|Be sure to always use this type of ATM machine that allows you to hold onto your card.|
|This is a very expensive hotel and there is a restaurant next to it, but I don't recommend it.|
Step 2. Check at the Tourist Information Desk for their best price for a taxi so you will have an idea of how much to negotiate for, and head out of the airport. You can also get a good price on a room if you'd like. If you do not already have a room booked they can give you a good price and a free ride to the hotel. If you do not like the hotel you can pay the taxi driver a preset amount and find your own guest house. They will show you the rack rate from the guest house's brochure, call to confirm it and provide a free ride. This is the best way to do it if you come after business hours. Hopefully you will have taken the advice from the book and either booked for a short stay or just showed up.
Step 3. After getting your SIM card go outside, turn right and go to the far end of the terminal to the Rastriya Banija Bank. They have a 'free' ATM machine there. One issue I need to mention is that this is an ATM machine that is just out in the open rather than being in an inclosed room. I wouldn't worry about it because the airport is well lit and plenty of security personnel. If you do not have any rupees with you it isn't usually a problem if you have either Indian rupees, Euros or dollars. Just be sure they give you your change in Nepali rupees. Do not let them just round up and forget your change. They never seem to remember to give change.
How safe is it in Nepal for a woman traveling alone? One day I while waiting for a bus on the far side of Bhaktapur I young man started a conversation with me. He said he was waiting for a friend who didn't seem to be showing up. He said he was going and offered me a ride on his motorbike. It was only after he had come up for tea and left that I realized I could never have done that in my own home town in the US. They only want your money, but they require you to be smiling when it magically finds its way into their pocket. You are safe 999,999 out of a million times.
Notice the Airport Hotel picture. There is a very inviting restaurant next to it, but I cannot recommend it. When I went there the waiter insisted that I pay for bottled water with my meal. All restaurants in the Kathmandu Valley, with few and very obvious exceptions, serve filtered water with all meals. It is actually safer to drink the free filtered water from restaurants than to purchase the 'mineral water.' Why? The government of Nepal inspects the bottled water treatment plants, but not the pre-bottled mineral water.
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