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Colombo Sunset City Safari by TukTuk

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Step aboard a tuk tuk—the preferred mode of travel for locals—to explore Colombo at sunset. Your private driver/guide will ferry you through the city streets, watching local life pass you by as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. Snacks and refreshments are provided, as well as a full Sri Lankan dinner at a local restaurant.
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Kai Wah wrote a review Mar. 2020
Malaysia2,785 contributions196 helpful votes
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This is a very nice place of the well-known Sri Lankan architect named Geoffrey Bawa who was a lawyer turned to an architect, out of interest. His concept of “inside out and outside in” design is interesting which brings the elements of outside the house into the house through some courtyard design which allow himself to enjoy the sunlight/ rain water while inside the house. The entrance fee is LKR1,000 which is rather steep, furthermore many sections are not allowed for photo takings. The interior remains the same as much as the same when he was living in the house with his personal collections and artefacts, including a vintage Rolls-Royce, as explained by the narrator. The experience of visiting this place was less than ideal due to few reasons. First, visitors are expected to adhere to the guided tour timings (10am, 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm). Second, the congregation area is very small and tight for comfort (where it was about 20 plus visitors during our tour). Introductory program via a small TV which we could not see the TV screen at all as it was blocked by the visitor sitting in front. Lastly, there was an incident that one of the visitor accidentally took picture at a section where photo taking is prohibited. We were surprised by the reaction of the tour guide who raised his voice at the visitor and reprimanded her by saying “DON’T MAKE ME REPEAT FOR THE SECOND TIME!” The visitor apologised with remark “sorry” softly. We were completely appalled by his arrogant remarks and the entire experience made us rather uncomfortable. There were 20 plus of us and most of the time it was hardly to gather all of us at one go, trying hard to listen to what he said since the place is rather small and tight. It would be not too much to ask for if he could remind the visitor with more polite tone. After all, we are paying visitors and there is no need to treat us like criminals (for taking photo at wrongfully). Our final verdict is - we like the place, but not how the way it is organised and administered.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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hoi61 wrote a review Feb. 2020
Austria49 contributions40 helpful votes
Not only was it wonderful to be houseguest in Geoffrey Bawa's Colombo home, but to be looked after by the kindred spirit of Rohana, a 'butler' who served Mr Bawa in his late years too, was absolutely wonderful. What gracious people in that house. I cannot fault anybody for anything. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to study the home and have a really good guided tour on top of it with manager Priyanka and on the side with dear Rohana. thank you!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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KimiXD wrote a review Feb. 2020
Kyoto, Japan19 contributions40 helpful votes
You can imagine how the famous architect lived in this stylish yet simple house. If you are interested in architecture and interior design, you'll definitely love this venue. Personally I wanted to know a bit more deeply about Bawa's life and personality. バワ氏が静かに暮らした素敵なおうち。建築やインテリアに興味のある人ならぜひ。個人的には、もう少し家にまつわる彼の生活や人となりについて説明があれば、より楽しめたと思います。
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Saibal S wrote a review Jan. 2020
San Francisco, California2,197 contributions123 helpful votes
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Geoffrey Bawa and anything to do with him, has a very revered space in Sri Lanka. I don't think it was worth spending 1000 Sri Lankan Rupees per head and two hours of my time. The tour was crowded and you cannot access or photograph many parts.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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WOJD64 wrote a review Oct. 2019
Adelaide, Australia705 contributions185 helpful votes
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We had been to Brief earlier in the day so this complemented our experience. A interesting house with amazing artefacts. Great story’s behind his collection including the Rolls.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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