Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Prepaid Taxi From Dabolim Airport Goa

Prepaid taxi is big business at Goa's Dabolim airport. Though a public bus service very much operates from the airport, a majority of the tourists end up getting into prepaid taxis to get to their hotels. And in India, whenever we see a prepaid taxi service we are happy thinking that we are not getting cheated. Well its INR 670 for one non-A.C. taxi ride from Dabolim airport to Panjim city (32 Km), not cheap at all. A taxi driver told me that the prepaid rate includes one side full tariff and 50% of the return tariff because it is assumed that the airport taxi will return empty. So this prepaid taxi service from Goa's Dabolim airport operates at a 150% tariff. Still if you intend to take a taxi make sure to take a prepaid one because the freelance taxi drivers outside will fleece you. In this page I have given the essential information for taking a prepaid taxi from Goa's Dabolim airport including the tariffs for major destinations in Goa. Keep reading...
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Monday, July 6, 2015

Public Bus Between Goa Dabolim Airport and Panjim (Panaji) City

During my last trip to Goa I met a solo female traveler from Brazil waiting at the ticket counter at Vasco da Gama to buy a public shuttle bus ticket to go to Panjim. She had arrived at Vasco from Goa's Dabolim airport on another public bus. It seemed unusual because I generally see foreign tourists arriving at Dabolim airport either hopping onto their 'pick-up' vehicles or taking prepaid taxis to get to their hotels. This lady was different so I asked her why? She said, 'there are always hundreds of people working at airports. So do they all take taxis to come to work or go back afterwards? There have to be public buses for them and obviously those buses can also be used by tourists'. That was very sound logic and I felt ashamed that I had come to learn of this only after paying a lot of money to taxi drivers to travel between Goa airport and Panjim city. of course now I use public buses only and I feel that all my fellow travelers should do the same unless they are carrying too much luggage. Consider the difference in the cost: INR 670 for a taxi ride and just INR 45 per person for a bus ride. In this page, I will tell you all that you need to do to make this trip on public buses both ways - to and from Dabolim airport. Once you reach Panjim Bus Stand, there are public buses to go anywhere in Goa, like Calangute or a South Goa beach. Keep reading...

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple Hong Kong

After going to a few Tao temples in Macau, I had started believing that they all look the same. And then I saw this one - Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple in Hong Kong and that changed my belief. Of course, Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is not just a Tao temple, but also a Buddhist and a Confucian place of worship. Oh did I say worship, well a lot more than just worship happens here. Its like a shopping mall of religion, where both devotees and tourists get treated to a spectacle of faith, fortune-telling, superstition, and even some recreation. I wonder why this temple does not top the lists of must see places in Hong Kong because it should. The popularity of Wong Tai Sin temple is mostly due to the belief that it makes every wish come true upon request. I would believe all that but after spending an hour in and around the temple, I was no longer sure if anyone there really believed in the temple's powers. In this page I have given information on what to do and see in the temple and also how to get there. Keep reading...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cheaper Alternative to Hong Kong Airport Express, Hong Kong Station to Airport for 28.5 HKD Only

If you are staying in a hotel near Hong Kong Station or Central Station, an easy and fast mode of travel to Hong Kong International Airport is the Airport Express Train that departs from Hong Kong Station. Let me clarify that Hong Kong Station and Central MTR Station are inter-connected via an underground pathway that takes 5-6 minutes to cross by foot. Airport Express Train runs from 5.54am to 0.48am daily and costs 100 HKD per person each way from/to Hong Kong Station. From Kowloon Station, the fare is 90 HKD, from Tsing Yi Station 60 HKD and from AsiaWorld Expo Station, it is 5 HKD. The journey from Hong Kong Station to Airport Station takes 24 minutes and that is useful when you are short on time. However, if you do have a little more time, how about doing the same trip at just 28.5 HKD? Time-wise, this cheaper trip will take about an hour but at least for me the extra time is worth the 71.5 HKD that I save. Keep reading for details...

