The Lihiniya Surf itself was quite nice (Never expect too much in these countries) We did however appear to be overrun with the locals at the weekend where you were not able to use the pool etc. (There was always the sea though). This however did not spoil the holiday one bit and enjojed having them around.
The local "touts" or "guides" as they like to call themselves became quite aggressive if you would not let them follow you into shops etc. We got to the stage where some of the local Tuk Tuk drivers would not pick us up unless we paid inflated prices to use them and they started giving us "One fingered" gestures when we went into town. Luckily we are fairly well seasoned travellers and not easily intimidated. We did complain to the Rep but what can he do except warn you, and he isn't going to do that is he!
Overall, Sri Lanka is a beautiful country but "Some" of the locals could quite easily spoil your holiday. Be prepared for this holiday to cost you money. If someone even says hello to you there "WILL" be a sting at the end of it. They see tourists as cash machines and will use a whole host of tricks including just being friendly to get you to part with your cash.
We went on quite a few trips and used the local travel agent just across the railway tracks for most of them. (The last shop on the right) He is well priced (Still Haggle though) Knowledgeable and willing to help in any way he can. He's also quite a good jeweller and repaired a pair of earrings we bought in the UK for my wife.
If you want to visit the local temple (Just a short walk away) DO NOT get on the local ferry until you have AGREED a price. It should only be a couple of hundred max. They will "kick off" if you get on the ferry then try to negociate.
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- Lihiniya Surf Bentota
- Hotel Lihiniya Surf
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