Colombo is the commercial and financial capital of Sri Lanka, and full of chaos and mayhem. We tend to stick out and draw more attention to ourselves than is helpful. So, besides using this city as a transportation hub, we did little more than make it to the local market before heading out.
I will admit that by taking public modes of transportation, we need to be willing to accept the terms and conditions, and sometimes consequences, that go along with it.
We have traveled through Southeast Asia for over five months, using all modes of overland public transportation. During these months we have developed a bias towards certain modes over others, but still cannot say too much, as the price offers no room for complaints.