Likewise, on your return journey, make sure a message is left at Reception for your rep that you have already left.
and anyone who's tried pickng someone up from the airport will know the plane either comes in early or comes in late and one of you is always hanging around.
Yes we are the ones usually hanging around at the airport , hot and fed up, or pushing the gas pedal down enroute after frantic phone calls 'where are you, we are here'!!
When paying for anything (not just taxi's) make sure you they have change before getting in, and they've given you it!!! - I rarely hand over money without finding if they have change... Otherwise once they have got your money they say no change, wander off etc....
I think there are too many families who have taxi's now (and not just one either ) that the downturn in tourisim will effect them, although they are still much higher prices than bombay etc.
To respond to jph77's query about prices, it has been mentioned many times on the forum about being 'ripped off', this is a big problem to 'newbies', who ain't got a clue.
One thing I would advise is to keep a lot of smaller notes (10/20/50rps) with you - all taxi/tuc-tuc drivers never seem to have any change so you get fed up waiting for it and always tell them to keep the change, (please try and understand the value of money in India, you wouldn't give a 3rd of your fair to a driver in this country would you ?).
Maybe people can post this seasons prices they have paid from getting from A to B.
P.S Use the local bus service, very very cheap and great fun (and a poke in the eye to greedy taxi owners).
taxis have meters in them but they are covered up and dont use them! most have the rate/ km painted on the corner of the windscreen,
I think most of the hotels have a price list that they are expected to work to. I know thats the case at the Marinha Dourada and I think they have to pay rent to the hotel to use their standing area.
we got one from Baga to the MD once at 4am and he quoted us 400ruppes the normal fare is 100! told him to get lost " its 4am sir " he said, he followed us and we finished up paying 200 only took a few min as nothing on the road. main thing is agree a price before and dont be afraid to say no!
the indian tourists have a special rate
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