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Mirissa, you might have heard of it when people talk about Sri Lanka. This little town is located in the Matara district of the Southern province. It’s about 55km from Hikkaduwa and it’s also a very famous beach for tourists. This place is fairly new to tourism though, about 10 years ago there was nothing but an empty beach with a few homestays but today it has developed into an important holiday destination for many people. Next, I’m going to tell you what you can do in Mirissa but before that check out this video we made when we were there!

Things to do in Mirissa

1. Whale watching outside of Mirissa

This is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Mirissa and one of the best places in the world to spot Blue Whales, the biggest animal on Earth. Some companies also offer a money back guarantee if you don’t spot any whales or a free tour the next day in hope for better luck. The price range is around 30-35€ and it’s a half day trip. Definitely worth it!

2. Surfing

There are a number of surf spots in the area and the easiest and usually consistent break is in the north end of the Marissa beach. This is an intermediate surf break and is often surfed by longboarders rather than shortboards. If you want to get more punchy waves you better head south a few hundred meters and there will be more advanced surf spots.
Mirissa suring beach

3. Chill at Secret beach

This is a fairly new addition to the Mirissa area. Actually, the beach has been there for a long time but in recent years more and more tourists have found this peaceful “secret beach” and now there is also a restaurant and bar to make it even more comfortable for people. This is a place where you can easily spend a day from morning to sunset just hanging out on the beach and maybe go snorkeling a bit in the clear water.

4. Visit the Parrot rock

This is a very iconic rock formation just outside the Mirissa beach and when it’s low tide you can walk there and climb the rock. This is where most tourists visit once and take a picture to Instagram. I don’t blame them, it’s a beautiful place!
Mirissa parrot rock

5. Go to Coconut Hill and take pictures

Okay, this one is probably the most shared place from Sri Lanka on social media. This hill is facing west and the sunset is in a perfect angle with the coconut palm trees that grow on this slopy hill. If you go there, beware of falling coconuts, they can kill you instantly so better check out the area before entering.

6. Snorkeling and Scuba diving

This is another great place for snorkeling or scuba diving. It is very likely to see sea turtles here because of some turtle hatcheries nearby. The water is warm and crystal clear and there are many different tours to choose from depending on what you want. You can also go snorkeling straight from the beach but it’s not gonna be that rewarding so a boat tour is your best bet.

7. Party at the beach

Mirissa is also famous for various beach parties. The beach is packed with different bars and the easiest way to find a party is to just go out in the night and see where there are lights and loud music. There are no clubs or such bigger bars so all the parties are pretty laid back Sri Lankan style parties. It’s fun for sure!

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Own thoughts of Mirissa

For me, Mirissa has always been a nice place to hang out in for a day and one night but I have never stayed there for a longer time. I have many times called this “the little Phuket” as referring to the popular Thai island whit massive tourism. It’s not a bad thing, I just like to stay in another place and just visit this kind of places. This place is probably the best beach for a family holiday because everything is close by and you have everything you need here. This is for sure one of the villages and beaches in Sri Lanka that you want to stay at least one day at, probably you want to stay for another too.

Where to stay

There are many places to stay at and the number is growing all the time but I’ll tell you the ones that I would stay in to have the best value.

Budget Stay: 

Calidan* is a very great choice if you are planning on surfing the Mirissa break as it’s right in front of it.

Mirissa Beach Inn* is another great place to stay, just 50 meters from the beach and all the rooms have a private balcony

Normal Stay:

Sea World* is located on the southern end of the beach and has a more private beach area for those who really want to relax. There are also surf spots just in front of the boutique hotel.

Ballena Regency* is your choice if you need a swimming pool. All rooms are equipped with A/C and a flat-screen TV.

Luxury Stay:

Triple O Six* is the best hotel in the area and is located a bit South of the village to keep it private.

Sri Sharavi Beach Villas & Spa* is even more South and here you can have your own private villa on the beach with world class service.

 

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-Michael

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Lotta: Good morning from a sunny Sumatra! At the moment I’m sipping a coconut outside of our room and wondering about life. The days repeat each other pretty much and the time goes by. I’m starting to get a little bit bored here and I feel that I really need some new activities.
This small village with the same faces, the same food, and the same activities every damn day, ugh, drives me almost crazy! 😀 

One good thing about this is that there is a lot of time to work and THINK about everything. Thinking is good, people! Your brain is your most important muscle and you need to use it as much as possible to develop! And the most important thing in life is to develop yourself.

We have 12 nights left here and then we leave to Malaysia for a jungle trip – can’t wait for a new adventure! We found out that the oldest rainforest in the world is located about 8 hours from Kuala Lumpur and that’s where we’re going.  After that we head to Thailand to celebrate our friend’s 30th birthday – it’s gonna be EPIC! So now I just have to try to enjoy this calm before the storm, hah.

