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1st time visitors, basic advice needed

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1st time visitors, basic advice needed


We are planning on our first trip to Sri Lanka and planning on staying at Jetwing Beach at Negombo.

We have a couple of questions

1. Is the hotel far from restaurants etc in the town?

2. Would we be able to walk to the town or is it Tuk Tuk?

3. Are Tuk Tuks safe?

4. Do you need to agree a price in advance for Tuk Tuk?

5. How do you get Tuk Tuk, are they just all hanging round?

6. Do you pay in SL Rupees or do they prefer USD or GBP?

7. Whats the best day tour from Negombo?

Many thanks in advance


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1. Re: 1st time visitors, basic advice needed

HI David,

1. There are lots of places you can dine near the hotel.

2. you will have to get a tuk tuk to get to the town from the Hotel

3. Tuk Tuk are safe

4. Agree on a price before you get into the tuk tuk, ask from the Hotel how much it would cost to get to where ever you want to go, and negotiate that with the tuk tuk driver

5. tuk tuk's are everywhere, so don't worry about that, you can easily find one

6. SL Rupees Lol!!

7. as far as I know, there's not much of day trips from Negombo



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2. Re: 1st time visitors, basic advice needed

Hi David

1. Easy walking distance from loads of eating places

2. The town is in a different part of Negombo to the beach area/restaurants. You'll need to get a tuk tuk for your shopping trips. Haggle hard. You can get it for around Rs 150 if you work at it, but they will try to charge tourists MUCH more than that. Be prepared to walk away.

3. Not a lot to worry about on short trips around town. They do weave in and out of traffic a bit, as do most vehicles, but traffic speeds are very slow.

4. Yes .. very important that you do this. Once a price is agreed, they do stick to it.

5. They will find you! Loads around the hotel and town areas and they will either drive up to you, asking if you "want a tuk-tuk?" or you can approach them where they are often parked in small groups. Either way, no need to accept one which is charging over the odds as there is plenty of competition.

6. Sri Lankan rupees .. definitely. And have plenty of small change, because they never have any.

7. Day tour from Negombo - depends how far you are going. If you are using a tuk-tuk, stay local and explore the fish markets, harbour area, or take a boat trip up the old Dutch canal which runs to the north of the town. Nice Buddhist temple to the east of Negombo town too, which you can also do by tuk-tuk. Further afield, you could head to the Pinnawela elephant orphanage which is around 2 hours each way, but you'd need a taxi for that, not a tuk-tuk.

Hope this helps!


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3. Re: 1st time visitors, basic advice needed

hi david

i agree with susie.

if you like to take day tour hanging arund negombo city ,see the dutch fort ,douch canel,harbour,angurukaramulla temple ,fish market, st mary's church ,wet lagon by boat safari wach monkeys ,birds,crocodile, have a nice fun there.dont forget lords bar in evining


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