As soon as they spot a new white body these women and children move in for the kill.Their prices are extortinate and they will pester you until you buy something from them. If you must buy something, remember it is all cheap tat, and 100 rs should buy most things they offer, and they are still doing well. Do not let them spread everything over your belongings, something may find its way into their bag when they leave. I personally know of this happening more than a few times.
Unique Suggestions: Be firm with them, if you are not interested, say so and do not let them engage you in conversation, once they sit down you will feel obliged to buy something. They are very clever salespeople.
This is a real nice hotel/apartment block. It is a lovely complex on the Baga river road in near Apora. However its more like a timeshare, and they do offer you freebies, and customer surveys, but its really a plot to get you to sign up and stay there. Watch out for boys on Motorbikes driving past you on the road then saying you have won a competition or prize.
Unique Suggestions: Say you are not a couple, only friends or father/daughter or Mother/son, and they are not interested. They really are nice private apartments, but you might not want to get pestered whilst you are on holiday.
These.. strange men, attempt to put something in your ear!
I have only seen these guys in Anjuna Market ( in the North), but as your aimlessly strolling from stall to stall random men appear out of nowhere, touching their ears.... now i know this sounds bizzare but you have a desire to ( i dont know why?!) touch your own ear, as if you have something on them, as you do this is a signal to them that they have sold you a product and they will slip something down your ear and charge you for it!
Just dont look at them, if you do... dont touch your ears!
Unique Suggestions: Theres not alot of them about so try not to worry, just be aware that they are in the markets.
On the beach and in the markets you will get people approaching you as 'Professional Ear Cleaners'...avoid at all costs...also the little lads offering to polish your shoes. Even if you are wearing white flip flops, they will offer to polish your shoes (with their black polish).
The massages offered on the beach can sometimes be more harm then relaxing too....not convinced any of them are qualified, and one day we heard a European man advising a "masseuse" that a technique he had just used on a tourist could be potentially damaging to their back.
Fun Alternatives: Their are plenty of Ayurvedia Massage centres scattered all around Goa, if you are planning on having a massage, go to one of these instead!
WHILE TRAVELLING TO GOA ON HOLIDAY BE AWARE OF SMALL TIME JEWELLERY STORES IN GOA WHO ENTICE YOU INTO TRAPPING SHOPPERS WHO DO NOT BUY AFTER ASKING PRICE BY BLAMING SUCH SHOPPERS OF HAVING LIFTED GOLD JEWELLERY SEEN BY THEM. ONE SUCH JEWELLERY STORE "SANJAY JEWELLERS" LOCATED IN SOUTH GOA CREATED A DIRTY SCENE WHEN I TRIED TO HAGGLE FOR A BETTER PRICE AND IN THE END LEFT FROM THAT SHOP HIGHLY EMBARRASED. HOW CAN THE INDIAN AND GOA GOVERNMENT LET THIS HAPPEN IS AMAZING. ITS BLACKMAIL IN DAYLIGHT.
Unique Suggestions: DO NOT DEAL WITH SMALL SHOPS FOR ANY JEWELLERY AND ONLY GO TO REPUTED BIG STORES. CERTAINLY REMAIN AWAY FROM SANJY JEWELLERS FOR SURE. WHAT A RIPOFF!!!
Fun Alternatives: AVOID SHOPPING AT SUCH PLACES AND LOOK FOR GOOD STORES WHO HAVE COURTEUS STAFF. COMPLAINT TO LOCAL POLICE IF YOU HAVE TIME BUT NEVER TRUST THE GOA SHOPKEEPERS LIKE SANJY JEWELLERS.... HE IS A FRAUD. ALONG WITH ALL HIS STAFF HE IS MAKING MOCKERY OF INNOCENT SHOPPERS AND HE SHOULD BE PUNISHED FOR SUCH DIRTY TRICKS..
Watch out for this scam, as you stroll along the beach you will be met by a gentlman who stops you and shows you a card which says that he is a professional ear doctor and that if he can look at your ears he can supprise you, Well me being polite I said go for it, so he got out a cotton bud and gently rubbed it on the outer side of my ear, then he produced a lump of wax, I was amazed and then he produced a couple of little stones which he said had been in my ears for years, at this point I decided that it was a scam and told him politely that my hearing and the rest of my faculties where in good order, but he still insisted that I gave him money, so I thought about it and decided that I had been caught napping and it was only reasonable that I should give him a couple of rupees. Most people will be caught out by one scam or another but as long as it dosn't involve life and limb I am sure we can live with it. It's the thought of getting caught out which is really embarrassing, me being so worldly wise and all that ( whoops obviously not )
Not really a tourist trap more of an enjoyable interruption - during high season the shack owners contribute to pay for a security guard to warn off the beach sellers, during our visit at the end of the season the sellers had started to visit again. The ones that we met were all friendly and not pushy at all, they asked if we wanted to buy any of their "cheap rubbish " , they had fantastic memories and remembered our names and which place on the beach we last sat on ! We managed to buy a few items at great prices. There are plenty of beaches to go to if you do not want this pleasant interruption. As in other holiday spots there were also beggars asking for money or food - its upto you how you reply.