This week’s Valentine’s Day got me thinking a lot about friendship and made me miss my friends back in Finland so much. When getting older, it gets a lot harder to find good trustful friends – I’m pretty careful about who I trust and let in close to me. I’m not interested in small talks and superficial relationships, I need something deeper. I just don’t have any interest to speak about the weather or some other superficial things and waste my time in relationships that don’t give me anything.

When I was younger, I was really different about this, I had a lot of friends and I spent my time just hanging out even with people who gave me shitty energy or took all my good energy from me. I’m pretty sensitive and I just can’t be surrounded by that kind of people anymore because they exhaust me.

The past few days I’ve missed my besties and nights when we just sip wine, laugh and talk about everything, even the deepest and most sensitive things. That is absolutely the worst part of traveling.

As I wrote last week, we went to the Tsunami Museum this week. It wasn’t that special as a museum, but the subject was really appealing. I still remember vividly when I looked at the news on the TV of what happened in December 2004. It was such a frightening thing for a 14-year-old girl and I got so upset.

North Sumatra was the place that took the biggest hit in the tsunami and there were over 200.000 casualties. Not so many people know this thing because of so little tourism here so all the headlines were about Thailand and other big tourist spots. 

There was a tsunami short film at the museum, and I was wondering if I  even want to see it at all. But it’s not every day you get the chance to do this so I decided to go for it. The film reminded me of how fucking powerful nature really can be and how small and vulnerable we, the human beings are!

The entrance to the museum was only 10.000 IDR (0,70 euros) so it was definitely worth it.

tsunami museum

On Friday, I went back to Kuala Lumpur by myself to pick up my laptop which was finally repaired. It takes only 1.5 hours to fly from Banda Aceh to Kuala Lumpur. It felt good to get out of here for a while, back to civilization for one day.

The Apple repair service, where my laptop where, also worked out really well in the end. Now my laptop works like a brand new one! Thanks to Apple for a great service (even if I had to search for the place for two days when I brought it in)! If you have to repair your Apple products in Kuala Lumpur, I can highly recommend this place: Thunder @Avenue K Shopping Mall.

I was in Kuala Lumpur only for one night and I stayed at Zen Rooms KL Sentral* which cost only 14 euros. It is very close to the bus station where the bus to the airport leaves. It is also nearby the NU Sentral which is a big shopping mall where I went to buy some necessary stuff like vitamins and supplements from a pharmacy. Here in Sumatra, there is a pretty poor selection of those and people don’t really speak that much English, so I bought everything we need in KL.  

Michael just came back from the water and we’re going to eat some lunch now!

Until next time,

Lotta

Hope you have a nice Sunday and greetings from Sumatra, we both are here again! Michael came here on Friday and I came yesterday from Kuala Lumpur, where I spent two days by myself.

It really wasn’t the plan, but I broke my laptop so I had to stay there until I got it to a repair shop. Sometimes there are situations that can’t be expected in life! I’ll tell you more about this Kuala Lumpur trip towards the end of this post. However, here’s a small weekly review of the past week!

So last week we were at Krabi, Ao Nang Beach, from Monday to Thursday. We stayed at Ao Nang Bamboo resort* which was a nice and peaceful place with bamboo bungalows and a pool area.

breakfast

ao nang beach thailand

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One day we visited the Tha Pom Klong Song Nam nature trail, which is in the middle of a mangrove forest. The route was 1.2 km and it was a really beautiful place! We were there in the afternoon and we saw how the mangrove roots were filled up with water from low tide to high tide.

krabi

natural trail in the middle of the mangrove trees

natural trail in the middle of the mangrove trees

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mangorove trees

The next day we woke up early in the morning and went to the Tiger Cave Temple which is one of Krabi’s most famous attractions. Climbing to the top was pretty tough, but well worth it.  1237 steps later my legs were shaking and they were sore for a few days after!

From the top, you can see the beautiful landscape of Krabi and the Buddha statue that stands at the top of the mountain. The entrance is free and you should dress according to the religion – the knees and shoulders should be covered. You can borrow clothes or sharongs there if you don’t have any yourself.

I recommend climbing there very early in the morning to avoid the heat and crowd. We started at 7 am and it was a really good time because there were no people besides us and a few others and the heat wasn’t too bad yet. Climbing there took us about 20 minutes.

ao nang bamboo resort

tiger cave temple krabi, thailand

krabi thailand

On Thursday morning we left for the Krabi airport and flew to Kuala Lumpur. All in all, Krabi was a very nice experience, but still a little bit too touristic for us. The Thai culture cannot be properly seen when the place is made really tourist friendly. Overall, our 2,5 week Thailand trip was still full of happening and new experiences.

