Patrick  Lee

Patrick Lee

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    Can anyone recommend a clean and safe hostel in Kathmandu, Nepal?

    Having stayed at this hostel for one whole month, I would personally recommend Shambala Guest House, situated near Kopan Monastery that charges only 10,000NPR (US$200) for a full month's stay. (the Hyatt Airport Hotel at Bangkok charged me US$260 for just ONE NIGHT.) The rooms are clean and well maintained, sheets are changed every alternate day, private bathroom, ceiling fan, tv provided. There is a Internet cafe, restaurant, shopping arcade on the ground floor. Basic rooms have two single beds. For attached living room and kitchen you can upgrade to the standard room. A typical meal cost only NPR150 (US$3). Here are other choices: http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=ipad&p=cheap+hostels+in+Kathmandu,+Nepal&pcarrier=&pmcc=&pmnc= about 8 years ago

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    What's things to avoid in Nepal?

    What to avoid? That has to be the tap water in Nepal as it is not processed. Best is to get bottled water or boiled water. Avoid the back alleys and byways if you can as sanitation is far from satisfactory in this country. The rivers are filthy and stinks, so be warned. Street peddlers may harass you for a sale, but if you can put up with it with a kind "no" and mean it, they will leave you alone, but you will be confronted with others as you traverse their streets. Shopkeepers are generally fair in their pricing but you may meet with a few mercenary individuals and these are best avoided if you can. Beware of dog poop when you walk along the streets, especially at night as the feral dog population is not kept in abeyance there. Generally the food served in restaurants and cafe are clean, but beware of street hawker food unless you have a strong stomach else you can have the runs. Flies are aplenty, so do be careful where you eat. Beggars are aplenty especially around stupas, temples and tourist spots. Spare them a few rupees if you can, especially to those that look really famished and lean. There are those who look well fed but will try their luck with generous tourists. Have a pocketful of sweets to give to those poor street urchins there. One sweet to them is like a major treat to us. You will be rewarded with genuine toothy smiles from them. Although Nepal is relatively crime free, it is still best to be on your guard against any suspicious characters lurking around. You can never tell if the clean shaven gentleman eyeing your expensive camera or video recorder is going to run off with it in an instant. All said and done, Nepal is a beautiful country, relatively speaking. It's people are friendly and courteous and as religion is their main occupation, you can have an enjoyable time there, but still caution is required as in any country, bad hats do exist. about 8 years ago

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

    Tourist traps: This site relegates all that tourist have to be wary of at the arrival section. I didn't know it was this bad. Our only grouse was that immigration customs wanted a NPR 2000 for excess weight in one of our baggage, which we were not willing to accede to. Luckily for us a kind and friendly supervisor came to our aid and advised us to pack our excess luggage into another bag and carry that as hand luggage instead of checking it in. http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Nepal/Tourist_Traps-Nepal-Kathmandu_Airport-BR-1.html http://www.airlinequality.com/Airports/Airport_forum/ktm.htm about 8 years ago

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    I'm travelling to Nepal and will do the hour long mountain flight. which seat to take to get the best view of the Everest, left or right?

    Depending on which direction you are flying in from, whether from China, India, Bhutan, or Tibet. Actually from my experience, it will not matter as the planes coming in to land will circle tribhuvan International Airport before it touch down, so you will see Everest before it lands. But, depending on weather, it would be best to charter a flight to view Everest at it best as you will come real close about 8 years ago

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    What's the best place to stay in Kathmandu?

    I would personally recommend Hyatt Hotel right in the heart of Kathmandu. It is a convenient location if you want to experience the best Nepal can offer. The concierge can arrange for speedy transportation to anywhere in Nepal as your heart desires. It is an upmarket hotel unlike the many lodges and rest houses available in Thamel or it's surroundings. But be warned that it's rate is not exactly cheap as compared to the others mentioned. about 8 years ago

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    How do I get to Tioman island from Singapore?

    Oh yes, you can also fly from Singapore to Tioman on our domestic flights by various airlines. Again prices vary for regular or budget airlines. about 8 years ago

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    How do I get to Tioman island from Singapore?

    There are chartered buses that commute regularly to Tioman Island from Singapore daily. Prices vary depending on class of seats, luxury class or regular class. You can find more information here: http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ipad&va=tioman+island about 8 years ago

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    Where is the best place to visit in S'pore? Where to stay?

    Again, depending on your own personal interest and budget, where is the best place to stay is subjective. If you love shopping, then well-known Orchard Road will be best as it is smack right in the center of the shopping belt surrounded by fine and opulent hotels and shops. If you love sea sport, then the island of Sentosa is great for it's varied sea and land activities. If you addicted to gambling, our Integrated Resort World offer world class hotels with opulent casinos situated in it's premises with theme parks and world class rides and a Singapore Flyer similar to London Eye nearby. If you like dining, history and culture, go to Little India or China Town for it's old world ambiance, shopping and good variety of ethnic food. about 8 years ago