You may never have thought about traveling to Bhutan, but if one day you really plan to go to this sacred country, do n’t miss the following information about language, currency, food, customs, and clothing. This is the information we compiled after our personal visit. You will find it useful!
# 1 Plan your Bhutan travel-visa
Many tourists mistakenly think that the procedures for applying for a Bhutan tourist visa are complicated and expensive, but this is not the case. The visa itself costs only US $ 40, but it must be applied for through an approved travel agency, and it only accepts bank transfers and cannot be paid by credit card. After paying the full travel and visa fees to the travel agency, the authorities will complete the visa processing for you within 72 hours.
* Travelers with Indian, Maldivian, or Bangladesh nationality are not subject to this restriction. They do not need to book travel through travel agencies but can book air tickets, transportation, and accommodation by themselves.
On this trip to Bhutan, we chose the boutique tour Breathe Bhutan to arrange the itinerary. They will make the itinerary according to your preferences and length of stay.
# 2 Bhutan is a suitable poor travel country? Absolutely not!
Passengers traveling to Bhutan must pay a daily tariff of about US $ 200 to the US $ 250 to enter the country. The actual cost depends on the season. This fee includes basic food, accommodation, travel, attraction entrance fees, and the cost of guides and drivers during your stay.
January, February, June, July, August, and December are low seasons, and travelers must pay $ 200 per day. In other months, the daily cost is $ 250! To mention you, this price list is only suitable for group travel of 3 people or more. If only 2 people are traveling together, you will need to pay an additional $ 30 per person per day, while single travelers will need to pay an additional $ 40 per day.
Bhutan is also a remote country, so travel costs are not cheap, but it is worthwhile to be able to visit the “Last Shangri-La” in person and experience the local customs and customs. Our 6 days and 5 nights Bhutan trip cost approximately NT $ 69,583 (USD $ 2,275) per person. Shopping, drinks, and tips are not included.
# 3 Flights to Bhutan
Travel agencies usually book tickets for you on Bhutan Airlines or Royal Bhutan Airlines. International flights will be issued from Bangkok, Mumbai, Singapore, Kathmandu, New Delhi, Kolkata, Dhaka, Gaya, Bagdogra, and Guwahati. The actual flight will depend on the departure date.
Tip 1: Choose the window seat on the left for the trip, and the right seat for the return trip, so you can enjoy the unparalleled views of the Himalayas! Also, remember to avoid sitting in an emergency aisle seat near the wing, otherwise, your site will be blocked!
# 4 Bhutan consumption: cash is king!
Before arriving at Paro Airport, please be sure to convert US dollars or Indian rupees to Bhutanese Nuzam (BTN / Nu.). Although credit cards have become popular, cash is still the most common local transaction method. Passengers can withdraw cash from the cash machine at the local bank, but the bank will charge a handling fee. Foreign currency exchange shops are rarely seen in Bhutanese towns, and many times the cash machines do not operate normally. We once had to ask the tour guide to borrow money!
Tip 2: Reserve extra change for tips and drivers.
Although Bhutan does not impose a tip, under normal circumstances, guides and drivers will be tipped; the general practice is to put the tip in the envelope to the other party.
The service charge of restaurants and restaurants is up to 20%. Unless you are very satisfied with the service, there is no need to tip.
Tips for guided tours in Bhutan:
Driver: USD 5 per person per day, depending on their performance
Guide: USD 10 per person per day, depending on their performance
Walking Chef: USD 7 per person per day, depending on their performance
Walking handyman and other accompanying Staff: USD 5 per person per day
# 5 Bhutanese food
Cheese and pepper are some of the most common ingredients in Bhutan.
Bhutanese food is super spicy! If your favorite spicy and pungent taste is suitable, it is suitable. Emadats is the national dish of Bhutan, made from dried red or green peppers and rich cheese sauce. Do n’t worry if you ’re afraid of spicy food. It ’s also delicious to visit Bhutanese food cooked to an exotic flavor to suit the tastes of foreigners! In addition, every meal is served with red and white rice and noodles, not afraid of being full.
The food in Bhutan is also very fresh. Many restaurants serve farm to table dishes, and you can buy fresh vegetables and fruits in many places. The broccoli that I saw in Bhutan is green, and I have never seen such beautiful broccoli. In addition, the farm resort I introduced in PART 2 of the Bhutan Travel Notes also mentioned the happy feeling of enjoying the ripe avocado on the tree for breakfast. If you forget it, go back and see it.
If you have a chance, you can go to the cafe to drink a cup of ghee tea made from tea leaves, ghee, and salt. The taste is very special. Some people find it very salty and strange, but if you drink it as a soup, you might like it instead.
# 6 Bhutan domestic data and wireless network
Passengers who are used to going online every day may wish to buy a SIM card at a convenience store in Bhutan. The price of the data plan is usually very reasonable, if you don’t understand, let the tour guide choose it for you. We stayed for a week and bought 2.5GB of data for about US $ 15, and now I think I bought too much. Most hotels and accommodations also provide WiFi, so do n’t worry.
# 7 Bhutan language
Bhutanese all learn English at school, so they rarely encounter situations where they cannot communicate.
If you are interested, you can also learn the following simple everyday language, try to greet the locals in Dzongkha:
Hello Kuzu-zangpo La
goodbye Tashi deley
thank you Kadriche
is Ing / Las / Ong
not Mae / Men
how are you? Choe ga de be yo?
What is your name? Cho ge ming face mo?
My name is … No ge meng… ing
# 8 Remember to bring sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses
Due to the dryness at high altitudes, the air in Bhutan is cold and windy and staying outdoors for as long as we are prone to dry lips. Even if we often apply lip balm, the lips still can’t stay moist, so it doesn’t matter if you apply more. Moisturizing cream, sunscreen, and good quality sunglasses are also important. Bhutan is the closest place to heaven and the sun. Although the sun is very violent, remember not to be stingy with these essentials.
# 9 conservative clothing
Never wear vests, shorts, clothes that expose your chest, and no slippers!
Bhutan is a conservative country with a strong religious flavor. The local traditional men’s clothing is called go, and the traditional women’s clothing is called Kira. Both are covered with multiple layers of materials. Only men can expose their knees and calves.
Due to the conservative local customs, it is recommended that you wear multiple layers of thin and light materials, which can be added or subtracted at any time regardless of the hot or cold weather, which is convenient to adapt to various weather. Remember to cover your arms and legs when visiting local temples, and ladies should not expose the skin under the neck.
When you travel to Bhutan, you should pay special attention to shoe selection! Most people traveling in Bhutan are walking or hiking, so it is recommended to bring two pairs of sports shoes, one for activities with high sports needs, and one for daily activities.
# 10 Photographic equipment: Bhutanese scenery is well worth flashing in IG
The scenery and landscapes of Bhutan are definitely one of the reasons why you plan to travel to Bhutan. It is best to bring a mobile phone with a camera and a small professional camera at the same time so that you can capture the most charming or stunning moments of natural landscapes and traditional buildings anytime, anywhere. Travelers traveling alone, please bring a selfie stick or tripod, you may regret it if you don’t bring it! The guides in Bhutan are very friendly, they will be happy to take pictures for you, and our guides also take a lot of beautiful photos for us.
You can take pictures outside the temple, but don’t take pictures after entering the temple. It is strictly forbidden to take pictures in the temple, and such a move does not respect the local culture. We also took a lot of photos of Bhutan ’s street fashion during the tour, but we must first ask the other party if they mind being photographed, they sometimes even pose for you to take pictures!