Female Travellers: white woman solo in Sri Lanka

Yes, I – a white woman from Europe – went to Sri Lanka alone. I’ve always wanted to do it. Just take a backpack and go somewhere far away all by myself. Outside Europe, somewhere where the culture is completely different. I wanted to try myself out in the new situation – check if I can manage and if this kind of travel is for me? Or maybe it will overgrow me so I’ll hide under the sheet (it was a wrong assumption – there are no sheets in Sri Lanka) and during my stay I’ll not stick my nose out?

So I bought the tickets, I began to search for information about the country, I packed my backpack (before I reached the state of backpack nirvana, I re-packed about 12 times), I got on a bus to Prague, checked in at the airport, I got on a plane and …

And at that moment I realized that there was no turning back. I’m just sitting on the Emirates plane to Dubai and I’ll catch another to Colombo. The captain greets by microphone with passengers, the stewardess gives me a hot towel (I feel like the first time I left my home village – “what am I going to do about it?!” – but my reliable intuition suggested that in this case just do what others do – wipe yourself), my heart is in my mouth. Shall I shout to let me go or shall I face the great world, which wants either to hug me, or to eat me?

But hey, wasn’t it my dream? To check myslef, move the horizon? Gain new experience? Calm down, you silly, you wanted it! You are doing something amazing, something that not every woman would undertake. And most of all – you fulfill yourself!

Besides, I always believed that you have to try everything in life, just to say later that you’ll not repaet something, because it’s not for you.

So I decide to sit quietly and somehow I manage to even control the panic in my head. In the inner harmony I landed in Dubai, got excited about a super modern terminal of Emirates (on the walls they have big clocks with even bigger mark ROLEX underneath – I think I should make a separate entry about that), hassled in excitement two Polish girls who clearly wanted to get rid of me, however, my emotions interfered my real perception of the world so I couln’t read the signals sent by them, and finally – to their delight – I head towards my gate, get on another plane and flew to Colombo.

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And now the only real adventure begins! 32 hours of the trip was enough time to get my adrenaline and fear turned into excitement and curiosity. I do not know yet, but the first 10 minutes after leaving the airport I learn how to be resourceful and assertive. Unconsciously I avoid being a victim of vultures who see me as a walking wallet (“Madam, taxi to Colombo, taxi to Colombo”). Fortunately for them, and unfortunately for me, what is delayed is not lost, and soon I let be befooled a few times.

What is actually not such a bad thing, because thanks to the cozen situations I became so self-assure and assertive that in the last week of my stay every conman shaked in fear of me.

But that’s not supposed to be talked today, but certainly it is strongly associated with traveling alone.

Harrasing and groping

Today’s entry was supposed to be about whether Sri Lanka is a suitable country for a white woman like me. And with my fair hair and steel eyes I’m probably more white than most European and American. In many countries, my type of beauty is quite exotic, which sometimes causes all sorts of teasing and embarrassing situations, for instance, hair or skin touching, asking if my eyes are real (that scares me the most, because you never know what a charlatan the person is and what he could do with my eyes…), or giving different marriage proposals (even in the presence of my husband).

And how I felt in Sri Lanka?

I guess it was just one of the reasons why I fell in love with this country. No one harrased me, undressed with the look, groped. I felt like they treated me like the air, though I know they glanced furtively. How wonderful!

Did I have some unpleasant situations? Few if it comes to cozening, but – as I said – it will be described separately. I wrote about a guy who accosted me in Dambulla. He did not do me any harm, however, his talking was so annoying that finally I had to tell him to leave me alone.

There was also one situation when I felt like a monkey in a zoo, but it’s not because of Sri Lankans but some Pakistani hipsters, who wanted to have 300 photos with me for Facebook. Needless to say that I looked lovely, so sweaty, tired of the heat and bored. And they took these pictures endlessly. One more, the last one! Man, get lost, I beg you.

Sri Lankans didn’t behave like that.

My friends told me that when they was in Delhi in India, people on the streets came across them on purpose just to touch them.

