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“A real buzz everywhere you look!” 4 of 5 stars
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Thamel
Kathmandu, Nepal
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“A real buzz everywhere you look!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We all love the hype surrounding Thamel. it is a real tourist magnet but the local vendors respect your wishes. Sure they are in the game of selling but it is done with good grace and spirit. They dive from one stall to another , in and out of shops then if you show an interest they often ask you to follow them down through a back lane and up the stairs into another small room that contains a variety of all kinds of gems! We always stayed in small groups but felt perfectly safe. It was a fun way to share a little camaraderie and money around. Nothing seemed too much but the haggling was all part of the deal!

Visited April 2014
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“A good place for souvenier shopping. You will need your bartering head on!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Loved the bartering and the variety, though if you are looking for high quality try New Road instead.

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“Safe Place to base yourself”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Thamel is a safe place to base yourself and has some great spots to each and get your does of tourist shopping however that is all there is tourist shop after tourist shops so need to get out of this area to really experience the real Kathmandu

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“Don't Miss It”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Thamel is dirty, busy, crazy and puts most folks on sensory overload but it is just this chaos that makes it worth a visit every time we go to Nepal. The streets, alleyways and hidden-away courtyards are like a warren filled with tourists, hucksters and vendors. What's not to like?

There are lots of good restaurants and plenty of places to buy gear (real and fake), souvenirs and gifts. It is also good to note that there are plenty of places to change money. It's best to bring cash to Thamel as most vendors only accept cash. Also, do not be afraid to bargain! Never accept the first price offered. Also, when we were there, there were police on every block. They were very helpful with directions. Go with an open mind and have fun.

Visited April 2014
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“Heaven for backpackers/trekkers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The area is full of bargain shops selling everything you can need for trekking and climbing and much more. Do remember to bargain as the shop owners tend to ask for prices 3-4 times more than what you would expect to pay. The streets are full of energy and people are usually friendly.

Visited March 2014
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