India needs a visa and takes a few weeks to arrange. We didn't stop there. We will do it by 747 sometime.
Cochin is on the way to Thailand
but is meant to be pretty grotty.
I would not under any circumstances transit the Gulf of Aden without being in a convoy. The piracy
activity far exceeds the reports. I know. We went through 3 months ago.
Hurghada in Egypt may be a good place to link up with people heading south.
Please take it all seriously. Sailing vessels are very soft targets. That you might be poor means nothing. Its your familes money
, and your governements money
they are after and they will hold you till they get it. The more close you are to death the more leverage they have in getting the ransom.
Please take it extreemly seriously.
below taken 20 feb 2010.
Pirate skiff with gun? Or Fishermen?