Sri Lanka | 04 December 2017

Acquaintance with Sri Lanka began at the airport of Colombo, where we landed at 7 am on 04 December 2017.
The visa was received on arrival, right at the airport, filling a small customs declaration and paying a visa fee at a bad rate, we had only euro.

We did not have a local currency, and we stayed there, all that was possible for two night flights, so we decided to go to the reserved hotel as usual. He was at the nearest town to the airport, Negombo.

The path was along a very busy road, there was dust, there was a smell of exhaust gases, it was very noisy and hot, everyone was buzzing, overtaking, passing drivers Tuk Tukov did not give passage, offered to give a ride. Everybody greeted each other. There were no pedestrian paths.
The day promised to be cheerful.

The weather really pleased. It was hot even to us, accustomed to living in warm countries. The path was not so close. In reality, the distance was a bit larger than it looked on the map. We had to bypass almost the entire airport, our hotel was on the other side.

After a couple of hours along the noisy highway, we turned into our small town Negombo.

We got to the Christian part, on the way saw the school and the church, the houses of local residents, who were very surprised by the Europeans, wandered to them to the outskirts. Everyone, absolutely everyone, greeted, waved, whether they were schoolchildren or passing, people passing by.

Find a hotel was not difficult, though with a GPS navigator. Besides him in the neighborhood there were a couple of small hotels, a family type.
We reached it in 4 hours, I think we are the only ones who did it on foot.

The family hotel was pretty nice and quite cheap, especially after Dubai. Even breakfast included in the price list. The room had its own shower and toilet. True, there was no electricity, they said work on the line, but after a couple of hours, electricity appeared.

After two night flights, we decided to rest and go in the evening to see the surroundings, the beach, the city.
In the evening, trying to find the way to the ocean, went straight, again along the roads, all unchanged, each Tuk Tuk strives to give a lift, each local to say hello.
Local, trendy disco.

Trying to get to the ocean, wandered into the territory, as it turned out to be a closed church.

Wandering along the small houses located on the shore, we tried to find an outlet to the ocean. Checking with the navigator, it became clear to the nearest good place, a normal beach, a couple more kilometers. In this place all exits to the ocean, as it is not sad, were littered with garbage. After wandering a little more around the town, we went back to the hotel.

In the morning, having breakfast, as it later turned out, dishes of national cuisine, these are local pancakes, on Tuk Tuk, went to the bus station. There we bought a ticket, very cheaply by the way, to Kandy. Buses on Sri Lanka are very exotic, inside many different posters, many deities are depicted.

The path took a couple of hours, there were a lot of people on the bus, the road was up and down, then to the right, to the left. We left at the bus station, immediately felt how polluted the city was, the fat of the Tuk Tuk are bustling around, cars, it’s difficult to breathe. Something else was expected from the city located on the top of the mountain, especially since this is a paradise island, Ceylon is a tea island, but this is a separate story.

Our hotel, again a family house, was on top of the mountain, the distance was small, only two kilometers. Checking the direction of the navigator, we went to his search. The road lay like a road serpentine, then they stopped to rest for a while, the heat, the total gas content, and may be discharged air.
Nevertheless, the city opened a very nice view.

After wandering along winding roads, a couple of times we got confused and found a hotel. A few nice houses that belonged to the same family, they turned them into a hotel. The view was beautiful.

After dinner, we went to see the city, its sights.

The next morning, we went by train to Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka. We took off on the train, it was not a good idea. There were a lot of people, people went even on the bandwagon, clinging to the windows. By the car, beggars went on and on and on, they sold endlessly some kind of food, betel leaves, soup in sachets. The road took 4 tiring hours.

Colombo, it seems, tries to produce the impression of a developing city, builds a lot, a new block on the coast, a communication tower, in a few years it will be quite a pretty city.

The central square and the embankment in the photo can be seen pouring into the ocean, a new quarter.

We had lunch, contrary to our habits, at McDonald’s.

We decided to check the choice of tea in local stores, nothing special was found, only Dilmah, took a pack, on trial. Surprisingly, the Sri Lankans themselves are not tea lovers, you will not find tea here almost anywhere, there is none in the cafe or in restaurants, very rarely, it can be brewed, but from the sachet …

Then we went to the city center, to see the sights that were found on the map.

