India to Thailand – without flying!
So I went to Chennai, the largest port of India. There I asked the director for shipping services of India. He sank my dream of not-flying in the port, faster than a mafiosi with cement feet.
- going overland to Burma isn’t possible
- the Karakorum Highway in Pakistan will be closed until spring
- Tibet once is enough, financially and by babysitter factor
- A cabin on a cruise ship costs about 150 EUR a day for 10 days trip
- A cabin on a European cargo ship costs about 80 EUR a day for 10 days trip
- Indian cargo ships allegedly don’t take any passengers
The director of shipping services tells me about one last possibility: Every 10 days, a passenger ferry leaves for the Andamans, the islands between India and Thailand. With lots of luck, you can hitchhike on a private yacht to Thailand from there.
People used to dream of flying. Today we dream of NOT-flying. I think the dream has burst.
(Greg also gives up)
So, with a heavy heart, I booked the flight to Bangkok today. The project world tour without flying already failed at the first hurdle. And I thought the transatlantic crossing would become an unsolvable problem ….
- dismantle the car horn of all Indian cars
- supply a pair of headphones for all Indian mobiles
I fear it is too late for my own ears. But I want to leave the world a better place than I found it.
- In Calcutta, India it is impossible to board:
My colleague Marcel and I have asked everyone and the cleaning lady in the port of Calcutta and Diamond Harbour. They laughed at us several times. (-;
- In Chittagong, Bangladesh there is no immigration office:
A legal emigration is therefore impossible. An illegal emigration with countless Bengalis in a container would be easy to arrange, though. Lol!
- In Chennai, India, I see a possibility:
many Indian cargo shippers have their offices in the port road north of the customs office. With enough perseverance you may find a freighter, which takes you on board.
With any luck, they charge less than the Europeans with 80 EUR per day.
I don’t think so …