[Wanderlust Tips January 2020] With amazing trips and off-the-beaten-path wanders, Blogger Ha Truc shared inspiring highlights from her trip to Sri Lanka.
Hi Ha Truc. How do you feel after your trip to Sri Lanka – the jewel of the Indian Ocean?
The Sri Lanka trip gave me a very new travel experience. The three things that I liked the most about Sri Lanka were the landscapes that are imbued with signature local features, the beautiful and peaceful Buddhist faith and the fact that curry is available everywhere.
Your stunning photos always impress your followers, so how did you prepare before travelling to Sri Lanka?
As you might know, I am a blogger specialising in photography and lifestyle, so it is very important to prepare concepts, clothes and accessories. Before this trip, I carefully reviewed the information and photos of each location on my itinerary. I also opted for bright yet discreet outfits. Most importantly, I kept myself in a good mood to really get the most out of each destination.
Many people still have concerns about travelling to Sri Lanka because of its political instability. You visited many destinations in Sri Lanka, so could you share more about your experience?
After returning from my trip to Sri Lanka, my biggest impression of the country was the beaming smiles of the locals. At first, I was a little apprehensive because of the different culture and meeting people for the first time. But I need not have worried, they were extremely approachable and hospitable. Especially, the strangers who I met on the road, greeted me with a very friendly smile.
It is true that there are positive and negative sides to every country. Depending on your perspective, you can decide whether the country suits you or not. A lot of South Asian countries are considered politically unstable, so you should research carefully before your trip. There are two important things that people need to be aware of before travelling to Sri Lanka, especially for women. Firstly, you must wear discreet outfits and secondly, you must not go out alone after 7 pm.
Being a part of Hello World #6 Voyage, you discovered a lot of interesting places in Sri Lanka, which place left the greatest impression on you?
I was really impressed with Dambulla Royal Cave Temple and Kandy City. Dambulla is a beautiful and sacred temple located in a mountain cave. If you visit the temple in the afternoon, you can see the brilliant rays of sunshine shining through the charming passageway. Kandy has a lake located in the heart of the city and many houses nestled on the hillside. Everywhere you go, you can hear the birds singing. I stayed in a hilltop hotel. When dusk fell, the city was illuminated with an array of colourful lights, making it one of the best moments of my trip.
What do you think about Sri Lankan cuisine?
Sri Lankan people are very proud of their cuisine and I can see that Western tourists are extremely excited about it. Personally, I found it a little difficult to adapt because Sri Lankan’s taste is a far cry from my taste. Their dishes, especially the curry, has a strong and spicy flavour.
If you were to return to Sri Lanka, where would you like to visit?
During this trip, I mainly visited the big cities, so next time I would definitely travel to the South and explore the wilderness of Sri Lanka, the area that many travel enthusiasts desire to experience at least once in their life.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience after your Sri Lanka trip.