thailand-India trilateral highway through the three countries before entering Bhutan through Phuentsholing on the Bhutan-India border.
The ‘Bhutan-Thailand Friendship Drive – Connecting Peoples of the Two Kingdoms by Land’ is one of the flagship events commemorating the 30th anniversary in 2019 of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Bhutan. It is also in celebration of the auspicious royal coronation in Thailand and reflects both countries’ reverence of the monarchy institution, with Bhutan also having a king.