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hong Kong 'Sunshine' Coin Operated 24-hour Self Laundry

As a matter of fact I did not want such a straight forward heading for this article because this promised service both does and does not exist in Hong Kong. I had loved the Wonder Wash 24-hour self laundry service in Singapore and expected to find a similar establishment in Hong Kong. After a lot of online search and grappling with translation issues, I discovered that there was at least one company in Hong Kong that offered a coin operated self laundry service and it was open 24 hours. At that time I was staying in a hostel named Yesinn @Fortress Hill and they had refused to provide any laundry service contrary to their promise. They pointed me to a nearby full service laundry that was gentle on my wallet but not so much on the clothes. So, I decided to go out, find and try Sunshine. I did find it not far from Fortress Hill area and even succeeded in using it during my second visit to the laundry but my satisfaction level was at less than 50%. Once you read through this article you will know why I said earlier that this service both does and does not exist in Hong Kong. Keep reading...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Yesinn at Fortress Hill Hong Kong Hostel Review

I do not like to stay in any hostel/hotel in Chungking Mansions in Hong Kong after I got cheated by an illegal guesthouse named 'Canada Hotel' located there. But now I must find alternate budget accommodation in Hong Kong because in that city the hotel tariffs just keep going up. And thus the search for my April 2015 stay in Hong Kong brought me to a hostel that is the subject matter of this article: Yesinn@Fortress Hill Hong Kong. Yesinn has another property at Causeway Bay which is why this one must be identified with Fortress Hill in the name itself. Yesinn looked attractive from a few points like the reasonable guest review score, the promise of free water/tea/coffee (which all turned out to be false later), and a price that I could afford. The known negative was the location because Fortress Hill area has almost nothing for a tourist and one has to spend a lot on MTR fairs which, again like the hotel tariffs, just keep going up. Yes, its not easy life for tourists in Hong Kong. Keep reading...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Branto Indian Vegetarian Restaurant Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong

Branto, even though an unusual name, is a blessing for someone looking for vegetarian Indian food near Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui area of Hong Kong. Of course there are several shops on the ground floor of Chungking Mansions where one can find Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. 'Smrat Vegetarian' is notable among those because it is pure vegetarian and they have a proper vegetarian restaurant on some upper floor in the building. Still I feel that the food shops in Chungking Mansions may be good just for an on-the-go snack but if one is looking to have a proper sit-down meal, Branto is the place to be at. To get this name thing out of the way first, the owners of Branto had an Italian restaurant by that name back in India many years ago. They just kept that name for their Indian restaurant in Hong Kong. Branto is located on the first floor of #9, Lock Road (read directions below) within a minute's walk from Chungking Mansions. It opens from 11.00am to 3.00pm for lunch and 6.00pm to 11.00pm for dinner Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, the restaurant is open from 11.00am to 11.00pm without a break. Their phone number is 2366 8171. Keep reading...

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Finding a Budget Hotel in Macau

This time while in Macau, I came across a Macau Government Tourist Office brochure on Budget Hotels in Macau. In that brochure, there was a long list of "budget" hotels along with their addresses. Later when I checked the Tourist Office' website, I saw links and a search system for finding budget hotels in Macau. I am giving that link later in this page. Its actually cool to know that so many budget hotels exist in Macau, at least in a brochure. But anyone who has planned a visit to Macau during the last two years would be aware that hotel room tariffs in Macau just keep going up. Its not like Las Vegas where the room tariffs are kept in check so that the tourists there will have more money in their pockets to gamble with. In Macau, you start losing big money right from the time when you pay for a hotel room. There was a time when except Friday & Saturday nights, room tariffs in Macau used to remain at reasonable levels. Now, even Sunday nights are equally expensive. So, is it really possible to find a good budget hotel in Macau? Keep reading...

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Vegetarian Food in The Venetian Macau Food Court

At the first glance, everything in The Venetian Macau food court appears to be meat and eggs. But a closer scrutiny of some of the food outlets here does reveal an occasional veggie meal too. There is of course the Indian food stall - 'Indian Spice Express' where half the stuff they serve is vegetarian, no meat-no eggs. Please be informed that the Indian vegetarian concept includes dairy as vegetarian so there will be cottage cheese & milk cream in many of the veggie foods sold by Indian Spice Express. Similarly, also in the other shops here selling veggie food it will be hard to find something really vegan unless they can make it to your preference by omitting the offending ingredients. Enough introductory remarks, let us see the veggie options in The Venetian Macau Food Court...
Blog by: Narinder Singh