Must Know About Thamel Kathmandu

  • Updated on Feb 15, 2024
  • Rugged Trails Nepal

Almost 60 to 70% of travelers who come to Kathmandu, Nepal, love to stay in Thamel. Most of the traveler's journey starts in Thamel and ends in Thamel after taking a cab to the airport. Thamel is the most popular touristic place in Kathmandu, with restaurants, hotels, shopping, travel and trekking companies, bars, discos, and all. Most of the touristic cities all around the world have small problems and issues, which are here in Thamel too. It's safe to walk around, and people are friendly, but there are still some people in Thamel who you must ignore and be alert to.

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What You Must Know About Thamel Kathmandu

These guys are in a group, and they will be most active in the peak season, when tourists bump into this town. They will be at the major junction of Thamel, Asan, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Why are we saying to be alert and ignore these people?

Because these guys will come to you in a nice way, they will tell you, "I am learning English and want to practice.". Some pretend to be guides and want you to join them on the city walk. They will not rip you, but they will take you to that kind of store where they want you to buy things for them or their family. At Rugged Trails Nepal, most of the customers faced this problem from these people, and many of them cheated, so we are sharing this fact with Thamel.

Their main target is to make you buy the expensive Thanka painting stuff where they get commissions. Some will tell you to visit his art shop in Thamel of Kathmandu Durbar Square, but they are not even artists but just to collect a commission. They don't know the full history and cultural part of Kathmandu, but more or less they will share some stories with you. They can easily tell you that you are new in the town, and their eyes will be on solo female travelers.

Make you buy expensive food and products

They will play with your feelings and emotions; some guys call women with the small baby and ask you to buy milk or food for the baby. All the products and things that you buy from the shop will be returned or sold in another shop, where you can collect them. Don't buy anything because it's a great business for them.

Whoever comes next to you, help ignore them and follow your way. Especially for our customers (first-time travelers), if you don't find our location and need help, then simply email us or request pickup from your hotel.

Street Cart Food.

Please don't try it, even if it looks yummy, because the oil they use for cooking is not good. Dusty streets and some foods are not fresh; if you are not used to the street food, then please don't try. Before trekking, we suggest all people not try food from the street because it gives you a problem later and your vacation will be miserable.

Do you want to hashish?

If you are wearing a hippie kind of dress, then you will be kept asked by the street guys if you want hashish. Hashish is not legal in Nepal, and you will be ripped off in Thamel by these guys.