Getting To Bhutan & Our Bhutan Itinerary

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Flights to Bhutan

We have booked our flights as follows: Perth to Singapore with Qantas, then Singapore to Bangkok with Jetstar Asia.

We have booked these flights ourselves but the flights in and out of Bhutan have to be booked by the tour company. Karchung has booked our flights with Drukair from Bangkok to Paro in Bhutan and then from Paro to Kathmandu in Nepal 8 days later. From Nepal we go to Tibet and later from Tibet back to Australia.

We wanted to use our Qantas frequent flier points as much as possible but unfortunately Qantas doesn't fly into Bangkok directly from Perth.

 

Karchung discussing travel plans with his client Karchung with a client

 

So, we leave Perth on Saturday 1st October and have an overnight stop in Singapore. We then head off to Bangkok where there is another overnight stay. Drukair is the only airline that flies into Bhutan and there are limited flights so we are booked on the next available flight which leaves Bangkok early on Monday 3rd October.

In Singapore we are going to stay at a hostel called River City Inn and in Bangkok we will stay at a hotel called BS Residence near the airport.

We really are not capable of doing lots of trekking so we asked Karchung to organize a more laid back tour of Bhutan. We are quite interested in the social side of life in Bhutan so he is including items of this nature that suit our interests.

 

Cost of our holiday in Bhutan

For each of us we will be paying $2205 AUD and that is fully inclusive of our Drukair flights in and out of Bhutan, accommodation, transportation, three meals a day and entrance charges.

Rimpong Dzong with the national museum further up the hill Paro airport runway and Rimpong Dzong behind it

 

Itinerary for Bhutan

Day 1 - Fly into Paro, hopefully having beautiful views of the mountains especially Mt. Jichu Drake and Mt. Jomolhari. Our guide will meet us at the airport and take us to Thimphu which is the capital of Bhutan. Sightseeing after we have settled in to our hotel which is called Phuntsho Pelri.

Day 2 - Thimphu Festival.

Day 3 - In the morning see more of the festival and in the afternoon drive to Wangdue, stopping at Dochula Pass. Outstanding views are expected. We'll stay overnight in Wangdue at either Dragon Nest Resort or Hotel Phunsum which is a new hotel.

Day 4 - A six hour drive to Trongsa. En route visit Wangdue Dzong and surroundings plus Chendenbji Chorten. We will stay the night in Trongsa at a place called Phuenshi Guest House.

Day 5 - Drive to Bumthang. En route visit Chumi Weaving Centre, Kurji Monastery, Jambay Lakhang, Kenchosum Lakhang and other cultural sites. Then back to our hotel in Trongsa for the night.

Dance festival in Bhutan Dancing ceremony at one of Bhutan's many festivals

Day 6 - Visit Ta Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and surroundings and then drive to Punakha the ancient capital of Bhutan. Stay in Punakha that night a hotel called Zangto Pelri.

Day 7 - Drive to Paro. Hopefully time left for sight-seeing in Paro. We'll stay in Paro for the next two nights at Olathang Hotel which looks really special.

Day 8 - Morning hike to Tigers Nest (Taktsang Monastery) and more sightseeing in and around Paro in afternoon.

Day 9 - Fly out to Kathmandu in Nepal.

 

At each town we will stay in a hotel or guest house and our accommodation plus all three meals are provided for us as part of the costing. Also covered are our entrance fees wherever we go whilst with the guide.

We checked out our accommodation on the Trip Advisor web site and we were quite concerned about the poor reviews of a couple of the hotels we are booked into. I have contacted Karchung and he assures us the places are now much improved and will be perfectly fine. My goodness - we certainly hope so.

 

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