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Jul 3rd, 2013, 01:07 PM
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How much time should I spend in Sri Lanka

Hi,
I plan on travelling to Sri Lanka for 5 and a half weeks (aug-sept).
From the last time I've been in SE Asia I realized i don't like rushing through places nor taking too much time in one place, and considering I'm not surfing, I wanted to ask:
should I spend all of my time in Sri Lanka? or should I do only 3-4 weeks there and spend the rest of the time in another country ? (possibly Burma).

Thanks alot,
B.J.
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 01:33 PM
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We spent a month there and that was a little too much, perhaps by one week. I haven't been to Burma but from what I read here and elsewhere it is a magical place and I am sure I would love it apart from the fact have only way to get around seems to be on organised tours. With that amount of time to spend, i think I would spend more time in Burma and less in SL. 3 weeks is probably enough IMO to see most of the highlights of SL without rushing.
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 01:57 PM
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crellston, No need for organized tours in Burma, though it does help to use an agent to book accommodations and transport.

I loved both Sri Lanka and Burma. I was in Burma in both 2009 and 2011. We traveled to Sri Lanka in 2007, and would like to return. I think you could do both in 5 1/2 weeks. You will need a minimum of two weeks in Burma.
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 02:47 PM
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we spent 2 weeks in SL which was definitely not enough [strangely the title - almost - of my trip report!] but I can see an argument for 3 being OK.

it depends what you want to do - we would have liked to have spent longer in the Hill Country and we didn't see the eastern coast at all. if you want to do the standard 3-4 days in the cultural triangle, the Hill country, the east, the south and Galle, AND some time on a beach, that might well take you nearer to 4 weeks unless you are going to rush about, which rather defeats the object!
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Sep 5th, 2013, 08:51 PM
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Five and a half weeks would be too long for Sri Lanka.

The Maldives are a short and inexpensive one hour flight away from Sri Lanka, you may want to consider a few days in the Maldives - I wouldn't spend the entire five and a half weeks in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, I only mention the Maldives as you have a long trip and can accommodate the destination in your travel plans if it appeals.

I would definitely look at flight options and combine Sri Lanka with another country given the length of your trip.
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