• Tourist bus: same, same, but different

    There are no trains in Nepal, so the public transport consists in planes, buses, taxis, rickshaws and tongas (horse pulled carts). If you are a backpacker travelling on a low budget your options narrow to local buses, being the cheapest option by far. You can also travel with what they call a “tourist bus”, but this is just them pulling your leg: you pay almost 3 times the local bus price for the same journey, the bus is a bit better but still stops every 500 metres to pack it with more local people (so no tourists at all) who pay the normal price. It has the same inconveniences and you pay much more, so what’s the deal?

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