Sri Lanka is predominantly a Buddhist country and safe for women travelling alone. For me, I’ll always dress appropriately and conservatively while traveling cos you do not want unnecessary attention.
The Big Buddha statue on top of the scenic Kandy Hill is worth a visit. I’ve seen numerous Buddha temples and stupas but nothing quite like this.
Temple of The Tooth Relic
When you visit Sri Lanka you should definitely pay a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Its’ heritage listed buildings reflect in the Kandy Lake.
Ceylon Tea Museum
You wouldnt want to miss out on the tea plantations here in Kandy.
I learned so much about tea and James Taylor.
2. Accommodation in Kandy
The hotel 🏩 gave me a room on the second floor and gave me a bunch of keys to choose from and that’s when I knew I was the only patron on that floor.
Didnt want to take a chance of waking up to someone else next to me in a 160-year old hotel and requested for a room on the first floor. They were reluctant at first but finally gave in. Thank you Queen’s Hotel 🏩
While you’re here, check out the Chinese restaurant buffet. (it was late and I didn’t feel like going out) and always, always check with the hotel reception for recommendations.
And don’t forget to take photos of the hotel from across the lake. Enjoy the view! 😘
4. How to get to Kandy from Colombo Airport
Almost missed out on how to get there.
As my travel plans are always ad-hoc, I missed out the chance to get better seats on the Kandy train as it was the Ramzan New Year.
What I did manage to get was the second class seats (roughed this one out) and slept for four hours on the bumpy ride and bumped my head (and got bruises but hey, what doesnt kill you makes you stronger 😁) So if youre planning to get to Kandy, please book your tickets early from https://www.visitsrilankatours.co.uk/train-tickets-1.html
Maldives 🇲🇻 is definitely the place to be-solo!
Here’s how to go solo in Maldives 🇲🇻 :-
There are a lot of hotels you can choose from. Spend some time browsing to get the best deals. I booked a room in a private resort inititally (which would have cost me a bomb!) but landed a deal 48 hours before my departure.
Kaani Grand Seaview in Maafushi offers rooms with a balcony and the bed is soo fluffy! Slept so much while I was here 😊
When I was bored sleeping, I would then laze on the beach. There’s a no-bikini restriction on the island but the hotel and beachfront of the hotel is an exception.
2. Snorkeling excursion
As soon as you check in, you can start planning your daze in Maldives 🇲🇻
The hotel will list down some recommendations couples usually go for 🙄🙄 but you’re solo so you get double the fun.
So I decided on the full day snorkeling excursion in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The sea 🌊 is sooo blueee.
Was on the boat most of the time as I got seasick and the drug store ran out of seasick pills 🤢
After two hours of snorkeling (which I did for ten mins), we landed on this pretty unnamed island 🏝 for lunch 🥘
Lunch was sooo good, it was Maldivian sweet and sour-ish chicken (which tastes like Ayam Masak Merah) with cucumber salad served with rice. Didnt get to take food photos as my tummy worked faster than my Huawei 20Pro 😋
Here’s a video of me gasping for air in the Indian Ocean with my trusted GoPro Hero 5 🛥️
And I passed out after an aspirin on the boat.
Maldives is one of the prettiest islands I’ve been to and the whole country is 1192 islands surrounded by beautiful beaches. I will definitely come again but only after I’ve done other Asian countries in my bucket lost list. ✔️
If you’ve been wanting to go on a solo trip but you are clueless on what to do, how to do it, message me here and I will try my very best to help.
I’m also on Instagram @zalyazid
Go Solo like Han Solo!
When you get off a seven hours flight and you get off the wrong station, you can’t help but wonder, but same name worr? In Japan, the station has identical first station names but different second names. Helps if you have a Hokkaido Rail Pass train map 🗺
Flew in to Japan on a redeye flight and slept. Woke up seven hours later and still sleepy. Four hours on the train from New Chitose Airport via the Hokkaido Rail and got off on the wrong station🚉 😴
Here’s 1/3 view from the train ride.
Looking forward to fresh seafood and tempura 🍤
Did some early spring cleaning today and found my travel journal from 2011.
I’ve been to 4/5. Challenge accepted travel journal of 2011, maybe Italy 🇮🇹 is not a bad idea after all. All I need is a trust fund and maybe a bank while we’re at it.
There were some notes I scribbled from the India trip. Emails from a group of boys; one of them took maybe a bit of a liking for me and followed me and the girls everywhere🙄 (He’s now married to a nice Indian Jaipurean chick so all good 😂)
Some notes from Old Goa:
We went to Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Basilica of Bom Jesus ( God bless his Soul).
Maybe I should write a proper post of India 🇮🇳 2011.
“Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone you walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us.”