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Sri Lanka PTR - Part 3: Kandy

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  1. gavin

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    Here we go again then. I’ve been putting this off since I got back over a week ago despite having f**k all to do at work. However, since I know that everyone is desperate for a report on the theme park Mecca that is Sri Lanka, here it is.

    A couple of people from here have already been, making this a basic-bitch trip on my part, but they didn’t get creds, so there’s that.

    Colombo

    Despite landing at 1am, the airport was a f**king nightmare and took ages to clear. There were just loads of people arriving there for the Christmas Holiday and a disorganised mess to get to the immigration counters. I think it was around 3am by the time I got to the hotel, which was lovely, pretty cheap for the quality and in a fab area.

    The next day was spent walking in a huge circle looking at stuff. I’d intended to get taxis/tuk-tuks to get between places, but the distances between each bit weren’t that far and the weather was surprisingly really cool.

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    The Red Mosque was fab, right on a busy street and tucked in between regular fugly buildings.

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    Around the same area:

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    It funny how, when it’s the first day of a holiday in a new place, the ridiculous crowds make a place feel “vibrant” and “energetic”, but when it’s taking me almost 10 minutes to make the 3-minute walk from the metro station to my flat on the way home from work, I want to stab every c**t in the face.

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    To be fair, the rest of the city, including the area immediately surrounding my hotel, wasn’t too crowded at all. It was just this one area around the mosque thanks to it being a main thoroughfare and having a bunch of markets in the area.

    This tower is very new, and now apparently the tallest structure in South Asia. I saw it lit up at night as well (from a train, so didn't get pictures), and it looks amazing, but I never went up it.

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    More stuff. All very nice.

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    It was all seeming relatively normal, but then this happened:

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    Yes, it seems that you can hire a Sri Lankan Mr. Bean impersonator to officiate your wedding.

    There was a big museum nearby, and I was going to pop in to pretend to care about their old s**t so that I could use their bogs, but it was closed. No idea why: holiday or summat.

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    This temple wasn’t on the cards – I was heading to somewhere nearby and it jumped out at me, so I had a quick look. It was nice.

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    The nearby shopping mall was under the same company that has one elsewhere with a cred, so I popped in. No luck. I didn’t go out of my way at all since it was just there on the lake I was heading to anyway.

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    The lake (whatever it’s called) was nice, with a fair few animals around considering it’s right in the middle of the city.

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    From there, it was back around to the hotel area via the sea front. Not really much of the “beach” that it’s labeled as, but it's a nice area.

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    I’ve kept this relatively brief and not massively picture heavy, but I got a lot covered, probably walking a good 15km from start to finish.

    I really liked Colombo. Because I’m clearly a massive racist and "they're all the same", I was expecting it to be more like a big Indian city, but it wasn’t at all. It was much more chilled out (apart from the area around the Red Mosque), less stressful, and a lot less crowded in general.

    Parks in the next bit. They’re obviously going to be amazing, so that’s something for you all to look forward to.
     
  2. Hixee

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    Sri Lanka has been bobbing around for a year or two on my "possibly this year" list, as you're not the first person I know who's been and enjoyed it*.

    Rather like that Red Mosque though, that's great.

    *Colombo only, so far, I know. :p
     
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    Interesting stuff as always. Bring on the Jungle Mouse.
     
  4. gavin

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    Sorry to keep everyone in such suspense. I intended to get the second part of this hammered out a few days ago, but couldn’t be f**ked.

    The parks here were an “if I’ve done enough the previous day” sort of thing since they’re pretty far out of the city and don’t have much to offer. I started off by having to go to some travel agent’s office to pick up a train ticket for the following day. It was supposed to open at 10, I rocked up about 10:45 and it wasn’t open. The lazy c**t showed up at 11, and the ticket wasn’t even there. It got delivered to the hotel later that day, but still. Ugh.

    This first park was very, very unlikely to happen at first since there’s a only a big apple there, but I had the rest of the day free and realised after getting to the travel agent that Pick Me - a local version of Uber – was cheap as s**t. It took about an hour to get there and cost me about £6-7.

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    This looked very promising:

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    There were various packages available, but I saw that the basic entrance ticket, at a whopping £1.20, also included 2 rides. I only wanted the solitary coaster anyway, so that worked out well.

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    It was only a small place, but was quite pleasant really.

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    The water park looked ok.

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    But I was obviously here for this beauty, A Beijing Shibaolai big apple.

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    But, what’s this?

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    YAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS!

