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1. Posted by dreamingdi (Budding Member, 2 posts) 31 Jul '05 02:20

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Im was thinking to go to Nepal soon for a couple of weeks. I was really excited about but i just learnt from the UK and US embassy that the situation is very dangerous. Im photographer and on one hand it would be interesting to document the conflict but on the other i also would like to get to my 30's at least. Could anyone give me some advice? Has anyone been there recently? Anything would be most appreciated.

2. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member, 245 posts) 31 Jul '05 16:10

WE had a post on this not long ago and there were mixed reports...

try going to this thread: http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=13391

From what I could gather, there are parts which are not overly unsafe but as with any travel to countries with civil unrest, it is a calculated risk...

3. Posted by yakshaver (Budding Member, 4 posts) 31 Jul '05 17:44

Go and visit Nepal. It is quite safe, if you stick to the "normal" touristy bits like the Kathmandu Valley, or the trekking regions of Annapurna, Khumbu/Everest or Langtang. You will have no hassles and will enjoy it imensly, provided you are mentally prepared for some hard slogs up and down hills at altitude. The lodges are good, food is suprisingly adequate for the remoteness and the altitude, and the Nepalis are a very friendly bunch in the main. I go there every year these days (been there five times) and have continuous contact. Things are not different to when I went there last year, or in 2000 for that matter.
It is much safer for a tourist in Nepal than in Rome or New York. I am not kidding. Don't believe any of the bull displayed by the US state Dept or the Australian Travel Advisory or any of that junk. If you listen to them you won't step out of the house. Traffic in Sydney (where I live) is far more dangerous than anything I've seen in my travels. By the way the dangers in Nepal are (in some order...): 1. The traffic. 2) Altitude (be careful, and go up slowly); 3 Stomach bugs if you drink tap water (drink tea or can drinks or boiled water, or bottled water).
Have fun in Nepal. It's an amazing place.

PS: if you want an excellent guide, email Santaman Tamang at
santa@hotmail.com
Please tell him you got the recommendation from Daniel in Sydney.

Cheers
Daniel

4. Posted by dreamingdi (Budding Member, 2 posts) 2 Aug '05 02:00

Thanks for your replies guys,very useful in deed. I also checked the other thread in the forum where it was previously discussed and seems quite confusing. It's all mixed opinion. Has anyone been like in the last weeks? How's the situation regarding the curfew? Is possible and how risky is the get hold of ganja? Thanks for all again

5. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member, 245 posts) 2 Aug '05 17:06

Please note that I am not advocating drug use in any way but you will find every man and his dog in Kathmandu trying to sell you hasish... just remember that they are illegal and they have stiff penalties for possession and use etc... as always you have to weigh up whether the high is worth spending a considerable period in a Nepali jail which I believe are pretty rough...

6. Posted by silvercann (Budding Member, 38 posts) 11 Aug '05 15:52

it's safe! you work in the media, you should know, you create stories to be bigger than they are. It's like saying you shouldn't go to London because of the bombings, shouldn't go to US because of the crime, and shouldn't go to Ireland because of the IRA. it's a story, that's it. don't be stupid and do things you wouldn't do at home, like get pissed and then walk home through dark alley shortcuts at 3 a.m. or go to the dodgy parts of your town taking pictures and expect not to be harassed. there is no conflict to photograph so you'll be disappointed that you didn't get the pictures you were hoping for, but you will see fabulous scenery!

7. Posted by silvercann (Budding Member, 38 posts) 11 Aug '05 15:58

Quoting AlexT

Please note that I am not advocating drug use in any way but you will find every man and his dog in Kathmandu trying to sell you hasish... just remember that they are illegal and they have stiff penalties for possession and use etc... as always you have to weigh up whether the high is worth spending a considerable period in a Nepali jail which I believe are pretty rough...

TRUE!!! they all come up to you, 'want to buy souvenirs, change money, buy hash'. you'll be asked a number of times. changing money on the streets and buying hash is illegal. but it's like Bali, everyone knows that you can go there and spend your entire time stoned, but if you are the one they decide to crack down on and make an example of, you could be like Schapelle Corby - well, you probably won't get 20 years because your not the one bringing in a month's supply in your luggage, your just buying it, but it is illegal. but then, if there were that many people that get caught and punished, they probably wouldn't all be coming up to you on the streets of Katmandu offering it.

8. Posted by silvercann (Budding Member, 38 posts) 11 Aug '05 16:06

now that i've read the previous thread, one more post. they are road blocks, not road attacks! when i was there, same thing. some inconvenience in that they blocked the roads and the local authorities deal with it by just ignoring them and not having the tourists go that way until they clear out. big deal. so you are inconvenienced and sit waiting for a few hours. there was also a worker's strike in katmandu when i was there. we heard some drum beating and some shouting, but it was more rally shouting, not anger shouting. you're in more danger going to a football game with UK fans. if you can't stand to be inconvienced and sit around for several hours waiting for the roads to open, then you shouldn't be traveling to Nepal at any time because the roads could close for a lot of reasons - rain, cows on the road, etc.

when we were there, it was like this. take the bus to our destination. bus is overcrowded so on first leg of the trip, five of us in a seat and the kid standing next to me pukes in his hand. next leg, i'm given this tiny bamboo thing to sit on in the alley of the bus because no seats. next leg, no bus showed so when a dump truck pulled over to offer a ride, we all jumped in. next leg, the bus was full but we were told we could climb on top and sit in the luggage rack. ...we didn't do the luggage rack, choosing instead to wait for the next bus that was an hour later. that's the fun of traveling in Nepal. if you want clock work, then go to Hong Kong instead

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