Opinion: another perspective on Sri Lanka

The impression that the majority of Sri Lankans are very sneaky and cunning. Not meanly courteous and behave just some of those who are interested in your money or positive reviews online, i.e. it is normally the hoteliers. But even among them there are still those scammers, so it is better to pay in advance and not to give the passport.

Not faced with rudeness and Scam just great, sitting in hotels and on the tour they are taken to the buses or guides that won't let the other locals, milking a cow and will protect from unwanted kidalov but gradually throwing themselves (from such tourists usually and appear all sorts of praise, and many of them purchased reviews). But if you go really at the people who have no business there, you will feel not only discourteous but even some hatred. The Lankans never miss the tourist queue, but often they just climb right through the group, shoving tourists. On the way Sri Lankans never rolled off the road, and will go head-on and you have to Dodge.

Young people behaving at all pushy (especially not sober), sometimes defiantly spits at the feet of the tourists, making obscene gestures and sounds pricmokivanie girls, even if they are not alone.

Even the children, and those are tourists with huge disrespect. So, once we wandered in Negombo on the beach in the area where the fishermen live. A group of children, age 3-5, for fun began to raise from the sand or it is unclear whose dog's poop and throw at us. I had to escape from there quickly. Nothing like that with us was not anywhere and never.

The police, too, in most cases, angrily glancing at the tourists. Often check documents and try to extort money.

Happened serious incidents. So in December 2011 in Tangalle killed a British tourist and raped and beat his Russian wife. In this incident, no one was punished (and, among the main suspects were the head of local administration and politics).

A white female from the Sri Lankans in General are terrible. They consider them "meat" and use it, and then brag to each other how many white "Madam" did.

So don't wear rose-colored glasses.

You can add that on several occasions was a real danger and avoid its development was possible only jokes and smiles.

We should not stoop to the level of local and joking, better to keep them at a distance, and maybe even a little arrogant.


Note: this article is personal private opinion of one independent traveler and does not reflect the opinion of the authors of the website.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Paul M 15 Dec 2017, 00:15
1Здравствуйте, can't find any site where you can buy a ticket from Ella to Hikkaduwa on any train or bus. Also wanted to ask about the local mobile operators. Necessary mostly the Internet. Suggest some kind of network? Just there to buy a SIM card (Colombo) and what the price would be for a package where a few minutes, but a lot of the Internet? Thanks in advance ...
admin 15 Dec 2017, 09:49
1 Hello Paul! And you will not find such a site. First, there are no such websites, electronic ticketing on trains and buses in Sri Lanka does not exist; and secondly, from Ella to Hikkaduwa can be reached only with a change in Colombo. Generally you do not see this as a big problem, tickets for 2 and 3 class will be able to buy on the spot right before the departure. Timetable here https://eservices.railway.gov.lk/schedule/homeAction.action?lang=en If you definitely want to travel first class in observation car, then it is better to buy in advance the plot of Ella-Colombo, but not necessarily. Available in advance through special sites to the Agency with a large wrap, but it will not be an e-ticket and the paper that you get in the place. On the Internet today, not to advise, has long not been there, but in General without problems to buy and use. If English little own in any shop with SIM cards explain what you need, you will be offered options. ...
Lauryn 15 Dec 2017, 17:33
1Добрый evening! Going to Sri Lanka in the second half of January. If I'm on the ETA, do not tell me when it's ready? (including the upcoming NG) Or is it better to do it at the airport on arrival? I read that this is possible. Is this true? Thank you for your answer. ...
admin 15 Dec 2017, 17:38
1 do Not see the advantages of what to do at the airport. First of all expensive and secondly have at the airport to spend more time, you need it. Make from home a few days everything will be ready. ...
Yanita 05 Feb 2018, 18:35
1 > we are flying with a child. In Thailand no problem we went with the baby on the motorbike. Can there be a problem with the police in Sri Lanka if the motorcycle will be 2 adults and a child? ...
admin 06 Feb 2018, 09:29
1 Hello! Yes, it seems that even we are not forbidden to carry on a motorcycle in the front seat, and after 12 on the rear. But in Sri Lanka, motorbikes for transport is generally not considered, all ride, and many times with children seen. Well, even if there are complaints, the police (police on the roads, by the way, very little), solve the problem on the spot. The cops are here Oh-Oh-Oh-ry is corrupt, everything can be solved for a few bucks. Do not swear with them, and smile and even laugh, and everything will be OK. P. S. in Kandy into oncoming traffic on the bike flooded, and then as luck COP. He blowed, poulybalis each other, turned around and went back. ...
Lukas 07 May 2018, 18:55
1Hello! I'm going to Sri Lanka in about a month and have thoughts on renting a scooter when I'm in Ella and perhaps also in/around Arugam Bay. I only have my Swedish drivers license (I know more is required) but I wonder about the consequenses if being pulled over? I was several times in Bali and just paid for a temporary license the first time which I could then show when it happened again. How expensive would a fine be in Sri Lanka, it is high risk to get pulled over as a tourist on bike and also, what is worse case scenario if I do get pulled over? Answers would be appriciated! Regards Lukas ...
admin 09 May 2018, 05:13
1 Hi Lukas! You are right, officialy you need to get a local drivers permit. But on practice you don't really need this, actually like on Bali too. I have expirience in driving all around Sri Lanka, have met twice policemens on the road and they cheked-out my russian driving license, and I don't have any problems and fines. ...
Оксана1083 31 may 2018, 13:16
1A how much is one day delay in the visa. We have tickets for 32 days. And how to do better. To change tickets or expired visa to pay ...
aksinew 13 may 2018, 13:54
1C visoiu to decide ...

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