Young American woman travelling alone in Sri Lanka: ‘kindness, generosity and chivalry’


Joyce Zhang

A young woman from America travelling alone in Sri Lanka has told of the kindness, generosity and chivalry she encountered everywhere she went.

Ilica Malkanthi Karunaratne, writing in the Sunday Observer, tells the story of how Chinese-American entrepreneur Joyce Zhang “met with nothing but friendliness”.

Says Joyce: “From Kandy, I went to Ella by train and found the service extremely professional, courteous, helpful and friendly. I find Sri Lanka a dynamic, divinely blessed country, I was on the coast in Galle and Unawatuna.”


Ilica notes that “there are so many negative, horror stories highlighted in the media, about bad experiences that female tourists have had in our country.

“It was a pleasure and a welcome surprise to hear someone whose experiences have all been good ones.

“Joyce Zhang, a Chinese American girl, from the US, travelled all over Sri Lanka by bus and train and says, she met only with kindness, generosity , thoughtfulness and even chivalry, right through her travels here.”


Adds Joyce: “Even in buses people would give up their seats for me, and in sharp contrast to India and other places no-one asked for money.

“They were extremely helpful everywhere, answering questions, telling me which bus I should take, which route to take and so on. I plan to return for a longer stay next time.

“Both, historically and culturally, I can envisage Sri Lanka as an ideal trade route”

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