Find out the taxi fares before hand from you hotel staff or other contacts.Learn about the general route to be taken.Otherwise you could be literally taken for a ride.Taxi drivers sometimes take a longer route to make more money or could quote exhorbidant rates.
Safer to be in groups in the nights if you are going out.
Make sure you are drinking the right stuff out a bottle opened in front of you.Add to your Trip Planner
Sea snakes occur in the Goan Beach water; some are partly terrestrial, in estuaries and coastal water. They very in colour and size, averaging 1.3 - 1.5m [4-5ft] with a flattened tail. Their scales distinguish them from eels. NOT AGGRESSIVE, BUT SOME ARE THE MOST VENOMOUS SNAKES OF ALL. The tour operators don't tell you about them or how many people die each year in the water of Goa. We were on the beach in Calangute in 2005 when a women was bitten she died in minutes. But life is a risk beware, Walk in peace.Related to:
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Lost or broken your cash card
My boyfriend broke his cash card before we arrived in Goa, we knew that we would be here for over 6 weeks and so we decided that it should be sent over. From a similar experience we knew what to do, but it may not be so obvious to everyone else.
We are from the UK and banks/building societies will not send cards to Asia. Courier companies will not send cards to Asia. What has to be done is to have the card/cards sent to your Embassy in the country that you are in.
In the case of Goa, The British Tourist Assistance Office in Panjim will accept cards from overseas being sent to them. The card was sent using International signed for (through the Royal Mail), this can be tracked until it reaches the country that you are in. The consulate will call you when your package has arrived.
Address 5-13/14 Dempo Towers, Patto Plaza, Panaji, Goa 403001.
Don't forget to take your passport for identification purposes.Related to:
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Don't expect the 'real' India.
Many travellers to India witter on about 'finding themselves'. In the 60's it was the end of the hippy trail, whilst the 'new agers' still tread the same road.
Such people talk about finding the 'real India' as well. When it comes to Goa, put that thought right out of your mind.
Goa tends to be littered with packaged tourists who might have well have gone to Benidorm.
"Oh, it looks a little exotic in the brochure, and we like a bit of Chicken Tikka massala" they say.
Gods preserve us, Chicken Tikka Masala was invented in the UK to appeal to our lager-soaked pallettes. You havn't been to India at all - you just want to show off in front of your narrow-minded little suburban friends.Add to your Trip Planner
A silly warning to some maybe, but when I take pics. on vacation in a country where the sun always shine, me and my travellpartners have taken like 50% of our pictures by people with the sun in their eyes...
So, my Warning, watch out for peering eyes, LOL , or u may end up looking like I did in this pic, like a retard!Add to your Trip Planner
Candolim Sea Danger
The sea around Candolim is not really very safe for bathing - the undertow and waves have considerable force.
When we visited we frequently saw would-be bathers knocked off of their feet and thrown to the sand - it may seem that sand is soft but it is easy to get a sand-burn or a cut ... or worse!Add to your Trip Planner
Dangerous Cashew Nuts!
Cashew nuts are readily available in Goa, where they are grown and processed. They are available everywhere and processed nuts as found in shops and stalls are generally fine.
The Cashew nut is formed at the bottom of a fruit about the size of an apple - the apple can be eaten (though I don't think it often is) and it is used to make two kinds of alcoholic drink. One is about the strength of normal wine and the other is about 60% proof so don't make a mistake!
When the cashew nut is on the fruit it contains an acid that, if eaten, will seriously burn your mouth, so only eat the roasted processed nut.Add to your Trip Planner
Beach Health Hazard!
One of the biggest problems that we experienced in our stay at Sinquerim/Candolim was the local dogs. We were never threatened or attacked at all but our attempts to walk on the local beach led to feet covered with dog mess.
Local shacks had it over their matting and floors and across chair legs etc, and everyone who actually walked on the beach any distance suffered the same consequences.
Action needs to be taken - not the least of which is for tourists to stop feeding dogs on the beach!Related to:
Local Driving skills
Just a quick warning that the drivers here are MENTAL. They do not seem to stick to any one side of the road ( even when going around roundabouts!) They constantly beep their horns and really drive like they have death wishes ( I am sure there must be no driving tests!)
Having said that, we never once had an accident ( caused many though I am sure! haha! just kidding!) and we all thought it was actually quite fun ( once it was over!)Related to:
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If for whatever reason you find yourself in need of antibiotics, make sure you ask for tablets, NOT a shot! My hubby needed a shot of antibiotics while over there for 4 months and when he noticed he was in a queue and everyone was being given the same needle , he asked for tablets! A wise choice methinks!
