Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Thamel, Kathmandu, is the tourists’ centre of Nepal. It is a heaven for tourists who are visiting the city.
At Thamel you can find many restaurants, pubs, bars, money exchange, book shops, handicraft shop, spa & massage parlours, coffee places, hypermarket, supermarket, laundry shops, travel agencies, rafting provider, bungee provider and more.
You can get anything you want here in Thamel. Price charged are cheap if I compare with my country – Malaysia. There are a lot of hiking/trekking gears providers too selling all sort of trekking gears. Do your shopping here for needs especially if you are planning to go for trekking.
Getting into Thamel is easy as any taxi driver will know exactly where it is. It is about a 20 minute taxi drive from Trbhuvan International Airport or about a 15 minute drive from the city bus station. Both will cost you around NPR 500 (around USD6).
Staying in Thamel is cheap. Price from USD3 to USD100 or more. Some good and reasonable priced hotels I would recommend are: Hotel Home Heritage(from USD15), New Hotel Panda (from USD30), Kathmandu Garden House(from USD10) and more..
There are many restaurants here in Thamel which serve cuisines of Asian, European, Intercontinental, Indian , Italian ,Chinese , Japanese , German, Nepalese, Fast Food and etc. You can get , almost every kind of food and beverages here in Thamel.
Some good restaurants I would recommend are: Himalayan Java Cafe, Gaia Restaurant & Coffee Shop, Or2k Cafe, New Orleans Cafe, H2O Cafe, Friendship Cafe, Yangling Tibetan Restaurant and more.
Trust me, not all the restaurants and cafes are serving good foods and drinks, the mentioned above are just a few of my favourites in Thamel as I am staying in this area currently.
Nightclubs and bars?
There are many dance clubs in Thamel, a lot of them are only for “Men”. If you are a man looking for a girl and some sexy shows, you can try “Nasha Club”.
If you are looking for a decent bar or pub with life performances, you can try “Purple Haze Rock Bar” -One of the best place to enjoy live band performance at night in Thamel. Or, you can head to Reggae Bar.
Spa & Massage?
There are a few spa & massage places in Thamel, I will not recommend as the service is actually so so.. I tried one of the spa – Serenity Spa. Services I took are: pedicure, hair wash & blow, back massage 30 minutes, and waxing. I paid USD35 for all the services mentioned. My comment: “Not so great, is a waste of time and money.”
So, if you are planning to have a spa & massage session, you can try, and please don’t have high expectation. Nepal is not a country for spa & massage. The best place for massage and spa still in Ubud, Bali.
All photos below are the streets’ view of Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.