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Which is better Sri Lanka or Thailand?

Discussion in 'Travel advice' started by MinikaGov88, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. MinikaGov88

    MinikaGov88 New Member

    My husband and I will be off for our second honeymoon, he had the first choice for the destination and now its my turn. The two destinations which I shortlisted are Sri Lanka and Thailand.

    Both of these destinations are places to visit for sure and very different from each other, and I can not decide which one we should visit.

    I would like to know which is better Sri Lank or Thailand?

    Some things which I would like to know is the plus points of the destination and which would be suitable for couples to visit.

  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello, welcome to the forum!



    Sri Lanka is an island country, located to the south of India and to the north of Maldives, sharing maritime borders with both nations. It has long been plagued by a civil war which has thankfully ended in 2009. Since then, Sri Lanka has emerged as a booming tourist destination, more so as it has quite unexplored landscapes, waiting to be discovered. Sri Lanka is also the 16th smallest country in Asia, so you can explore the whole country even with just a few weeks at hand. There are diverse landscapes and wildlife, as well as heritage sites and excellent beaches in Srilanka, Sri Lanka is a suitable honeymoon destination but even sole travellers have a blast exploring the terrains of the country.

    Thailand has long been touted as a prime honeymoon destination in Asia. It shares borders with Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. To its far south, it shares a border with Malaysia. It is known as a Backpacker's Paradise but it also caters to the honeymoon couples, with its numerous white sand beaches and seclusive islands. In 2015, Thailand ranked as the second most visited country in Asia, along with Hong Kong. It ranked as the sixth most top tourism earner in the world of the same year. Thailand also has the distinction of being the only nation not conquered by colonial forces, thus making its culture and traditions uniquely its own.

    Which is Better, Sri Lanka or Thailand?

    These two destinations stand a bit of in contrast with one another. Sri Lanka is a laid-back destination, somehow still just on the recovery path when it comes to tourism. Thailand is that well-known destination, somehow on the tourist path but still attracts a whole lot of attention from both backpackers and honeymooners alike. Let us highlight their similarities and differences below.

