Having busted some of the myths of travelling to Bhutan, we will be sharing more of our trip experiences over the next few weeks. This post will provide a quick summary of the interesting experiences we had over this 5 Day 4 Night magical Bhutan experience.
The journey from Singapore started with a flight to Bangkok where we stayed the night at Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport hotel for next morning’s 8.45am flight to Paro, Bhutan. The check-in counter at Suvarnabhumi Airport opens at 6.30am so be there early if you want to select your preferred seats – DrukAir does not offer any online check-in facilities so seats are on a first come first served basis. Bring along your Bhutan visa as it will be required before they even process your check-in to the flight. Request for a seat on the left side of the plane for your flight into Paro if you want to get a great view of the Himalayan mountain ranges.
Upon arrival at Paro, we then embarked on an hour-long drive to Bhutan’s capital – Thimpu. The next few days of our tour were then filled with visits to Dzongs, experiencing local culture and life as well as long drives to Punakha valley.
Feel free to . Some of the visits have been rescheduled and replaced with other interesting activities e.g. visit to a local farmhouse. The following map highlighted the journey we took during this trip:
Of all the tours we had experienced around the world, the tour guide service we experienced in Bhutan is definitely the best! had arranged Lhawang Dorji and Tenzing to be our guide and driver respectively for this 5-day trip (see picture – third from left is Lhawang and to his left is Tenzing). It is the attention paid to the small details that really impressed us.
Let’s start with our driver, Tenzing. He is a quiet guy who is serious and conscientious in his work. He ensures that each day, before we start our tour, the van is in its best conditions – it doesn’t matter if we had did a muddy hike the previous day and left the vehicle in a mess with mud, grass on the floor, the next day the condition of the vehicle is as new as when we first started out this tour. On days of long drives e.g. the 4-hour drive from Thimpu to Punakha valley, pillows will be in place at our seats in case we want to doze off during the journey. And most important of all, his years of experience in navigating the long winding roads of Bhutan had kept us safe throughout the entire trip.