This 8-night itinerary lets you take in one of the world’s most inspiring countries in comfort and style combining the must-see highlights with some of the country’s finest hotels and lodges.
This itinerary takes you through some of the most beautiful and interesting destinations in the world and includes all the key highlights of Nepal and Bhutan, making it a true gem of an itinerary!
Bhutan’s festival calendar is brimming with countless vibrant festivals. Integral to Bhutanese culture, festivals provide an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to come together, dance, socialise and receive blessings. Up and down the country, annual tshechus are held in the courtyards of monasteries, temples and dzongs, a colourful celebration of community spirit, played out to the tune of traditional dance and theatrical performance.
If you are a trekking and mountain lover, it's highly likely that small, mysterious and untouched Bhutan has been on your radar for some time. Asia Specialist Holly is a beach and jungle fan, so this Himalayan beauty had so far escaped her gaze, but the quest for unique travel opportunities and trying something completely different led her here… Read on as she tells us how it turned into one of the best travel decisions she has ever made!
Backed by the mighty Himalayas and the hiking heavyweights of Nepal and India, it is no surprise that Bhutan is fast establishing itself as a world class trekking destination. Whilst home to one of the world’s most challenging walks, its beautiful scenery appeals to the less intrepid hiker too, with many a route passing through rolling meadows, bamboo forests and rhododendron clad hillsides. The highlight of a trip to Bhutan is often the walk up to the famed Tiger’s Nest Monastery, yet simply taking a wander on the path less travelled will be rewarded with spectacular panoramas, stretching for miles around.
Bhutan and Thailand
Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Phuket
Best for: Beach, Culture History, Walking Trekking
Combine the adventure and mystery of Bhutan with the striking scenery and relaxation of Thailand in one trip. This itinerary is perfect for someone that wants the best of both worlds!
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Through this itinerary you will have the chance to explore the wonders of Bhutan, full of ancient legends and stunning scenery before finishing the adventure on the tropical south west coast of Thailand. In Bhutan you'll visit the unique cities of Punakha and of course be able to experience the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery. Then from here you jet over to the south cost of Thailand where you can decide how active or relaxed you want to be. Spend your days lounging by the beautiful pool underneath the swaying palms or keep your adventurous spirit alive by heading out to explore the 5 national parks that surround the resort.
Day 1 - 2 : Thimphu, Bhutan
Stay at Le Meridien Thimphu for 1 night
After flying into Paro, transfer over to Thimphu where you will really begin the adventure. Stay at Le Meridien Thimphu to find your feet and start to acclimatise to the altitude in Bhutan.
Even though the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu still retains its small town charm and has plenty of temples, cafés and restaurants to enjoy for your quick stopover after your arrival flight.
Days 2 - 4 : Punakha Valley, Bhutan
Stay at Dhumra Farm Resort for 2 nights
From Thimphu, drive over to Punakha where you will the next 2 nights at Dhumra Farm Resort which is a fantastic little property with lots of character and based on a working farm giving you a great insight into local Bhutanese life.
As Punakha is located at lower altitude the drive from Thimphu is an experience in itself as you leave the cooler, more alpine heights of Thimphu and enter the verdant and sub-tropical landscapes of Punakha. There is plenty to see in Punakha and one of the highlights of this area, and indeed an entire trip to Bhutan, is the beautiful Punakha Dzong.
Days 4 - 6 : Paro, Bhutan
For your final stay in Bhutan you will head back west to Paro where you will have 2 nights staying at the Zhiwa Ling hotel, rich with Bhutanese design making it the perfect place to end your adventure in Bhutan.
Even though developing, Paro still retains its unique character and of course is home to the Tiger's Nest Monastery or Taktshang Goemba. Hanging on a cliff, this is one of Bhutan's most sacred sites and one of the country's most magnificent sites to explore. Alongside this incredible site, you can get involved in a whole host if activities including trying your hand at archery, the national sport of Bhutan, or take a slower pace with a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath.
Days 6 - 11 : Khao Lak, Thailand
Stay at The Sarojin for 5 nights
For the final 5 nights of your trip you will take a connecting flight through Bangkok to Phuket where you will enjoy some blissful beach time at the boutique Sarojin Hotel in Khoa Lak.
Surrounded by 5 national parks and within easy distance to the Similan Islands' dive sanctuaries this is a great base for those that want to explore the incredible scenery surrounding this gem of a property. If after Bhutan, you feel like you would like a slower pace, the stunning beach, beautiful infinity pool and spa provide fantastic enclaves in which to simply relax and unwind.
When to go
In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
Thailand’s tropical climate means that the country generally experiences high temperatures and humidity throughout the year, which can split into the hot, cool and rainy seasons. The average temperature ranges from the lowest at round 30°C in December, to the highest at around 36°C between January and April. The best time to visit is between November and February, when the weather is at its best throughout the country.
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Things to do
Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
Perhaps one of the most famous images of Bhutan is that of Tiger’s Nest, the colourful temple clinging precariously to a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the Paro valley. Reached by 2-3 hour trek, this sacred site more than lives up to its reputation.
From $6012 per person
Transfers and guided experiences as per itinerary
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.