Bhutan–Thailand friendship drive kicks off

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A team of 21 participants will drive for eight days and cover a total distance of 3,000km to reach Thimphu from Thailand

The Bhutan-Thailand Friendship Drive was flagged off yesterday, thus kicking off the commemorative activities for the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Thailand.

The drive themed “Bhutan-Thailand Friendship Drive – Connecting Peoples of the Two Kingdoms by Land” is the first ever road journey from Bangkok, Thailand to Thimphu from June 21-28 and is organized by the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thairung Union Car Public Company Limited.

According to the press release from the foreign affairs ministry, the event is one of the flagship events

to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two Kingdoms.

“The event is aimed at further strengthening the bonds of contact and friendship between the two Kingdoms. It is also to celebrate the auspicious year of the Royal Coronation given our mutual love and reverence to the institution of Monarchy. The friendship drive is expected to enhance awareness of Bhutan-Thailand relations and open up a new avenue for people to people linkages, trade, commerce and tourism, taking forward the concept of “Two Kingdoms, One Destination”,” states the press release.

Meanwhile, a team of 21 participants comprising officials from the Royal Thai Government, Royal Bhutanese Embassy, Thairung and two youth representatives (one each from Bhutan and Thailand) will make the eight-day road journey covering a total distance of 3,000km.

The team will travel through Myanmar and India following the Myanmar-Thailand-India trilateral highway and enter Bhutan through Phuentsholing on June 27 and will be received in Thimphu on June 28.

The event is sponsored by Drukair (Royal Bhutan Airlines) and DusitD2 Bhutan.

Tshering from Thimphu

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