    1. Entry Visa
    • Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka allows for a visa-free entry only for three countries, namely: Maldives, Seychelles and Singapore. For most countries, including India, Sri Lanka has the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), which can be acquired online or on arrival. When applied for online, the ETA costs Rs. 1,302 per application, for a tourist visa with double entry. When applied for in person or on arrival, the ETA costs Rs. 1,628 per application, for a tourist visa with double entry. Both types of ETA are valid for 30 days from the date of entry of the visitor to Sri Lanka. Citizens of countries like Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Pakistan and Syria must obtain a visa prior to entering the country, from the nearest Sri Lankan Diplomatic Mission to them.
    • Thailand - Thailand has a lenient visa policy, allowing a visa-free entry for 58 countries, like Argentina (90 Days), Hong Kong (30 Days), United States of America (30 Days) and Cambodia (14 Days). For 21 other nations, including India, a visa-on-arrival policy was imposed. Thus, along with your valid passport and the set fee of 1,000 THB, you can enter Thailand via air or land without any issues. Visa on arrival is valid only for 15 days though. For the remaining countries, the visitor must obtain a visa from the nearest Thai Diplomatic Mission prior to entering Thailand.
    2. Accessibility
    • Sri Lanka - The only way of reaching Sri Lanka is by air. It does share maritime borders with both India and Maldives, but ferries nor cruise ships don't pass through this route. Sri Lanka has one international airport, the Bandaranaike International Airport, located in Negombo, about 33 kilometres away from the capital, Colombo. The airport mainly has international flights to and from cities like Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Chengdu, Chennai, Delhi, Kuwait, Mumbai, Male, Muscat and many more. It also has seasonal flights to and from cities like Amsterdam, Moscow and Vienna. It also connects domestic cities like Bentota, Hambantota, Sigiriya and Trincomalee to the main city. Flights from Delhi to Bandaranaike International Airport cost around Rs. 11,000 for a one-way ticket. An alternative would be to reach Cochin first, from there, flights to the Bandaranaike International Airport cost around Rs. 6,000 for a one-way ticket.
    • Thailand - Unlike Sri Lanka, Thailand can be accessed through a variety of ways. First and easiest of which is by air, which is also the most expensive way. Thailand has a total of 11 international airports, but the two most utilised ones are the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok and the Phuket International Airport. The Suvarnabhumi International Airport is the busiest airport in the country, since it is located at the capital. It has international flights to and from cities like Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Chongqing, Delhi, Dhaka, Macau, London, Moscow, Paris and many more. It also has domestic flights to and from cities of Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket and other tourist destinations in Thailand. Air fare from Delhi to Bangkok costs around Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 13,000 for a one-way ticket. On the other hand, the Phuket International Airport serves the southern areas of Thailand, specifically the Phuket region. It has international flights to and from Beijing, Hong Kong, Moscow, Singapore and other cities of different countries. It is also directly connected with other domestic cities like Bangkok and Pattaya. Flights from Delhi to Phuket cost more and you'd most likely be stopping over at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Thailand is also accessible by land, owing to its shared boarders with Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. You can opt to bring your own vehicle, which could be very expensive, or just opt for local transport, a combination of train, bus or auto rickshaw journey. Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Railway Station is also connected to Malaysia's Butterworth Railway Station via the Padang Besar Railway Station. Finally, if you're planning to reach the southern islands of Thailand, you can also do so by cruise or ferry from Penang. It is not a direct journey though, more like an island hopping journey, where you first reach Langkawi from Penang by ferry, then to either Koh Lipe or Satun by ferry as well, and from any of these destinations, you can board a bus for Phuket. As compared to Sri Lanka, you can reach Thailand in different ways, depending on which part of the country you're planning to visit.
