How to bargain and barter in Kathmandu Nepal

Souvenir statue of Buddha in Kathmandu

Bargaining and bartering is a way of life in Kathmandu and Nepal (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); If you don’t like to bargain or barter and are planning to visit Nepal then good luck to you. Indeed there are many other places in the world where fixed pricing is not common. Indeed the art of …

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How to survive arriving into Kathmandu, Nepal for the first time

Entrance Gate to Kathmandu Airport

Arriving into Kathmandu by plane … (Updated for 2019) It seems entering into Nepal is more popular than I thought. I received an email from a Nepali person asking if I could tell them what it was really like to step right off the plane at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and into Nepal. I’m under pressure for time; so I scribbled …

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Shoe removal in Malaysia and Asia: my pet hate

Stack of shoes and boots by a door in Asia

How important is taking your shoes off in Asia? Removing footwear is a cultural custom in Asia. At least indoors. In people’s homes and houses I understand this perfectly. But, in hotels and guest houses? It’s one of the most irritating things I’ve come across … My non-foot fetish Anyone who’s been reading my journals from around about the Turkey travel …

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Japanese British history in Penang: a chilling torturous past brought back to life

Grave of British solider Sgt John Wolf in Penang

When Penang fell: the guns went silent and the screaming started The impressive War fort built into Bikit Maung by the British in Penang, during WW2, was designed to prevent invasion by sea, and included anti-aircraft artillery for defense. It was to become a place of little known facts and secrets. Manned by British, Malay and Sikh soldiers, …

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Cameron highlands: choosing a tour … not always a bad thing

View of the Cameron Highlands Malaysia

Cameron Highlands Malaysia, land of tea plantations, strawberry fields and tours Nested high above the central area of western Malaysia’s hot peninsular is a land of cool air, mist, lush forest and history. The Cameron highlands heralded a strange call to me the moment I read about them. They spoke the soothing instinctive words of …

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Malacca Malaysia, to live or die for a little tourist town

Tricycle covered in flowers from Malacca

Melaka should be all things great, and it is, kind of … Malacca, or in Malay Melaka, is a small colorful capital town for the state of Malacca in southern Peninsular Malaysia. A simple fishing village it was founded by a Sultan before bouncing back and forth during the colonial years between the Portuguese, Dutch and British. …

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