2 independent reviews for Bhutan highlights tour, Land of the Thunder Dragon

Reviews for Bhutan highlights tour, Land of the Thunder Dragon

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review 6 Apr 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Bhutan is so beautiful, I just enjoyed the scenery and the fact that there are no shopping malls or chain restaurants. The culture is alive and it was a privilege to see how the country is doing its utmost to retain that unique culture. Paro airport is known to be a difficult one to land at and it was exciting to watch as the plane turned corners around mountains on the approach. If you enjoy nature, you'll love Bhutan.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Leave your watch at home and just enjoy the peace and quiet. Try to bring small notes for tipping. I only had large denominations, although there were ATMs in Paro and Thimphu so it wasn't a huge problem. I found that many places took credit cards too.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I understand that $100 of the specified daily rate charged to tourists is put back into the community, which of course benefits the country. There is great concern for the environment and I feel that the Bhutanese are wise to control tourism in the way they do.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I loved the holiday. It was interesting, unique and thoroughly relaxing.

review 29 Oct 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Every single day in Bhutan! I couldn't pick one thing as the whole experience was amazing. Tigers Nest was obviously a highlight but there were many other monastery's and treks that we did throughout our trip that were equally impressive.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Remember to take your walking boots! Especially if you are visiting Tigers Nest. It was quite dry and slippery so it helps to have shoes with a good grip when climbing. Take layers as well as it can be quite cool in the morning and evenings. We also took some snack bars with us which was good as some of the drives were quite long as were the hikes. And always carry a bottle of water with you.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I feel like our home stay benefited the family we were staying with. They were very interested in our lives and appreciated us showing an interest in theirs. It was great to listen to their stories about Bhutanese culture and their daily lives. I wasn't sure if us driving everywhere was very environmentally friendly, but as our guide had told us, all cars are tested and it is very difficult to get around Bhutan without a car.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Overall it was excellent. The only thing I would change is the tour in Nepal on the way back. Having enjoyed Bhutan, we had an afternoon in Nepal as our stopover before heading home the following day. A tour was crammed in at the end of the day and we were rushed around. I recommend coming straight back from Bhutan if possible - have a stopover but do not plan any tours! Nothing will be as good as Bhutan!!

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