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1. Posted by jessiegirl (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Heya,
just wondering how easy it is to get hold of plane tickets to Tibet and also to Nepal from Bangkok?
How much should I expect to pay?
What is the visa situation?
Any advice would be greatful!
Thanks
Jess

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 10y

The Lonely Planet price for a round trip ticket to Nepal is $223 US. You get a 60 day visa on arrival in Nepal.

Be prepared for hassles travelling around in Nepal if you are coming soon. There are army checkpoints all over that have been adding hours on to my journeys. Pokhara is under an 11pm - 4pm curfew every night, and Kathmandu has been under random curfews, and lots of demonstrations happen at short notice around the place, things are getting worse in the run up to the shambolic elections that have been organised for 8th Feb. There is even a rumour of a 9 day nationwide strike from 5th Feb.

The good news is that there is lots of good deals around because a large drop in tourism has seen the hotels etc cutting prices in a bid to get the business of the few tourists coming.

3. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Daveh, Im kinda concerned about the situation in Nepal at the minute...We are heading to Kathmandu in July coming from India but now Im a bit worried about the whole thing and dont know whether it woule make more sense to book a flight there instead. Whats the deal with all the kurfews?We are only going to be spending a short amount of time there. Im just starting to feel a bit scared by it all as Ive been hearing a few horror stories!

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 10y

Quoting Twinkle

Daveh, Im kinda concerned about the situation in Nepal at the minute...We are heading to Kathmandu in July coming from India but now Im a bit worried about the whole thing and dont know whether it woule make more sense to book a flight there instead. Whats the deal with all the kurfews?We are only going to be spending a short amount of time there. Im just starting to feel a bit scared by it all as Ive been hearing a few horror stories!

The situation here is unpredictable really. It is only a week away from the elections so there is a lot of unrest as the majority of the population think the election is a sham, therefore lots of protests are happening. The first 2 pages of The Kathmandu Times every morning is of police baton-charging protests, pro-democracy leaders being arrested (never gives a reason why they are arrested), and Maoists and Army/Police having the odd skirmish, plus kidnappings of electoral candidates.

For the tourist this means you have to go through (or sometimes wait for ages at) more armed checkpoints than before, this can add up to 2/3 hours on to a journey. There is a large presence of armed police/soldiers on the streets of Pokhara/Kathmandu. I arrived back in Kathmandu yesterday and it seems a little bit calmer than a week ago. The curfew in Kathmandu has been lifted for now, although it is still in force every night in Pokhara at 11. I returned back to my hotel at 11.15 in Pokhara and was stopped and questioned by an army patrol.

My advice is to keep an eye on the situation for now. The King made a speech yesterday on TV and it didn't go down very well by all accounts.

I have felt pretty safe here, but every day you read about things that have been happening not too far away. Whilst on my way to Durbar Square just over a week ago, an American tourist told me to turn around because 500 metres down the road a student demonstration had turned violent and the police baton charged the crowd, and lots of people were injured.

I think if you are coming here to go trekking you should be ok as all parties are trying to leave the tourist industry out of the troubles as they realise tourists are Nepal's bread and butter, just be aware of what is happening around Kathmandu.

5. Posted by jessiegirl (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Thanks Daveh,
will bear all this in mind and make a decision in a few months, hopefully the situation has calmed down.