| Kathmandu Airport often appears in traveler's top ten lists of worst airports. With constant delays, long queues, bored and impatient staff and poor cleaning standards, I don't blame them at all. However, as I visit this airport annually there is usually little change, I know this airport very well and I have come to like it myself. For Departure: Clear Check-In and Immigration as soon as possible. This may take a very long time, as queues tend to be obnoxious. After Immigration, do not clear security immediately, instead find something to eat or buy. Unless you are an aircraft enthusiast, (Even then, the Apron tends to be dominated by generic A320's and 737s) there really isn't anything after security, simply hanging around the gate for hours is the mistake many travelers make. Perhaps the best solution is to go upstairs to the airport restaurant, which is run by the the Radisson hotel. It is a cool, air-conditioned room and the staff do not mind you hanging around and getting free water. Go through security at least an hour before boarding if you are sure there will be no complications, your plane is likely to be delayed being Nepal or earlier if you are worried you will have a problem. Once you are at the gate-there really is nothing to do so keep yourself busy by doing something. If your flight is delayed, do not be too surprised. Ke Garne (What to do?) anyway? Arrival Arriving into Kathmandu is simply a matter of getting out as quick as possible. Before the earthquake, Immigration was a nightmare as the officers were very slow and unprepared. Today, the new system is much faster for foreigners. Simply fill out your arrival card (it's really not that important-just leave the visa details if you are getting it on arrival). More importantly, head over to the bank queue, declare the number of days you wish to stay and make your payment in US dollars. Then, considering that you have your arrival card, Make your way to the immigration desk. State the necessary information to the officer (This may be: date of last visit to Nepal, How much money you are carrying and length of time for the present stay), hand over your bank receipt and receive your visa. Then go and get your bags and get out. Please mind the random bits of cargo lying around the baggage area. If you have checked baggage that has been sent straight through from your origin (E.g Nelson, New Zealand direct to Kathmandu without being picked up at Auckland and Bangkok), you must show your baggage receipt to the security staff as you exit. Lastly, a policeman will be blowing his whistle very loudly at the exit and harass passengers hanging around, so get into the carpark quickly. Despite this Kathmandu airport is a great place for a opening or leaving experience of the third world, and after you know what to do, you find it to be not so bad after all.