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Old Jun 23rd 2016, 3:40 am
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Hi guys... well aware that Sri Lanka isn't in the ME, but given it's close proximity a destination well traveled to from the sandpit so I hope you can offer some advice to a first timer.

I'm getting away from Ramadan in the first week of July, plan is to hire a car and take Sri Lanka as it comes, from Colombo and then Central over to the East and North so.. quick question..

Booking accommodation in advance would mean sticking to a schedule so do you think, given the time of year, that there will be plenty/enough accommodation available that I should be able to choose where I stay on an ad hoc basis?

I would be looking at regular chain hotels or good quality guest houses.

Thanks in advance.
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Old Jun 23rd 2016, 5:06 am
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Ask a silly question..?
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Just an option other than driving yourself:

You can arrange a car and driver at the airport (as well as buy a fridge-freezer at duty free), from the booths on the right as soon as you come through arrivals. Haggle a bit. The drivers don't make much of a percentage from the agencies but if you booked a guy as far as (say) Kandy with the agency, you could then cut a deal with him direct to take you round for a few days. I have the number of a good bloke I used if you need it, but there are loads. Some guest houses/hotels offer driver accommodation, some not - you pay your driver's board and lodging, but it's not a dear country to travel in. The inter-city roads are just regular two lane highways and are pretty busy for the most part so it takes a while to get around - plenty of tuk tuks, trucks and Ashok Leyland. It's well worth the effort though; great country and people, very green. Be warned that the pubs shut in the afternoons, in fine British yesteryear tradition. Radio announcers still love their Received Pronunciation.
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Agreed, lovely green country with some amazing sights but ... got completely pi$$ed off by people thinking that we were money trees to be plucked (?!) as they saw fit. It completely spoiled our holiday and for that reason alone we will never return.
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Happens eh? I didn't come across it too much but can well believe it.

Another option right now is Burma/Myanmar. Awesome place. Cheap, friendly, accessible from the Middle East, tons to see, few tourists, folk genuinely keen to talk to you because you're foreign rather than tapping you for your cash; I would go there in front of Sri Lanka, though both very good IMO.

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Hi guys... well aware that Sri Lanka isn't in the ME, but given it's close proximity a destination well traveled to from the sandpit so I hope you can offer some advice to a first timer.

I'm getting away from Ramadan in the first week of July, plan is to hire a car and take Sri Lanka as it comes, from Colombo and then Central over to the East and North so.. quick question..

Booking accommodation in advance would mean sticking to a schedule so do you think, given the time of year, that there will be plenty/enough accommodation available that I should be able to choose where I stay on an ad hoc basis?

I would be looking at regular chain hotels or good quality guest houses.

Thanks in advance.

Bear in mind that outside of the new highways the road infrastructure is poor and it takes much longer to get to places than you think. The driving isn't much fun as road priority appears to be based on the size of the vehicle!

I'd say that for a first visit is particular you want to limit the driving and choose an area to explore. The roads can be particularly dangerous as you get into more rural areas over to the East and North.

Personally I love the country, the people and the food and have never felt ripped off. I know I have been charged more than locals but that doesn't seem entirely unfair considering the low incomes. For example, museums have local and tourist entry fees.
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Bear in mind that outside of the new highways the road infrastructure is poor and it takes much longer to get to places than you think. The driving isn't much fun as road priority appears to be based on the size of the vehicle!

I'd say that for a first visit is particular you want to limit the driving and choose an area to explore. The roads can be particularly dangerous as you get into more rural areas over to the East and North.

Personally I love the country, the people and the food and have never felt ripped off. I know I have been charged more than locals but that doesn't seem entirely unfair considering the low incomes. For example, museums have local and tourist entry fees.
Local and tourist rates for museums etc I have no problem with and nor do I mind if they add 'a bit extra'. But when they try and X 10 the price of something (the price of which is clearly shown on a label/sticker or on the shelf) then it leaves a really bad taste in the mouth. This wasn't just in small local shops, they tried it in a supermarket, too - they rang every item through the till three times and thought that we wouldn't notice.
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thanks for the advice guys and girls... looking forward to temples, curry and rain
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