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  • 71%
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  • 61%
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  • Thamel
    Dave Douglas
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    4 Mar 19, 2014

    Thamel is nuts. Plain and simple. Bars, Shops, Beggars, Yogi's, Vendors, Street Food, Cars, Motorcycles, Rickshaws and a Cow here and there.

    It's a conglomeration of craziness. But from chaos comes order.

    There's not as much honking as there used to be. I can remember when it was deafening, but still, it's a noisy place.

    I've had my leg bumped by a car bumper when the driver didn't have anywhere to go but he somehow felt the need to inch forward.

    But with all the nutty-ness, I still like the place. It's vibrant and GREAT for people watching.

    That having been said, Thamel is an oasis if you've just made your way up from India. It has its moments and can be quite fun if you keep your head right.

    It always "gets me in the mood" for Nepal. I can't wait to leave and head into the mountains; which is why I came if the first place.

    I don't stay in Thamel anymore, because I like to sleep every now and then. But I do go there. I know people there, I say hi to them. I hit the eateries and enjoy what Nepal thinks foreigners want. Like crappy croissants or pastries. Or burritos made with a Nepali tortilla.

    What can I say? I guess I'm a sucker for punishment.

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  • Thamel
    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    4 Nov 13, 2013

    Thamel is the touristic center of Kathmandu, and is a bit of a rat's nest with meandering roads filled with shops that sell all sorts of artisan crafts, scarves, masks, and other fun stuff. There are plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants, and hotels in this neighborhood as well.

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  • ThamelPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    5 Oct 18, 2013

    Pleasure-dome, shopping paradise, and gastronomic wonderland, Kathmandu's Thamel neighborhood is a tourist ghetto of the first order. Most of the city's budget and midrange lodging, many of its best restaurants, and 90% of its shops are located here. It might not be the authentic Nepal, but if you're looking to nosh, shop or party, it's more than worth losing a couple of days to its various lures.

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  • Thamel
    kidonly
    5 Nov 21, 2012

    countless shops, comfortable guesthouses, cheap stuffs. You can hear "Namaste" all along the way.

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    Nabeel Al-Kady
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    4 Nov 18, 2012

    One of the nicest places to hang out, have dinner, and book further travels as well as buy trinkets

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    Raj Pradeep
    5 Oct 08, 2012
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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    3 Nov 02, 2013
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4.5 out of 5
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1,744 people visited Thamel

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Central Kathmandu's Thamel neighborhood is ground-zero for tourism in Nepal, home to the majority of the city's guesthouses, oodles of shopping, and some of the best restaurants in south Asia. It's a bit of a tourist wonderland as a result, but also relaxed place where it's easy to spend a few days eating top-notch pizza, croissants, and Thai curry and browsing through the endless art galleries ... read more
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