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Customer Travel Tips for Colombo

65% Avg. city rating Rated by 117 customers

Activities / excursions 59%

Restaurants / eating out 71%

Shopping 66%

Chilling out / relaxing 60%

Getting around / public transport 77%

Sightseeing 62%

Culture 68%

Nightlife / partying 57%

Value for money 69%

Customer Travel Tips for Colombo

Read a selection of great customer tips provided by HostelBookers customers like you

44% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 20%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 20%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 40%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 40%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 60%
44% Avg. rating


09 Aug 2017

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Beach / sunbathing

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip: Don't

Liked: Not much

Disliked: Humid, traffick, chaos, dirty

60% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 40%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
60% Avg. rating


20 Jul 2017

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip: Dont go

Liked: Cheap

Disliked: Boring

96% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 100%
  • Shopping - 100%
96% Avg. rating


15 May 2017

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year City break Relaxation / spa

Age Range:
18-24

Customer Travel Tip: Go solo.

Liked: The place and the ambience.

Disliked: Nothing much.

64% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 40%
64% Avg. rating


11 Sep 2016

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture

Age Range:
18-24

Customer Travel Tip: pettah market

Liked: Cheap and nice way to experience different culture

Disliked: Very loud and busy, lots of tourist scams, people would honk and stare at us a lot.

42% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 20%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 20%
  • Culture - 20%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 20%
  • Shopping - 60%
42% Avg. rating


07 Sep 2016

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
18-24

Customer Travel Tip: there is nothing to do in Colombo - leave it out

Liked: nothing

Disliked: Too busy, very dirty, selfish and fake people. I wish we would have left this city out! No reason to go there.

58% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 40%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 40%
58% Avg. rating


26 Aug 2016

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
18-24

Customer Travel Tip: visit Pettah market and don´t stay in a hostel directly in the city center! Mount Lavinia is better because you also have a nice beach there.

Liked: interesting markets

Disliked: really loud and busy

62% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 40%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 60%
62% Avg. rating


08 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Go to pettah market and try to drive by bus

Liked: The pettahmarket

Disliked: Everything was fine

64% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 40%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
64% Avg. rating


02 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Beach / sunbathing Events / festivals Shopping Visiting friends or family Work / volunteering

Customer Travel Tip: There's more to see at other parts of Sri Lanka

Liked: More western than the rest of Sri Lanka

Disliked: Not much to do there

62% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 20%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 20%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 100%
62% Avg. rating


01 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: .

Liked: .

Disliked: There's actually nothing to do in Colombo

60% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 40%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 40%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 80%
60% Avg. rating


28 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: No more than two days to get used to the time zone and climate and then head out of here.

Liked: The food was okay

Disliked: Swindler city as a Tamil person described it to me when I met him on the train.

69% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
69% Avg. rating


14 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Just stay for one night and travel to the south of east

Liked: Location

Disliked: Traffic, vibe

84% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 80%
84% Avg. rating


11 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Customer Travel Tip: Sri Lankans are very friendly, respectful people. As a woman, I would suggest to leave the shorts for the beach and wear something that will cover your thighs whilst in the city

Liked: The religious buildings and friendly people

Disliked: I may have lost partial hearing from the buses and tuk-tuk's beeping their horns

67% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 60%
67% Avg. rating


30 Jul 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Do a trip around sri lanka

Liked: The people

Disliked: My hostel

44% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 20%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 40%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 20%
  • Value for money - 40%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 40%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
44% Avg. rating


24 May 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Don't stay too long. Make sure you use a tuk tuk with a meter. Visit the Ozo rooftop bar for a drink or two.

Liked: Galle Face Green.

Disliked: There is precious little to do here. It's quite boring. I don't like the people latching on to you offering to show you things, trying to con you. Countless times I got told about a mythical Buddhist festival with elephant dancing!

73% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
73% Avg. rating


18 Apr 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Stay 2 nights max

Liked: Good food places.

Disliked: So busy

67% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 40%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 60%
67% Avg. rating


03 Apr 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year City break Partying / nightlife Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Pettah! Just throw yourself into the fray...

Liked: Best travel connections, will get anywhere from here.

Disliked: Nothing particular.

62% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 40%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
62% Avg. rating


20 Mar 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Family Holiday

Customer Travel Tip: Just stay there briefly. The rest of the country is fabulous!

Liked: Nice seafront.

Disliked: Big city.

82% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
82% Avg. rating


09 Mar 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Use metered taxis. Eat where the locals eat. Learn a few words before you go!

Liked: Able to gain a feel for Sri Lankans and explore the busy Asian city. Short stay

Disliked: As enough for me.

53% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 40%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 20%
  • Shopping - 40%
53% Avg. rating


21 Feb 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
City break Family Holiday

Customer Travel Tip: The roads make Bangkok look tame

Liked: lgliyguiyg

Disliked: hiugyhgk

76% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 80%
76% Avg. rating


06 Feb 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Family Holiday Shopping Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Do not ask Tuktuk "how much", just tell them how much you will pay.

Liked: Cheap and friendly.

Disliked: Not very clean.

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65% Avg. city rating Rated by 117 customers

Activities / excursions 59%

Restaurants / eating out 71%

Shopping 66%

Chilling out / relaxing 60%

Getting around / public transport 77%

Sightseeing 62%

Culture 68%

Nightlife / partying 57%

Value for money 69%

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