    3. Beaches
    • Sri Lanka - Surrounded by the Laccadive Sea and Bay of Bengal on its western and eastern coasts respectively, Sri Lanka would delight the beach lovers. The best part is that the beaches of Sri Lanka are relatively less crowded than that of Thailand's. We can divide Sri Lanka's coastal destinations into three categories, namely: the Western Province, the Eastern Province and the Southern Province. The Western Province and the Southern Province have the most commercialised beaches. You would also find the capital, Colombo, in the west, which in itself has two prime beaches, the Galle Face Green and the Mount Lavinia Beach. Both are not that secluded though, perfect for just a quick stroll before heading to the further beaches of the west. You would reach Galle, where the Unawatuna Beach is located. This beach has golden sands, different hues of turquoise in the water, overall just a pleasant beach to lounge around in. The assortment of bars and restaurants around the beach can give you plenty of options for dining. There's also the Jungle Beach, more secluded with palm-fringed shores and calm waters. It's a good option for the honeymoon couples as it isn't as crowded as the former beach. Further to the south and you'll find the Mirissa Beach, suitable only for the surfing enthusiasts. For couples, just continue on until you reach Tangalle, where there are more isolated and romantic beaches for you. The Medilla Beach is a cult favourite of couples here, though it has rough waves for swimming, it isn't as frequented by tourists. Reach further to the back of the beach and you'll find a secluded lagoon where you can spend some quiet time together. Once you have explored the west and south coasts of Sri Lanka, you're in for a treat as you reach the Eastern Province. There's Trincomalee, where you would find both the Trincomalee Beach and Marble Beach. But the gem of the province is located in Kalkudah, known as the Passikudah Beach. This white-sand beach, with its different hues of blue, have been praised highly by many tourists. The water is also shallow with calm waves, so you and your other half can frolic in the beach without any worries.
    Marble Beach in Trincomalee (Image from Antano)
    • Thailand - Thailand's southern coast is surrounded by both the Andaman Sea, to the west, and the Gulf of Thailand, to the east. Of course, the most popular beach destination in Thailand is none other than Phuket. For most honeymoon couples, their idea of a romantic honeymoon might not be the crowded Patong Beach but there are other more secluded options in Phuket. You can visit the Nai Harn Beach instead, which has soft, silky sands and shallow water with soft seabeds. It isn't as crowded as the former beach but still has good options for dining or staying. Other good options for honeymoon couples here are the Kata Noi Beach and Bang Tao Beach. Just nearby to the Phuket island is the province of Krabi. There are over 20 beaches here, but the best suitable ones for couples would be highlighted. The Phra Nang Cave Beach is accessible by a boat ride from Ao Nang. What makes the beach unique is the assortment of cliffs that line it on mostly the western and eastern shores. The Phra Nang Cave also lines one side of the shore, which you can also explore, especially if you're a Buddhist or a history lover even. The water of the beach is incredibly blue, with views of the distant islands so clear. However, this is also one of the most crowded beaches of Krabi. For a more secluded beach, try and visit the Long Beach of Ko Lanta, accessible by a boat ride from the Krabi Pier. Aptly named the Long Beach, it is very serene and tranquil, with a long shoreline perfect for romantic strolls. On the Gulf of Thailand side of the southern coast, there are also many islands that one can explore. From Surat Thani, take a ferry ride into Ko Samui, and reach the beaches of Maenam, Thong Takhian and Bang Po, all are very secluded, with fine white sands and turquoise waters. You can find even more secluded and white sand beaches in the nearby islands of Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao. Rayong and Pattaya are other beach destinations located under three hours away from Bangkok, but they won't be comparable to the beauty of the southern islands.
    Ko Pha Ngan (Image from Alon Laudon)

