2 independent reviews for Bhutan culture & home stay tour

Reviews for Bhutan culture & home stay tour

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review 5 Mar 2018

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

Please don't make me choose the best highlight - but if I have too, then it was the drive from Thimphu up through the Haa Valley, which has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth - you have to see it to believe it.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Whilst loyal to it's traditions, Bhutan is not a living museum so be prepared for more modernity than you may have expected. Tourism is a major and growing industry, but very carefully controlled and so, for that reason, your vacation is organised and you are in the company of a guide and driver for much of it. They are excellent at their jobs, very knowledgeable and will tweak the timetable if they can do it so don't be afraid to ask. Think about doing a home stay or at least having a home cooked meal - the hotels and restaurants are of a good standard but eating local farmhouse food, cooked and served in the traditional Bhutanese way, is an experience not to be missed - they might even teach you how to make your favorite dish if there's time. Oh, and don't forget to haggle when you're shopping - the marked price often isn't what you have to pay.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely, though I do have some concerns about the environmental impact of the amount of plastics being used, water bottles for example.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It wasn't what I expected, but I'm not sure what that was. I didn't realize I would be accompanied quite so much, and, at first, that niggled a bit, but once my guide explained, very honestly, the reasons why independent traveling was not found to be appropriate for Bhutan I understood the situation and became more comfortable with it, also, you can get used to the 4 star treatment very quickly, and 4 star it is - the country, the people, the food, the culture - all of it. Was I glad I went, oh yes, will I go back, most definitely.

review 10 Apr 2013

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

It is a hard question as the whole vacation was very memorable. The Tiger Nest walk, the Gangtey Valley, the Lika Monastery as well as the Wangditse Gompa were the places we liked the most

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I would tell them that Bhutan is much more touristic than what I thought but, despite that it manages to remain unspoilt and very spontaneous. Being more touristic also means very well organized and with very good hotels.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, I think so

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Super!!! For that, I really have to thank Namgay & Dorji for the great organization, their kindness, the attention to details, their professionalism, for the accommodations they booked, and especially for the guide and driver who made our trip really special: one by answering to all our questions, the other one for driving so safely, and both for their attention and kindness

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