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Then the cheapest is to take the local bus to Mapusa bus station: Kadamba. - go out of the train station, across the parking, and along the road, if you don't see the bus, ask around - Then in Kadamba, Just ask around where is the bus to Anjuna. It will cost you less than 10 rupees to get to Anjuna from Mapusa by local bus (sometimes crowded).
You can either hire yourself some transport or use the public transport, theres lots of choices avalible. For taxis, motorbike taxis and autorickshaws you can nearly always find some avalible near the main cross roads (Starco Junction) and it's best to negotiate the price before you get in.
It is possible to hire bicycles, usually without gears and somewhat dangerous to ride given the traffic.
A great way to get around is to hire scooters or Motorbikes , on a daily basis which can range anywhere from Rs 150 to RS 400, depending on what you hire. ( you would need to make a small deposit ). and also please do not leave your passport in these places...you can leave a photocopy of the same, if you are asked to. Bikes are available easily, just feel free to ask the locals who own restaurants , and shacks. refrain from asking the locals who run road-side stalls or at flea markets . Also a good idea would be to ask the person at the reception at your hotel. If your lucky. they can arrange one for you. If you do manage to get one please fill the tank to the fullest, as petrol pumps are far away from each other.
Be aware that noone seems to wear helmets and the traffic can be busy especially in peek season, its not a good place to learn how to ride a scooter or motorbike. Also you should have an international drivers licence to ride a bike. If you are going to go into Mapusa or Panjim find a helmet, the police will want a bribe if you don't have one or an international licence.
The nearest petrol pump is Near Vagator, to get there head north at starco junction until you hit the main T junction at Vagator, turn right and head for about 2km just past where the road merges with the main road into Chapora, the petrol pump is on your left, join the queue of waiting bikes.
These are very cheep and are a good way to get to other towns like Mapusa or Vagator but wont take you off the beaten track.
These are a Goan speciality, simply pay the driver and he'll take you where you want to go, probably the cheapest form of public transport after local buses. Most short trips will be in the Rs100 range. You will find one at Starco Junction.
The usual indian autorickshaws are also avalible, cheaper than taxis more than motorbike taxis. Negotiate
The most expensive option but the best for getting further afield like the airport or if you want to visit Old Goa or the beaches in South Goa.
Anjuna beach is to the south of the village with its usual lot of restaurants and bars. Not really the most beautiful beach you can see in goa, and not really a quiet place (beware of the incidental skydiver landing on the beach, watch out for that one infuriated cow), it is still possible to have good times there.
In Anjuna, there is everything a traveller may need except an ATM (the nearest one is in Baga). It is possible to rent bikes, rooms, houses. you can also find many cyber cafes, restaurants with different kinds of food (Goan, Indian, continental, Israeli, Italian, French, ...), small grocery shops, a convenience store (oxford's arcade), and 24/24 open restaurant (Munchies).
Some restaurants have TV's with cable TV but if you want the movie experience two movies per night are shown on a big screen at the Sea Queen restaurant on the south side of the road about half way between Straco Junction and Paradiso.
Anjuna is also the home of the most popular night club of goa: Paradiso, and so despite the fact that they will try to charge some people with entrance fee (200 to 500+ Rupees) and not others. Most of the time the security service will prevent the locals to enter the club. even if it's worth going in once to enjoy the view, this is not the place where you want to go if you're looking for parties. Better go to nine bar or hilltop in vagator and ask around for open-air parties.
There are nightclubs catering to western package tourists in Baga and Calangute to the south that are easy enough to get to by taxi.
Anjuna is famous for its parites, however they are increasingly being discouraged by the authorities, you may be unlucky and not find any while you are here due to the police stopping them, you may want to try Arambol further north.
Places to find parties near anjuna are: dolce vita / bamboo forest, around the beach. If there's one when you're around, be sure to go to one of the famous full moon parties, or one of the less known black moon parties.
Wednesday Flea Market
On the way to the beach by main road, you'll cross the Wednesday flea market location. The Anjuna flea market is attracting so many people from all north goa every Wednesday that the traffic becomes a problem in south anjuna. if you're going with a 2-wheeler you'll have to pay a few rupees for parking.Inside the market, you'll find all the shops that are on the streets the rest of the week and some more. be careful not to be fooled by the sellers who will tell you that it's not even their cost price or that they can sell it to someone else for 3 or 4 time the price you want. if you plan to open your own shop in the flea market, it will cost you 100 rupees.
