Patrick  Lee

Patrick Lee

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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. almost 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. almost 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. almost 8 years ago

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    Going to be in Singapore , what is the cheapest and best way to get a data bundle micro sim for apple ipad

    There are prepaid micro sim cards for the Apple IPad in Singapore. This will be your best bet for keeping your data roaming and surfing charges to a minimum as they come in various dominations. Buy the ones you are comfortable with. These cards are sold at the three large Telcos here and can also be obtained from mobile shops located at every shopping center. You could also buy them on line if you really require them urgently. It will save you the trouble having to look for them. Also, try the shops at our airport arrival hall that displays the "mobile" sign. You will be able to get them there too. almost 8 years ago

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    Transportation from airport to hotel

    One word of advice. Recently it has been noted that some taxi touts have been harassing tourist to hire their taxis at exorbitant rates no less. If you are being approached, just give them a firm no and go on your way. If they are persistent, approach the nearest airport security staff for assistance. These staff wears white shirts with black paths and epaulets so you will be able to spot them easily. These are also the people you can approach to help you get a taxi if you really need one and do not wish to queue with the rest of the arriving passengers. The queue can get quite long sometimes and if you are tardy and find yourself at the end of the queue, it may take you some time to reach the head of the queue. Basically you should have no problem getting a taxi here in Singapore as our transportation infrastructure is pretty sound and taxis are plentiful especially at the airport because of the extra surcharge the drivers can obtain only from the airport into town. This minimal surcharge (just a few extra dollars) is added to your total fare. Have a pleasant stay here and leave with happy memories. Remember to tell your friends, colleagues and relatives about our beautiful garden city. almost 8 years ago

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    Can anyone recommend a clean hotel in Kathmandu that is central to things?

    There are many replies to this topic if you care to search below. If central you mean the heart of Kathmandu, then head straight for Themel or better yet, the Kathmandu Hyatt right in the heart of town. All hotels are clean, no shabby ones here as they are meticulously well maintained and amply staffed. Take your pick of the many advertised here. over 7 years ago

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    What are the best things I can see in singapore?

    I wish you would define what exactly you wish to "see" in Singapore. Ours being a tiny island has very little to offer in terms of "sightseeing" as say, compared to big land masses such as China, Europe or New Zealand. What we have to offer here is a glimpse of old world culture in either Chinatown or Little India. There was an article in the Sunday Times just yesterday (25th Sept 2011) on the view from atop the 57 storey Marina Bay Sands Skypark where people pay to "see" our Singapore skyline and the distant islands of Indonesia on a fine day. There is also a sky pool meant for the MBS Hotel guests. This must be something unique to have a full sized pool up in the air at 57 stories high. We had just completed the Singapore Formula F1 night race which concluded last night. This would have been a "must see" if that is what you have in mind. As a tourist, I guess you just need to open your eyes to everything around you when you are in another country and take in the "sights" and experiences to bring back home with you. That, ultimately is the main reason for sightseeing when touring. Agree? May I humbly ask where you, Nezy, might be from? almost 8 years ago