So I finally made it to Nepal, it was on my list to go for many years.
As I currently stay in Bangkok, I took a flight from there. There are direct flights with Thai Airways which get you there in 3 hours. Airlines like Air asia will fly cheaper, however it will take you about 9 hours with a stop over, and you will not have included checkin lugguage. Make sure you read the details and include all the cost.
Kathmandu in sight. A cloud of dust and smoke hovers over the city. The Himalaya can be seen in the background already.
Landed in Kathmandu. The Nepali kiss the ground and are happy to be back in their country. You can just walk from the airplane into the airport building. Have your camera ready if you like to take some selfies with the airplane. Weather in december is clear and sunny.
Welcome to Nepal! Thank you! 22 C in December in daytime. The sun is quite strong, even it’s 1400m above sea level.
At the arrival area you have machines to scan your passport and and print a request for visa on arrival. Very easy. When I was there, no cue at all.
With the visa on arrival form you head to the payment counter. It took me about 15 minutes to wait there. You pay different fees depending on your time you want to stay. For 15 days it’s 25USD. I handed over 30USD and he had change 5USD. Easy atmosphere.
Right after the payment counter there is already a money changer. I had some money changed here to get a sim card later and not having to change in front of the airport where all the Taxi drivers are waiting for you.
Cue up to get your stamp from the immigration officer. Not much wait here for me, december does not seam to be high season for traveling or the airport is not very busy in general. Note the charming wooden equipment everywhere. Makes it feel less clinical then common Airports.
…you made it! The adventure can begin…head down the stairs, grab a sim card and book a taxi. I booked a prepaid taxi for 700nrp. You might get one for 400nrp if you go outside and bargain. The difference is about 2USD. I decided thats not worth it to eventually face problems with the driver on your location and having to pay additional money for whatever reason. If your budget is tight it might be worth a try. Now as I know my way around I would get a taxi outside.
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Stay tuned for the next post on my trip and see how Kathmandu is….!