What to Know for a Trip to Bhutan

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Mysterious Bhutan is mostly known as that country that only got TV several years ago, or the one with the happiness index. In truth, the Kingdom of Bhutan is a place of breathtaking beauty and should be on every girl’s travel list. But before you go, there’s plenty you should know!

Unless you hold a Bangladeshi, Indian or Maldivian passport, you must have a visa and book a tour before you go. These tours usually include everything, from food to hotels to transportation. They also include the daily charge required by the government, which is US$200 in low season and $250 in high season.

Money and time can be a huge obstacle to getting to Bhutan. In addition to paying for the transportation to Bhutan, the package (which can include insurance if you choose) and the US$40 visa, you’ll also need to get some vaccinations including Hep A and typhoid. And if you’ve only packed for SE Asia, you’ll need to pick up hiking boots and warmer clothing, as the weather can vary throughout Bhutan.

Unfortunately, Bhutan is not a place you can just decide to go to at the last minute. After you buy the package and submit your paperwork, you’ll have to wait about 72 hours for everything to get processed.

You can get to Bhutan by land or air, usually from India. Sure, it’s a lot of work, but the payoff will make you forget about all the stress of planning! In addition to correct clothing, make sure to have a few basic phrases in Dzongkha under your belt and get ready for the trip of a lifetime! You’ll have little to worry about, as the kingdom is extremely safe. Just don’t flash your expensive items and you should be fine.

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Maureen always knew she wanted to travel. In college, she studied and traveled through the Caribbean and Central America, and the first time she fell in love was with Mexico City. After graduating, she spent several years teaching EFL in Europe, the Americas and Southeast Asia and traveling in every spare moment. She's currently living in Hong Kong, and getting lost while traveling is her main hobby.

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