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Hostility and aggressiveness of local Goans

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Hostility and aggressiveness of local Goans


I am based in the UK and of Indian origin.

I always wanted to Goa and see how different is it from Spain, Portugal, Mexico and other places known for seaside resorts.

Goa was the worst experience for me ever.

There is so much road rage by locals who sense that a person is not from Goa. They keep honking and making rude gestures while you drive but you cannot even honk or show displeasure even once.

In Dec, I was driving a rental car with my family and there were three young boys on their scooters blocking my way. I honked once so that I could pass. These boys started chasing my car like street dogs. I stopped to explain why I honked and lowered my window. This street urchin without even talking landed a punch on my forehead. I was with my family hence apologised without any fault of mine. Had we met on a neutral ground, he would have been very sorry for his hostile actions.

Later I did some research and got to know that these kind of incidents are very frequent in Goa with tourists being stabbed, bones broken by local mob who gang up on tourists for any slight reason.

I would stay away from this garbage which they call Goa.

Has anyone here experienced similar behaviour from the locals in Goa? Please share so that people who have not visited or planning to visit can stay away from this crime infested and horrible place.

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1. Re: Hostility and aggressiveness of local Goans

OP, you seem to describe GOONS rather than GOANS.

Sorry for your unfortunate mishaps.

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You get scrotes like that anywhere in the world, not just Goa

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I saw three roadrage incidents in Goa in 4 days. Never seen that anywhere.

Here are a few news items which I collated.







I wish I had done my research before travelling.

If India has any scum, its all in Goa. As per a new item, There are over 50 British women who have met tragic end in the last two decades in Goa. God knows how many Russians, Indians and women from other nationalities have suffered in Goa over the years.

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Some more information which puts things into perspective.


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5. Re: Hostility and aggressiveness of local Goans

What an awful experience for you. Which part of Goa did you stay in?

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I was in Arpora eara in a very nice hotel which had fantastic staff.

This incident happened near Panjim when I was returning from Benaulim. I do not know the location.

I am still having nightmares about this incicent and my inability to do something about it as I was with my family.

If I am making an effort to wrote on TA then I must be having a solid reason. And this experience was that bad.

I was also scammed by the car rental company but that doesn't hurt me as much as this incident.

I really loved the Goan seafood and the Goan Portuguese cuisine but it is not enough to take me back to Goa.

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Sadly goa is no longer inhabited by the local goans. You find alot of outsiders and immigrants from India residing here. The true traditional goa we had years back is gone. If you visit the villages in goa you will find our authenticity but in cities and famous beaches its jus rowdy immigrants so sorry for your experience but goa was a beauty under we goans. Now most of us our abroad with just the geriatric retired goan population mostly present at the moment

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I have been coming to Goa for more than 20 years and I've learnt one thing about Goan men.

Do not question them!

Not only are they physically big men they have the big ego to go with it. Add to that the fact that they are very proud of Goa then questioning anything about them or Goa will not go down well.


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>Has anyone here experienced similar behaviour from the locals in Goa?

I see road rage every day - have had a few friends who have been chased down, run off the road and beaten up for no reason. Also see at least 1 fight a night in the street when I go out drinking in Vagator. Don't mess with the local kids. They call in backup and you have a big problem usually.

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10. Re: Hostility and aggressiveness of local Goans

Vagator Anjuna are worse areas full of such goons.These violent maniacs are frustrated as they no longer get easy money from tourists.

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