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Destination: Bhutan

Destination Bhutan hotel suggestions basic information and travel assistance

Unspoiled Asia
   a once isolated kingdom
      throws open its doors

Bhutan, located in the remote eastern Himalayas, isn’t an easy country to get to, or get into, but once you arrive, you’ll be well rewarded. It has adopted a more democratized government and is adapting to the growing number of tourists allowed within its borders. While the Buddhist culture and its traditions still prevail, and remain the main attraction for curious visitors, travelers can now find some luxuries, like upscale hotels and Wi-Fi.

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Destination Bhutan Special Precautions or Visa Requirements

All visitors, including those on official U.S. government business, must obtain visa clearance from Thimphu before travelling to Bhutan. Visa clearance takes at least 7 days to process and airplane tickets to Bhutan cannot be purchased without visa clearance.

US Department of State Bhutan Information

Official Bhutan website

Vaccinations:
The Government of Bhutan recommends that visitors obtain tetanus, typhoid, and hepatitis A inoculations before traveling to Bhutan. Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, and rabies vaccines are recommended for prolonged stays for people at risk. The influenza vaccine is also recommended.

Traveler’s Medical Insurance is highly advised:
Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. Medicare and other standard US Healthcare coverage does not extend to basic medical care or emergency care outside of the USA.

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 Destination Bhutan Preferred and Recommended Hotel and Lodgings

 Destination Bhutan Preferred and Recommended Hotel and Lodgings Thimphu Bhutan Amankora

Amankora
Thimphu, Bhutan
Amankora Paro, Amankora Punakha, Amankora Gangtey, Amankora Thimphuand Amankora Bumthangoffer a unique experience of Bhutan’s impressive dzongs (fortress-monasteries), historic lhakhangs (temples) and pristine Himalayan landscapes, opening access to traditions unchanged over centuries.
   Sited in the picturesque Paro Valley near Balakha Village, 20 minutes from Paro’s only international airport, Amankora Paro is a 24-suite pine forest retreat commanding dramatic views of the 17th century Drukyel Dzong and the snow clad peak of Mount Jhomolhari at an elevation of 7,300 metres. Centred by a large flagstone courtyard, a lime-washed stone pavilion houses the living and dining room facilities, and library. Conceptualized as a ‘village’ and connected by flagstone pathways, the resort’s architecture draws inspiration from traditional Bhutanese building traditions. Suites are similar in design, featuring natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and wood-paneled interiors with a king-size bed, a traditional bukhari wood-burning stove and a large terrazzo-clad bath.

Of note: I am a Preferred Partner with this hotel. Enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking with me (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, complimentary WiFi, Food or Spa Credit).

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 Destination Bhutan Preferred and Recommended Hotel and Lodgings Six Senses Bhutan

Six Senses Bhutan
5 beautiful valleys in Bhutan
Where can one stay in one place, yet experience five lodges? In the Happiest Place on Earth, Six Senses Bhutan. Guests of Six Senses Bhutan will choose from five individual lodges, representing the heritage and hospitality of Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro, respectively. Those seeking a new destination for trekking and cultural immersion, with a strong spa presence, will find the lodge’s breadth extraordinary – whether for birdwatching from a bridge at the Gangtey lodge, gathering around an open fire at Paro or soaking up the forest views through expansive windows in their Bumthang suite.

Stay in one, or stay in all five of the lodges. Each is different, yet all share the same farm-fresh dining and extensive spa facilities.

Of note: I am a Preferred Partner with this hotel. Enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking with me (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, complimentary WiFi, Food or Spa Credit).

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PART OF MY SIX SENSES PREFERRED PARTNER PORTFOLIO


 Destination Bhutan Preferred and Recommended Hotel and Lodgings COMO Uma Bhutan

COMO Uma, Bhutan
Paro and Punakha Valleys
Experience the best of Bhutan at COMO Uma, Bhutan in Paro Valley and its sister property in Punakha Valley. Both locations offer exclusive private villas with sweeping views of the surrounding forest and mountains. At Paro you can explore nearby highlights, including Tiger’s Nest monastery, while Punakha offers access to more remote areas of the Himalayan kingdom. And when it comes to luxury, both properties offer a wealth of options. Dine on fresh organic cuisine, or relax body and spirit with a holistic, Asian-inspired treatment in the spa. There are one-on-one meetings with a Buddhist monk for truly enlightening experiences.

Every August and September, rare matsutake mushrooms flourish in Bhutan’s forests. You can enjoy them in dishes prepared at the resorts.

Of note: I am a Preferred Partner with this hotel. Enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking with me (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, complimentary WiFi, Food or Spa Credit).

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PART OF MY COMO HOTELS PREFERRED PARTNER PORTFOLIO

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Destination Specialists and Local Assistance Bhutan

Bhutan is definitely a place I would work with a Destination Specialist, especially on your first visit. You will need to work with someone to arrange your visa for entry nprior to arrival.

andBeyond – Bhutan
One of my favorite suppliers in the region.

We can also work directly with the Aman or Six Senses for Visa and Guide requirements.

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Online Tours Activities Attraction Providers Bhutan

A few good resources for easy tours, advance tickets & activities planning:

GET YOUR GUIDE
A curated source of Tickets, Tours and Activities.

VIATOR
A wide variety Tickets and Tours from the folks who bring you Trip Advisor.

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 Destination Bhutan Information from other trusted sources

My Bhutan Information Page at Virtuoso
Here is a good place to start for some additional information on quality Hotels and Activities.

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