Goa in general: My advice is not to drink the water, bottled water i so cheap its not worth it, (make sure you get sealed water, if the seal is broken ask for another.) clean your teeth with bottled water too. Do not drink milkshakes/anything containing milk or cream, they do not clean it like they do in the UK, some people may be fine with it. We didn't get ill and neither did any of our friends but we did take precautions especially with cleanliness and spraying our hands before meals.
We went as two girls on our own and didn't get hassled once, the Goan men are highly respectable and i would say it is very safe for women. When we were there we had school half term (for India not us in the UK) it got very busy and alot of people came from outside Goa, these are the troublemakers, if you carry a handbag keep it over your shoulder and not swinging loose.
Goa is brilliant for everyone nomatter what your age, its perfect for couples if you want a bit of romance, great for children and groups, you make it what you want really, we were there for two weeks and we ran out of time there is so much to do, but its also perfect if you just want a relaxing beach hol too.
Weather: We didn't see a cloud the whole two weeks we were there, it was amazing. It was very dusty but a beautiful and very cultural place.
Shopping: You will get hassled wherever you go but if you cant barter this isn't the place to go. If you like the challenge, it is just a game and alot of fun. There are lots of street shops that sell everything and you could quite happily go with nothing in your case and buy everything out there that you need: toiletries/clothes etc.. out there so much cheaper then you do in the UK as alot of the stuff is made there. I brought two beach new look dresses for 400 rps thats like £3.50. There are two markets that are on:
Anjuna Flea Market on a Wednesday during the day, this is particularly good for clothing and spices.
Night Market: On a Saturday night, alot of fun and the atmosphere is brilliant with live music and entertainment, fireworks/fires/music and dancing its great to go just for the night life but this market is especially good for wood and leather.
Taxi's: Do not get ripped off by taxi's. make sure you barter, there are hundreds of them, you could literally walk down a road and negotiate the price right down by going from one taxi to another. We kept to one taxi driver the whole week and negotiated prices before we took him on. His name is Sameer, he is very reliable and the cheapest taxi driver we found. His English is brilliant and has a really nice taxi with A/C. His mob is [--] and email is [--]. I would highly recommend him. We did use another taxi driver in the beginning who was recommended by our friends who was fine to called Amir Tandel mob [--]. Don't forget to take a trip on a tuk tuk thou!
Our Hotel: If you don't mind something basic and you have an open mind this hotel suits everyone. It is ideally located in Baga and has many facilities, two pools, sunloungers, nice gardens to walk through and the best restaurant ever.
The rooms are neat and tidy but are clearly of two standards! When we first got thier we had a small room with one room and a separate bathroom. However as my friend had stayed there before she new what the other rooms were like and we moved into an amazing room ever. It had two balconies, a separate bedroom, a separate toilet a wetroom and a living room. Perfect. So don't be afraid to ask to move! The rooms are clean to an extent, i don't think anywhere in India has heard of bleech but they are clean and your bed is changed and your room is cleaned everyday.
This restaurant overlooks the gardens and has the most amazing chef that will cook you anything. The food is exquisite and the cheapest place we found in every restaurant we went too.
We had bed and breakfast so you get all the toast/bread you can eat and all the tea/coffee fruit juices you can drink free, anything else you had to pay for but with two omletes costing about £1.50 who can complain!
Staff: The staff were brilliant throughout the whole of our stay. The reception staff: Crispino, Morgan, Jenifer, Sabatini and alex were always at hand no matter what time of the day it was and always had a smile on thier faces.
Restaurant staff: were always very pleasant and run on two shifts, with Raymond who was the head manager, Lawrence and Rosiland who are the shift managers and the waiters who were brilliant, they could not do enough for us and always enjoyed a chat at dinner. They spoke to us every morning and if we went for lunch or dinner they were always polite and tended to our every need. A big credit to the hotel, they all really made our holiday experience amazing.
Places to go:
Beaches: Baga Beach, is not the same as it used to be. Goa was renowned for the beach shacks and the sunbeds as far as the eye can see, however the shacks have had thier licences removed, now there is nothing. Some of the beach shacks are still in business but illegally and you do get pestered alot by beach sellers, however two of our friends loved Baga beach and said its great doing shopping from your sunbed! you do pick up some bargains but if you don't want to be disturbed see below....
