Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Breakfast in an ANCIENT fortress ruins. SIGIRIYA ROCK, Sri Lanka. 🇱🇰

Just like the cinema, a visit to an ancient fortress is even better if you bring some food with you.

I started the hike up to the top of Sigiriya Rock early in an attempt to beat the crowds but there were still plenty of other white faces there. At the summit I did manage to find a quiet spot to enjoy an incredible view and some peaceful tranquillity with my breakfast. That was until a stray dog decided to join me.



I stayed at Hotel Sigiriya which has a perfect view of Sigiriya Rock from its swimming pool.

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Thursday, 30 May 2019

I took the DANGEROUS route. Hiking WORLD'S END trail in Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka. 🇱🇰

Sri Lanka has some beautiful countryside and amazing hiking trails. One of the most famous is World's End in the Horton Plains National Park which also features a scenic waterfall called Baker's Falls.

Unfortunately, because it's so well known, there were bound to be many other people hiking that day so I aimed to start the trail at 6am when the park first opened. I wanted to be the first to the main viewpoint which features a 870m drop.



At "Mini World's End', a smaller drop on the way to World's End there's a sign saying "DANGER" with a forward arrow and another saying "World's End" with a right arrow. I was curious so I took the path marked "DANGER". Where did it lead me?.

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Monday, 27 May 2019

My $54 SRI LANKA Hotel Room is AWESOME. (Ohiya village near Horton Plains National Park). 🇱🇰

What does $54 get you in your country? In my country it certainly doesn't get you a nice hotel room with an incredible view and with dinner and breakfast included.

In the beautiful village of Ohiya, close to the Horton Plains National Park, I stayed in this lovely Eco Lodge. It was the perfect location with beautiful views of the tea estates in the valley and close enough to the park entrance that I could easily hike World's End when the park opened at 6am.



It was a few kilometres of steep terrain from the train station but with nice weather and beautiful views it was certainly worth walking there rather than taking a tuk tuk.

The hotel: Hill Safari Eco Lodge, Ohiya, Sri Lanka

My room was "Luxury Room - Upper".

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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Railway Line Hiking in Sri Lanka (TRAIN COMING!!!)

Despite being prohibited, walking along the railway tracks is quite normal in Sri Lanka. You see locals doing it all the time. It's safe as long as you have a good idea when the trains are coming.



I was taking a train from Colombo to Ohiya and thought it would be nice to get off the train 1 stop early at Pattipola and hike along the tracks to my destination station. I really should have taken my own advice about knowing when the trains were due though........

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Friday, 10 May 2019

Chatting with SRI LANKAN Locals at Galle Fort Beach. (Cheap Day Trip by Train from Colombo,) 🇱🇰

I escaped the big city by jumping on a train to Galle. With a 2nd class ticket costing 240 rupees ($1.37 USD / £1.06 GBP) and the ride only lasting 2 hours, it made for an easy and cheap day trip from Colombo.



Galle Fort was initially developed by the Portuguese but it was the Dutch who built it up in the 1700's. Despite being a world heritage site, nothing is closed off, so it was possible to along the walls while taking in the nice sea breeze. And after getting all hot, a nice dip in the ocean, which is where I met some local Sri Lankans for a fun chat.

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Saturday, 4 May 2019

FRIENDLY Locals, CHEAP Food. Exploring Colombo, Sri Lanka. VLOG

I had a free day in Colombo, Sri Lanka before going to explore the rest of the country. My travel itinerary was well planned, except for what to do in Colombo. No problem, there's always something to do (and eat) in big city and Colombo was no exception.



$0.85 for a large selection of Sri Lankan Achcharu and $0.17 for a Cinnamon Drink. That's what you call value for money. You can eat in Colombo until you're full without your wallet being empty.

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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Avoid this SCAM in Sri Lanka

Every day in Sri Lanka I was approached by random strangers trying to convince me to go places. I happened to be recording a vlog when one of them approached me and the followed me through the streets in a desperate attempt to get me to go to some fake Tsunami Temple. Having watched the video back and doing a bit of research afterwards I can explain what the scam is. Watch the video to find out.



Unfortunately these scammers give the good citizens of Sri Lanka a bad name. Most people that you talk to in a genuine interaction are friendly and helpful. The presence of scammers targeting tourists shouldn't stop you from talking to the locals. Just have a lot of common sense and know that if something doesn't seem right then it isn't.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Scottish Hotel in Sri Lanka. What's on the menu?

Video Blog. Follow me as I stay in a Scottish hotel in Sri Lanka.



After spending 6 hours in my wee pod at the Capsule Hotel it was time to check in to a real hotel. Having not visited Scotland for a couple of years I decided to stay in a Scottish-themed hotel called The Steuart, a good Scottish name.

How was it? Were there any deep-fried Mars Bars on the in-room dining menu? Was there Irn Bru in the minibar? Or was it not authentic at all? Watch and find out.

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The Steuart by Citrus: 01, 45 Hospital Ln, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

$19 Capsule Hotel in Sri Lanka

I'm making the switch from blogging to vlogging, so let's get started:



I recently stayed in a Japanese style Capsule Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I was inspired by watching a video from Harald Baldr a week earlier, where he stayed in a capsule in Vietnam. As I arrived in the early hours of the morning it seemed like a good opportunity to not waste money on a hotel room and have a cool experience at the same time.

So how was the experience? Watch the video to find out.

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The Capsule Hotel: 380 Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Koh Lanta - Trip Report

I decided to spend Xmas 2017 with my girlfriend in Koh Lanta; one of the few beautiful Thai islands that has yet to be overrun by loud, elephant-pants-wearing trashpackers drinking out of buckets or massive groups of manner-less Chinese tourists.

Getting there from Sri Lanka (trip report) involved being transported in every form of vehicle, but in Koh Lanta I had one of my own; a wee Honda Click scooter for zipping around the island.


This is where I made a rare travel blunder, embarrassingly in the country that I know best.