    4. Other Attractions
    • Sri Lanka - The best feature of Sri Lanka is its smaller size, which is about eight times smaller than the country of Thailand. Thus, even with just a few days on hand, you can explore such diverse landscapes. It's not unusual to reach the beach, then the forest, then a heritage site, in a short amount of time when in Sri Lanka, especially with a private vehicle at your disposal. You begin by exploring the capital, Colombo, which you really can't escape when visiting Sri Lanka. This is the most developed side of the country so it can give you a great overview of how they have passed through times. Dating back to over 2,600 years ago, the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya is Colombo's most important religious site. This monastery is regarded very sacred because it is one of the few places that the Lord Buddha has visited during his lifetime. The monastery is very simple, but the main hall has paintings depicting the life of the Lord Buddha. Then, take a stroll into the Old Dutch Hospital, which has been converted into a shopping area. It's a good place to have that glimpse of Dutch era architecture, as well as a view of the modern city. For the couples who adore historical destinations, Sri Lanka has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites to boast of. Starting with the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, established by King Vijayabahu I during the 10th century. This ancient city has a collection of various structures, ranging from royal palaces, to shrines and statues. Noteworthy of these structures is the Gal Vihara, a collection of stone-cut statues of the Lord Buddha in various positions. The ancient city of Anuradhapura is even older than the previous city, having been the capital of the Sinhalese dynasty prior to moving their capital to Polonnaruwa. Since the structures here are more ancient, they aren't in the most pristine conditions but still give one a glimpse of the former glory of the dynasty. The Mihintale peak is supposed to be the place where Buddhism was founded in Sri Lanka. It is approachable by a 1,800 climb, but adventurers can't wear shoes, only socks. At the top, you'd be rewarded by a great view of the ancient city, as well as the ruins of old temples. Completing the cultural triangle tour of Sri Lanka are the cities of Kandy and Sigiriya. For the adventurous couples, indulge in trekking trails around the hill station of Ella. The Little Adam's Peak trail goes through lovely tea plantations and gives you a view of the surrounding jungles at the peak. Passing through a railway line and lush eucalyptus forests, the Ella Rock trail is another must try adventure. And finally, a trip to Sri Lanka won't be complete without visiting the biodiversity hotspot known as the Yala National Park. Do enjoy an open-air safari, take a glimpse of pristine jungles of the national park and who knows, maybe you'd spot an elephant or two.
    • Thailand - Thailand is a vast country and it can take a few months to fully explore its sights. Even its capital, Bangkok, can be confusing, with its size, population and sheer number of attractions. But a trip to Thailand won't be complete without exploring its busy yet vibrant capital. For the honeymoon couples, to get acquainted with the city, take a cruise around the Chao Phraya River, which can be very romantic especially around sunset. Did you know that there are ferries here that can be actually used as main transportation means from one point of the city to the other? The Wat Pho is Bangkok's pride when it comes to religious sites. It is home to a huge Reclining Buddha statue, hence its other name, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Other attractions around the city like the Lumpini Park, Grand Palace and Wat Arun are also worth visiting. Head to the north, the most underrated region of Thailand, and you'd find the province of Chiang Mai. Once the capital of the Lanna dynasty, Chiang Mai has many heritage sites and religious sites that you can explore. One of which is the Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara, a collection of both new and ruined temple structures. The new temple was built around the ruins of the older temple, but you can still find a few remains of the ruined temple. You can also get to know more about the history of the region by visiting the Chiang Mai National Museum and Tribal Museum. Unexploited by tourism yet are the wildlife spots of Doi Inthanon National Park and Doi Pha Daeng National Park. Another underrated destination is the city of Ayutthaya, once the capital of the Ayutthaya dynasty of Siam. It served so for over 400 years until the Burmese attacked the ancient city. The Ayutthaya Historical Park was the thriving capital, hidden under the ground for many years after the burning of the structures. The ruins provide one with glimpse of the former glory of the dynasty. Other must explore sites are the ruins of the city of Sukhothai and Phetchaburi.
    5. Activities
    • Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka has only opened up for tourism for the past few years but it's already gaining fame for its water sports adventures. While there are many water sports that one can indulge in here, surfing is primarily the main one. Some Sri Lankan beaches have rough waves, perfect for the surfing enthusiasts. Arugam Bay in the Eastern Province is touted as the best surfing destination in the country. For other water sports such as banana boat riding, wind surfing, jet skiing and water skiing can be done on beaches of Bentota, Hikkaduwa and Mount Lavinia. For those interested in the marine life of Sri Lanka, venture into scuba diving and snorkelling, available in beaches of Unawatuna, Tangalle and Trincomalee. For couples, if you have the money, enjoy an indulging sea plane tour of the different islands of Sri Lanka. For the adventure seekers, try out river rafting in the Kelaniya Ganga River of Kitulgala. There are also nature trails and bird watching spots that you can explore here. For the nature and wildlife lovers, as mentioned above, there are also some wildlife safaris that you can do in Sri Lanka. Aside from the Yala National Park, other highly rated wildlife reserves are Uda Walawe National Park and Bundala National Park.
    Surfing in Arugam Bay (Image from Sylvester S.)
    • Thailand - Water sports are also rampant in the beaches of Thailand. Even in the closer beaches of Pattaya and Rayong, you can indulge in water sports such as jet skiing, banana boat riding, kayaking and wake boarding. In Phuket, the main beaches usually have the water sports, like Patong Beach, Karon Beach and Kata Beach. These include jet skiing, surfing, banana boat riding and kite surfing. For those who want a more laid-back activity, try out island hopping, exploring the more pristine islands of Thailand like Similan Island, Surin Island, Hin Daeng Island and Hin Muang Island. Additionally, these are the best islands for snorkelling and diving, as the corals and underwater animals here are still quite many. Are you a fan of thrilling adventures? Try out white water rafting in the Mae Taeng River of Chiang Mai. With its high rapids and ravishing jungles, you're bound to have this activity etched in your mind forever. In the capital, Bangkok, try out adventure activities like air soft, paintball, sky diving and race track racing. You can also interact with the elephants, up close, though the Chiang Dao Camp, located close to Chiang Mai. Here, you can feed the elephants and just enjoy being closer to these majestic creatures. You also can't miss visiting the various floating markets of Thailand, most popular of which is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. And finally, aside from the national parks mentioned above, there are other wildlife reserves that boast of biodiversity in the country, like the Khao Sok National Park and Sai Yok National Park.
    Snorkelling in Similan Island (Image from Reinhard Link)