Our First Around The World Trip

Our First Around The World Trip 2017/2018

 Countries: 10   Flights: 21   Total Travel Time: 100 days   Total Flight Time: 115 hours 

26 November of 2017 | Burgas to Sofia, Bulgaria

We will start our Around The World Trip at 27 November of 2017 year from our home town – Burgas, its south – east of Bulgaria.
Small, but very beautiful city at black sea cost.
We are heading to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
With train: 6-8 hours – 1, 2 sitting class, sleeping places, only at night, cost is from 15 USD to 31 USD.
With bus: 6 hours, cost is 17 USD.
Sometimes you can take cheap flights from Burgas to Sofia for 40 USD, flights only 40 minutes.
With car only for 3-4 hours with high-speed road, Trakia. Your car you can leave at the airport there is a multi-level parking, cost is from 1 euro per hour, 12 USD per day, from 7 day and up for 3 USD per day.

26 – 27 November of 2017 | First our stop is Sofia, capital of Republic Bulgaria     ⇐ Check here
Where we take flight to Dubai, UAE with flights Wizz Air, which we find at most popular site for flight tickets – KIWI.
It was very cheap, only 40 USD for one people, 1 way. Flight – 7 hours.
We will stay at a good hotel, which is near the airport and has a transfer service to the airport – Suit Hotel Sofia ***
Pleasant feature of the hotel, they give the right to be 24 hours from the moment of settling, that is in the morning you can sleep more if you have such an opportunity.
Price is 143 euro 129 USD with discount, 2 peoples, 1 night.

27 November of 2017 | Sofia, Bulgaria to Dubai, UAE

27 November to 03 December of 2017 | Dubai, UAE      ⇐ Check here
It our second time in UAE, but first time was only transfer at our trip from Bulgaria to Thailand in winter of 2016 year. In this dates we will see Dubai.
Our accommodation is Golden Sands Hotel Apartments, from the photos, a very cozy place, there is a kitchen and a bedroom, next to all the main attractions.
Price is 481 USD 406 USD, 2 peoples, 6 nights.

03 – 04 December of 2017 | Dubai, UAE to Muscat, Oman    ⇐ Check here

We will take flight to Muscat, Oman with Oman Airlines – tickets we found on the search site, which is the best of its kind. Price is 62 USD for one person, one way. Flight – 1 hour.
From Muscat, Oman we fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

04 December of 2017 | Muscat, Oman to Negombo, Sri Lanka    ⇐ Check here

04 – 05 December of 2017 | Negombo, Sri Lanka
Its only 15 minutes drive with Tuk Tuk from airport of Colombo. We stopped in a very quiet, calm and pleasant area. The Hermitage Negombo a small and cozy house, in which they rent individual, very comfortable rooms. In the morning you will be served an excellent breakfast.
Price is 10 USD, 2 peoples, one night.

05 December of 2017 | Negombo to Kandy, Sri Lanka
In this day we take a bus to Kandy, Sri Lanka. It was around 4 hours. Very cheap, but very long way.

05 – 06 December of 2017 | Kandy, Sri Lanka
We find one nice hotel with perfect view – Hanthana Jungle View.
Price is 34 USD, 2 person, one night.

06 December of 2017 | Kandy to Colombo, Sri Lanka
It was crazy way by train from Kandy to Colombo, old train, may peoples 🙂

06 – 07 December of 2017 | Colombo, Sri Lanka
In last two days we walk in Colombo. We leave in small hotel, close to sea and city center. Ivy Lane Colombo – nice place for good money.
Price is 60 USD, 2 person, one night.

07 December of 2017 | Colombo to Negombo, Sri Lanka
With cheap local bus, around one hour.

07 – 08 December of 2017 | Negombo, Sri Lanka
We stay again in same place, its close to airport and we like place and peoples in this city. The Hermitage Negombo.
Price is 10 USD, 2 peoples, one night.

08 – 09 December of 2017 | Colombo, Sri Lanka to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

09 December of 2017 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Small time point to change flight to bus to Singapore.

09 December of 2017 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Singapore
One day trip with perfect sleep bus.

09 – 10 December of 2017 | Singapore – a high-tech city is a state
Technology, skyscrapers, people…
In the country we get from India, Jaipur flight by search engine KIWI. we found through the search engine. Flight – 8 hours.
Singapore is not a cheap city. We chose the place for a long time where we would stay and chose a fairly decent hotel network, the price and quality is quite consistent, near the center and the main sights Hotel 81 Sakura **
Price is 166 USD 130 USD with discount, 2 peoples, 1 nights.