    RCDB, very wrongly, doesn’t list them, so they’re always a surprise when they pop up. I’ve shown them in trip reports before, but usually either just sitting there because they’re SBNO, or just sitting there because the park has been empty and I’ve been the only person to ride them, but here they are in their full glory:

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    I got one go from my cheap ticket, but then had to buy ride tickets for the other 4, taking me around an hour to get all 5 done. The ride ops were quite confused, especially when I was being demanding about which colour I needed (“I tried the yellow one already” – “They’re the same, Sir” – “NO!”), but didn’t make it a problem. I don’t think I’ve seen them from Bejijing Shibaolai before, or if I have, I haven’t noticed.

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    So, I spent longer here than I thought I would, but the +1 turned into a +6, so it was all worth it.

    It was onto Pick Me again (no cars for a while, which was worrying, but as soon as one popped up it was there in a few minutes) and another hour up to another park.

    New Saniro Dream Paradise

    This place promised two creds, so was always the more likely of the two parks to bother with.

    I came in through this beautiful entrance plaza:

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    This place pissed me off big time. They have different prices for foreigners, which is just f**king gross. It happens a lot in Asia with big tourist sites and temples and s**t, but that’s understandable; they need money for upkeep, but they should be available for locals to access at a reasonable price (or free) since it’s their stuff. I get that and have no issue with it. For an amusement park though, it’s just money-grabbing bulls**t. The only other place I can think of that does this is Siam Park City in Bangkok, and they can f**k off as well.

    I didn’t want any of the packages – all more expensive for foreigners – just a basic entrance ticket and then I’d buy the two ride tickets I needed. At £2, it wasn’t expensive, but that’s not the point. It was 5 times the price it should have been, which is f**king disgusting. They get no foreign visitors anyway, so ripping off the tiny, tiny number they might get isn’t even a decent, regular revenue stream; all they’re doing is pissing people off for a few pennies every now and then. Idiotic.

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    Crappy powered dragon:

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    The Jungle Mouse was pretty good for what it was. No idea who makes this one, but it was smoother than most and seemed perhaps a bit bigger, too.

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    I left via a different exit, which is completely superfluous given the size of the place, and ended up with the same Pick Me driver to take me back to Colombo. He’d been hanging around and hadn’t had another fare in the 20 minutes I was at the park. There were a bunch of buses outside which I assume were heading back, but I wasn't doing that.

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    So yeah, f**k that place.

    All in all, not a bad day really I guess. Despite some long distances, the travel was easy, cheap and comfortable. The first park was nice enough, with no bulls**t price gouging and a bonus set of rainbow shuttles, so I finished with a +8 when I was expecting a +3

    There’s more to come, mostly culture s**t, but there was another cred as well. In the meantime, you can all book your tickets to New Saniro Dream Paradise, or go and shame them on their Facebook page. Up to you really.
     
  5. davidm

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    Brilliant!
     
  6. Hixee

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    What it's all about really, innit?
     
  7. gavin

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    I can’t be bothered with this, but I can be even less bothered to mark a pile of dreadful writing exercises, so here it is.

    After Colombo, I took a train to Kandy, which isn’t that far away, but took a while since the trains are slow as f**k. It was all quite pleasant though. After I’d booked it, the travel agent emailed to ask if I wanted to pay a few extra dollars for some upgrade to some “luxury” carriage which had been added to the train since I’d booked.

    The white colonialist carriage was like something out of an Agatha Christie novel and was quite fab:

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    The journey was all very nice as well:

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    Kandy’s not a very big place – well, at least the bit that’s worth bothering with - being focused around a lake.

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    Temple thing. I hadn’t planned to go in on that day, so was dressed scandalously in shorts that ended a few millimeters above the knee. Luckily, there was some guy out front selling overpriced sarong-type things, ready to rip off scantily-clad tourists. I could’ve just popped back to the hotel since it was only a ten-minute walk away, but parted with 3 quid instead.

    The Temple of the Tooth, as the name cryptically suggests, has some old tooth from the Buddha in it.

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    I had a bit more of a walk around the lake, which had some nature and stuff.

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    Surprisingly for such a small place, the shopping mall (itself not very big at all) had an indoor/outdoor kiddy park.

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    CRED:

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    I didn’t really need the special offer, especially since they sent it round a few times anyway.

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    They were quite excited to get a foreign visitor, so I let them send me around multiple times rather than do the “once is enough thanks; just need the cred” thing.

    With that coaster, I had completed Sri Lanka (there’s probably some other stuff somewhere though), or so I thought. Later in the trip I stumbled across something that will no doubt shake the world of coaster enthusiasm to it’s very core, so stay tuned for that a bit later.
     
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    All looks rather pleasant, that.
    What a cliffhanger - you know how to keep us coming back!
     

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