Failing that, pop into your local chemists before your trip and ask for some hyperdermics and just explain why!Related to:
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This is for people who rent cheap cottages for long term stay. Most of these type of cottage rooms are in a row and some of them are connected by a common door between them from inside. The door is closed and locked from either sides. It is only kept open when a large group of people stay in these type of rooms. Before taking a room which has a common door, check for any holes made on it as some travelers (esp Indian males) deliberately make it and person can see whats happening in the other room. The same goes with ventilators above the door. See to it that there are no holes or cracks.
Also in Posh hotels and Guesthouses check out for tiny secret cameras and 2 way mirrors as some hotels deliberately install it to get a good show from females / couples. There have been many cases of people installing 2-way mirrors in hotel rooms and bathrooms. It is very difficult to positively identify the surface by just looking at it. So, how do we determine with any amount of certainty what type of mirror we are looking at? Just conduct this simple test: Place the tip of your fingernail against the reflective surface and if there is a GAP between your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is a GENUINE mirror. However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES the image of your nail, then BEWARE, FOR IT IS a 2-WAY MIRROR! "No Space, Leave the Place!" So remember, every time you see a mirror, do the fingernail test. It doesn't cost you anything. It is simple to do, and it might save you from "getting visually raped." Just remember: "No Space, Leave the Place!"Add to your Trip Planner
WATCH OUT FOR THESE FLAGS
If you ever notice these red flags put up on a beach, It means that the sea is too dangerous to swim as there are strong undercurrents. Usually the Northern side beaches like Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Mandrem-Ashwem, Arambol have strong undercurents.
Its clearly seen in the background how voilent the waves look. Always look if theres a lifeguard around and then swim.Related to:
Warning to Indian Travellers from Other states
This warning is specially for Rowdy Indian tourists who come to Goa to Ogle at the Sunbathing Foreigners. Never even try to harsss a women Traveller/s as the Local Goan people protect them alot. On Beaches too the same rule applies. If the Local shack/restaurant owners find you harrassing a women or if they feel that youre harrassing a women (even though you may not ), They will Trash you and hand you over to the police. The Shack owners have grass/marijuana with them so they have evidence against you to show it to the police. Let me illustrate you one example: This incident happned in Anjuna beach. There was a women sunbathing topless on a beach bed. There were 3 intoxicated guys from bangalore who surrounded her and started to harass her. The Shack-keepers, even from the neighbouring shacks saw this and rushed to the scene and trashed the boys badly black and blue and handed them over to the cops.
Secondly never try to take pictures of topless females openly in front of Shack Owners / Keepers. Your camera would be SMASHED and you would be BASHED. Sometimes, you might even be stripped naked and sent back without clothes. So just Imagine the embarassment.
Its not that Indians are not welcome! They are also equally welcome but if the Indians think they can make others lives miserable with their mischiveous act, The Local Goans know very well how to make their lives a 1000 times more miserable.
BOTTOMLINE: YOU DRINK, TAKE DRUGS, DANCE NAKED, DROWN IN WATER.NO-ONES GONNA BOTHER YOU, BUT DONT PLAY FOOL WITH THE FORIGEN TOURIST. ENJOY AND LET OTHERS ENJOY.Add to your Trip Planner
Avoid bathing Topless on the beach(For Women)
Goa is neither a French Riviera nor Spanish Mallorca. So people have to respect the local customs to avoid being frowned upon. As far as possible avoid topless sunbathing or swimming in beaches like Calangute or any other beach for that matter esp on Sundays or when families or a group of Indian men are there as it will attract unwanted stares or worst comes worst get photographed(from Indian Men) or mobbed.
IF U FEEL THAT A GROUP OF INDIAN MEN MIGHT HARRASS YOU, SCREAM AND TAKE HELP OF THE SHACK-OWNERS. SECONDLY IF YOU SEE ANY INDIAN MEN POINTING THEIR CAMERA TOWARDS YOU, SAME THING, CALL THE SHACK OWNERS OR SMASH THEIR CAMERAS.
If you really want to sunbathe Topless, then go for bigger beach shacks in Anjuna as they have an upper deck built on the roof so you can enjoy sunbathing without someone ogling at you. Secondly do not sunbath far away from the shacks as the chances of getting harrased is more.
SAFE WAY OUT: If you want more privacy and enjoy an undisturbed sunbathing, stay in hotels that have private beaches as that particular part of the beach is ONLY for the occupants of those hotels.Add to your Trip Planner
FAKE MONEY EXCHANGE AGENTS !
Be careful of people who come to you posing as forigen exchange agents. Their main intention is to part away with your valuable DOLLARS / POUNDS / EUROS by giving counterfeit (fake) Indian currency.
Always exchange your money with an authorised agent.
For a complete list, browse through the website below and click on Goa. After that click on Foreign Money Exchange Dealers.Add to your Trip Planner
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