And I wish it will stay that way.
Interesting report on DS. For me it was a step back into a colonial time with French gentlemen discussing all day long little politics over many Pastis at the Cafe de la Rue. Some of them lost characters with no passage to return. The town was hot and dusty, nothing to do at daytime. At night many of the girls on the game are hardened pros, same as you can find at the Glacier in Tana. Difficult to find the sweet fille de Mada.
I did a repeat visit to Diego Suarez last month. LE Taxi Be from Nosy Be has opened a branch there and is absolutely cleaning up. It attracts the locals in a way the other places never did and it's rammed which isn't necessarily a recommendation in my book. Night time business is way down in La Vahine, but that can make it more pleasant. La Taverne shut while I was there and the big cavernous new place beside it will probably follow and I heard the discos are suffering too. So now there are more bars which it needs but less choice.
Down opposite the port is a tiny hole-in-the-wall bar (down the steps from Place Joffre) The beer's not the coldest and you can often be the only person there but it's pleasant to watch the comings and goings. When a ship is in you can rub shoulders (literally, as I say it's tiny) with French or Indian sailors, Basque fishermen and Gurkha security. And with the women that hang out there.
Planned to check out Fort Dauphin but Air Mada left many suitcases including mine on the tarmac at Diego so I was stuck in Tana andleft early to Kenya.
Currently in Pattaya which feels a million miles and fifty years from Madagascar.
My business girl
Mada is changing but still had some fun.
I fully agree with you.
I would never stay in MADA year long. 3 months per year is nice and with preferably some interruption.
In MADA you are really in a third world country; with girls with carefree attitudes. No Mamasan or Bar tenants. They are independent and happy life living in short term, for food, as for love, especially non pros of la brousse.
In Thailand it is no more third world. It has become "business world". Girls are governed by business and money. I may believe it was very different 30,40 years ago -closer of MADA atmosphere, but in an Asian mood.
What changes life everywhere: it is Internet and Wifi, which allow us to follow our business from anywhere in the world.
It is clear that in poor the countries, you have "love and friendly" without the "interest" you most often have in countries more developed as Thailand, where you are only a piece of juicy cake. (cf my reports on Eritrea: also nice time with girls -10 USD a day- in a completely different environment. My girlfriend after one month together was so happy she covered me with gifts as souvenirs, even if she perfectly knew that we would not have any contact after I leave).
Mada from 30000 feet
Apples and oranges that can not be compared. So comparison to thailand are not valid.
Mada good points.
Very cheap if you are not moving and stay long time at the same place.
Nearly free girls.
Good food for 10000 AR.
Less good points.
Expensive for traveling.
You are in a time tunnel machine. Out of civilazation and isolated.
No modern products to buy phones, tablets cameras or even cloths
Helth care is problematic.
Slow internet in small towns
Hard to get there but easy to get out to Bangkok.
Boring for me.as i need to be busy with my life
Mostly black girls as the mixed girls are much harder to get.
Mada is not a stand alone destination and can not be a place for retirement. So I would say that after 3 months of stay you will needed to be move to moderned countries such as thailand.
You may think I have girls and food for no money, what ealse I would want. This is wrong assumption and you will undersand that while get to mada. 3 months a year is agood compromise for me.
Thanks for these technical information.
However, I just use my Ipad and have an old model Nokia phone for communication by phone or SMS very useful with girls.
I fully understand your preference for Pattaya ; but I just spent one month in Pattaya last July (my first visit to this place).
I especially enjoyed Devils Den, for which I promise to give soon my pics and best experiences with which girls.
I had pleasant moments in Pattaya (cf my reports) but nothing to compare with sweet days and nights in MADA for my taste.
Physical exercise: yes. Romance: no.
All that is a matter of taste and it is what make so rich our Human Being: we are all different!
Hacking hotel hazovola wifi and hotel tips
As you may know firm bed and mattress are rare in madagscar and might kill your entire vacation. Hotel hazovola may be the only one in antalaha with some but not all firm bed.
If you are comming for long term then its posible to buy a mattress and use it in lower class hotel or alternativly rent an appartment for 140 USD per month. Yes its not a typing error.
Hotel hazovola wifi is free but allows only one device to be connected at the same time. So if you use your tablet for internet browsing you can not use your phone to be connected to use important apps such as WhatApp
The solusion is so simple as follows. Go to reception and tell them you lost your pass. They will isue another pass that will not replace the previus one. Both wwill be active so two device can be connected.
I also recommand a flashlight apps for your phone since the ally is dark at night. Remember this is not thailand so more info more fun and less frustration.
Tip number one
NO its not VB tip regarding rocket pocket its actually a trivial one which is to learn french. In the past this issue was discused and we heard many opnions.
Now, let me say it very very clear No french NO MADAGASCAR.
I took another two months lessons perior this trip and let me tell you I love it and love to communicate. My buddy just break another level of zombiness with his english which no one understand. No wonder HE was pushing me to leave so fast.
The disscusion is over. Sorry but that the reality.
Always buy a returen ticket for domastic flight. Error above as usual but no errors when I operate my camera in antalaha.
Yes I bought return ticket. Just got to my hotel in pattaya to start the mongering proccess all over. I am again in civilazation LOL.
