Monday, April 27, 2009

Songkran in Bhutan

Bhutan is the most beautiful country I have visited! The towering mountains, traditional Bhutanese architecture and dress, crisp mountain air, and simplicity of life are awe-inspiring and unforgettable.

Here are pictures from our trip:

Overall, we were very pleased with Connecting Asia's professionalism, the local tour guide, and the activities that were arranged for us.

There are two recommendations that we would make for future reference. The first is to advise travellers that a) it will be difficult to withdraw money in Bhutan and b) the Thai Baht - Bhutan Ngultrum exchange rate in Bhutan is one to one, which is not very favorable. For these reasons, it is better to exchange some money before travelling or to carry a strong currency such as US dollars or Euros. Second, the Namsay Hotel in Paro was disappointing - the rooms were dark, the carpeting was old and dusty, and the food was not very good. We would suggest selecting an alternate hotel in Paro.

Overall, it was a very well organized and highly enjoyable and memorable vacation!

Faris Khader & Pawarin Chanaphokin
Traveled to Bhutan in April 2009

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