Sri Lanka-special advice
Many nightclubs are owned by local politicians and they have strict laws, so it’s best to avoid going completely. Females in particular have to be careful with their dress code at Buddhist or Hindu temples – as revealing clothing can cause offense. Any offense or perceived disrespect to the religion is taken seriously in Sri Lanka.
A prime example is British tourist Nicole Coleman; who was arrested and deported in 2014 for displaying a Buddha tattoo on her arm, which caused offense to local authorities. Three French tourists were given suspended prison sentences in 2012 for kissing a Buddha statue.
Sri Lanka-special advice for Women travelling alone are not encouraged go out by themselves at night. It’s best to stay close to your accommodation, or have drinks within your hotel. For men, Sri Lanka is not a country to go to find sex or look for girls.
Even if your driver or tour guide makes the offer, it is best to refuse. If you are caught by police you will end up in hot water; as prostitution is illegal in Sri Lanka. Even close contact with women (kissing) can cause offence in areas outside the main tourist hubs.
Be wary of travel guides; especially those loitering around tourist hubs. They are usually harmless, but charge exuberantly. And finally – travel on three wheelers is cheap, but not particularly safe so take precautions if you choose to travel this way.
Sri Lanka-special advice: Restrictions
When visiting religious sites or temples restrictions do apply, and it is important not to disrespect these, as religious offense is taken very seriously.
For example, it is forbidden to be photographed in front or beside any statues or murals – and it’s best to avoid taking photos with your camera flash on altogether, as this can cause damage to old murals and artwork. As mentioned previously, clothing restrictions may also reply and should be adhered to.