Ingos Saturday Night Market
This one is a must go, more diversity in the shops, good quality items, food stands but also usually more crowded. Many foreigners are running business in this market (didgeridoo player selling didgeridoos,to travellers doing some business to travel more, Tibetan cooking Tibetan food to raise money for Tibetan refugees,...). It's on the way to Arpora from Anjuna. You can also find some smaller night markets around, some are worth spending some time inside, others aren't.
Unfortunately it seems that Ingos has been forced to move from its old location at Arpora to a new location on the other side of the new road bridge just north of Siolim, its yet to be seen if the new location will be successful. Many of the Westerner stall holders have moved to Mackies for the moment.
Mackies Saturday Night Bazzar
This Goan run Nightmarket has expanded recently and seem to have benifited from the problems experienced by Ingos, its worth a trip. It is located North of the river at Baga, to get there follow the windy road that heads south from Oxford Stores until you hit the T junction at Baga river, the entrance is just across the road to the left. Indian storeholders are concentrated in the fisst section, in the middle is a large bandstand with live music which seems to consist of popular covers from the package tourists from Calangute and Baga, you can buy beers here. Past the bandstand are the westerners stalls and the food stalls.
Roadside and Beach Stalls
Its impossibel to miss these, you will be hounded by their owners saying 'come look my shop' at every opportunity. They have some good textiles and teeshirts but mostaly have the same items and theres much more choice at the markets. If you bargin hard you can get things for a good price but you may find the experience a bit draining.
The nearest ATMs are located in Baga to the south and Siolim to the north. Money changing facilities are avalible all over for forign currency or travellers checkues, reliable ones are avalibel at Minali guest house just south of Starco junction or in the Oxford arcade.
Alchahol is cheaper all over Goa and is more freely avaiable than most other places in the country, due to the relaxed taxes.
Beer is very common and is avalible from nearly all restaurants (German bakery is an exception) and many stores.
Good quality wine is not common in India and is generally not as good value as beer. Some restaurants especially the more expensive ones serve wine by the bottle or the glass. Bottles of wine can be purchased at Oxford Stores (just north of Starco Junction).
There are many different places to stay in Anjuna (from hotel with swimming pool, to a room inside the family house), you'll find hotels, houses, and rooms almost everywhere, you just have to walk the streets with your backpack, and you'll be offered rooms.
Around Anjuna/Vagator you may have encounter some corrupted policemen (or pretending to be policemen) trying to scare you to get bakchich. from illegal drug possession to driving without helmet/licence, they will try to charge you with almost everything, even threatening to hit you with a bamboo stick. Their catchphrase is "if you help me, I will help you" and they ask you to help them with 500 to 5000+ rupees.this kind of encounter is not very common,but you have to be aware it may happen almost anywhere (not inside restaurants,parties nor on the beach)
There have been some cases of robbery in Anjuna, its best to not walk alone at night or to walk in out of the way places. Also keep your rooms locked there are thefts from rooms.
Traffic can be heavy and chaotic in Anjuna especially on market day and in the peek season. Inexperience, drinking, drugs are issues to be aware of. Potholed roads, cows and dogs, speeding busses, lack of helmets, speed and inexperienced westerner motorbike riders are all hazards to contend with. Its perhaps not the best place to learn to ride here. It may be wise to know where medical help is avalible.
If you are a long stayer malaria protection is worth considering. A mosquito net is well worth it, you can buy fancy ones at the markets or the german bakery. Oxford stores has ones for Rs 450 and you can get them from the fabric shops near the Mapusa markey for Rs 300 or bring one from home.
If you have a decent scooter or bigger bike and a helmet you can travel almost anywhere in goa, but drive carefully: dogs, goats, cows and even elephants are wandering on the roads which are someplace falling apart.
you'll find many travel agencies in Anjuna where you can book plane, train or bus tickets, check schedule, confirm your flight, etc. one of the most reliable can be found on the post office street. - from main road, on the way to mapusa, turn right between the 2 two speed breakers, then go straight and you'll see a change rates sign on the right side of the road, the agency is right there on the right side- by the way this agency has one of the best change rates in Anjuna.