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We had a fantastic time and were able to see much of the beautiful country. Jared was a very attentive guide and took great care of us. Thank goodness he drove - the traffic is awful - it took 4 hours to drive from Colombo to Kandy about 100 miles. We were able to see ancient temples, beautiful scenery, tea plantations, lovely coastlines and sit in the middle of a herd of elephants in a safari park, memories to treasure for a lifetime.
Our first night was in a hotel not far from the airport and was disappointing however, our concerns were not founded for long as the rest of the accommodation was delightful. Do some planning ahead of time so you can ask the guide to take you off the standard tour if you see something you would like to visit, if you have time, Jerad was very considerate of made sure to take care of you.
The Guide was amazing. He did a fantastic job for the 10 days. His name was Ruhan. Really impressed. Nice friendly. Unfortunately I was not impressed the the hotels selected by the Tour Operator. Very cheap Hotels Sometimes nothing but a bed sheet, Stained linen, no mosquito net / no TV, poor location and on one location - the hotel was actually cancelled before we arrived. I guess that the more expensive hotels would cut into his already very high profits. This is why I give 1 star.
We booked this tour as our honeymoon and were very excited to go. Unfortunately, our experience of the tour was filled with disorganised confusion, lots of waiting and feeling very disappointed.
To start with, we never received a detailed confirmation of the tour and hence we landed in Sri Lanka, not knowing which hotels we were booked into or what activities each day consisted of. Few days prior to the tour commenced, we attempted emailing the company to confirm of our trip but we heard nothing back. Im the end, we messaged the, on their Facebook page and finally got a brief confirmation message. Once we landed, whilst our private tour guide/driver was kind enough, he had limited English capacity and hence at times, we were confused as to what was going on, or getting any answers to our questions. The tour often consisted of the driver quietly stopping the car, gesturing us to get out of the car to go on some form of tour/ activity, and we would be confused as to where we were or what kind of activity we were meant to be engaging in. To make the matters worse, the driver also seemed to be lost as to which hotels were booked into. Everyday, he would ask us for the name of the hotel that he was taking us to. We would tell him that we never got that information and hence did not know. He would then repeat the question several more times. Then the next day, the same conversation would occur. Just when we thought things could not get worse, one of the hotels we stayed at attempted to charge us - as it turned out, our driver/tour guide took us and checked us into a wrong hotel.
My husband and I have travelled around quite a lot and we never had the experience of wanting our trips to cut short - until this one. Very disappointing.
The itinerary is ok for someone who is limited on time and ok with spending several hrs in a car each day. But I paid so much money just to be driven around and put in terrible hotels, nothing else is included. My “tour guide” barely spoke English so I didn’t learn much about Sri Lanka. Disappointing.
awful hotels most are unfinished with ongoing construction work, rude tour guide. hugely overpriced for what you get. avoid at all costs.
The four night, five day excursion to the Highlands, Cultural Triangle, and southern most point of Sri Lanka from Colombo was beyond wonderful. The guide was very flexible, the accommodations perfect, and the sights and sounds incredible. From hiking through tea plantations, climbing mountains to see temples, antiquities, caves and ruins, mixing with locals, a safari filled with wildlife, and adventurous meals, one could not have asked for a better way to be introduced to this amazing island nation. I highly recommend this experience.
We were greeted at the airport by the guide and driver on arrival which was way after midnight. Was reassuring to know that we were in safe hands. As it turned out, the guide, Philipp Muller was actually the owner of local tour operator, Travelasia Vacations Pte Ltd who tagged along this time to check the tour facilities, standards, etc. On arrival at the hotel, Philipp personally checked our room to make sure it was OK. The personal touch was welcomed. The hotels at all three locations were good and clean even though we booked the 2 star option. I thought it was more 3 star rated. Breakfast at all locations were also more than sufficient and of good quality. Overall the attention to detail allow both my wife and I to really enjoy a relaxing trip and to move at our own pace. The driver Mr Mahendha also made sure that we were always comfortable and drove safely. I would not hesitate to recommend going on your tours with Travelasia as you will really enjoy it.
We just did a 4 night tour in Easter holiday. The operator wad very accommodating to our request and the itinerary was flexible enough. The driver/ guide was nice and friendly. Overall excellent experience.
We found that the tour was poorly organised with no detailed information about the activities scheduled. It was assumed that we would do the activities however, when we asked for details regarding prices which were not included and then elected to not do them, there was no alternative and therefore, we were left at the accomodation. A stop at the blowhole was in our schedule however the driver did not know about it so there was confusion as to what we were meant to do. Also the tour says dinner included, so when the accomodation asked us to pay for dinner as we were checking-out, we had to tell the driver to sort it out with the tour manager this happened recurrently. On the last day we elected to not do the activity and asked the driver to stop at a small town instead on the way back to the airport. The driver tried to accomodate our request and was fantastic however, it was clear that he was under stern instruction from the tour manager which instructed him to go straight to the airport and not accomodate our request. We then spent an extra 5 hours waiting at the airport which was a waste of time. Overall the tour was poorly managed at no fault of the driver whom was fantastic. Also the tour manager would inappropriately message me continuously after the tour had concluded to review the tour, which I found rude.
Wow! Jaya, our tour guide was incredible. Amazing tour, friendly, knowledgeable person. He took us to all the great sites of Sri Lanka and allowed us to stop for photos wherever we wanted. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this trip!
We booked this tour to have a private guide to cover, but unfortunately our driver spoke little to no English. He was very friendly but it meant we didn't know where we were going next, or anything about our surroundings. A much cheaper way would be to hire a driver for the day privately.