So the original plan was to fly straight from Kuala Lumpur to Banda Aceh, Sumatra, but I managed to break my brand new laptop so I had to stay in Kuala Lumpur and find out how I could get my laptop repaired.

kuala lumpur

The two days were full of blood, sweat and tears, and I was so fucking frustrated because a good repair shop wasn’t so easy to find as I imagined. There is still a warranty on my laptop and getting it to the warranty repair was really difficult, which was super weird in a city that big.

I was ready to give up so many times! I wandered around the city and visited many different repair shops. Thank god I finally found a good place and they sent my laptop to Apple for a warranty repair. I almost cried after that because I was so happy!

I stayed at Hotel Check-In which was nearby NU Sentral. The hotel was 40 euros for 2 nights but totally not worth the money, at least not my super tiny single room. In KL you can stay at 4-star hotels for that price but this one wasn’t like that at all. My room was so small that I couldn’t even spread my yoga mat on the floor and there were cockroaches in the toilet.

Normally I’m not that demanding at all about where I sleep but this time I was too tired (I had insomnia and slept only 6 hours for 2 days) and frustrated from the laptop thing so everything seemed so shit, hah. But all good in the end and the frustration turned into joy.

big breakfast kuala lumpur

nu sentral kuala lumpur

After all, I finally arrived at Banda Aceh yesterday and it’s so nice and stressless to be here again. Feels almost like being home and it’s also so nice to finally be in one place for a little longer after been traveling around in many places.

I have to go back to KL in one or two weeks to get my repaired laptop but before that, we enjoy our stay here by working and surfing. Oh, and I bought a new book (Unlimited power by Tony Robbins) at KL airport so I’m gonna read A LOT also! I’m so hooked on this book!

Read our last week’s update: THE WEEKLY UPDATE 4/19: NATIONAL PARK, TOURIST HELL, ISLAND LIFE

Hope you had a nice week!
Laters, Lotta

 

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Lotta: Greetings from Thailand! Here’s our weekly update with pics taken with the phone during the past week. We are currently at Koh Lanta, which is an island in Krabi. We’ve been here for six days now and just been relaxing and enjoying the beach life. My father is also here, with his girlfriend and friends, and it makes me extremely happy that I can spend quality time with them because most of the time I’m traveling and can’t spend time with my fam. We’ve had so fun together here!

We flew here through Kuala Lumpur which is the best waypoint when flying from place to place in Southeast Asia because getting there is so cheap (from Banda Aceh to Kuala Lumpur only 20 euros!) and there you can buy all the necessary stuff if needed and best of all, enjoy the super delicious food (which is always an important thing when traveling haha). We stayed at My Hotel* which is nearby the bus station. It is a good basic hotel which cost 12 euros a night.

In Kuala Lumpur, we just chilled and ate good food and went to bed early because we were pretty exhausted from traveling. The next morning we woke up at 4 am, packed the baggage, drank some coffees and took the bus to the airport. Our flight to Krabi was at 7 am and the flight took only 1.5 hours, we both slept almost the whole flight.

Read our older Kuala Lumpur post (in Finnish) here.

I’ve never been to Thailand before, so I was really excited to get to experience a new place and see the culture. The other big reason I was so excited was that I could wear bikinis and get tanned because in Sumatra I couldn’t do that because of religious reasons.

We are staying at Lanta Smile Resort* which is located at Long Beach. Koh Lanta is a peaceful island, not like a big party island. During the day it is really peaceful, no loud music at the bars etc. Here you can relax, enjoy delicious local food, go to Thai massage and in the evenings watch the sunset while sipping cocktails. There are also bars so if you want to party it’s possible of course.

Cocktails and sunset

I tried Thai massage for the first time in my life and to be honest it was the best massage I’ve ever had! It lasted almost one hour and cost 7 euros. The Thai woman threw and turned me in different positions and got all the muscle and joint tensions open and I felt like a newborn after that.

Office today.
Office today. Not bad.

Something on my mind right now:

– There’s so many Swedish here, huh. And Finns also. Pretty much like a basic tourist place.
– Locals are so friendly here. Everyone is smiling!
– The weather is amazing. +33-37 celsius and cloudless sky!
– Coconuts are not as good as in Indonesia or Sri Lanka. Why the hell do they taste like cornflakes here? 😀
– Why does every breakfast include egg or dairy?
– To see my family members happy and loved is the thing that makes me the happiest in life.

Today is my dad’s last day here so I think there will be some party tonight! Now I shut down my laptop and head to the beach, laters!

-Lotta