What to know before traveling to Bhutan

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Traveling to a country, which technology has NO EFFECT on how HAPPY its people are, is a one-of-a-kind traveling experience you deserve in your entire life. Bhutan has no such thing as GDP but GHD – GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS – to measure how happy Bhutanese are in both mental state and material well-being. How do they do it? Most of all, Mother Nature in Bhutan is absolutely respected and protected. Bhutan is the place on planet Earth where human being truly appreciate and blend in with Nature in a brightly for sustainable development. Sounds like a dream in this Digital Time, right? Are you curious yet? 

Avoid rush season

From March to April and from October to November are the peak time of tourism in Bhutan. During this season, hardly anybody can book a hotel room or even buy a flight ticket. But in case of you must take your trip during such time, local advice: book 6-8 months ahead.

Try homestay to truly understand local life

Forget about luxury hotels, even hotels in Bhutan. Not that they don’t offer hospitality service but staying in a hotel gives you a feeling of nothing near the incredible “Amazing Bhutan experience”. There are many local houses that let tourists spend time with them in their houses with affordable prices! (extremely cheaper than hotel). We don’t mean to make you less comfortable, of course spending your nights at a well-served hotel is always more tempting, but we want you to enjoy the ONE-AND-ONLY Bhutanese culture with truly locals. Not all Bhutanese can speak fluent English but their hospitality is beyond compare. Staying with them is the most authentic way for you to see Bhutanese eat, work, talk, take care of nature. However, you should be prepared s0me locals don’t have hot shower, they boil water for a bath, instead.

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Exchange currency

The currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum. It’s okay for you to bring US dollar on your trip to Bhutan. You can change the currency at airport exchange counter after arrival. Exchange fee may be a bit higher compared to banks or black markets; but in case you forget, there you go. Avoiding exchange US$20 since US$50, US$100 will offer you better exchange rate. It is also important to know that only a few ATM in Bhutan accepts non-domestic cards. Some shop accept credit cards, but they will charge an extra 7% fee. Another option for acceptable currency  is Indian rupee, any bill more than US$500 value is forbidden by Bhutanese government.

No smoking

Smoking is forbidden. Always remember this regulation. If you cannot resist the temptation from your cigarette, just discreetly finish it. Visitors can bring some for their consumption, but they’ll be charged for export tax.

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