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Reviewed 23 January 2016

Great variety of shops, beautiful pashminas,felt novelties, even dresses for back home. So reasonably priced and cheap. Be prepared to bargain with stall holders especially for multiple buys. There is also a lovely coffee shop and bakery for a break. Also on one corner was a very large convenience store for supplies. Bargain for taxi though as with fuel crisis fares really vary and make sure they know way back as we were staying in Boudha about 15 minutes away.

Date of experience: January 2016
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Reviewed 23 January 2016

Can spend lots of time wandering the streets in this area. There is so much to see and experience - small shops, market stalls along the street, food to try, temples, and generally watching Kathmandu lifestyle.

Date of experience: January 2016
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Reviewed 21 January 2016

My wife and I visited Thamel during a tour of India and Nepal in October 2015. Despite the recent earthquakes in the region which devastated many historical sites as well as family homes and businesses the locals continued to do what they could to welcome tourists and make their stays as comfortable as possible. We had a great time area enjoying the calm and peacefulness during the day and vibrancy each night. Would totally recommend a visit , your visit will be really appreciated by the Nepalise who's national economy is so dependant on tourism.

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed 20 January 2016

On a day when we did not have a tour, we shopped in the Thamel district close to our hotel. This is a huge shopping area and not too hard to get lost in. A rickshaw driver dropped us off and followed us the entire time we were there. We did not ask him to stay with us and he did not speak English like others do; so we let him wait for us while we walked. Shopping was fun. Lots of interesting things to look at. The cashmere prices were not a bargain. They will bargain. There are many fine restaurants in the area to chose from. I do not think it was tourist season; which was drastically reduced after last years earthquake. Thamel was not reduced to rubble like some other parts of the city. When it gets dark, the shops close. I was glad our driver had stayed with us. I also made sure he had food and something to drink while he waited. I gathered he was one of hundreds of refugees who came to the city looking for work. Many of them live in tents if they are lucky to find one. After dark, the streets light up with colorful lights and fires to keep warm by. The streets are very uneven and full of crazy motorbike drivers. Then the electricity goes out making the walk even more challenging. We were never aware of any problems the dark could cause, but never wondered after the shops closed. I never look for trouble that far from home and not speaking the language. All in all, the best exotic market I have visited.

Date of experience: January 2016
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Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

The Thamel is every kind of crazy jammed into a few blocks. It is the market place of Kathmandu and it never really sleeps. Dusty, busy, crazy and bursting with every kind of life. I loved it. Watch out for scammers with babies.

Date of experience: January 2016
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