Adventure vacation to Sri Lanka

“Journey through the lush north of Thailand and beautiful Laos for a taste of the less-developed side of South East Asia.”

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Bangkok | Chiang Mai | Chiang Khong | Mekong River | Luang Prabang | Vang Vieng | Vientiane
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Responsible tourism: Adventure vacation to Sri Lanka

The tropical island of Sri Lanka is compact enough to allow us to put together all the major highlights in just 15 days and still allow plenty of time for relaxation and for you to do your own exploring. The itinerary, and out travel style, provides a culturally relevant opportunity to see some amazing sights and to mix with some of the friendliest people we know in the whole of Asia. . We learn about the country's culture and history in the magnificent ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa and in the Tooth Temple situated in the heart of Kandy with its scenic lakeside setting. We visit historically important sites, observe local economic ventures, and see traditional crafts such as batik making. Our knowledgeable leaders will assist you to discover and appreciate cultural differences, to tread lightly and responsibly.

We visit the UNESCO World Heritage ancient city of Anuradhapura, starting our guided bicycle tour at the spiritually important sacred old Bo Tree, a spiritual reminder of the beginnings of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the inspiration for Anuradhapura's great buildings. The Bo tree was grown from a cutting of the original tree in Bodhgaya under which Buddha gained enlightenment.

In Kandy we visit the octagonal Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) and may experience the drumming and chanting rituals of the white-clad pilgrims who come to worship at Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist site. In the highlands of Bandawarela we have a lesson on Sri Lankan food and a cooking demonstration. This is yet another opportunity to "hang out" with the local people, learning about their culture, and having a laugh together.

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2005 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The variety, colours, smells, religions, history, companionship of the group, the care taken by the tour guide (Bruno) and his friends, food, birds and wildlife, Kandy Perahera Festival, elephants, children, public transport, roller-coaster driving and overtaking, cycling, trekking, Buddhist temples, the variety of fruit, flowers, smiling. The 7 hour train ride from Kandy to Haputale was amazing. Jam packed and lively. People hanging out of the doors and windows with wonderful scenery. Everyone smiling and such good babies. Loads of pictures to be taken and shown to the children . Email addresses swapped to pass them on. Onion and jaggery sandwiches and sweet tea from the 'buffet'.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Travel as light as possible. Shorts, especially for women really don't work, you would feel very out of place. Skirts or 3/4 trousers and short sleeved T shirts were the most worn. A digital camera is better so that you can show the children the picture you have just taken. There is some serious walking, bring the right clothes and footwear. Try not to bring large notes, 1000 Rupees (worth about GB 6), it is embarrassing or impossible to change them. Bring 100 Rupee notes and coins. Drink more water (bottled) than you think you need. Adjust your expectations very quickly and smile. Everything is slow and chaotic and takes 4 people! Take pictures with you of your home, town, work and family - everyone is very interested and it makes conversation easier, especially when staying in people's homes.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I think it did this more so than if I had stayed in one hotel, possibly owned by an outsider. There were not enough of us, tourists/foreigners in Sri Lanka to make enough difference. We bought from the markets and traders and tipped the staff rather than the management but we did not need enough and it was so evident that all the traders needed our business for crafts, snacks, water, fruit etc. Buying things in larger shops it was difficult to imagine where the money was going. I saw some of the accommodation that the Rest House staff lived in. It was awful, I don't know that I have helped them at all really and they would say they are the lucky ones to have a job.

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