Patrick  Lee

Patrick Lee

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    How best to travel between Kathmandu and Pokhara?

    Oooops, you are absolutely right, the price is NPR 750 per passenger, not NPR 250. Typo error. Sorry. : ) about 8 years ago

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    What is the average daytime temperature in Nepal in november and december?

    Average temperature in November and December will depend on your location and altitude. It varies considerably as elevation is vast in Nepal. The median average temperature is around 12-16 degrees Celsius, balmy or chilly depending on weather. See here: http://www.climatetemp.info/nepal/ about 8 years ago

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    What options do I have for buying a SIM card in Nepal?

    Yes, you can buy a local sim card in Nepal which comes in dominations of NPR 500, 1000, 2000 etc which is the equivalent of US$10, 20, and 40. There are instructions in English on how to activate the card which requires several steps like calling an 1800 number, entering the card number and then the code (which is under a silver overlay that you need to scrape off to reveal the number) If it is too much trouble, the vendors will willingly do it for you for a nominal charge of only NPR 10 (about 20 US cents). Sometimes this charge is already added to your purchase price for the vendor to earn a small commission which also entitles you for the activation service. These cards can be bought from any cellphone shop or bookshop/merchandise stores that displays the "Mobile" sign over it's doorway. There are two sim cards available in Nepal, namely Mero, and Namaste. Both are identical and you can choose from either. More information here: http://www.ntc.net.np/mobile/mob_pre_intro.php I have used both and the service is good and instant although some natives insist that Namaste has better reception than Mero in terms of voice conversation. Oh yes, whereas Mero can only receive and make calls in major cities in Nepal, Namaste can cover the whole country even in the suburbs. So take your pick. about 8 years ago

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    How best to travel between Kathmandu and Pokhara?

    Travel between Kathmandu and Pokhara, the best and fastest is by domestic flight. It will take you approximately an hour. But, you will miss all the interesting sights along the way. The alternative is to get a mini-van that operates from New Interchange. Operators there will shout the destination, you climb in and wait for the minivan to fill with other passengers. When the van is full, the van will leave immediately. There will be a stop along the way, either for breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on the time of your departure. The fare is only 250 NPR which is about US$3.50 You could of course book the whole van and enjoy all that space for about US$35. about 8 years ago

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    Places worth visiting in singapore

    Depending on what you are looking for in Singapore, whether it is for it's culture, history, shopping, sight-seeing, food, nightlife, gambling, there will be something to enthrall you in our tiny island. We are known for our multiple-cultural cuisine, as a garden city, lively nightlife and as a shopper's paradise. Take your pick. You can get good recommendations from the tourist counter at our airport or harbor. Whilst there at the airport, do take in the newly renovated facilities there. A river cruise is highly recommended just to admire our cityscape from the bumboats plying the river. Tourists are very fond of taking our trishaw rides, just ask at your hotel reception to book you on such a tour. Do try our food as the great variety will surely whet your appetite. Places worth visiting would be our night safari, the Singapore Flyer similar to the London Eye, Botanic Gardens where you can experience the primary forest that is being preserved there and the orchid garden. I would recommend our off-shore islands that are reminiscent of tropical Hawaii. Tourist love our Sentosa Island for it's varied activities. Hope you will enjoy visiting our little red dot. about 8 years ago

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    What's things to avoid in Nepal?

    The Maoist rebellion is strictly restricted to the Tibetan/China border and so does not affect Nepal as such. Nepal is pretty peaceful although mild demonstration for the liberation of Tibet occurs now and then but mainly restricted to just sit-down protests, nothing violent. As to snakes, do not worry unless you are trekking in the hilly jungles. Even then, snakes avoid all human intrusion unless you are so fortunate as to step on one! As you will be wearing thick jungle boots for trekking, snake bite is pretty remote. Not to worry. What you really need to avoid is refusing alms to those poor beggars around monasteries and temples around town. These people are really really desperate and destitute. A few Nepalese Rupees will feed them forva whole day. (50 NPR is only US$1/-) give as many of them as you can afford. It really means going hungry or having a full stomach for them about 8 years ago

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    Where can I find the most interesting temples in Nepal?

    The best way to get around is to go by foot. Most of the interesting sites are concentrated around Boudanath Stupa in the center of Kathmandu City. Walk in any direction from this landmark and you will find temples (although they're called monasteries over here). The best monastery is the Kopan Monastery situated on a hill due North from Boudhanath. It is a 20 minutes walk away and you will experience Nepalese life along the way, you will see cottage craft such as silversmith making, paper-making, thangka painting, wood-carving etc. Do not forget to walk around the very imposing white Boudhanath Stupa while you are there. You will see many art and craft items being sold on every side of the stupa, such as bronze singing bowls, gurka knives, semi-precious beads such as genuine lapis-lazuli, tigers eye, dzi beads, etc. Also not to be missed are the genuine fossils found there in the Himalayan Mountains. Some have real calcified prehistoric fishes in there. If you are adverse to walking (the weather is great with cool breezy air with temperatures around 16 degrees Celsius), it is a renowned trekking country after all, you can hire a taxi-cab that can bring you to these places. You will need to approach a few taxi drivers and politely ask if any speaks English. You will meet one or two on your third or fourth try. This is the most comfortable way to travel around. There are also tourist agencies in the town center who will take you on a comprehensive tour of the region if you wish. You can book singly or join a group tour. The group tour is more fun as you meet like-minded individuals like yourself from all corners of the globe. You can book such tours on-line ahead of your arrival and you will be met at the airport and then be brought around to the most interesting places. The more adventurous travelers will arrive on their very own and then seek travel guides here by themselves. The bonus of such an arrangement is that you can check out several agencies there and pick one to your liking and price. Have an enjoyable and memorable trip. Remember NEPAL means: NEVER ENDING PEACE AND LOVE! about 8 years ago

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    How can I get from the airport to the city center in Kathmandu?

    It will be very probable that you cannot speak Nepalese, so bargaining as recommended by the previous poster will be difficult if not impossible. You may be lucky and meet with a taxi driver who understands English but this is very unlikely. Also, you will be met with hoards of pushy touts seeking your patronage as soon as you step out of the airport. This is an experience best avoided. Your best bet is to book a taxi from the airport as the cost is fixed at US$11 into the city center. This way you will not get fleeced by touts outside the airport who can quote exorbitant rates, you being a foreigner. At the airport taxi counter, you can even arrange for a whole day taxi where the driver will act as your guide and bring you to all the exciting and happening places in and around Kathmandu. These airport-recommended taxi drivers speaks English which will then be a bonus. They can explain to you all the important tourist destinations in Nepal, it's history, culture and facts. They can also recommend you hotels according to your budget, whether opulent or basic. On your very own, you may not be able to do that as you do not know the area or what hotels are available and the rates. Alternatively, you could book your own tour guide online on many of the tour agencies from Nepal to meet you on arrival, which will remove all hassle of arriving in a strange place, especially late at night. They can then bring you to your hotel for your much needed rest before commencing on your adventure the next morning. Touts outside the airport may not only fleece you but may bring you to unsavory spots you will wish you never encounter. This is only a worst case scenario but better to be safe than sorry. It has happened because, the country is really poor, which has turned some of the youths to crime. If you are lucky you may meet genuinely friendly and caring guys who you will gladly embrace as a brother. Such is the diversity of the place. Take care and have an enjoyable and memorable stay in Nepal which incidentally reads: NEVER ENDING PEACE AND LOVE! You WILL fall in love with the country and it's people! It is very peaceful, quiet, and serene high up in the mountains. about 8 years ago