To sum it up: He is very trustworthy, you can feel save with him. He is a save driver as well (very important in Sri Lanka where there are a lot of crazy drivers)

He is flexible and patient, it wasn't a problem to change plans or to make him wait longer then expected.
He knows his country and knows what is interesting for you. He can advice you on what to do and what to see. He can arrange nicely located and comfortable hotels for you. This all he does for a good price. I can definitely recommend you arranging a trip with him. If you do. Enjoy it!

Saskia and Bob
Bob Zevering (info@act-taaltrainingen.nl)
September 2009

   

If you want a unique insight into the life, history, culture and environment of Sri Lanka that is beyond that of conventional touring, we recommend you contact Sam Samarakoon. We had a wonderful fortnight in this beautiful country and Sam proved to be both a great guide and a good friend. He is totally honest, completely reliable, caring and considerate, and he has a wealth of local information which we found invaluable. He was very flexible in helping us organize our trip and took careful note of our needs and suggestions in planning the itinerary and arranging the required standard of accommodation. As an ex policeman Sam is a skillful and careful driver - a prerequisite where travelling conditions can be quite chaotic. He has a wide range of excellent contacts when you need specialist drivers or guides (such as a bird-watching expert).  He gave us good advice on everything from places to eat, finding banks and internet cafes, ways to save money and of course, information about the places we visited – all without being intrusive – and he has a good sense of humour. For the duration of our time with him Sam was always patient, thoughtful and focused totally on our needs – quote “If you are happy, I am happy”.  We have every confidence in recommending him to others.

Bryan & Bronwyn Long (Australia) em brybron@aapt.net.au
July 2009

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Thank you very much for a superb fast visit to Sri Lanka, 4 days is not enough to do it justice. The trip was planned well and the flexibility you introduced around some items showed how well you think on your feet and know the different aspects that you show people around. I can't really pick any one part out as being the best. Highlights are plenty but I suppose the Charge of the wild elephants on the safari might just edge it, all natural and couldnt be planned.

Once again thanks for a good trip and attached is a momento of our visit.
John & Stacey. (taylor.j.m@orange.net)
July 2009

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A big thank you to you, Sam, for making our holiday in Sri Lanka such a memorable experience. Sri Lanka has a wealth of fascinating places to explore but it was your kind attention to every last detail that made the experience smooth, comfortable and fun. Your connections across the whole of the island gave us access to many more places than we would have been without your guidance, including some excellent restaurants and hotels. I enjoyed your company along the way as we shared some wonderful adventures that will stay in my memory for the rest of my life. I look forward to being able to return to Sri Lanka in the future and revisit some of my favorite places.
Jo Neave
(joneave@westnet.com.au)
March -2009
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We are telling our friends here all about you and hopefully, one day, someone will come!

'We have just had a really fabulous holiday with Sam being our driver for a whole fortnight. He has been an excellent guide and shown us so many great places, without ever being pushy or insisting, if we wanted something else. He was a careful, considerate driver and made excellent choices for our hotels, also good suggestions for restaurants. He was good company, but at all times he respected our privacy. We had plenty of time to ourselves, but he was always there if we needed his advice or his transport!'

Marcel and Alison Boughton, ma.boughton@virgin.net
Rodney Val Mount (rodanval@ntlworld.com )
March - 2009

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All your plans for us were great, and it was so good to know that we could call on you at any time. Nihal did a wonderful job in your absence, please pass this on. We are so glad that you are now well.

Thank you again, we will recommend you to others. Funnily enough some of our other friends we have just heard, departed for Sri Lanka only few days ago unbeknown to us.

Mary and David (davidjhall@onetel.com)
2009-February-3

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It was a memorable trip with each day bringing something new and exciting.
The guides, who Sam found for us, were courteous and interesting, always taking time to answer our questions.
The driver, supplied by Sam, in Yala Game Park was outstanding. He seemed to find more animals than any other, making sure that we saw leopards and bears which we knew were very difficult to locate.
Sam is the kind of guide that everyone dreams of having on a tour. He anticipates when he is needed and also seems to know when you want to be left alone.
Unlike other tour guides, he always leaves you alone at lunch time to enjoy your food and chat.
Sam again came up trumps with our stop for lunch, a beautiful fish restaurant right on the beach, a menu so full of sumptuous food that it was almost impossible to choose.
The journey by train through the mountains was wonderful, the scenery just glorious and when we arrived at Ella Motel, the views were stunning.
Sam provided us with a variety of places to stay each one different in its own way .We enjoyed all of them.