I have many more tips many many photos but let me get some asian ass first.
I came alon as my buddy got 10 minutes after me to tamatave air mad office. Guess what! Flight full from tamatave to tana, HE will stay there a few days more witout speaking a word in french. Sory for him, tamatave and maorenstera are the worst place to be if you are looking for vacation.
More report and photos will follow as I will leave pattaya. Hope you don't mind to see ma pattaya photos as well. What a long trip.
Great report. Thanks! Made some notes for my next trip March 2015. Looking forward on the pics.
Just as info: the return ticket TNR. BKK - TNR costs the same 890. -EU as the one-way ticket.
Always buy your returne ticket then buying domestic flights. Flights in Sept. Are fully booked weeks ahead.
Print iseveral copies of the international flight to get the discount. No print no discount.
Bring sun screen.
I am in my way to tana for my connection to Bangkok now. Tamatave is not for me.
Antalaha sambava tamatave
Thanks Wolferine for these infos.
Interesting to understand better about beaches and hotels.
I am also interested in the countryside sceneries (after Mada, I go to Namibia) , even if mongering is more than bonus!
I phoned Hazovola Hotel this morning to book -at this satge for three days. As from 1st October the guy told me the website rates are 5000 AR more, but agreed that if I stay longer the daily rate will be amended for me. I perfectly understand what may be Vitasoa (equivalent to Hotel de la Plage in Tamatave, close of QUEENS disco) but I am clearly looking for more comfort. And the difference between Double bed and King Size bed on Hazovola website already anticipates on the number of girls it is a practice to bring with, in Antalaha!
Sure I shall go to Vitasoa on daytime if they have a terrasse for drinks and view.
I understand the great challenge in Antalaha is to refuse girls canvassing. And to be selective on real attractive gem. Of course if I had unlimited capacities, I might eat everything passing by. But to be serious, it is not a matter of cost (at 10 000 AR!) but a matter of liquor saving to distribute it only in dedicated chosen most delightful altars.
Accordingly, my normal practice is to be extremely selective and refuse, for example all pros of Queens in Tamatave or La Terrasse, to select what I consider only semi pro or non pro gems.
If you are presently in Tamatave, from 7 pm, if you take a drink at La Terrasse, you will have girls asking for you as you describe in Antalaha . But they are full pros, usually not the best, even if it is difficult sometimes not to have temptation. All that depend on the number of pops you have capability to per night. If you are multi multi pops guy: try them all!
Back to informative in Tamatave:
La Terrasse has good food. With up mentioned atmosphere at dinner time!
But the best food in my opinion is:
L'Affiche: in front of La Terrasse, 50 m left on the other sidewalk.
La Veranda: first street on the left from La Terrasse: 50 m on the right sidewalk.
Sambava is a jungle town as we came from diego we saw the rain forest, magnificent view. Did I said diego? Yes, our flight from tana to sambava stops first in diego and then sambava.
As I have said we are not 100 percent mongers as we came with a gopro, DSLR and other camera gear tripods etc. So my buddy got creazy from sambava beach, a true jungle with dense trees.
Orchidea beach hotel at sambava is a good place to look for hotel, again the beach will leave you spechless. The owner marcko is dead HE was sick, his wife is running the hotel now. What about girls in sambava? I did call to allthe girls I got from tonga soa website but no response. I was staying in a hotel near the one I was mentiond. 3 years ago at the same place I got the manager as my girlfrend, it was two weeks witout any payment, a true relationshipe. Our taxi stops at orchidea hotel and the dirver said its the only hotel around. Really? We went to another hiden hotel known only by expats, this is theone I sayed 3 years ago. Now the manager jump on me and kissed me all over. When we order food she coocked somthing out of this world. Photos will folows soon.
She brought as sister as my new girlfriend, what a service, her sister looked african dark like hell but she fucked me at some random intervals durring the night.
ANtalaha has beach but not even come close to sambava, some parts are better speciffically near the area that ships are builed. There some mongerring cafes that only expats are there. Its half way from hotel vitasoa go the market. Girls will folow you and beg to be takken. Thre is only espreso not capocino and the food is shit. But the location. O my good.
Hotel vitasoa mentioned by john is a mongerig hotel, this is mean that is not fot the upper class tourist but you will get the best location in town and the best service which true understand the monger ssperit. Girls go to work and back from vanille so they pass on the road in front of the vitasoa. This is the moment then the spearfishing diver start to shoot.
Now hotel hasovola is far better but not the same service or location, althouge its near vitasoa its not plasent to go out at dark trough the alley. Breakfast is becoming worst as the black fat ***** will give you less coffe and half of the Baguette
Ldts swich to tamatave now. I went to sleep yesterday witout gooing out but my buddy did made a tour and HE said that some world class babes are here both bllack and brown, yes the same buddy that wants to take the first plan to pattaya wants to stay longer in tamatave, this guy did not likethe look of the girls in sambava,antalaha but do like the exotic girls in tamatave.
We got a price of 1140 usd from tamatave to Bangkok one way. Are we gona fly tonaight? No way, we here to monger this what we are. Glad I bought a tablet need to master typing on it.