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“Kathmandu, not for the fainthearted!”
Review of Thamel

Thamel
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3-Hour Thamel Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw in Kathmandu
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Walking Tour of Kathmandu to Ason Markets
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Kathmandu City Tour by Rickshaw
Ranked #9 of 178 things to do in Kathmandu
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London, United Kingdom
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“Kathmandu, not for the fainthearted!”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

I was expecting Kathmandu to be rough, it is a developing nation after all but not as rough as it was. Seriously I have been to some incredibly poor nations, not the least Haiti, and this place is pretty dreadful. Now this may be due to the fact that it rained solidly for the four days we were there and that does put a dampener on things (pun intended) but maybe not, the one saving grace of the place is the people! The Nepalese are fantastic, friendly, polite and willing to help, even the hawkers can be discouraged with a simple "no thanks" and a smile and that is great. So to sum up, if visiting Nepal then take a day in the capital and get out to experience the rest of this remarkable country!

Visited September 2012
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“good market,”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

get everything.
good market, good market place lots of eating joints, small shops, pub .. SPA everything. every body should vist this

Visited September 2012
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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“Tourist heart of Kathmandu”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

This is one of the few overtly touristy places that feels authentic. The narrow streets and bustle of people are great to walk around in and haggle for great bargains, not to mention the restaurants of course. Thamel has something for almost everyone.

Visited May 2012
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Bucks County, PA
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“Once is enough”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

I've been to Thamel 4 times. On the plus side, just about anything you'd ever want to buy can be purchased there at prices lower than in the US or Europe. You have to bargain, which can be fun, but is a double edged sword. If you really drive a hard bargain, your concience may bother you, because you know this is not a culture of wealth. If you don't drive a hard bargain you walk away feeling duped.
I always by a tin of Tiger Balm from the first tout that approaches me. Then, for the next 47 touts, I can pull my little tin out of my pocket and show them that I already have it. The one Nepali phrase you should learn to shop in Thamel is "Chi Di nah" (I don't want it). The touts can be relentless if you show any interest in their product at all.
The resturants are risky. There is no guarantee of quality or safe food preparation, so it's easy to get sick.
All in all, I would say Thamel should be seen once just because it is an interesting experience. Guard your wallet and stay away from the food and you will be ok.

Visited April 2012
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“The place for tourists to start”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Ok there are good and bad every where but if you're traveling, you need to start somewhere and it should have access to travel agencies, banks, restaurants, pubs and bars (to unwind) and more importantly, HOTELS. Thamel has it all. It's the tourist center of KTM.

Visited September 2012
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