Mr.Henson (radhensonuk@aol.com)
26-December-2008
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Just 2 days passed after our return home from wonderful 11 days vacation in Sri Lanka. It’s like to be in another world. And this country really seems to be the paradise on Earth.
And Sam Samarakoon was the man who gives us possibility to see all the most beautiful and interesting places. He knows all the best places to eat, to rest and to see. Hotels were excellent and the prices for services and hotels are very reasonable. Also he is one of the most professional and safety drivers I’ve ever seen. It is very important in Sri Lanka – country with weird traffic, crazy bus drivers, tuk-tuk “outlaws”, cows, dogs and other animals on the road. He is highly recommended guide! We are missing you, Sam. And hope visit your incredible country again.
Thank you very much!

Mr.Oleg and Irina from Riga, Latvia. (razamanaz@inbox.lv)
November 2008

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We had a wonderful 10 day tour with Sam in September. Sri Lanka has so much variety and his itinerary covered the main attractions very well. He is a careful driver with good English and his local knowledge meant that we were very satisfied with accommodation, food and sight-seeing arrangements. I think a major factor making our holiday enjoyable was the flexibility that his style of touring offered. He was always ready to make suggestions if we were 'templed-out', for example, and to offer an interesting alternative. We certainly hope to come to Sri Lanka again and renew our acquaintance with him.


MR.Gordon and Rod
(Gordon_nicol@hotmail.com )
Date -28-Sep-008
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WE spend 8 wonderful days during our journey to SRI LANCA in April 2008 with the driver Sam.
We experienced the wonderful parts of the island and visited all the valuable archaeological sites.
Sam drived us safety and comfort.
The hotels were very good and we enjoyed our staying in them
We thank for all Sam and recommend without any doubt the trip to everyone.
We wish you everything better.

Mr and Mrs Dimitriadis from GREECE (HELLAS) (labpapa@gmail.com) Date -2008/8/7

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We enjoyed our tour with you very much, and have recalled parts of it with laughter, such as -  sliding down from Dambulla / my shock when I saw the size of the Prawns at the Restaurant / the joy of seeing the Tuk-Tuks, and the way they could squeeze through any gap / the working elephant and the baby elephants / water buffalo and cows (while avoiding country pancake!) All very happy memories, while enjoying the lovely hotels you booked us into. We are very grateful to you for your driving expertise and knowledge, and thank you so much for your care and concern. I WILL send photographs with comments, but need my son to help me do the computer work and he is away at the moment. Be assured that I will do this as soon as I can. We both hope you and your family had a good New Year. Our Hotel served us the sweets on the Monday morning, and I very much liked the sugar,milk squares. In Scotland we call this Tablet!  D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!  Will be in touch very soon and will be thinking of you on the 19th. when you are touring with the people from Greece.       Kindest regards Julia and Doreen.

Mr.Doreen Lamberton-Kerr (delamberton@tinyworld.co.uk   Date-18-4-008)
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PulboroughWest Sussex RH20 2HW
17 February 2008

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We were lucky enough to select “Sam” Samarakoon from an internet search to be our chauffeur/guide for our tour of the beautiful island of Sri Lanka from 26 January this year to 10 February.

Sam is 100% reliable.  He arranged our hotel accommodation at very competitive rates, changed arrangements during the tour when we wanted to change itinerary or hotel without any additional charge.  He has a great knowledge of all the premier sightseeing areas of Sri Lanka and can tailor itineraries to suit the energy and whims of his customers.

As a driver he is very competent and always careful, something which is very necessary to cope with the driving conditions and hazards in his country.  His honesty, helpfulness and integrity are without question.

We count “Sam” as one of our many friends around the world and hope that we can return his hospitality should he ever visit UK.

