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Old 16th March 2009, 00:29   #31
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This is a basic room with ac kinda place and add one between some and back and you will complete the picture. I went here around 2003, and its still there, no idea what state. We guys reached Mapsitua around 6ish and were taken here by the cabbie and we bargained, I loved the proximity of the beach. I just cant remember the name, will wikimap and PM u

Ok, its called sunset resort, and thres is one more near it Wikimapia - Let's describe the whole world!

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Old 16th March 2009, 00:41   #32
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we guys are looking at ronil royale or paradise. any more suggestions??? any idea about the best casino and is it a good time to go there in this season? oh and is it off season in goa at this time or is it mid season?
Any time is good time to go to a casino if you are a Gambler or really really Lucky.

Casino Royale is the best but charges 1800 Entry which includes all drinks and an awesome Dinner buffet( catered by China Garden, Mumbai). The crowd is good the service and dealers Excellent and I think they have an Entertainment show every night at 10pm. It's open from 7:30 pm to 5:00 am.

Kings is Nice but small just 14-15 tables if you are really into gambling go there as its not crowded. 500 Entry Snacks and Drinks on the house. You cant have a proper meal there, but the snacks are good. It's open 24 hrs.

Casino Rio is like Kings only thing is the dealers are Nepali so you rarely understand what they say, but service as good as Kings. Same charge, meals and timings as Kings.

Pride: Whatever you do don't go there it will seem like you landed up at a gala Indian wedding with guests from Chowpatty. The Crowd is terrible the Service is terrible the Food is REALLY terrible. 500 Entry, drinks and snacks on the house. I don't think the serve dinner. Timings 7:30 pm to 5:00 am.

Caravela is passe and havent been there since two years currently not advisable to visit.

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WOW thats highly informative! neo thanks. and indian1979, that's the gambler's official guide to Goa :-) thank you!
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Old 16th March 2009, 10:19   #34
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Actual season in Goa starts from 1st October and lasts till around the 1st week of March. This is the time you will find most of the shops and restaurants open including the beach shacks which cater mostly to the foreign tourists. The famous Arpora fair too closes in the first or second week of March if I am not mistaken !

From the last week of March till the end of May, most of Goa is normally packed with Indian tourists. Shops tend to start closing down for the monsoons once the foreign tourists depart as they are of the opinion that Indian buyers do not give them good business as they do not spend too much money and they have a tendency to negotiate heavily !
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Just off Mapusa, Kamlabai Restaurant mostly frequented by locals, good Chonok(silver snapper), Tamoshi(red snapper), mori(shark) and above all excellent urrak.Another place further on the road from Mapusa to Anjuna, at Khorlim, Geetesh Bar serves excellent seafood.
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GUYS, im leaving today! any last suggestions? any places to see? any more pointers? also, these food places sound awesome. going to take a lot of photos on my new panasonic fz28K :-)

BTW: here's a photo of what I ate the last time at brittos. its a seafood platter.
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Old 17th March 2009, 11:21   #37
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there is beautiful beach in south goa
by the name palolem , do visit it
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GUYS, im leaving today! any last suggestions? any places to see? any more pointers? also, these food places sound awesome. going to take a lot of photos on my new panasonic fz28K :-)

BTW: here's a photo of what I ate the last time at brittos. its a seafood platter.
Looks quite tempting!

I am forgetting the name right now, but there's one isolated, kinda secret beach in North Goa (i.e. on your drive towards Aguada).

There is hardly 1-2 shacks there and rarely any tourists. But its a virgin , unspoilt beach where you can relax on the rocks and also get to watch dolphins playing around merrily! If I remember it soon enough, I shall SMS you the name and directions.
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Ok sure! we all love virgin.. ahem beaches! dolphins????? you have me interested. dont forget to sms me!! or post here!
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have a good time there frank, i feel its your best bet to book on the spot, check out the rooms first, bargain, etc. It will work out much cheaper. BTW I have booked myself at Sun Village for May 1 long weekend, have been there 7-8 times It is in Arpora, a km away from Baga, but very peaceful, ideal for a couple, but in your case i.e. going with friends anywhere on on the baga calangute candolim stretch is cool. you can get a gypsy right outside ronil royale (opp. the hotel is the road going towards tito's)
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If time permits, take a drive down to Terekhol Fort. You can also visit Mandrem, Arambol & Terekhol beaches along the way. The drive is very scenic as most of the drives in Goa usually are ! You can stop for lunch at the shack in Mandrem, serves great seafood. Also, don't forget the trek up to Chapora Fort ! You can fortify yourself at Vagathor's Sterling before the climb !Have A Great Trip !

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cheers guys!! thanks!
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I had a look at Cavala once and found it pretty overpriced. Didn't like the rooms much either. The facade looks awesome though. Even their restaurant is BLOODY overpriced.
For a real budget hotel, there's Hotel Hacienda, almost bang opp. CCD.
If I'm staying in the north, I usually stay at Hotel Arabian Retreat at Candolim. Nice clean place, comfy and very reasonable; no swimming pool though.

Missed this thread, better late than never, Cavala is great when they have live music, fairly pricey though, especially if you drink spirits, stick to beer and enjoy the entertainment, food is good also.

If you want sea food a good place is Ritz Classic in Panji, just ask for directions in the city, just off 18th June road near the end of the one way. I haven't tried anywhere else in Panji as we always end up in Ritz Classic.

Evenings Vagator has some nice places, Mango Tree there is very good and very reasonably priced, we tend to go there once a week, of course Brittos in Baga is everyones favourite, though the prices are much higher this year than last.
Arambol, has some very good shacks with good sea food and also a great beach for swimming, no rocks and fairly shallow.

In Candolim, Mango tree and Jambalya near Newtons are also very good, Teama's and Inferno are also pretty decent.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHILST SWIMMING AND BOOZING, THE SEA CAN BE DECEPTIVE, UNDERCURRENTS AND SHARP DROPS ARE DANGEROUS, LIVING IN GOA WE HAVE SEEN MANY BODYS WASHED UP, IT'S A REGULAR OCCURANCE, MOSTLY INDIAN TOURISTS, PLEASE TAKE NOTE AND ENJOY!
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...Jambalya near Newtons...
Yes, thats another one that I missed pointing out. Awesome ambiance and good relaxing place.
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Folks am heading off to Goa tomorrow, might be staying couple of places as i have long list of places to visit


Can anyone suggest me a good place to stay?? pref in south goa..
else in Baga ...

I already have taken down "Raman cottage"

Thanks
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