Goa seems to be calling again!!
After 8 trips to Goa Iâ€™ve now given up on it. I refuse to cough up the disgraceful hundred quid for a visa, I donâ€™t like the packs of dogs roaming everywhere, I donâ€™t like the way that the local tourists urinate in public streets or on the beach, and I really dislike the ever growing rubbish tip mountain with all the rats running around, behind the shacks at Calangute.
So winter 2012/13 I did two trips â€“ one to Thailand (Karon), the other to Sri Lanka - they were really wonderful.
Thai food is super with a huge variety of places to eat, the hotels are high standard and clean â€“ and the locals have both good manners and clean habits.
Sri Lanka Iâ€™ve been to many times, and I always like the variety of things to do, the food, the friendly locals, and the amazing historical sights.
Winter 2013/14 Iâ€™m booked again for Thailand (NO VISA needed) and Sri Lanka (Visa obtained on line costs about 20 quid).
I did love my many trips to India, Iâ€™ve been way inland to Karnataka to see the tiger reserve, Ivâ€™e visited the â€œlost cityâ€ of Hampi, and Iâ€™ve been down to Cochin, and even to Kerala for a couple of weeks. But I donâ€™t think the Indian government wants Brit tourists any more, and they simply do not understand cleanliness, hygiene and the 21st century holiday business.
One thing to bear in mind when picking a new destination from Goa is to watch out for the â€œsunshine hoursâ€ statistic. In the Caribbean you will see a lot less daylight and sunshine hours than you are used to in Goa. Thailand and Sri Lanka are more comparable.