In Sri Lanka something like that didn’t happen to me, even in crowded Colombo.

Once when I was walking through tea estate, one older Sri Lankan woman, while passing me, greeted and grabbed my arm in such a way as someone friendly pats on the back.

The second time happened to me on the beach, when was sitting by myself and watched the ocean, a 5-year-old child came, touched my hair, then fled ashamed. Yes, little, it is real. 😉

However, I must stress that traveling has taught me not to provoke. Besides, it’s not important while travelling to show everyone your attributes, like wear shorts that barely cover up your ass.

White woman, shame on you!

Many women in journey behave as if they were at home. Too shamelessly show off their assets. It does not matter if it’s a country in Europe, the Middle East or somewhere further. I remember when we were in Israel and there was a woman not much younger than my mum, and she wore shorts exposing her buttocks. Leave aside the fact that she was with her husband (and as far as I remember a daughter, too), but at a certain age, when you got a bit too much body here and there, it is simply slimy and pathetic. It’s not even about how she looks, but what culture do you eplore and what do you sightsee. Where are you going with this uncovered ass, it’s Middle East and you’re just entering a church! You’re following, right? It’s about the respect!

I don’t like to provoke. I’m not saying that in Sri Lanka I was tightly covered with a cloth, but I tried not to attract attention. I don’t want to tempt the fate. I described already, that a lot of good things happened to me in Sri Lanka, but I also think by behaving respectively I was far away from the bad ones. Why draw attention to yourself? Especially when I’m alone somewhere at the end of the world?

Like one Czech girl, who started to talk to me on the beach in Unawatuna. I was just sitting alone, looking at the see, when she came, asked about something, we chatted a bit, and the girl said that she will go for a swim in the ocean. And that’s when I saw her taking out of the bag her bikini. I guess, I wanted to put it on.

But where?


Quickly I give her my big scarf, come on, girl, cover up, people look at you, women frown upon her big white ass and in their eyes you can see outrage, they turn heads around, men, on the contrary, I do not want to know what they imagine, but they lasciviously lick their lips but the Czech doesn’t worry, she shows her ass, tits, put on her bikini without embarrassment, as if it was a locker room at the pool, not a public beach in Sri Lanka. I understand that it’s a tourist beach, but still open for locals.

And I’m sitting next to her, and do not know where I can hide…

And then such women are harrased and it really doesn’t surprise me! Do you think that when you show your pussy, no one has the right to herres you? You give them that right, in the end you show that the most intimate parts of your body are available to everyone! Maybe at home you’re ok about nudity, but here is the end of the world – a different culture, other people, other customs. What a ignorance and a lack of imagination!

Some people should stay at home.

Fortunately, I did not have quite such a situation that someone assaulted me or gave me immoral proposals. If anyone started to talk already, usually it was a friendly question. (I’m not talking about souvenir sellers who wanted to sell me something, but I knew how to get rid of them, if I was not interested.) People were more curious about where I am from and how I like Sri Lanka, and not about my person as a single woman who needs a male company.

White woman must be from Holland

I remember when in Unawatuna one Sri Lankan in a jewelry store asked me:
‘Where are you from?’
‘Oh, good. There is a lot of Dutch here!’
Dutch? Why Dutch?
‘No, no. I am not Dutch, not Holland. Poland! I’m Polish!’
‘… Where is it?
‘Ummmmm… well between Russia and Germany …?’
‘Hmmm … And what currency do you have?’
‘Well … zloty…’
‘Zloty? Since when?’
‘Since… always?’
‘I don’t know. Polish, Polish…?’
‘Oh… fine, let it be,’ I took a deep breath and for the first time in my life I said: ‘Polish is a bit like Russian…’
‘Aaaaaaaa! Russian! You could say that at the beginning!’
Don’t get me wrong: I like Russia, and Russian language and literature and ballet… But it’s like a Canadian had to say that he is American. Or even better – Scottish had to say that he is English. You know what I mean, right? 😉

Sri Lanka amazed me as well as its people. Not everyone in this opinion agrees with me, and I think about issues not related to money. I mean the sense of alienation and treatment as a monkey in a zoo, or rather the lack of it. While the Sri Lankans were specific and different, they seemed friendly for me. That’s the image of Sri Lanka I remember and that image I would like to pass on to others.