    6. Staying Options
    • Sri Lanka - For the honeymoon couples, choosing a hotel is a vital part of their honeymoon. As compared to Thailand, the staying options in Sri Lanka are less varied but more expensive. For example, in Colombo, you would need to shell out at least Rs. 2,500 per night for a decent hotel. Likely options are the following: Great Southern Hotel, Metro City Hotel and Hotel Sansu. If you have more money to spend, you can try out mid-range options, which cost around Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 5,000 per night. For this range, you can try out either Richmond House or Sunrise Boutique. For luxury options, you need to spend around Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 10,000 per night, with the likes of Casa Colombo and Taj Samudra. There are varied options in the south and west, with rates almost the same as above. Now, the tricky part is staying in the east, where there are lesser options. For instance, in Kalkudah, hotel rates are within Rs. 4,500 to Rs. 8,000 per night. Good options are the Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa and Anilana Pasikuda. Short on budget? Try out bed and breakfast places like Inn On The Bay and Nandawanam Guest House, with rates under Rs. 2,000 per night.
    • Thailand - Now, as contrasted to Sri Lanka, Thailand is a backpacker's paradise, hence the assortment of budget staying options here are plenty. In Bangkok, for as little as Rs. 1,000 per night, you can enjoy a stay in a decent hotel. Of course, honeymoon couples would prefer something a bit more classic and safe, so for that, prepare to shell out around Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 3,000 per night. Options like Sawasdee Hotel and Twin Palm are great for this budget. Five-star hotels in the city are also quite affordable, like Aetas Lumpini and Grand Mercure Asoke Residence, which have rates under Rs. 5,000 per night. In main beach destinations like Phuket and Krabi, there are varied options too. For as little as Rs. 1,000 per night in Phuket, you can enjoy staying in comfortable hotels like Issara Resort and The Little Moon Residence. Since it's your honeymoon, you might also want to indulge in luxurious options like Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa and Pullman Phuket Resort, with rates under Rs. 8,000 per night. Rest assured, smaller guest houses have even more affordable nightly rates, suitable for those in a budget.
    7. Transportation
    • Sri Lanka - So how do you get around Sri Lanka? Choose between rail, bus or air, all of which can take you from one point of the country to the other. The Sri Lankan Railways isn't as vast as the State Railway of Thailand. It does however, connect various points in the north, south, centre, west and east of the country. The most scenic part of this rail line is none other than the Colombo, Kandy and Ella route. Along the journey, you'd be able to spot tea plantations, lush greenery and even locals mending on the estates. Train journey is very long though and needs to be booked well in advance as it can get easily fully booked. You can opt for bus journey, mainly with buses operated by the Sri Lankan Transport Board. You can rely on these government buses even for remote destinations. For common routes, there are also some private buses that you can utilise. For those rushed for time, you can opt for air travel, which can be considerably expensive. Commonly chosen airlines for air journey are Deccan Airlines and Cinnamon Air. For short distances, you can opt for taxis or tuk tuks, but make sure that you negotiate for a fare beforehand.
    Local Bus in Sri Lanka (Image from Lanil Marasinghe)
    • Thailand - There are a variety ways of getting around in Thailand. For one, they have an extensive railway system, especially around Bangkok. They have three main railway systems in the city, namely, the BTS Skytrain, the MRT Underground Train and Bangkok Airport Link. For travelling within the city, you can utilise any of these options. The Hua Lamphong Railway Station is even connected to the Padang Besar Railway Station of Malaysia. Bangkok also has an extensive bus transport system, connecting the capital with other northern, eastern and southern destinations. You can even reach one point of the city to the other via the Chao Phraya Express Boat. Now, in the further parts of the country, you can opt for air transfer, as there are various airports connecting each city with the other. Long distance buses and mini vans connect each southern destination or northern destination to the central part of Thailand as well. There are also local songthaews, which are open trucks converted into a public transportation option. Unlike buses though, these trucks don't have designated stops and you just need to signal with your hand to stop them. For shorter distances, you can opt for taxis or tuk tuks. For transferring from different islands, you can opt for ferries, speedboats and long tail boats. On the other hand, though fewer in number, there are also motorcycle taxis that one can use in smaller islands or rural areas.
    Hua Lamphong Railway Station in Thailand (Image from Nick Hubbard)

