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Margao and Panjim

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Margao and Panjim

Thinking of visiting both of these towns. Wondering whether myself and OH will be ok walking around or would it be better if we can persuade our taxi driver to give us a walking tour. Are we likely to get hassled alot or will we be left in peace. If going it alone, are we likely to get lost or is it easy to get your bearings in both of these places.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Margao and Panjim

Never been to Panjim but went to Margao on the bus from Cavelossim by myself without a problem. Certainly didn't get hassled. The traffic is quite scary and it is very busy. Got a bit lost but I have got no sense of direction whatsoever and did manage to find my way back to the bus stops without too many problems. Found it much easier than when I got lost in Rhodes town in October!

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2. Re: Margao and Panjim

You shouldn't get hassled. These are both proper working towns and not tourist resorts. It's up to you if you want the taxi driver to go with you or not. I never do, but some people prefer to be accompanied.

Panjim has more sightseeing to do than Margao, there's a great walk along the river, a market most days and a number of shops including Benetton, Levis, Lee Cooper etc, but Margao has a great covered market (local, not tourist), a department store and a number of other shops.

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Have been to Panji, was not hassled at all a nice place. Am going back end of Feb to get my teeth done there as the prices, are not just for tourists. They have a lovely sunset cruise from the harbour and there is a floating casino. Never done Margao but Mapusa is also good to see a proper market town. xx

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4. Re: Margao and Panjim

Both are great places to just stroll around with some really good restaurants.

The shops close about 1 pm and open again about 3.30 pm so it is best to go early morning before it gets too hot and stop for lunch or go for lunch and look around afterwards.

Panjim you can go for a sunset cruise on you way back or even a diner cruise if you missed lunch.

IMO for your first visit Panjim the place to dine is the "Dalhi Darbor" and in Margao "Langinos" is a must.

The OH dragged me back from Goa on Sunday to meet my new grand daughter and she is fantastic but I can't wait to go back, roll on March.

If you are staying in the Candolim/Calungute area get the bus to the free ferry, not to be missed.

Got to go a persuade grandson to go to bed so I can play with his train set

I hope you enjoy Goa as much as we do.

A&R

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For some photo's of both have a look at flickr.com/photos/… for restaurants in Margao....for breakfast Tato's is great, for a cold beer whilst watching the world go by Longhuini's is great (though the food isn't as good as it used to be) for a peaceful haven the Venice Garden is great (it's on the street where all the auto-rickshaws park just off the square) and for Indian food Banjara is great :-)

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6. Re: Margao and Panjim

Thanks for all the fantastic information - reckon we will go it alone. Staying in Varca so probably try and go by bus now as you have all reassured us.

Looked already at your fantastic photos goanjock - love to read your trip reports and see pictures, I can almost picture what Goa is going to be like. Only 7 weeks and a half weeks to go now!!

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7. Re: Margao and Panjim

For Panjim I would be tempted to go by taxi rather than Bus(mainly due to time as from Varca you would have to change bus at Margao) and from Margao if you fancied catching an auto back it would cost about 100/150 rps (though haggle ;-) )

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8. Re: Margao and Panjim

wud suggest you take a bus to go to Panjim. its way cheaper and only takes about an hour from Margao! although Panjim market is quite a distance from the main bus stand,you could ask around for direction. A taxi driver would be alot more helpful though.

In Margao the bus stand is close to the market.

NOte: in Goa expect local Goans to be helpful!

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9. Re: Margao and Panjim

We love Panjim. You won't be hassled too much, apart from young guys trying to sell you maps, wallets, belts, pashminas etc:)

Visit Bombay Bazaar for a "shopping experience", either of the two cafes directly opposite it are great for lunch. If you're going later on, would recommend either Delhi Darbar or Sher-e-Punjab Hotel - which is our favourite place to eat in Panjim. Anyone will be happy to direct you, but they're both in the central area.

I'm so jealous - have to wait until November until I can go back! Have a wonderful time.

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