Stories Tagged 'Thamel'
Around three dozen underage girls have been rescued from two dance bars in Thamel, Kathmandu on Wednesday.
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I grew up in the 1970s in Lainchaur, so I closely witnessed the initial growth of Thamel that resulted in the bustling tourist district it is today. In my early teens I used to walk to Thamel to buy tarkari (there was a thriving vegetable market at its northern end, across the road that goes down the hill toward Samakhusi) and medicine and to rent Hero bicycles.
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Thamel is a night owl. It stays up till late, privy to all that goes on in its narrow night-time corridors, and sleeps till late into the day.
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Khao San, one of the oldest streets in Bangkok, is—to a Nepali eye—an amplified version of Thamel. For a price, anything can be made available—from relaxing foot massages, helium gas highs, sultry hookers, deep fried scorpions and cockroaches to carefully manufactured sojourns to hamlets where bewildering traditions are kept alive for tourists. And as the moon climbs in the sky, the street turns into one big party with delirious dancing and drunken debauchery.
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The damaged road in the heart of Thamel in Kathmandu remains in a mess one month after it was dug to lay water pipeline.
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A person has been arrested with an American-made pistol from Jyatha in Thamel.
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