Conversation starter: Port City
At your next meeting, get local insight on the huge plot of reclaimed land that is set to vastly extend Colombo’s financial district. Called Port City, the area being constructed by Chinese developers is expected to have its own business-friendly tax system and possibly a separate legal system, while housing 80,000.
The app: PickMe
PickMe is a locally designed app for ordering transportation, and it covers tuk-tuks, vans and cars. All you need is a phone number. Just keep in mind that payment must be made in cash.
After hours: In On The Green
This bar at colonial-era Galle Face Hotel is a popular after-work haunt. It aims to offer a typical British experience, with live music, sports viewing and quiz nights. On the menu is classic pub food such as fish ‘n’ chips and burgers, as well as an array of beers and all the classic cocktails.
Central business district: Fort
Airport to CBD: 40 min by car
Currency: HK$1 ≈ 22 Sri Lankan rupees
Cathay Pacific flies to Colombo from Hong Kong seven times a week