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Where possible, rail travel is our preferred means of transport on our various Southeast Asia tours – especially for longer journeys. It’s certainly more environmentally friendly than hiring private buses, it avoids traffic, passengers can walk around – visit the buffet car, chat to other voyagers etc – views are often better than roadside ones and, these days, most Southeast…

Not for nothing did early foreign visitors name Sri Lanka ‘the Island of Serendipity’ and conveniently, the geography and weather patterns of Sri Lanka mean that our reply to when’s the best time to visit Sri Lanka is…pretty much any time of the year. The pear, or more aptly mango-shaped, island has a broad southern coastline with mountainous areas covering…

Horton Plains National Park is situated on the southern edge of Sri Lanka’s highlands region and forms part of the eponymously named UNESCO World Heritage-listing Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. The Park’s altitude is between 2,100 and 2,300m with vegetation consisting of a mixture of montane forest, gallery forests and heath/grassland. Flora is correspondingly varied and includes several endemic bird…

The Rangri Dambulla Cave Temple – to give it the full name – is located in the area of north-central Sri Lanka known as the ‘Cultural Triangle’ due to its proliferation of spectacular ancient sites such as the nearby, UNESCO-listed rock fortress of Sigiriya, and also World Heritage-listed ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. The series of 5 shallow, principal…

Current Sites Sri Lanka UNESCO Sites list currently stands at 6 cultural and 2 natural sites. The 6 cultural entries are predictable and logical and include the ancient city sites of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the cave temples at Dambulla and the rock fortress of Sigiriya with the historic towns of Galle and Kandy completing the compliment. Anuradhapura in the north-central…

Some time ago we swapped our safari and camping activities on our Sri Lanka tour from Yala National Park to lesser-known Udawalawe. Both are fantastic Sri Lankan National Parks with Yala being the country’s best-known protected area but with the slightly smaller Udawalawe lying a short distance to the west still offering great wildlife spotting possibilities and excellent overnight camping…

A random selection of Sri Lanka tour photos from our recent, ‘Island of Serendipity’ tour. These are kind of ‘people doing things’ photos rather than postcard-style, pretty pics (which we’ll save for a later post) so apologies for the fuzzy quality of some of the hurriedly taken smartphone shots. Somewhere between visiting the admittedly touristy, but certainly photogenic, stilt fishermen…

In the light of a few recent incidents we’ve encountered, we’d like to reiterate some essential passport requirements to check prior to any travel in Southeast Asia. They may seem minor and are easily overlooked but aren’t necessarily so in the eyes of immigration officials or airline staff. We do already mention such requirements on our site but it is…

Sri Lanka – recommended reading. Published in 2015 Elephant Complex by English author John Gimlette is not only the best book we’ve read on Sri Lanka but simply one of the best travel books we’ve come across on any destination, anywhere!  This compact yet insightful account covers over 2,000 years of the Island’s complex history, culture and society as well…

Since our recent Facebook photo proved popular we thought we’d post a few more of these wonderful images – the Maidens of the Clouds from Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. So-called because these wonderful frescoes are found halfway up a sheer cliff at the ancient site, and UNESCO World Heritage-listed, Sigiriya rock fortress in Sri Lanka’s ‘Cultural Triangle’. The rock shelters…

Sunbathing in the tropics – to do or not to do? Sure, a dose of vitamin D is good for you, even essential, but this whole sunbathing thing – lying in the sun on a beach or pool-side reclining chair for hours covered in oil – we thought was a late 20th-century phenomenon. Apart from the obvious risks of skin…

Oh my god – they’ve put ice in my drink, I’m going to die a horrible death! Southeast Asian ice cubes are a shortcut to a stomach pump in the nearest hospital! A commonly held myth maintained by certain guidebooks, but these days, in much of the region, simply false Firstly it’s well known that drinking very cold drinks when…