    8. Food Options
    • Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan cuisine is an amalgamation of Dutch, South Indian and Indonesian cuisines. It does have its distinct taste though, mainly with the unique use of spices available in the country. One thing is for sure, Sri Lankans do love their meals spicy so if you enjoy that, you're in for a treat. Rice and seafood are staples, mainly being an agricultural and coastal country. Did you know that there are about 15 varieties of grains in Sri Lanka? While these grains are usually used for rice, they are also sometimes used for derivative meals such as rice noodles and pancakes. Coconut is another staple in most curried dishes, evidenced by the huge number of coconut fruits in each and every area of the country. The Dhal Curry is a must try, a rich stew, made with red lentils and of course, coconut. It goes well with white rice or even breads. Another must try here is the Kottu Roti, Sri Lanka's staple street food. It's very economical too, as it is made using leftovers of breads, vegetables and other spices. The popular Sri Lankan Hopper, simply pancake, is a good snack or breakfast. Made from rice flour, coconut and palm wine, this satisfying yet simple dish would steal every foodie's heart. Now, these dishes are easy to find in most local restaurants but there's no doubt that local guest houses would prepare the most authentic versions of these.
    • Thailand - The cuisine of Thailand is very varied, owing from influences of border countries and ancient merchants, like the Chinese traders. And really, Thai cuisine is known all over the world, you can even find a variety of Thai restaurants outside the country itself. Just like Sri Lanka, Thai cuisine relies heavily on the staple rice. Jasmine rice, a fragrant variety of rice grain, that originated from Thailand itself, is popular because of its unique aroma and taste. But that's not all, there are different varieties of grain here that are used for other dishes. Noodles, chicken, pork and vegetables are also used heavily on the Thai cuisine. And oh, seafood dishes like Tom Yum Goong and Khao Phat Pu are also popular in the local restaurants of the south, even in the central parts of the country. The Pad Thai, fried noodles made with bean sprouts, onions, fish sauce and other delicious spices, has become the trademark of the country. Gaeng Keow Wan Kai and Khao Soi are both curry-based meals that would sure make you miss India less. If you are very adventurous, try out the street foods of Thailand. Grilled Bananas, Stink Beans, Grilled Pork Skewers and yes, Edible Insects, you can find these all the in busy streets of Bangkok!
    9. Best Time to Visit
    • Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka experiences a tropical climate almost all-year round. With the exception of hilly regions like Ella, Nuwara Eliya and Diyatawala, the normal climate around the other regions is hot and humid. There are some distinctions though that one must take into consideration. The western and southern region experiences that first dash of monsoon from May to June and the second dash occurs from July to December. If you want to enjoy swimming and water sports, the best time for that, at least in the western and southern regions, are from January to April. However, the second dash of monsoon in these regions is tame as compared to the first dash, so you can consider that time for a more secluded and tranquil honeymoon. Now, in the northern and eastern regions of Sri Lanka, the weather conditions are the opposite. They receive rainfall from October to January, while the remaining months of February to September are the best times for visiting the region. For the central regions, you can usually explore them during the months of January to April, especially the wildlife areas when you would be able to spot wild animals more easily. For the northern unexplored part of the country, the months of February and September are the driest months, where you can enjoy sightseeing the most.
    • Thailand - We can classify Thailand geographically into the Northern Region, the Northeastern Region, the Central and Eastern Regions and the Southern Regions. There is little climate variation between each region though. Generally, for the Northern, Northeastern, Central and Eastern regions, the best months for visiting them would be from October to February. This is the so-called winter season of Thailand, with temperatures around 11°C to 30°C. The remaining months are known as the off-peak tourist seasons, monsoon and summer, though you can enjoy visiting the beaches of the Eastern Region during the latter. For the Southern Region of Thailand, the dry and peak tourist season varies. For the Southwestern Region, the driest months are from November to April. The other months receive rainfall, though you can visit the beaches still around this time, boating from island to island might be postponed depending on the weather. For the Southeastern Region, the driest months are from January to October, they typically receive rainfall from September to December. Plan accordingly so that you can enjoy your stay in these areas.
    10. Stay Duration
    • Sri Lanka - You can spend a whole week or two in Sri Lanka and visit varied destinations. That is really the beauty of this small nation, since you won't need many months just to explore its beaches, heritage sites or wildlife. A possible itinerary would be doing the city tour first, including Colombo or Negombo. Then, head on to the cultural or heritage sites of Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Kandy and Sigiriya. Your last few days can be spent at the different beaches of the south, west or the east. You can even include a wildlife safari in any of the various national parks of Sri Lanka. To make the journey faster though, it's essential that you hire a car for local transport. But if you are not short on time, travelling via public transportation in Sri Lanka can be fun too.
    • Thailand - When it comes to Thailand, just a few days or weeks won't be enough for it. Thus, you have to choose, either combine the Central Region with the Eastern Region, or maybe the Central Region with the Northern Region. Of course, you can't miss the beaches of Thailand as honeymoon couples, so if pressed for time, opt for a Southern Region tour instead, do some island hopping and explore the vast islands and waters of the southern coast of Thailand. But with just a week or two, you can visit some cities, heritage sites and beaches, though you have to plan ahead and make sure you utilise the faster transport option, via air or via private vehicle.

