Trip Start Jun 12, 2013
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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Central Province,
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I went to kandy which is in the middle of the country. It's around a really beautiful area, it's very mountainous with tropical jungle everywhere. Also because its so high it's quite cool in comparison to the coast. Be aware though that if you go you will have to pay a reasonable amount (in Sri Lanka) to do anything, everything has quite a high entrance cost like the elephant sanctuary, botanical gardens and temple of the tooth. So I came back and am waiting to go to arugam bay. I sound like I've just moaned about everything but i really think its great here. It's cheap, it's beautiful there are loads of different landscapes from mountainous jungles to amazing beaches. The people are just really nice (albeit the young men can sometimes be abit creepy if your a girl). i thought people would always be after something when they started talking to you like money but its not the case,a lot of people just like to help you or chat to you. you don't really get hassled to buy stuff or begged off much. The people are poor comparatively to a western country but people generally have a reasonable quality of life. I don't think you would getting anyone starving to death or dying from a curable disease here it's definatly not a 3rd world country, it's quite developed. I've been here about 3 weeks and I've only seen about 5 beggars (mainly colombo) and none of them were children. Also there are not many infectious diseases here, malaria is uncommon and you probably don't need to take anti malarials if your around the coast (I haven't taken any) although i would use nets and deet spray as they have epidemics of dengue fever every now and again. water bourne diease is not really common as the water in the main places in chlorinated and clean so I've just been drinking the tap water. If your somewhere remote its probably from a well and is not recommendable.
Also although theres a lot of stray animals people are generally ok to them in comparison to the other Asian countries where they have insufferable cruelty to dogs and cats as well as eating them. Speaking of which I've been trying to decide where to go next based on where I'm not likely to see any dog eating going on. I think Laos, Cambodia and Thailand will be ok as long as I don't go to any markets or villages. The worst places are china, korea, Indonesia (like Bali surprisingly) and Vietnam. I came across some stuff on the Internet about it and it was the worst most distressing stories and photos I've ever heard/seen. I felt Ill all day after reading them. I can't believe people can be so cruel. I've started giving money to charity in Bali that helps dogs and cats there as the stories coming out of Bali where just horrendous. Anyway enough obsessing about that!
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