And what do you think of Sri Lanka and its people? Have you been there or maybe only heard about it? Maybe you’ve been in another country, which inhabitants seemed for you like Sri Lankan for me? And what about the women who provoke on the go? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. Hello! Nice to meet fellow traveler form Poland! Sri Lanka sounds intriguing! I am glad you had great time there 🙂 The Poland/Holland bit is quite popular, haha, no idea if this is because people hear what they want or because it is easier for them.

    • I guess it’s quite popular missunderstanding in Sri Lanka because it used to be Dutch colony and I can imagine that most of Sri Lankans never heard of Poland! 😀
      Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  2. The beginning of your posts describes all the feelings I had on my first solo trip abroad….I am so glad that you had a good experience in Sri Lanka 🙂 Gives me hope that I could do it too!

    • I really enjoyed that country and I’m going there back in March! 🙂 Amazing historical sites and landscapes, kind people and it’s really developing well for tourists. I felt there very safe and can recommend visiting Sri Lanka! 🙂

  3. I have always wanted to visit Sri Lanka, few of girlfriends had travelled there as solo travelers and always go on about how friendly and polite the people are glad you had such a good experience!

  4. I’d love to go to Sri Lanka so was really interested to read how you got on. I visited India a few years ago and although it was fascinating I found it quite hard work with the hassle sometimes, so it’s good to hear Sri Lanka is more laid back.

    • I’ve heard absolutely the same about India and now I’m quite sure that I’d not go there alone. Sri Lanka is much better place so I really recommend to visit it! 🙂

    • Oh, yes, it is! I haven’t been to India yet but what I’ve heard from other people (women especially) made me believe that Sri Lanka is much easier destination!
      Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  5. As a fellow solo female traveller I applaud you for not letting what people say get in your way of where you want to go! Also great to hear that you were not harassed and the people were so kind. Funny that they didn’t know Poland.

  6. Im travelling to SL solo this year for two weeks and can really identify with your pre trip feelings, so glad you had a good time, its given me more confidence about my own trip! Thanks 🙂

  7. Hi Hanna! many thanks for writing this. I am going to SL in March and was already getting nervous about going there alone from all I read on the internet. I have been traveling through India quite a bit, but from what I was reading online it sounded so much worse (crazy beach boys etc) Now I am feeling more confident staying there on my own and am sure it will be an amazing experience

    • Sri Lanka is wonderful! I’m sure you’ll love it! 🙂
      I’m going to be in Sri Lanka again with my group, maybe we’ll have a chance to meet? 😀

  8. Great post. I’ve been wanting to travel to Sri Lanka for a long time and it looks like I will have to do it on my own so its nice to know that I dont have to worry about my safety toooo much.

    I had a similar experience with modesty on a beach in rural Indonesia except my friend and I were the offenders. We thought we were going to a tourist beach but it turned out to be a locals place and we didnt feel comfortable wearing a bathing suit. NO WOMEN were swimming. We just sat in our dresses and stared at the beach longingly. We didnt go back to that beach the next day, haha.

    • Oh wow that’s really unconvenient feeling! 😀 There are some beaches only for locals in Sri Lanka so make sure you’ll visit the tourist one during your stay there! 🙂

  9. Thanks so much for your insight about traveling to Sri Lanka — I just booked flights there! I totally get you on women not dressing appropriately and then complaining about getting harassed/looked at; as I’ve been travelling around SE Asia for the past two months, I’ve seen so many women wearing super tiny shorts revealing their actual behinds or tops so oversized you can see lacy bras on display, or no bras at all and thus a LOT of side boob! How this is appropriate clothing for Buddhist/Muslim countries where people naturally cover up? No one is saying dress like a nun (I’ve been wearing a mix of shorts and tank tops, as well as long-sleeved shirts and pants) just don’t walk around with your underwear or private parts showing! Anyway love your input on Sri Lanka, I’m super excited to go there but nervous about being a solo white female there. Did you stay at hostels or hotels while you were there?