10 December of 2017 | Singapore to Krabi, Thailand

10 – 12 December of 2017 | Krabi, Thailand – country of smiles
In this wonderful country, we were in 2016-2017, in Bangkok and on the island of Phuket, I liked very much, I wanted to return. This time we chose the Krabi area, where we spend 8 days enjoying the clear and warm sea.
This flight we found through the search engine KIWI. Price is 48 USD, one way, one people. Flight – 8 hours.
Our accommodation is Ao Nang Cliff View Resort ***
It’s amazing, Thai-style bungalows in tropical greenery. Free hourly beach shuttles to Ao Nang Beach and an outdoor pool.
Ao Nang Cliff View Resort is 4.8 km from Phra Nang Cave, close to Tiger Cave Temple and a 30 minute drive from Krabi Airport. Free parking is available.
Price is 155 USD 74 USD with discount, 2 peoples, two nights.

12 December of 2017 | Krabi to Phuket, Thailand

12 – 17 December of 2017 | Phuket, Thailand
This property is a 12-minute walk from the beach. Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Again at Rawai Beach offers accommodations in Rawai Beach, just 11.3 km from Patong Beach. Free private parking.
Every room at this guest house is air conditioned and has a TV with satellite channels. Certain units feature a sitting area where you can relax. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom.
You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.
Karon Beach is 7.2 km from Again at Rawai Beach, and Kata Beach is 4.5 km away.
The nearest airport is Phuket Airport, 35.4 km from Again at Rawai Beach.
Price is 145 USD, 2 peoples, five nights.

17 December of 2017 | Phuket to Krabi, Thailand

17 – 19 December of 2017 | Krabi, Thailand
Price is 45 USD, 2 peoples, two nights.
Baan Andaman Hotel is a 5-minute drive from Krabi’s town centre. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and beautiful Asian furnishings. Free shuttles bring guests to Krabi Local Market.
The air-conditioned rooms at Baan Andaman feature wooden furnishings and a private balcony. Each room has cable TV and a seating area. The en suite bathroom provides a hot shower.
Staff at the 24-hour reception can help with tour bookings, luggage storage, and car rental. Board games are also available for loan.
Baan Andaman Hotel is a 20-minute drive from Krabi International Airport.

19 December of 2017 | Krabi, Thailand to Mandalay, Myanmar

19 – 21 December of 2017 | Mandalay, Myanmar
A new country, not yet known by us.
Flight from airport Krabi, Thailand, duration 10 hours, with transfer in Bangkok, Thailand. Price is 67 USD, one way, one people. Flight performs Air Asia, flight we found through the search engine KIWI.
Our accommodation is Smart Hotel ***
Price is 52 USD, 2 peoples, two nights.

21 December od 2017 | Mandalay to Bagan, Myanmar

21 – 25 December of 2017 | Bagan, Myamnam
We take bus from Mandalay. Time 4 hours.
Our accommodation is Innwa Motel **
Price is 126 USD, 2 peoples, four nights.

25 December of 2017 | Bagan to Yangon, Myanmar

25 – 26 December of 2017 | Yangon, Myanmar
It was night train from Bagan. Duration 10 hours. Price is 15 USD.
Our accommodation is LAI LAI Hotel *
Price is 26 USD, 2 peoples, one nights.

26 December of 2017 | Yangon, Myanmar to Bangkok, Thailand

26 – 28 December of 2017 | Bangkok, Thailand
Small flight from Myanmar, Yangon to Bangkok, Thailand with Nok Air, only for 34 euro, one way, one people.
Tickets we find at meta search site KIWI
Our accommodation is Sweetheart Tree Homestay *
Price is 36 euro, 2 peoples, one nights.

28 December of 2017 | Bangkok, Thailand to Ho Chi Minh, Thailand

28 December of 2017 – 01 January of 2018 | Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Small flight from Myanmar, Yangon to Bangkok, Thailand with Nok Air, only for 34 euro, one way, one people.
Tickets we find at meta search site KIWI
Our accommodation is Dragon Palace II Hotel ***
Price is 180 USD, 2 peoples, four nights.

