My second day in Kathmandu saw me with only a very general plan to check out some of the attractions in the centre of the city, around the tourist hub — Thamel. I had a list of places deemed worth checking out from Anima and a second from my brother, and both proved to be pretty reliable. I also had an interest in just seeing where my feet took me. I had Google Maps on my phone and a pretty good sense of direction in my head, so I wasn’t that concerned about getting lost.
As with all things, experience makes air travel easier. You begin to recognise the patterns and see where you can exploit them to make your journey more comfortable. I’m not going to say that this is any kind of comprehensive list of tips and tricks; this is just the few little pieces of advice that I have picked up, mostly as a result of bitter experience or pure dumb luck. As more occur to me, there may be a ‘part two’ in the future.
One of the toughest times of the year for me and many of the expatriates I know is the holiday season – Christmas and New Year. The former is not a Thai holiday (though many will happily get involved in the Christmas spirit), but the latter is and most Thais will go back to their home towns and villages in the far-flung regions of the country. The same goes for the foreigners – a large number fly back to their home nations to spend this special time of the year with their families.