I didn't feel poverty there either.
Even when walking around the villages, ppl were inviting us in, and no kids came up to us to beg which I've had before.
If you want to go to Asia and Thailand is out then def go to Sri Lanka. Its all the good and none of the bad.
Thanks so much guys. I use to live in Asia and have been trying to figure out how to expose my frum kids to some of the beautiful places and people but not the beggars, prostitution, etc. Your amazing pictures of the terraced highlands reminded me of similarly breathtaking rice terraces in the Phillipines that I also don't have the koach or desire to ever bring my family to. Thanks again for writing this TR. We're doing a family trip to Israel for simcha and I was thinking to tack on the Maldives as I know my kids would love the snorkeling, fishing, etc. but this also seems about the same amount of travel from Israel. Maldives would be way more high end and the experiences more controlled for the kids but Sri Lanka would be way cheaper and we could spend Shabbat since there is Chabad so now I'm going to look into it.