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    Quote Originally Posted by Phrakhanong View Post
    ended up at one of the old colonial hotels (Galle Face), which offered a nice relaxing pace and made me feel like it was 1900.
    I worked right next to the Galle Face from 77-79; the waiters were older than the hotel! Probably still there.

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    Went to Sri Lanka the first time in 79 but have not been back since 82.

    Absolutely loved it then - hardly any car traffic (plus odd and even license plate restrictions on Sundays) and you could really race down Galle Street.

    The beach near the Mount Lavinia was really not so bad then but the most beautiful ones where near Galle. Picture perfect, hardly any tourists and the most fantastic curries and chili crabs directly at the beach.

    Also went to Nuwara Eliya and visited the tea plantations and breweries. Stayed at the Grand Hotel - huge rooms, no hot water but a massive fire place in the room. Still froze my arse off - it can really get quite cool up there.

    Stunningly beautiful and diverse country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grasshopper
    This continual reference to you "being a married man" - does your wife (?) have access to Teakdoor as well?
    Nope; do you think I'd be posting the comments I do if she did???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Kandy is well worth a visit. The botanical gardens there are spectacular (you may remember them as the site of the British Intelligence School in "The Bridge Over The River Kwai".) Also from the same movie, the huge swarms of giant fruit bats are on the curving mountain road leading up to Kandy. Kandy also contains the Temple of The Tooth, housing one of Buddha's teeth.


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    I lived in Kandy for a year between 2011-2012 and made some good friends there - nice place boring after 1 year though

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    I lived in Kandy for a year between 2011-2012 and made some good friends there - nice place boring after 1 year though[/quote]

    That kind of sums up the way I remember Sri Lanka.

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    If any of you folks wanna add any more pics of your own, please feel free to do so; I was only there for a couple of days, so didn't take many...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    If any of you folks wanna add any more pics of your own, please feel free to do so; I was only there for a couple of days, so didn't take many...
    I lived there before cameras were invented.

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    ^ i only had a kodak instamatic back then,

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    You gotta learn to use the EV(Exposure) Meter Setting on your Camera. Read your Camera Instruction Book, while sitting on the beach quaffing Beers. Turn the EV Filter up or down, to open or close the camera lens, depending on the light strength. As a Rule of Thumb ALWAYS Shoot Photos with the sun BEHIND you! The photos will be crisper. Cameras seldom have lenses capable adjusting as well as the human eye lens, except for extremely expensive cameras ...which I find are to bloody bulky to fit conveniently into your trouser pockets.m


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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    I lived in Kandy for a year between 2011-2012 and made some good friends there - nice place boring after 1 year though
    That kind of sums up the way I remember Sri Lanka.[/QUOTE]

    Yes Davis, a years enough there

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    ^ I spent two, then on to two in Bangladesh, followed by three in India. Seven years in SWAsia, plus a year of Hindi language intensive training, was more than enough. Haven't been back on the nightsoil circuit since leaving India in '86.

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    ^We'll traveled mate.I used to have a beer in the Royal Hotel in Kandy on a Saturday afternoon. Drinking arac with the locals was more fun though. I used to hate the staff in Food City though, obnoxious, arrogant fokers

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    ^Yep. Got around a bit. Followed India with 2 years in Saudi, 2 in Cambodia, 2 in Philippines, 3 in thailand, and now 15 more in Philippines. Plus 5 in France and one in Tunisia as a kid, and a war year in Vietnam. Pretty much rarely travel outside of SEA any more.

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    Lived in UK, Ireland, Thailand, Vietnam, Qatar, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and now Laos.........time to settle down methinks and Laos looking a good option with all the investment and development at present

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    your welcome in Laos any time mate

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    ^Who knows? You might see me one day. I've never been there other than straying into Laos once or twice during my Vietnam tour. I hear good things now.

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    ^Yes developing quickly........great people the Laos

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    Very disappointing thread second time around Betty.. or maybe my expectations have gone up somewhat these days.. a couple of photos of beer bottles and a potential scuffle between local tree rats and devil birds does not a travel thread make... looks like I'm gonna have to go and do one myself.. for the lads
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

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    ^ you should have booked for a few days in SL on your way from the ME to Bkk - it's very nice, well worth the visit, and everyone would love to see more photos; go for it!

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