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15 hours ago, kunjanp said:

Dubai isn't as touristy as Singapore. Their main attractions are their huge malls, seriously, they are massive. Shopping isn't cheap, most of the things like clothes etc are more expensive as compared to India. 

But the malls do have a charm especially Dubai Mall, the fountain show is a must see, specifically at night. The Burj Khalifa is right outside and it glows, the whole thing is a spectacle.

Then you have your theme parks like Legoland, Islands of Adventure and places like Miracle Garden, Aquarium etc. These are nice places.

You can go across Dubai Creek and explor Deira, very good and classic Dubai Market. Bur Dubai is also worth a visit. These are basically places you will explore.

 

But here is what I recommend, explore Deira and Bur (will take you a day) in the morning then take some rest and go to the malls and check out the fountain.

You will find plenty of eateries to try.

Then schedule the days acc. to the different theme parks etc you want to visit.

But take a ride to Abu Dhabi and visit Ferrari World, there is nothing like it. YAS island is amazing.

You can spend more days going around malls, there is plenty to see. Go on desert safari once, mandatory experience.

But every night go to JBR, that place is 1.5-2km stretch and is damn amazing. Great aura, right around the beach, hit the local breweries and pubs. Go to cheesecake factory and later spend time on the beach, such a great feeling.

 

And don't forget to visit The Irish Village and The Belgian Beer Cafe. These are two of the best cafes out there.

Dubai is more about going to these places rather than walking and exploring.

 

Also, it's a dry country. You will find booze only in designated cafes or bars in 5 stars but those aren't exorbitantly priced, so if you partake then buy your alcohol at the airport.

 

Also, voice and video doesn't work there unless you use and pay for their native BOTIM app.

 

All in all, great place but in terms of exploration, Singapore is better.

 

Thanks for sharing all this dude. I will be visiting Dubai for honeymoon for 7 nights between during 10-17 March. 2 nights in Atlantis and 5 nights in mainland Dubai.

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17 minutes ago, Sach4life said:

 

Thanks for sharing all this dude. I will be visiting Dubai for honeymoon for 7 nights between during 10-17 March. 2 nights in Atlantis and 5 nights in mainland Dubai.

You can cover most of this via metro, just get a temporary "red" card at the metro. Works well because they are directly connected to the Malls.

Or you can stick to cabs, easily accessible but obviously will cost more but more comfortable and generally quicker. Don't try walking around much because it can get hot.

Have fun bro, Atlantis is amazing. 

Don't miss out on JBR, Irish Village and The Belgian Cafe (go at night and sit outside, enjoy the view).

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55 minutes ago, Joe Cool said:

Singapore was amazing. Great family/kids destination for 3-4 days. Probably changed a lot but back then Sentosa laser show was absolutely magical. 🥰

 

Night Safari was great as well. Shopping was expensive back then too but I didn't buy anything except Merlion souvenir which I still have. Mustafa Centre is easy time wasting if you have nothing to do. 

 

You don't need any package or guides. You can walk or cycle to spots very easily. People are friendly enough to talk and guide when needed. Don't shop for stuff you can buy in your own country. Don't stay in super expensive hotels as you won't be staying in your room whole day/night. Most of the resorts are open 24/7 and we usually returned by 2-3am. Even that time people were sitting out and talking. 

 

Post-Covid probably changed a lot but overall Singapore is great spot. 

 

Yeah. A lot of walking, A LOT. 

 

I don't think my parents can enjoy Singapore since there's a LOT OF WALKING. 

 

And most of the tourist places charge insanely high for water. It's cheaper to get fizzy drinks than water, plus that also gives you some sugar to keep on pushing forward. 

 

The good part is even though you'll get sweaty with all the walking, you'll never get bored. 

 

Edit: Mustafa is a great place to pile up on KY water based lube since you only get the creams in India. :P

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3 hours ago, Sach4life said:

 

Thanks for sharing all this dude. I will be visiting Dubai for honeymoon for 7 nights between during 10-17 March. 2 nights in Atlantis and 5 nights in mainland Dubai.

Spend a couple of days in Abu Dhabi. Very under rated and much more organised than dubai. I spent a leisurely 5 days there and pretty much think that you can spend 3 days easily there.

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1 minute ago, Madmage said:

f**k Japan !! My visa got rejected. So don't get your hope high if you are a solo traveller or a couple of friends.

