Bhutan highlights tour, Land of the Thunder Dragon

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Responsible tourism: Bhutan highlights tour, Land of the Thunder Dragon


Our environmental measures begin on our own doorstep. At home in Brighton, we run a virtually paper-free office and are dedicated closed-loop recyclers. We source our food locally and compost any waste so it doesn't end up in the landfill.

Our team are in regular communication with our local partners on the ground, providing them with information on acting sustainably and sharing success stories. By sharing with them our recycling successes, we've encouraged them to adopt the similar practices in their office.

Bhutan has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Himalayas, from the mountain peaks surrounding the Tiger’s Nest Monastery to the sweeping Punakha Valley – and we want to keep it that way! We encourage our customers to be respectful towards to the environment and our local representatives do the same. They’re well trained in the concept of high value, low volume tourism and its impact on the environment. As Bhutan often suffers from water shortages, we ask our customers to be aware of the amount of water they're using, to take their litter with them and to be aware of the illegal exploitation of plants and forests.


During our Bhutan adventures we like to encourage real experiences and meaningful interaction with the Bhutanese people. During this itinerary you'll stay in small-scale, locally owned properties full of character, putting money into the pockets of the local people. You can expect to spend a night with a local family in their home as well as cosy guest houses and mid-range hotels.

We also support a local project in Bhutan which helps to bridge the local needs of disadvantaged remote communities with larger national initiatives. They run projects all over Bhutan supporting a variety of different initiatives, from building schools to solar panels. We do a little fundraising ourselves and like to encourage you to give a little too.

We use local Bhutanese guides and drivers for all of our excursions and ensure that our local partners are paying their staff a living wage equal to or above the legal minimum.

We believe in putting people first, and provide lots of benefits to our staff members in the UK to enhance their work and personal life, such as participating in the ride to work scheme, and providing discounts for local fitness centres and holistic therapies, and best of all a healthy free lunch – every working day!

Reviews of Bhutan highlights tour, Land of the Thunder Dragon

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 06 Apr 2017 by

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

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 travelers booking this vacation?

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 vacation 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 vacation overall?

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

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2016 by

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

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 travelers booking this vacation?

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 vacation 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 vacation 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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