10 advices before you travel to Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka. It can be helpful to know what to expect before you travel to this exotic island, sitting right under India. If you have been to India, that might be helpful to understand the cultural in former Ceylon.
If not here are few tips, what to expect:
1. It’S HOT, HOT, HOT
It damn hot and humid. I remember my first arrival, I could hardly take my breath feeling like the air is partly condensed already and it was so thick for me to breath.
Body sweating. Might sound sexy, but it’s not really. Be ready to shower twice a day, or alternatively spend more time near the ocean. Bring light clothes with long sleeves and long beach trousers. It can help to protect you against sun and mosquitos.
3. SUNCREAM EMERGENCY
Bring sun creams with you, you may have problem to find good one the island and it will cost you more.
4. BEING WALKING “DOLLAR BILL”
Be careful about your money, always go for officially written price, if possible, otherwise you’ll be probably charged much more as a tourist – for anything – fruits, taxi drive, entry, guiding…
Mind mosquitos, in Sri Lanka there is the evidence of specific kind called dengue, which can caused serious health complications, even death. When you feel you have a fever, go to check to the doctor at our earliest convenience, it can be the first stage of ‘dengue’ and can be treated easily. Unfortunately, there is no vacation for this as yet.
6. PATIENCE AND MORE PATIENCE
Embrace yourself with patience – Sri Lankans are smiley, but time and deals doesn’t mean as much. Well it depends if you to Sri Lanka for 2 weeks holiday or a you’re living there.
7. METER TAXI
If you’re in Colombo capital, use meter taxi (tuk-tuk with meter). That is how you can check the price for your ride. It can vary from 35-45 rupees.
8. AFFECTION, NOT REALLY
Do not show your affection on public too much, it is not very usual for locals. Touristic places are of course different stories.
9. SHAKING HEADS, WTH
Shaking heads. Maybe you’ve heard about this already. So, when you ask Srilankan and expect yes/no answer, he or she might star to shake the head from right to the left, which may be confusing for you. Well, this means ‘hari’, which is basically ok and so positive answer.