 

Aren't they under lockdown with no outside travel?

 

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Guys, my friends are planning to go to Goa for 3 nights. It might be hot but I can't change that.

 

So I will really appreciate if people who have been there or live there can let me know of which place we should look for the hotels so that there isn't much commute.

And more importantly which places to visit like which beaches to go to at night, which pubs to visit (someone was raving about a local beer), where to go for must have food and if there are any less known gems to explore.

 

Please let me know. Thanks.

@Walker in case you have suggestions. 

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23 minutes ago, kunjanp said:

Guys, my friends are planning to go to Goa for 3 nights. It might be hot but I can't change that.

 

So I will really appreciate if people who have been there or live there can let me know of which place we should look for the hotels so that there isn't much commute.

And more importantly which places to visit like which beaches to go to at night, which pubs to visit (someone was raving about a local beer), where to go for must have food and if there are any less known gems to explore.

 

Please let me know. Thanks.

Baga and calangute for the most touristy shacks and nightlife. Baga in particular towards the end with brittos which is always crowded but still awesome food. 

Book a taxi in advance (no prepay) for your airport pickup and drop. Taxis locally are horribly expensive. Calangute to Baga which is barely a sneeze away cost 800 bucks 5 yrs ago for me. 

 

Also if you're planning to buy drinks for the hotel stay or home, avoid the wine shop called Tito's. Everything was maddeningly expensive there compared to other places. There's a huge walk in liquor shop in calangute but i cannot recall the name. It's very popular for correct prices so maybe someone else can chime in. 

 

@Walker for local insight. 

 

If you do hone in on baga, this is an amazing property right on the beach. Only thing to be wary of is camper dogs in the bushes between the property and the beach front. Those batsards were past cod players. 

 

https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/s/rLLsR

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56 minutes ago, Jigsaw said:

Baga and calangute for the most touristy shacks and nightlife. Baga in particular towards the end with brittos which is always crowded but still awesome food. 

Book a taxi in advance (no prepay) for your airport pickup and drop. Taxis locally are horribly expensive. Calangute to Baga which is barely a sneeze away cost 800 bucks 5 yrs ago for me. 

 

Also if you're planning to buy drinks for the hotel stay or home, avoid the wine shop called Tito's. Everything was maddeningly expensive there compared to other places. There's a huge walk in liquor shop in calangute but i cannot recall the name. It's very popular for correct prices so maybe someone else can chime in. 

 

@Walker for local insight. 

 

If you do hone in on baga, this is an amazing property right on the beach. Only thing to be wary of is camper dogs in the bushes between the property and the beach front. Those batsards were past cod players. 

 

https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/s/rLLsR

I was looking at Baga and Calangute only. Some of my friends recommended Arpora. 

I recommended these kind of properties only and even Airbnb kind of places but they have their minds set on hotels with breakfast etc. 

Let's see what more people have to say. Looking for walker's suggestions.

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3 minutes ago, kunjanp said:

I was looking at Baga and Calangute only. Some of my friends recommended Arpora. 

I recommended these kind of properties only and even Airbnb kind of places but they have their minds set on hotels with breakfast etc. 

Let's see what more people have to say. Looking for walker's suggestions.

Check Little India if its available. Very good stay there. Its at Baga Beach.

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8 minutes ago, kunjanp said:

I was looking at Baga and Calangute only. Some of my friends recommended Arpora. 

I recommended these kind of properties only and even Airbnb kind of places but they have their minds set on hotels with breakfast etc. 

Let's see what more people have to say. Looking for walker's suggestions.

 

Also infanteria Cafe. It's a place you'll either love or hate but well worth a swing when in baga. 

 

If for some reason you guys narrow down on Calangute, this is another incredibly awesome place. Only problem is they are extremely anal about not letting you into your room before 12pm (learnt it the hard way by reaching at 7am) :lol:

 

Again right on the beach and the legendary Calamari Shack literally a fart away. 

 

https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/s/DBLpC

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15 minutes ago, Jigsaw said:

Again right on the beach and the legendary Calamari Shack literally a fart away. 

Bhai mere dost toh are looking at something like Hyatt Centric. Ab jo unka mann, this trip took years to finalize, not gonna deter them in anyway.

Iska shack ka naam btao. Sab kuch bta do.

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