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boat crossing between India - Thailand - Indonesia possible?

Travel Forums Asia boat crossing between India - Thailand - Indonesia possible?

1. Posted by randy-nl (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Hi, I'm already preparing for a tramping/pilgrimage trip through Asia. I hope to start this journey in 2013.
So far, I've planned a route from The Netherlands to Mongolia and I will travel down to India through Nepal and hopefully, Tibet.
I have roots and family in Indonesia and I have an affinity with martial arts practiced in Thailand and Indonesia.

I was just wondering if it would be at all possible to try to tag along on cargo ships to get into these countries (with proper visa, of course).

What which city in India would have the right harbor? I know that in Thailand my chances lie in a place called Phuket.

I'm just wondering if anyone here has ever tried this or if anyone has some knowledge or experience with crossing the waters between India and Thailand, and maybe Indonesia?


2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 5y

Anything is possible but some things are very unlikely.

The cargo ships you postulate are few and far between and generally don't take passengers-those that do are rather expensive.

3. Posted by sebelasgal (Budding Member 57 posts) 5y


Do you mean crossing by ferry?

If you'd like to do that to get into Indonesia, perhaps you should go from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur then take a ferry via Riau island (eastern part of Sumatra island) or somehow to Penang then the ferry to Medan in northern part of Sumatra island.

It would be advisable to have Indonesia visa before you decides to enter one of those ports.
Unless you can find legitimate information that says Indonesia VoA is available for your nationality and in such borders mentioned before.

Have a nice journey.

4. Posted by al.smith (Budding Member 24 posts) 5y

Keep it simple and fly.

5. Posted by PuruS (Budding Member 15 posts) 5y

Well, from Kolkata - India , you can get a ship to Thailand. But it is much cheaper and easier by Air

6. Posted by c1ra (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Hi Randy,.. you too can come to indonesia through Singapore.. and then you will arrive at Batam island ..