Jo & John Pratt
johnagpratt@waitrose.com

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" We spent 10 memorable days with Sam in January 2008. We couldn't
recommend him highly enough. He is reliable, honest and great fun to be
with and went out of his way to make our trip a huge success. Sam's car
is very comfortable and his driving impeccable, no doubt in part due to
his time spent as traffic cop in Colombo. All of the hotels that Sam
arranged were great and everything was organized perfectly. We will
remember the many conversations that we had with Sam - his insights into
the Sri Lankan way of life really enhanced the whole experience for us
and he has some great stories to tell!


Alec & Maria Hoffman-
Alec Hoffman (alec.hoffman@etheios.com) - January 2008

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Thank you so much for the two weeks we had with you in Sri Lanka you were great and we certainly would have not hesitation in recommending you.  Your choice of accommodation except for Negombo was excellent on our last night we stayed at the Silver Sands which was nice. Your driving was safe and your patience with us we really appreciated.  We had a fantastic holiday in Sri Lanka, your country is beautiful and has some much to offer and at no time did we feel unsafe.  Our highlights would have to be Sigriya Rock, ancient cities, the tooth relic in Kandy, The elephant safari, the tea plantations and you taking us around some of the expensive hotels, Galle inside the walls, and our favourite beach was Unawatuna.

Kerry Chisholm

kerry.chisholm@fraame.com - August 2007

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Our tour with you was very memorable. We really appreciated your knowledgeable commentary. The hotels you chose were just perfect for us. But the best part of the trip was your flexibility, the way you were able to change everything to suit our likes and dislikes. We have already recommended you to several of our colleagues and they have been as delighted with their tours as we were with ours.

David Book and Wendy MacDonald Hambantota.
April 2006

 
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My wife and I toured Sri Lanka, with Sam Samarakoon, for 10 days in March 2006. Sam made all of our hotel reservations which were exactly as requested. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and Sam's company. He was always on time and nothing was any trouble to him. He takes great pride in looking after his guests and ensuring they enjoy their stay in Sri Lanka. We unhesitatingly recommend him.

John & Adrienne Forth (Australia). March 2006.
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We spend with Sam 11 beautiful days on tour around Sri Lanka. During the tour Sam and our son (4 years) become best friend and together they smile a lot. We will definetly recomend Sam to all our frends who will visit Sri Lanka in the future, expecialy those with small kids :-)

Martina Filej -
Slovenia. February 2006.
 
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Wir haben mit Sam eine 7-Tage Tour durch Sri Lanka gemacht und es war rundherum toll! Sam ist ein ausgesprochen sicherer und vorsichtiger Fahrer, was beim dortigen Verkehr sehr wichtig ist. Ständig war er präsent um zu verhindern, dass irgend jemand uns übervorteilt und stand uns mit Rat und Tat zur Seite. Auch die Unterkünfte, die er ausgesucht hat, haben uns sehr gefallen. Wir können jedem nur empfehlen, mit Sam eine Tour zu machen. Er hat viel Erfahrung und weiss überall, wo es etwas Interessantes zu entdecken gibt. Eins steht fest: Sollten wir wieder nach Sri Lanka kommen, fahren wir wieder mit Sam. Fragen per E-Mail beantworte ich gerne. Ragnhild

Ragnhild Dervari.
January, 2006.
 
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We had a fantastic time in Sri Lanka from Dec 6th-Dec 18th, 2005. Initially, I was somewhat apprehensive about hiring a car and driver to tag along all over. Sam alleviated all these fears. He was both an excellent guide and driver always going above and beyond when it came to anything we needed, and giving us our independance when we needed it. He also managed to neotiate lower prices in many situations where we were stymied by the language. I would definitely recommend him to anyone considering a car and driver.We will definitely return again. I was touched by the hospitality of everyone we encountered. A repeat vacation is definitely in order. Thank you Sam for a wonderful time. Jeff & Anthea/Montreal/CANADA

Jeff & Anthea -
Canada. January, 2006.
 
