Backpacking Sri Lanka

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
The essential guide for the independent traveller planning a tour of Sri Lanka. The guide includes top attractions, heritage sites, beach resorts, as well as travel advice on how to tour Sri Lanka. It includes insider travel tips to avoid the tourist scams and to stay safe and healthy. It provides helpful advice on transport options and includes train and bus routes and schedules. More

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About Gail leach

When I was 10 I went to see a magical mystical fortune teller at the school fate. She took my hand and studied it for a long time and then told me I had GYPSY BLOOD. I was shocked and horrified. I protested and told her that I knew exactly who my parents were and neither were gypsies. She laughed at me and then explained she meant i would travel the world like gypsies do. To me this seemed like an impossible dream.
I grew up in a small village in England where nothing much ever happened. People were born in the village, educated in the village and worked in the village, unless they were unlucky and had to travel the 3 miles into town. Yet here I am, I have travelled to so many countries, had many adventures and lived in UK, Dubai, Singapore and Sri Lanka and I am not finished yet. As they say life is an adventure, so live it!

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alexa7 reviewed on April 7, 2016

I should add a 5 star rating!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
alexa7 reviewed on April 7, 2016
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I have been spending winter holidays in Sri Lanka for the past 5 years and I wish I had read this book year one! It is a comprehensive guide to not only travelling in Sri Lanka, but also a guide on how to understand Sri Lanka. The author presents all sides of the cultural story that makes up this country and she really tells it like it is. I would recommend Backpacking in Sri Lanka to anyone wanting to experience life on the island...even without a backpack!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Jo Nash reviewed on March 26, 2016

I have lived in Sri Lanka for five years and can assure any reader that this is no holds barred unmanicured guide to the paradise island by a genuine insider. Humorous and bold in parts when describing some the set-backs travellers may encounter it is also accurate and up to date in its description of location specific services. I don’t agree with the description of the food as I love the vegetarian version of the local rice and curry based cuisine, short eat pastries, fritters and cutlets but I have heard meat and fish eaters complain in ways that are similar to the author. The section on Sri Lankan drinking culture is particularly amusing and worth reading for any traveller wanting to enjoy the bars in peace. The island has a big drinking culture but it is somewhat hidden and much of it consists of imbibing homemade brews due to the soaring price of legal liquor pushing it beyond the means of many locals. This policy of raising prices is the government’s attempt to control drinking but in fact it does not achieve its goal but merely drives affordable liquor production underground. However there is a love of drinking in bars but most tend to be male only spaces. It is in fact illegal for a Sri Lankan woman to buy alcohol in Sri Lanka, so any women of South Asian descent- beware! The safest places for solo female travellers have been tried and tested by the author. I agree with her conclusions which are also useful guides for couples and groups when you want a hassle- free night out. The section on Sri Lanka’s wildlife describes the island’s outstanding natural beauty and the best ways to observe, appreciate and explore what can deservedly be called paradise. Sri Lanka is wondrously magical in its stunning beauty and it’s for this reason I lived there so long. So if you are going there for a short or long trip, do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of Backpacking Sri Lanka for an insider’s guide to the highs and lows of island life. You won’t regret it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Joyce Boyden reviewed on March 17, 2016

Complete authoritative travel guide / resource for Sri Lanka! Highly recommend!

If your travel plans include touring India, you will want to add Sri Lanka to your itinerary. Here is a well-written travel guide on how to tour Sri Lanka that you will want to invest in for your travels. This book is such a complete guide for touring Sri Lanka – guaranteed to answer all your questions so you can confidently make your own travel plans. Because the author has lived there, you will receive detailed, truthful information from a trustworthy source! You’ll get to learn about types of travel, tours, weather, money, how to dress, food and drink, culture and much more. Even if you’re not planning to travel to Sri Lanka, this is an excellent resource for school and college students who need to do research about this country.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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