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Patan - Town - 15 - Durbar Square
NOVEMBER 2019: OVERVIEW: We have just spent 3 nights in Sauraha (Chitwan National Park). We now head back to the Old Town of Patan near Kathmandu … ABOUT: Patan is the historical name for Lalitpur. It is the third largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu and Pokhara and it is located in the south-central part of Kathmandu Valley. The city received extensive damage in the 2015 earthquake. As of the 2011 census, it had a population of 226,728. The city has an area of about 15 square kilometres. It is believed that Patan was founded in the third century BC. Several historical records (including many other legends) […]

Patan – Nepal – Living Ideas


NOVEMBER 2019: OVERVIEW: We have just spent 3 nights in Lumbini (Buddha’s birth place). We now head to Sauraha for a Safari in Chitwan National Park … ABOUT: Chitwan National Park was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 953 km2 (368 sq mi) and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal. In altitude it ranges from about 100 m (330 ft) in the river valleys to 815 m (2,674 ft) in the Churia Hills. Chitwan National Park is one of Nepal’s most popular tourist destinations. There are two main entrances: Sauraha in the east […]

Sauraha – Nepal – Living Ideas


OCTOBER 2019: OVERVIEW: We have just spent 5 nights in Pokhara. We now head for Lumbini … ABOUT: Lumbinī is locate 260 kms west of Kathmandu and 165 kms southwest of Pokhara. It is a Buddhist pilgrimage site. It is the place where Buddha was born. Lumbini was made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. Lumbini is 4.8 km (3 mi) in length and 1.6 km (1.0 mi) in width. The holy site of Lumbini is bordered by a large monastic zone in which only monasteries can be built, no shops, no hotels, no restaurants. It is separated […]

Lumbini – Nepal – Living Ideas



OCTOBER 2019: OVERVIEW: We have just spent 7 nights in Kathmandu. We now head for Pokhara … ABOUT: Pokhara is located 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of Kathmandu. It is Nepal’s second largest city in terms of population and the largest in terms of area. It spans 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) from north to south and 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) from east to west but, unlike the capital Kathmandu, it still has much green space. The Annapurna Range (with three out of the ten highest mountains in the world: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu) is within 24–56 kms. Pokhara is […]

Pokhara – Nepal – Living Ideas


OCTOBER 2019: OVERVIEW: We have just spent a month in Georgia. We ended up in Tbilisi to catch a flight from there to Nepal … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (or the ‘NPR’). I will refer to them as N$s. At the time of writing, the wholesale exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 N$115 N$127 N$147 Over time, these exchange rates will change. Please check the current rates. GETTING THERE: There are no direct flights from Georgia to Nepal. TBILISI: Getting to Tbilisi International Airport is easy and cheap. Public buses (#37 or #137) leave […]

Kathmandu – Nepal – Information


NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2019: OVERVIEW: Our ‘Around The World’ tour is complete. I ‘skipped’ India … but, I might go there at a later date. We are, now, going back to some of the best locations in S.E.Asia. We start in my, personal, favourite: Vietnam … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (or the ‘VND’). I will refer to them as V$s. At the time of writing, the wholesale exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate V$23,234 V$25,623 V$29,840 Effective Exchange Rate V$22,556 V$24,875 V$28,9269 You will not get these wholesale rates (read the […]

Hanoi – Vietnam – Retirement Locations



GENERIC: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For detailed information about how costs are constructed, please read About – GRANDPAcking Costs. For more detail about what we are looking for, please read About – My Plan and about My Retirement Reviews. These GRANDPAcking Retirement Locations have a Cost Of Existence (COE) of under US$35 per day for 2 people: Nepal – Kathmandu – US$25 ♥ Nepal – Pokhara – US$26 Philippines – Bantayan – US$30 ♥ Vietnam – Hoi An – US$30 ♥ Vietnam – Hanoi – US$31 Malaysia – Penang – US$32 ♥ Bolivia – Sucre – US$34 ♥ PLEASE NOTE: A little ♥ […]

Under US$35 / day


GENERIC: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For detailed information about how costs are constructed, please read About – GRANDPAcking Costs. These GRANDPAcking Holiday Destinations have a Cost Of Existence (COE) of US$30 – US$39 per day for 2 people: Mexico – Zipolite – US$30 ♥ Vietnam – Cat Ba Island – US$30 Vietnam – Saigon – US$30 Philippines – Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island – US$30 Nepal – Patan (Lalitpur) – US$30 Indonesia – Gili Air Island – US$31 ♥ Cambodia – Siem Reap – US$31 ♥ Cambodia – Kampot – US$32 ♥ Indonesia – Nusa Lembongan Island – […]

US$30 – US$39 / day


GENERIC: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For detailed information about how costs are constructed, please read About – GRANDPAcking Costs. These GRANDPAcking Holiday Destinations have a Cost Of Existence (COE) of under US$30 per day for 2 people: Nepal – Sauraha (Chitwan National Park) – US$24 Vietnam – Hoi An – US$25 ♥ Nepal – Kathmandu – US$25 ♥ Thailand – Bangpli – US$26 Nepal – Pokhara – US$26 Vietnam – Quan Lan Island – US$26 Vietnam – Hanoi – US$26 Vietnam – Halong Bay – US$27 Indonesia – Padang Bai – US$28 Vietnam – Da Nang – […]

Under US$30 / day



GENERIC: DONE My initial (Phase 1) around-the-world trip is done. It took just over 5 years. I am, now, in ‘Phase 2’ which sees me return to my favourite places discovered in Phase 1. In Phase 2, I will stay in each of these favourite locations for at least 1 month so that I can discover more about them. WHAT ROUTE DID I TAKE? I planned my Phase 1 route so that I was in each country at the right time to: Avoid rainy, monsoon, typhoon, and hurricane seasons; Avoid Peak Seasons in the more expensive countries; Get as much […]

Planning My Route


GENERIC: TIKET.COM (ASIA) I find this site very useful for investigating multiple options – especially when I don’t have any particular city (or country) in mind… I just want to get somewhere else. A good example is my trip to The Philippines. You must enter with a return ticket; but I wanted to extend my Visa by 6 months whilst I was there. Therefore, the return ticket that I needed for getting into the country was going to be thrown away. I just needed the cheapest ticket that I could find from The Philippines to any other country! It saved me a […]

BOOKING – Regional Flights


JANUARY 2015: MULTIPLE SOURCES WERE USED TO GATHER TRAVEL COSTS: Based on the number of data points found (and how much I believed what I was reading) I set MY FLASHPACKING budget for each country (shown per day and per year). All costs are in New Zealand Dollars (as a simple rule, divide by 2 to get Pounds Sterling). COUNTRY AREA  MY FLASH PACKING COST PER YEAR  MY FLASH PACKING COST PER DAY  Average of the Averages  As an Avg of What Sites Say  As an Avg % vs NZ New Zealand Compare  $ 45,625  $ 125  $ 106  $ 106  $ 106 […]

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