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We are from Australia. An extremly memorable trip to Sri Lanka. Our thanks to Sam, for driving us around the Sri Lanka.He is more reliable, honest and fun driver. Highly recommended to all tourist. Regards, Kokila(Australia)

Kokila De Zoysa - Australia.
July 2005.
 
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We had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka and meeting Sam. He made it possible to for us to see many things within our budget and with no stress at all. Other travellers have described their experience & trying to travel without the help of a guide is best. Comparision with other guides has shown us that Sam is exceptional at being one.

Kathy James.
July 2005.
 
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A totally unplanned (by us) tour of a truly beautiful country. Sam was our taxi driver from the airport to Colombo & after an hours journey we felt happy to let him arrange the rest of our two-and-a-half week stay in Sri Lanka! We travelled in comfort, stayed in hidden gems of guesthouses, saw more than we ever would have achieved on our own and arrived home relaxed and so entranced by Sri Lanka that everyone thought we were on commission to the Tourist Board !! An unforgettable trip. Thank you Sam.

Caroline & Alex.
July 2005.
 
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I am from USA.Just lean back and relax let sam do the driving and guiding through this exotic buddhist homeland. Few journey have been so rewarding, I attribute that to sam and the attention He gave to making my trip so complete. I shall return one day and SAM will be my first call. Thanks, Philkurh

Philkurh,
May 2005.
 
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We are from England. We had a great tour with Sam over 6 days visiting Sigiriya, Kandy and Hikkaduwa. Sam is a very experience guide and safe driver and looked after us very well. We would definitely recommended. Thanks SAM

Neland Anjela Compten.
May 2005.
 
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Thanks for a great tour in Sri Lanka. I did not think it was possible to fit so much into two days. I am glad we got a chance to see elephant in the forest,that has to be a highlight. I hope that I can return to Sri Lanka, hopefully I can stay for longer. Thanks Sam for your careful driving. Mark

Mark Summers.
May 2005
 
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Sam is a real guide, knows the places to go, to eat, what to see. Excellent negociator for good hotel prices as well which is an advantage. We had a lovely time during around for 5 days with Sam - Best Drive on the Island.

Siri Arnesen - Norway.
May, 2005.
 
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We travelled with Sam for one week. In Sam we found the best guide one can imagine. He is an excellent driver. He knows many good places for sightseeing and accomodation. He's always very helpful and friendly. Always trying to do his best to make your stay in Sri Lanka unforgettable. We can recommend Sam!

Brigitte + Andreas (Switzerland).
April 2005
 
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Just completed a thoroughly enjoyable 7 days in Sri Lanka. Sam know the people, the sites, the best hotels (whatever your budget) and how to sniff out the nicest foods that the country has to offer. Nothing is too much trouble as he does whatever he can to make your stay as enjoyable and as memorable an experience as he possibly can. Come see for yourself !!

Russell.
December 2004
 
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Hi Sam! Thank you for the 10 wonderful days you showed us around all the beautiful places like Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Nurelia and so on!!! You are a very safe driver and a guide who cares a lot about his visitors! You know very much about your country. Thanks again, Sonja + Christian

Christian + Sonja from Germany.
November 2004
 
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I had a really fun time in Sri Lanka. There are so many beautiful places especially, Kandy is mervelous!. I am very happy to travel with sam. He's so kind guy. Ofcorse his guide help me so much. Thaks you so much!. To tell the truth, I've thought sri lanka is dangerous country. But I realize now,I was worng.Sri Lanka is wonderful. I want to come back some day. Thank you Sam.

Miss. Satsuk Matsumura & Keiko Matsumura.
November 2004.
 
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We visited Srilanka in june,me and 3 weman more. the clever thing that we did was taking Sam as a guide.He knows evry thing that interest a turist,from hiastory till shopping....and he does evry thing with smile. He saved us much moeny by knowing hotels and restaurants. We recommand from all our heart for SAM AS A GUIDE.

Yona Moshe.
August 2004
 
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We traveled with Sam in April 2004 for 5 days. We can recommand Sam as a friendly, honest, calm person. He knows a lot about his country, can save money with his advices. Recomanded !!!!!

Levy S.
July 2004.
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