01 January of 2018 | Ho Chi Minh to Delta Mekong, Vietnam

01 – 02 January of 2018 | Delta Mekong, Vietnam
Its amazing place. We find one mate on Couchsurfing, who take us delta Mekong. We stay one night in small village at Delta Mekong, in one small English School. It was free.

02 January of 2018 | My Tho to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

02 – 03 January of 2018 | Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
After Delta of Mekong we stay again in Ho Chi Minh, we find some very cheap tickets with VietJet Air to Nha Trang, Vietnam.
Our Hotel Melodi Viet only 10 minutes walking to International and Domestic airport of Ho Chi MInh.
Price is 18 USD, 2 peoples, one nights.

03 December of 2018 | Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang, Vietnam

03 – 09 January of 2018 | Nha Trang, Vietnam
Ocean, beach, sands, good-natured people. So Nha Trang met us very well. We lived in three different parts of the city.
Queen 2 Hotel, two nights, two peoples 14 USD.
Dong Hai Hotel, two nights, two peoples 20 USD.
Let’s Go Hotel,  two nights, two peoples 16 USD.

09 January of 2018 | Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

09 – 10 January of 2018 | Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
And again this city 🙂 Stay one night before our flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in The Airport Hotel, only 1 mile from airport of Ho Chi Minh.

10 January of 2018 | Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

10 – 11 January of 2018 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
We were in this beautiful country in 2017, in January. Have been during the week in Kuala Lumpur.
This time we will only be one night, the change of flight, in our debt flight from Vietnam to Australia.
Flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur within 3 hours, Air Asia Airlines. Price is 21 euro, one way, one people.
6 hours we will have to Kuala Lumpur, or rather to his airport and then a 4 hour flight to Australia, the city of Perth, with the same airline. Price is 38 euro, one way, one people.
Tickets we find at meta search site KIWI 

11 January of 2018 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Perth, Australia

11 – 15 January of 2018 | Perth, Australia
Its our first time in Australia. In city we will stay with local family from Couchsurfing.

15 January of 2018 | Perth to Melbourne, Australia

15 – 18 January of 2018 | Melbourne, Australia
We will take a plane from Perth to Melborne with JetStar Airways. Price is 80 euro, one way, one people.
Tickets we find at meta search site KIWI
Our accommodation is Ibis Budget – Fawkner **
Price is 118 euro, two days, two peoples.
One day we stay with local family from Couchsurfing.

18 January of 2018 | Melbourne to Sydney, Australia

18 – 28 January of 2018 | Sydney, Australia
With Jetstar Airways we reach Sydney.
We stay in 3 different hotels:
First was close to city center, second and third – campuses of universities, some of which are rented in summer, during non-educational time.

28 January of 2018 | Sydney, Australia to Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

28 – 31 January of 2018 | Honolulu, United States of America

31 January of 2018 | Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, USA

31 January – 03 February of 2018 | San Francisco, USA

03 February of 2018 | San Francisco to Los Angeles, USA


03 – 06 February of 2018 | Los Angeles, USA

06 February of 2018 | Los Angeles to San Diego, USA

06 – 10 February of 2018 | San Diego, USA

10 February of 2018 | San Diego to Phoenix, USA

10 – 12 February of 2018 | Phoenix, USA

12 February of 2018 | Phoenix to San Antonio, USA

12 – 13 February of 2018 | San Antonio, USA

13 February of 2018 | San Antonio to Houston, USA

13 – 15 February of 2018 | Houston, USA

15 February of 2018 | Houston to New Orleans, USA

15 – 16 February of 2018 | New Orleans, USA

18 February of 2018 | New Orleans to Orlando, USA

18 – 21 February of 2018 | Orlando, USA

21 February of 2018 | Orlando to West Palm Beach, Miami, USA

21 – 22 February of 2018 | West Palm Beach, USA

22 February of 2018 | West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale, Miami, USA

22 – 24 February of 2018 | Fort Lauderdale, USA

24 February of 2018 | Fort Lauderdale to Miami Beach, USA

24 February – 01 March of 2018 | Miami Beach, Florida, USA

01 March of 2018 | Miami to Providence, USA

01 – 02 March of 2018 | Providence, USA

02 – 03 March of 2018 | Providence, USA to Edinburgh, Scotland, USA

03 March of 2018 | Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

03 March of 2018 | Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom to Sofia, Bulgaria, EU

03 – 05 March of 2018 | Sofia, Bulgaria

05 March of 2018 | Sofia to Burgas, Bulgaria, EU