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Thamel

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Address: Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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US$25.00*
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Walking Tour of Kathmandu to Ason Markets
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US$100.00*
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3-Hour Thamel Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw in Kathmandu
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US$90.00*
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Experience Kathmandu: 5-Hour City Tour

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Always a hive of activity

There is never a dull moment when in Thamel. There are stalls to look at, street vendors wanting you to buy their goods and great food.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Mackay, Australia
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Mackay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is never a dull moment when in Thamel. There are stalls to look at, street vendors wanting you to buy their goods and great food.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Landing to Kathmandu and staying the first few days in Thamel has been a kind of norm to most of the foreigners when they arrive in Nepal. This place is just wonderful. Fully chaotic in a good sense, people everywhere, bars, hotels, pubs, music, food, souvenir shops and many more. Take a stroll and you will see the history of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Following our Base Camp trek, my friends and I had three cushion days in Kathmandu, specifically in Thamel. Thamel is a major shopping district for hiking gear, clothes, restaurants, snacks, souvenirs and knickknacks. I enjoy negotiating when I shop and I had three days to do it so I think I learned quite a bit. Almost everything is handcraft, even... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

in Tamel there are all touristic shop and if you want to buy something specific like tibetam jewellery or cashmere sweaters this is the place for you. You can also book excursions and flight to everest in this area or buy semi-precious stones. You have to look around to find the best price for your pocket. while you wander around... More 

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Draper, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are in KTM, Thamel is an area worth a visit. Although mostly for tourists, it is central to other districts and attractions. Quality, off-brand products can be purchased here for fractions of Western prices. However, there are poor quality products also. That is half the fun though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had great shopping time here all the shops are quiet expensive but really good product. Recommended to everyone

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Place is best viewed in the evening after all shops and restaurants closed up for that day. When it's empty and quiet it unveils its true beauty. Local government should follow the example of bandipur (other city in Nepal) which restored its historic center (buildings and infrastructure) and banned vehicles from the center, making it accessible to pedestrian only. Its... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Thamel is a collection of small narrow streets with LOTS of shops, restaurants, hotels etc. This could be a very pleasant place to wander around, but instead you have to really watch out where you put your feet, you risk being hit by a car, and many shops seem to get their stuff from the same whole sellers. Kathmandu could... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

So much to shop for a trekkers dream market place. North Face and Marmot galor plus tons of trekking gear.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the Thamel area during our stay in Kathmandu , The things are quite reasonably priced. The items that we purchased here like the winter jackets were a bargain. There are numerous restaurants and cafes around the Thamel area. Onemust just look around and you can pick up some nice stuff, and I felt it must cheaper then Pokhara.... More 

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