    • Hi Jen! Thanks for your comment 🙂

      I’ve stayed in cheap family guest houses 🙂 the nicest type of accommodation I can recommend! And they are completely safe. 🙂 Send me an email with the places you want to visit and I’ll send you some addresses 🙂

      • Hanna,

        I am about to travel to Sri Lanka solo and I have found your blog very supportive. It will be my first solo adventure and I am looking forward to it.
        I noticed that you said you could give some recommendations of guest houses – I would be very interested to hear where you have stayed.

        Kind regards
        Hayley 🙂

  10. What a great post! I love Sri Lanka and have been there 7 times, due to go back in a few weeks. It’s such an amazing country with really diverse landscape and with wonderful people. I am happy more people are going there to travel. I’ve been lucky to have always felt very safe there and met lovely Sri Lankans and tourists.

    I love the part on Poland, very true! although a lot more Eastern Europeans are now starting to travel there so perhaps they will work out where it is.

    • Thanks for your comment Nicola!
      Honestly, it’s so funny to try to explain to someone who has no idea where Poland is. We’ll see if it’s going to change 😉

  11. I stumbled upon your website while googling “is it safe for solo female travellers to visit Sri Lanka.” – thank you for sharing your experience, it’s really nice to know that safety is not an issue in Sri Lanka. Can’t wait to book my ticket!

  12. I’m going to Sri Lanka this November (I actually am from Holland ;-)) and I’m so looking forward to traveling on my own with my backpack (and no set plan)! I’ve traveled on my own before in Peru and Bolivia and absolutely loved it.
    However, I got a little worried about the warnings you read online (even in the Lonely Planet and on the Dutch government website..) for women travelling on their own. Therefore it’s quite a relief to read your post.
    Just wondering; did you meet many other travelers? Is it easy to find groups to travel with for e.g. safari’s or hiking? Would you advise traveling by train or bus (public transport) or did you find that unsafe?

    I’d love to hear your advise/opinion on this!

    • I travel only with public transport and I think it is safe 🙂 Nothing bad never happened to me there, however, I would never rent a car because they drive so crazy! 😉
      It’s easy to find travellers in guesthouses and hostels but I’m not sure if it’s so easy to find a group you can organise a safari with. I was lucky to find 2 girls who were travelling my way, maybe you’ll have the same! Good luck! 🙂

    • Hi Mariken,

      Here also a Dutch girl who wants to travell alone to SL. How was it??? I do read positive storing but also a lot negative….

      Hope you had a graag time and hope you let me know how it was!

      • Hi Judith,
        It is a beautiful country! It was also safe enough to travel alone, just use common sense (and wear clothes that cover well) and you should be fine ;-). In the middle and south part of SL you’ll find enough backpackers traveling alone, but in the ‘northern’ parts (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa) there are no hostels and very few backpackers.
        Also, I found that guides, organisations etc (even the ones through the Lonely Planet) often try to make you pay more than you originally agreed on (payment is usually afterwards), but it seems to happen more to females than males (I guess they think we are more easily persuaded etc). It is a good thing to get things in writing (also what is included in the price) or make sure you have the exact amount of money ready and just stand your ground ;-).
        Hiking in Knuckles Range is fantastic, nature in general in Sri Lanka is amazing! Ella is a beautiful town, definitely worth a visit and though it’s tough, climbing Adams Peak -with good weather- is absolutely worth it 🙂 Furthermore I really fell in love with Mirissa.. Hope you have a great trip!

  13. Thank you for your interesting blog Hanna. I’m considering going to Sri Lanka in December by myself, for about 3 weeks and staying in budget accommodation/home stays. I’ve only just started researching places to go and what to do. Where can you recommend that I go and what should I see? As well as big cities, I love to go to places that aren’t full of tourists. Do you have favourite places?

