23 Mar - 25 Mar 2011 Long Island

South Asia
Republic of Incredible India, the world's biggest democrazy
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Long Island
Basic and adequate bamboo bungalow with private terrace and attached bathroom, for INR 700.- or US$ 15.60 per night. Friendly staff.

Click below for an interactive road map of the Blue Planet Lodge on Long Island, which we would recommend, and for directions:

Teaming up with fellow backpackers Anna & Hector from Barcelona, Punam & Santraj from Darjeeling and Amit from Tel Aviv, hiking together along the secluded coast to the sandy and clean beach of the very scenic Lalaji Bay and noticing en-route how the ruthless timber industry has cleaned off in the early 1990s the once beautiful primary forests in the southern part of Long Island, leaving many ugly, scar-like clearings and the unsightly, crumbling concrete foundations of a dismantled plywood mill. 

“My love for traveling to islands amounts to a pathological condition known as nesomania, an obsession with islands. This craze seems reasonable to me, because islands are small self-contained worlds that can help us understand larger ones.” 

Embarking on MV “Jolly Buoy”, dodging the fare for the short boat ride to Rangat Bay and sharing thereafter a worn 4x4 Mahindra jeep (INR 20.- or US$ 0.45 per person) to Rangat Bazaar, a ramshackle sprawl ranged around two rows of chai shops and general stores with a lively night market, located in the southeast corner of the Middle Andaman Island and divided by the strategic Andaman Trunk Road.

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26 Mar - 30 Mar 2011 Port Blair

Facing India
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