    Yes, it's hard to choose between these two destinations, but I hope this guide has cleared out your confusion between the two. Simply put, Sri Lanka is suitable for honeymoon couples who have enough time on hand. You can enjoy, not only beach destinations, but also heritage sites and wildlife areas. Sri Lanka is more expensive than Thailand, because it is not yet as developed when it comes to tourism. But if you want more pristine landscapes, especially when it comes to the jungle areas, Sri Lanka scores better on that aspect. If you're into a more laid-back destination, away from the crowds and parties, Sri Lanka is a suitable option for that.

    If you only have a few days or say, a week on hand, then you might prefer Thailand. Choose one region or two, preferable the Southern Region plus Central Region. You can explore the chaotic Bangkok in a day or two before spending the rest of your days in the southern coast. The beaches of Thailand, especially in the islands, are some of the best in Asia in the world. If you love white sand, developed and abundant marine life, then you can't go wrong with the southern coasts of Thailand. Of course, some areas and beaches have their fair share of tourists, so you need to venture a bit away from them to find a secluded spot for yourselves. If you are okay with a bit of noise, commercialized attractions and parties, Thailand has this all but don't worry, as there are also isolated and hidden gems in the country.

    I hope this helps!
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  3. Alexandoy

    Alexandoy Member

    I have been to Thailand twice but no in Sri Lanka yet so I don't have the right to compare. For me, Thailand is a good place for a tourist if only for the cost. Almost everything is cheap in Thailand especially the food. Ttheir fruits are of excellent quality and very fresh. The flea market has almost all kinds of personal items from clothes to footwear to accessories. And for the places to go, there is the elephant zoo and the open zoo where you can see wild animals in the open field. What I admire in Thailand is the populace's religiosity. They are Buddhists who are honest and kind.
  4. Admin

    Admin Administrator Staff Member

    Choosing between Sri Lanka and Thailand can be a tough decision to make. Both countries offer some of the best beaches, lush green forests, rich culture, mouth-watering cuisine, and warm hospitality. However, there are some differences between the two countries that can help you make an informed decision. In this article, we will compare Sri Lanka and Thailand in different aspects to help you decide which one is better for you.


    Sri Lanka is a small island nation located in the Indian Ocean. It is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal to the east and the Arabian Sea to the west. The country has a total land area of 65,610 square kilometers, making it the 120th largest country in the world. Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with two monsoon seasons, which means it can get pretty wet depending on when you visit.

