Bhutan is one of the most fascinating places on Earth.
It’s a small
and peaceful nation which is also among the most environment-friendly. It’s
the only country on Earth that measures the Growth National Happiness Visiting
Bhutan instead of simply relying on its GDP. Bhutan is such a dream, but it’s
not the easiest country to visit. These are the things you need to know before
There’s an entry tax for foreigners
Unlike other countries where you can come any time as
long as you have a valid visa, it’s different for Bhutan. You can only get in
if you apply for entry via an agency, and you pay a surcharge. It’s roughly $40
per person per night. It’s on top of everything else that you will spend money
on. However, given the beauty of Bhutan, it’s worth the price.
Don’t travel during peak seasons
The country only limits the number of foreigners to
enter the country per day. It doesn’t rely on tourism for survival. The
priority is to preserve the country and ensure the natural resources stay
preserved. It means that you have to compete for a spot with thousands of other
people who want to get it. March, April, October, and November are the busiest
seasons. Try not to go there during these months since it will be tough getting
Determine your priority
has a lot to offer. If you’re into trekking, the best time to go there are
those busy months. The weather is perfect. The skies are blue and it’s not
muddy. It’s also during these months when the country has fun and colorful
festivals. If you visit on other months, there are regular light rains, making
outdoor activities challenging. If you visit during the summer, it’s perfect
for mushroom picking. The winter is the best time for spirituality-related
activities. The country is even quieter than usual, which is perfect for your
Homestay is an excellent option
Some people prefer staying in a hotel, especially
since they have never been to Bhutan before. However, homestay is an option
that allows you to interact with the locals. You will know what it is like to
live as a Bhutanese, enjoy authentic dishes, and live a simple life. However,
not all families have a shower or electricity. You need to consider these
issues before you decide to ditch the hotel.
This country isn’t for partying and nightlife
If you expect to have a nightlife in Bhutan,
you should change your destination. The country is only for those who love the
outdoors, and are interested to go on a retreat. There are also strict laws to
follow regarding trash disposal. Environmental protection is a priority in
Bhutan, and you need to cooperate. It’s also a way of showing respect.
Considering that only a few people are allowed in, and you got that chance, you
should be grateful.
You will surely love Bhutan, and despite the
restrictions and cost, you should pursue this trip.
1st and featured image from https://www.somak.com/bhutan/suggested-itineraries/bhutan_landscapes_and_culture
2nd image from https://traveltriangle.com/blog/nightlife-in-bhutan/