Only spend cash while at the beach, if you dont intend to leave the beach for shopping during the entire holiday.
Everything here is 5+ times the normal price, even an ice cream lolly will be sold to you for Rs50 instead of 5!
Unique Suggestions: ear cleaning - even after reading their tourist reviews book and looking at the photo of inner ear etc..dont give them more than Rs10. many tourists are left deciding what to give and end up giving Rs500.
If you are ever told "pay what you feel is right" stick to your first instinct of Rs10/-
dont compare to UK or other countries. If they deserved more money, they would have an office/salon/surgery and you would need an appointment to see them.
Fun Alternatives: take one day and head to Panjim..go on the bus for Rs8 each way.
In every market here you will have a girl trying to get you to come to see her shop. But here, they will actually spend a great deal of time with you - following you, or guiding you around to do it.
Once I was approached by 2 girls to go with them to see their souvenirs, I apologies saying I was buying my groceries..an hour later after I had checked my email etc I was in another small shop, I turned around and there they were! They had followed me to getting my veggies, checking my email and after an hour were still hot on my trail.
Often people who do not know the market will take comfort in asking the girls for good shops..beware here: they will take you to shops where they have an arrangement, a % of the sale..so you will always end up paying more..but go away thinking what a great deal you got by shopping with the locals.
Unique Suggestions: Choose one person to help you, you dont need a gang of girls guiding you around..they will all expect a tip for taking you or you will feel obligated to go to all their shops and spend money.
I HAVE LIVED IN THE WEST FOR 25 YEARS TO NAME A FEW COUNTRIES, USA; AUSTRALIA; GERMANY; CANADA. I WAS BORN AND BROUGHT UP IN INDIA FOR THE FIRST 27 YEARS OF MY LIFE.
THE THING THAT NEVER EVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME IS THAT THE MOMENT WESTERNERS ENTER INDIA, THE WHOLE PSYCHE CHANGES, LIKE NIGHT INTO DAY, THAT IS THE BIGGEST SCAM I THINK, IS THAT PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD COME TO THIS PLACE THAT IS SO DIFFERENT TO THE WEST, SO FULL OF EXPERIENCES THAT YOU COULD NEVER EVER HAVE OR SEE IN THE WEST.
FOR THE WESTERNER WHO CANT SEE PAST THERE NOSES, AND IS SO CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT THEY CAME TO INDIA FOR IN THE FIRST PLACE, OFCOURSE IT IS A BAD THING, BUT THEN, THESE TYPES OF PEOPLE ARE ROTTING AND LIVING IN UTTER DEPRESSION IN THEIR OWN CLEAN WEST WHICH IS FULL OF ***, NOT ON THE ROAD, BUT IN THE MINDS OF THE WESTERN PSYCHE. THEY ARE TAKEN FOR A RIDE 24/7 AS THAT IS THEIR CULTURE, BUT BECAUSE THEY LACK INTELLIGENCE THEY CANNOT SEE IT, BIG CORPORATIONS AND THEIR GOVERNMENTS ARE SCREWING THEM ALL THE TIME, THEY LIVE LIKE CORPSES, WHO HAVE LOST THEIR SOUL, AND IT IS ALL A SMOOTH RIDE, SO THEY THINK.
THEY COME TO A SIMPLE COUNTRY OF POOR PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE A FEW BUCKS FOR A MEASLY LIVING AND SUDDENLY ALL THIS IS A SCAM.
LIKE THE ELEPHANTS IN GOA, OK I HEARD YOU, SO THERE ARE 3 ELEPHANTS IN GOA ,MATE DID YOU EVER GO TO SCHOOL OR DO YOU KNOW MATHS LIKE 2+2 MAKES FOUR, OR WHAT HAPPENED YOU LOST YOUR ABILITY TO USE YOUR JUDGEMENT OR BOTH. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH CARE AN ELEPHANT TAKES TO KEEP,THIS LARGE AND ENDANGEARED SPECIES, THE PAINSTAKING CARE THAT THESE MAHOUTS HAVE TO TAKE TO KEEP THESE ELEPHANTS. LET ME JUST EDUCATE YOU, BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT SORT OF EDUCATION YOU GUYS GET IN YOUR WESTERN COUNTRIES, IT IS ABOUT GETTING PLASTIC SURGERY TO FIX YOUR BODIES, GET SILICONE *** AND ARSES, AND DRINK LOADS OF ALCOHOL; AND CONSUME AND POLUTE THE WHOLE WORLD, WITH EMISSION OF GREEN HOUSE GASES.