    Thailand, on the other hand, is located in Southeast Asia and has a land area of 513,120 square kilometers, making it the 50th largest country in the world. It is surrounded by Myanmar to the north, Laos to the northeast, Cambodia to the east, and Malaysia to the south. The country has a tropical climate with three seasons - hot, rainy, and cool. The best time to visit Thailand is between November and February when the weather is cool and dry.


    When it comes to beaches, both Sri Lanka and Thailand have some of the most beautiful ones in the world. Sri Lanka is known for its golden sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Some of the most popular beaches in Sri Lanka include Unawatuna, Mirissa, Bentota, and Hikkaduwa. The beaches in Sri Lanka are perfect for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing.

    Thailand, on the other hand, is known for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Some of the most popular beaches in Thailand include Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, and Pattaya. The beaches in Thailand are perfect for snorkeling, diving, and island hopping.


    Sri Lanka and Thailand both have a rich and diverse culture that is worth exploring. Sri Lanka is predominantly a Buddhist country, and the religion has a significant influence on the country's culture. You can visit some of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka, such as the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy and the Dambulla Cave Temple. Sri Lanka is also known for its ancient ruins, such as the Sigiriya rock fortress and the Anuradhapura ancient city.

    Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country as well, but it has a unique culture that is heavily influenced by its neighboring countries, including India, China, and Cambodia. The country is known for its beautiful temples, such as Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun, and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Thailand is also known for its vibrant nightlife, bustling street markets, and delicious street food.


    If you are a wildlife enthusiast, both Sri Lanka and Thailand have a lot to offer. Sri Lanka is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in the world, including elephants, leopards, sloth bears, and several species of primates. You can visit the Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve to see some of these amazing animals.

    Thailand is also home to some incredible wildlife, including elephants, tigers, gibbons, and macaques. You can visit the Khao Yai National Park, Doi Inthanon National Park, and the Erawan National Park to see some of these animals up close.


    Both Sri Lanka and Thailand offer some of the most delicious and flavorful cuisines in the world. Sri Lankan
    food is heavily influenced by Indian and South Asian cuisines, with dishes such as rice and curry, string hoppers, and hoppers being staples. Sri Lankan cuisine is also known for its spicy flavors, with dishes such as kottu roti, devilled chicken, and seafood being some of the most popular.

    Thai cuisine, on the other hand, is known for its use of herbs and spices, such as lemongrass, galangal, and chili peppers. Some of the most popular dishes in Thailand include pad Thai, green curry, tom yum soup, and som tam (papaya salad). Thai cuisine is also famous for its street food, with dishes such as mango sticky rice, chicken satay, and fried noodles being some of the most popular.

    Cost of Living:

    When it comes to the cost of living, both Sri Lanka and Thailand are relatively affordable destinations. However, Thailand is generally considered to be cheaper than Sri Lanka, especially when it comes to accommodation and food. You can find budget accommodations and delicious street food in Thailand for very reasonable prices, whereas Sri Lanka may be slightly more expensive in these areas.


    Both Sri Lanka and Thailand are generally safe destinations for tourists. However, it is important to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded areas and tourist hotspots. Petty theft and scams can occur in both countries, so it is important to be cautious and take necessary safety measures.


    In conclusion, both Sri Lanka and Thailand have a lot to offer to tourists. Both countries have beautiful beaches, rich culture, delicious cuisine, and diverse wildlife. The decision on which country to choose ultimately depends on your personal preferences and interests. If you are interested in exploring ancient ruins and diverse wildlife, Sri Lanka may be the better choice for you. If you are more interested in beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and delicious street food, Thailand may be the better choice. Regardless of which country you choose, you are sure to have an amazing experience.
  5. Karan

    Karan Member

    I have been to both of these destinations and to be honest, and when it comes to choosing out of the two for a honeymoon destination I would say Sri Lanka is better. In Sri Lanka you not only have beaches but also a lot of heritage sites and wildlife areas to visit.

    As Sri Lanka is not as popular of a holiday destination as compared to Thailand, you would find that Sri Lanka is less crowded, hence an ideal place for couples to be spending time with each and exploring places.

    On the other hand if you prefer being in the crowd and want nightlife then Thailand would be the better option.