Goodbye Sri Lanka

My three weeks in Sri Lanka are up. It went much too quickly.  For such a small country, they’ve got a lot to offer. Cool tea covered mountains and all sorts of amazing beaches. Plus the surf is great and uncrowded. I’m sure this place will soon be very popular.

I’m now back in Singapore for two days, then tomorrow off to Bangkok for probably a month in Thailand. More photos soon!

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On a Train, Kandy to Haputale (Sri Lanka)

Yesterday I left the hill city of Kandy and headed for the small mountain town of Haputale. The train ride was pleasant and the views were incredible. Here are a few shots from the ride and the Kandy station.

Sumatra

Sumatra, of course has been very cool. I’ve been taking my time only visiting two places and trying to get the most out of each one. The first destination was Bukit Lawang, home of the orangutans and a bunch of other crazy animals. Lots of nice trekking there.

Then I was off to Samosir Island on Lake Toba. This is the world’s biggest island on an island! But more importantly this was the site of a volcanic “super-eruption” 75,000 years ago that caused massive global cooling and nearly wiped out all human life. It’s much more peaceful now and I’ve enjoyed the quiet and my daily swims.

Palawan/Coron

This place makes Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Beach” look like the Jersey Shore. Hidden lagoons and secret beaches all over the place, plus a dozen or so WWII shipwrecks to dive. Such epic landscapes don’t even exist in dreams. I feel ashamed of trying to represent this place with mere photos. Oh yeah, the people here are awesome too!