Unique Suggestions: Let me educate all who are reading about HOW IT IS A SCAM TO PAY 500 RUPEES TO THE ELEPHANT MAN FOR A RIDE.
1) It costs around 800 000 Rupees ( 8 lakhs of rupees)to buy an elephant, it does not come free, so that in itself is a big investment. And now one cannot even buy one, as it is an endangered species.
2) An elephant eats 30 to 50 pounds of food per day, and it has to be fed all day.
3)Needs the labour of 2 mahouts who are experienced in this to look after 24/7 all the time, so think of the labour costs here, these are not washer men who wash or clean your utensils, ok !!!!! they do have a certain or rather a very exclusive expertiese to handle these humungus animals.
(why dont you try to see if you can handle a big elephant and get hin to do your bidding, see if he does not stamp on you and turn you into pulp.)
4)Medical expenses, what do you think your cat or dog needs, multiply that a thousand or 2 thousand times, now do you get it, or are you brain dead.
Fun Alternatives: So after all these calculations, THE ELEPHANT HAS TO SIT TO MOUNT THE PEOPLE ON HIS BACK AND STAND AGAIN TO WALK, THIS IS HARD WORK MATE. So now have you seen how it is unfair to pay him only 9 US dollars, (500 hundred rupees) you should pay him atleast 20 US dollars, the cost of a meal in a ordinary resturant in the west .YES THAT IS ALL IT IS.
AND THINK OF THE GLEE ON YOUR GRAND KIDS OR GREAT GRAND KIDS faces when you tell them the stories of this elephant you sat on, and the Mahout of God!! that is something to wonder about in itself, one can talk volumes about these amazing mahouts, you could talk to the mahout and he would give you the most amazing stories about elephant experiences.
AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST THINK OF THE GLEE ON YOUR GREAT GRAND KIDS WHEN THEY SEE A PHOTO OF YOU ON THAT ELEPHANT.
NOW DONT YOU THINK A RIDE ON AN INDIAN ELEPHANT IS WORTH 5OO HUNDRED RUPEES MERE US 9 DOLLARS. THERE IS NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT HAS ELEPHANTS THAT YOU CAN RIDE ON, INDIA IS THE ONLY ONE, SO ALL YOU PEOPLE DONT KNOCK THE ELEPHANT RIDE, OR THE OTHER SIMPLE VENDORS TRYING TO MAKE A SIMPLE LIVING, GO AND LOOK IN YOUR BACKYARDS YOU HAVE LOT TO WONDER ABOUT THERE. SCAM MY ............
Not really a tourist trap, but be warned the timeshare crew have arrived. They are only trying to earn a living after all and are not rude or abusive. They ride upto you on motorcycles and inform you that you have won the winning lottery ticket ( they get paid very well £20 for enticing holidaymakers to their venue ) If you want to avoid this, a polite no thank you sends them on their way
Sadly it's true. You'll be swarmed by touts selling you everything from beads to babies. It's a tough country and goa is one of the little holes where the pressure can be released.
Just be persistant in your NO. They will press hard and irritate the hell out of you but you can't let them win cause then you'll have opened the door cause contrary to popular belief the touts are a very organized bunch and they regularly share info on those who bought stuff and how much they bougth it for (a measure of how gullible the person is).
Unique Suggestions: Be Persistant in saying NO. Take help from others if necessary.
Fun Alternatives: Usually the shack or the establishment owner will get rid of them if you ask.
Despite what people think and say I believe the beach sellers are part of the holiday experience. Some of the stuff they sell is what you find at the market and its up to you whether you get it cheaper or not ? I cannot speak for all the sellers but the ones I came across where friendly and could speak 3 or 4 languages,after all its there livelyhood and they have families to feed so bare this in mind. A tip if you promise to buy and ask them to come back tomorrow they will not forget. Happy Haggling
The beach sellers "bless em" most places that you go on the beach you will be faced with the perverbial beach vendors, they sell every-thing from sarongs to fake jewellery, some of the stuff that they sell is quite nice and if you are want to haggle for a while on price you can, but you can get most of the things that they sell on the beach in the local shops with out the hassle. The thing to do with the vendors is try and ignore them and after a while they will wander off, if you don't want to buy any-thing what ever you do don't look interested or else they will hang around for ever. They are just trying to make a living just like every-one else, but it is a pain if you just want to soak up a few rays and relax.
You will come across many VERY persistent hawkers at the beaches; if you don't want to buy anything you have to be VERY firm (yet polite) with them, otherwise they will not budge! Equally, if you are rude they will harass you by sending a lot many more of their 'friends'!
Unique Suggestions: Be polite yet FIRM, if you don't want to buy anything.
Fun Alternatives: No alternatives; this is the way there, just sit back & go with the flow!