    • Hey! Thanks for the comment 🙂 I really like Kandy as it is very good base to see many places nearby, and Ella and Kataragama. Ella is a touristy but it has some places where you can walk/hike without tourists 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy Sri Lanka! If you have any more questions just write me! 🙂

  14. I’ll be in Sri Lanka solo in two weeks, so this post greatly comforts me! 🙂

    However, it’s both interesting and confusing to see such contrasting, black and white opinions on whether it’s safe for women to travel alone there on the internet… friends I know and bloggers who’ve been say it’s absolutely fine and everyone is lovely, however there’s also posts and reviews online saying the entire experience was terrifying, and you’ll be all but raped.

    • Well, I’ve found also some negative opinions but I can’t agree with them totally! Sri Lanka is safe but just remember to keep your eyes open and don’t take unnecessary risk! I hope you will love this country! 🙂

  15. Hi Hanna, so glad to see your piece, travelling to shri lanka next year solo. Quite terrified though, since its the first time i will be travelling alone.

  16. Hi Hanna, So happy to read that you felt safe in Sri Lanka. I am travelling there next week with my two daughters as my husband is unable to travel with us now due to work. I wasn’t sure whether to go or not but feel much better after reading about your experience. I guess the same precautions as I would normally use at home. I’m just really worried about keeping my daughters safe. We will be spending most of the trip staying at a friends house but then travelling to Kandy from Galle alone. I think I will hire a driver which should hopefully be safer.

    • All the public transport is safe, maybe just a bit crazy 😉 but of course it’s better to hire a driver if it makes you more comfortable! I hope you’ll love Sri Lanka! Happy travels! 🙂

  17. Hi Hanna, I am Sri Lankan born (although I have lived abroad most of my life). Thank you for your honest post on SL. Regarding your comments about foreign women behaving as if they were at home, adults who undress in front of children in Australia would be charged with indecent exposure, so no one undresses on the beach (unless its a designated topless beach). However I have frequently observed Australians abroad behaving in the oddest ways -almost as if they were showing off. I’m glad you found it embarrassing too. Women talk about getting respect, but don’t always practice what they preach! On a different note I think it is awesome that you travelled alone. I took my two young daughters with me & did the Cultural Triangle 3 years ago. Sadly my 11yr old (in shorts) was sexually harassed by some creeps in Pinnawela – our very expensive hire-car driver was nowhere to be seen). My relatives later said “I told you so” because they thought I was mad to venture out of Colombo without my husband. I am determined to go again – with my daughters, but this time I will not book a hire-car (total rip off – driver demanded a huge tip at the end too!)I will also not stay in 5 star hotels & I will catch local buses. On the last point, how did you cope with reading Sinhalese? I can only read & speak English. all the buses I saw only had Sinhala signs.

    • Hi Christine! Thank you for your honest comment! Sorry to hear what happened to your daughter, that shouldn’t happen anywhere in the world!
      About Sinhalese, well, I have no idea how to read it, how it sounds etc. I just see strange signs and that’s all 😉
      Cheers and happy travels!

  18. Hi Hanna,thanks for this now you’ve made up my mind to travel solo in Sri Lanka!:) I’m excited coz its my first time to go alone.

  19. Hi Hanna,
    I really enjoyed reading your post! I’m a bit wary of traveling in Sri Lanka – I’m going there for 2 weeks in August, and will have to be alone for part of my trip I think. And I really don’t enjoy being sexually harassed- but it sounds like as long as I dress conservatively and modestly (and I don’t plan to walk around alone at night) it’s okay!
    Could you send me some information on which guesthouses you stayed in? I would really prefer that to do that (and I don’t have the budget for fancy hotels every night), so that would be really helpful to me!!
    Also, I am planning to take some train rides (not at night, but as a way to get from one place to another); did you do this alone, and did you feel safe on the train rides?
    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Maya! Thanks for your comment. You shouldn’t be worry at all! Sri Lanka is very easy destination for solo female travellers. You don’t even have to dress very modestly, only when visiting temples. Please read my another post with all the practical info http://hannatravels.com/sri-lanka-practical-info-prices-what-see/ you will find there all the accommodation I usually stay in and some extra tips. And don’t worry, Sri Lanka is really amazing country 🙂
      You’re welcome! 🙂