Mandrum Beach: The most amazing beach you will come across in Goa, If you don't want to be disturbed by the beach sellers and just want some romance, this beach is about half hour drive from the hotel, with amazing sandy beach complete with about 30 sunbeds and thats it... sheer bliss. It has its own restaurant thats very reasonable, shower/toilet etc.. It has the most amazing beach shacks that overlook the beach for 1200rps per night! It costs about 600rps by taxi here.
Morjim beach (Golden eye beach shack) This again is a beautiful quiet beach, everything is the same as Mandrum beach apart from the beach shacks are 1000rps per night and it costs 500rps to get here from the hotel.
Ashwan Beach: This is the smallest of the beaches, still nice but very small, i don't think its as nice as the other two but well worth a visit and the beach shacks are 800rps a night here.
Massages: Ayurveda Centre shop 11, sodders landmark, tito's road tel: [--] email [--]. All the massages you can think of and for all sorts of complaints, well worth a visit or treat for a loved one. Prices vary depending on how many treatments you have.
Tours: I would highly recommend Valeries travels in Calengute: names Valerie and Savio www.valerietravels.com email [--]. You will find alot of Johns tour around which are perfectly fine however Valerie beat them on price everytime. When we did hav an issue with the house boat tour we went on he sorted it for us and was very polite. Her English is very good and im confident in all her trips.
We booked: Jake the snake crocodile trip with her: Fantastic trip for all the family, well worth it, safe friendly and educational. This is a family run business travelling down the backwaters looking for crocs and other animals/birds. Jake and his family are very friendly and funny. Suitable for all age groups but make sure you take plenty of sun cream. Jake is some nice Portuguese eye candy for the single ladies out there!!
House Boat: This is a very romantic trip and an amazing structure perfect for all the family. The boat is supurb and we went on with 2 other girlie friends and thier children so we had alot of fun. I would say the trip is amazing and i would defo say to do it just for the experience but when we went on we had no water at all so had to use bottled water, the food was alot to be desired and the drinks are very expensive. Id take your own!
Waterfalls/Elephants and Spice: We did this trip with our taxi driver in one day as it worked out so much cheaper. The waterfalls are amazing, i would not recommend this trip for anyone who is travel sick or cannot walk far as its about 45min trip in a 4X4 to the waterfalls and then a short walk to the waterfalls themselves. Make sure you have a refreshing dip and take your camera!!
We then had a short journey to the Spice garden, there are two spice gardens we went to the smaller one of the two, they great you with a floral necklace, petals and a pollen spot for your head, an amazing place where you can have a buffet lunch then an educational walk around the gardens with a tour explaining all about the herbs and spices!
Elephants:If you have never been on an elephant then fair enough but the elephant rides are very short and very expensive, i wouldn't recommend them as i don't think they are very well looked after, but a great one for the children.
Although personally we didn't go our friends recommend the Jungle book trip, this is an overnight stay where you can ride/wash and shower with the elephants, sleep under the stars in the jungle and watch for the wildlife around. They have two children 8 and 10 and they loved it.
People who i would recommend:
Dentist: Dr Anil da Silver dental clinics. 1st floor resort park avenue, calengute, Baga Road. Tel [--]
Dr Silva was amazing, you do get alot of dentists that you wonder where they got thier qualifications from but she is part of a husband and wife team since 1992 and she really does do good work. I had an inlay and my teeth whitened, my friend went specifically to get her teeth done, to which Dr Silva said she needed no work doing. Many other dentists would have done the work for the money anyway but i would definitely recommend her and her treatment. I will defo be going back there for my veneers next year!
For wooden carvings: S.N Woodhouse near Ronhill hotel, Baga Beach, Goa, 403 516. His name is SHABIR and his brother is Sultan check out his website www.snwoodhouse.com, you can email him on [--]
I brought two magnificent wall carvings; one of an elephant and the other of a kingfisher bird. Very well hand crafted.
For handcrafted shoes: Bansal Hanicrafts NR CSM hotel, Baga Road, Goa 403516 Tel: [--]. Email [--]. All the shoes are highly made in this family owned little shop, any colour any size any style and anyone for 250rps.
Tattoo's/Henna: Deep tattoo Art, Calangute on the same road as Bobby's bar! Ask for JAGDISH. I had Henna done on my foot and a small pattern on my hand all for 600rps.
Overall we had an amazing time, i enjoyed every minute of being there, you have to go with an open mind and think basic otherwise you will be disappointed, I will be going back so i think that says it all.
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