  20. Thank you so much for this post.
    As I am planning a 5 week trip to Sri Lanka and I did read a lot of things about that it wasnt safe for a woman travelling alone.
    Now I am confident I will be fine. Thanks!
    I am still a bit scared but well who isnt on a big solo trip? 😉

    • Thanks for your comment! In fact I am always scared, despite the fact I’ve been travelling solo few times already. But it’s like moving out from your comfort zone again and again and it’s addictive! 🙂
      I’m happy that you liked the post! 🙂

  21. Hi Hanna,
    I am glad I came across your blog. I am travelling solo to Sri Lanka next week and I am definitely feeling less anxious after reading your post. I am not new to travelling on my own, I have been doing this for a few years, however I was worried that SL might be a bit like India, which I personally found too intense for solo female traveller.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences 🙂

  22. Hi hanna !,

    Thanks a lot for this post 🙂 I am a girl of almost 21 and Sri Lanka will be my first trip alone. I am super excited but also scared. I read really different reactions on the safety for women in Sri Lanka. Do you think that my young age will have a bigger influence on my safety or not ? I also read a lot that going by train is not that safe ? Do you have any idea on these things ? 🙂

    • Hey Pauline! Thanks for your comment! No, I don’t think that your young age would be a disadvantage here, no worries. I also think that trains are very safe there, nothing bad ever happened to me and I love trains in Sri Lanka! 🙂

      • Hey Hanna,

        I also hear from different people that it is quite difficult to meet people in Sri Lanka. They say that there are not that many backpackers and that it is more a family destination. Did you had the same feeling ?

  23. As a Czech girl seeking out information about female solo travelling in Sri Lanka, I didn’t expect to read about my fellow Czech travellers in such a way I did in your, may I say, very helpful article.

    Thank god I´m not so courageous (or shameless) as other Czech girls seem to be 😀 However, I´m going to Sri Lanka this July all alone for the first time and your insights only got me more excited and also slightly scared because of the departure getting closer and closer…in a good way, though. I´m sure that by the time I leave Dubai it will be all fine and, more importantly, there will be no going back!

    Thanks again, you have a wonderful blog, keep up the good work!


    • Thanks for your comment! Haha, I don’t think all Czech girls are like that! 😀 Have fun in Sri Lanka, it is really an amazing country! 🙂

  24. Nice text. I read it. But I’m little wonder one person never heard about the Poland. Unless now Poland is not a communist country Usually in SRi Lankan people has a good knowledge about communist countries. Usually in Sri Lankan society highly honored the people from communist countries. When jaruselki was died ,it was published by the local news papers. Further they blame to lech walesa 🙄🙄…
    I also have a good polish friend her name was Ewa… In my understanding Eastern European people and girls different than the Western European people. Further I noticed polish people hate communism and Russia. In our point it totally strange.

    Further I will tell you something which told my client , he was a tuk tuk driver (I’m a Lawyer) , I asked about the hires and the charges then he told me , we are charging little more price of the people from USA, U.K., France , Germany….etc but we charge same price as the local from Russian, Czech, Chinese… (Old communist countries)

  25. What a fab blog! I’m just planning my trip to Sri Lanka for next year. The only solo trips I’ve been on have been in the UK (where I live), so I don’t think that really counts…

    I’m planning 2 weeks in Sri Lanka, with part of that being an organised group tour (yet to be decided upon). Did you do any group tours?

    I’m also curious as to who took your pics! I’m always terrified of being scammed or mugged (though it’s never happened to me, but I know plenty of people it has happened to), more so with me being on my own.

    Thanks again for the reassuring post, though I will continue to research and be super informed before I go!

  26. In October I’ve travelled alone in Sri Lanka for 10 days and everything was good and safe, one of my best journeys ever! I was quite worried, there are so many forums talking about dangers for solo females, but when I’ve landed to Sri Lanka I’ve realised that my idea was completely different from reality. I took taxi, tuk tuk, train (first class option is very safe), I walked alone in cities, crowded temples, gardens, markets, on the beach, no problems at all. Everything I’ve visited was extremely beautiful, nature in Sri Lanka is amazing.
    The rules I’ve followed were:
    – don’t walk alone during the night
    – wear always long and simple clothes
    – for long transfers or airport transfers, ask the hotel for a good driver (the receptionists usually know reliable drivers)
    I’ve found Sri Lanka people gentle and helpful, but sure they don’t understand why a 40 years old woman wants to travel alone or is not married.
    Be careful with people outside the temples or around monuments: at first they give interesting information about local culture, but then they try to sell you things and stones or to take you to a shop, and is quite annoying.
    Sri Lanka, I miss you!

  27. Hi Hanna,

    It is a good post.

    I grew up in Srilanka, it is a beautiful country, the political tension is over, and it is safe to travel. you touched on the main thing Hanna

    1. Try not attract attention – dress accordingly to the culture. cover your assets as Hanna says. temptation is everywhere dressing modestly helps, this is not just in srilanka everywhere around the world

    2. At night don’t go alone, and try to finish all dinner and shopping before 09:00 Pm

    3. even when going swimming in the beaches dress appropriate swimwear, and change the dress in the hotels not in front of everyone.

    4. always have company of the local women, they are like your sisters and mothers they really will come to your rescue in any case.

    5. don’t carry too much cash in hand and no expensive gold jewelry or expensive

    6. control your emotions ( anger and irritation especially,) be polite and humble in all your actions, you can say everything ( inside you can be serious, but outside you should be relaxed and smiling)

    7. enjoy your time, it is island with wonderful people, good luck,,

    like anyplace people will come to sell stuff, most of the local people are poor and income they make out of foreigners helps feeding the family and kids, so please realize everything from the other person’s point as well,

    god bless, enjoy your trip

  28. I’ve leaned a lot about Sir Lanka and to me it seems like a unsafe place to live for a woman.

    I have a friend that lives there and they tell me if i ever go there to keep a eye out on the men there. They said if they found out i was there they would take me out right away.

    How did the men look at u or treat you there when you went. Did they look at you in inappropriate ways or did they ask questions bout your personal life. That’s some things to look for..

    • I think your friends overreact a bit 😉 Everywhere you go you should be carefull but Sri Lanka is not so dangerous for women. Men in Sri Lanka treat me as any other white traveller – which means a wallet full of money. I don’t know if they look because I’m focused on my amazing day and not if something is looking at me or not 😉

  29. Heading to Sri Lanka (Galle) from London in few hours on my own! Thank you for the article, made me smile, giggle and gave me a mega boost before the travel 🙂 xx

  30. Hi,

    I just read this, I wanna say a very simple thing that This country(Sinhalese dominant) is different in the culture from other South Asian countries.

  31. yeah its so different from other south asian countries , the only prob with em is when they see people dressed half. Soo its something new cause we are used to dress with whoel covered, hhahah yeah its true that with that hot weather you can not resist for more than 2 hours with long sleeves etc.. but srilankans are used to it. its a nice calm buddhist country no harm will happen from em. have a nice day 😛

  32. ha ha.. I’m a Sri Lankan live in Japan.when i met my first and one and only Polish friend and when I asked her where she is from, she said “Poland” but I heard it like “Holland”and I started to talk about thousand things that I know about “Holand”. Then she said “Man, Its Poland” with a face little disappointed. Anyway, I gooled and learnt thousand things about Poland such a peaceful country. And we are still friends, such friendly people. Why Im here? A japanese girl is planning to visit SL alone and she asked to help me.This would be very useful. And ,,,ha ha.. I know your feeling, when ,in Japan, someone call me an Indian though I’m a big fan of Hindusthani Music.

    • Hahahaa, thanks fot the comment! I hear ya very well! 😀 oh, all those prenounciations and you-look-like problems! (so many people ask me if I am Swedish! :v) 😀

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