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Hike to Tiger Nest was the highlight
We had a wonderful and great trip. We survived the 7 hours hike to Tiger Nest.
Chencho Bull is a great guide. He is knowledgeable, fun and interacted well with us. He was very patient with us and took good care of us, especially his "mama" (one of our group member). Our driver, Phub Tshering, who is always punctual, ferried us around with confidence.
Accommodation and Food:
Norbuling in Thimphu - simple, functional and adequate. Staff very friendly, attentive and helpful. Breakfast & Dinner - Good. We enjoy the lunch at Crossroad but didn't enjoy the Bhutanese dinner in a restaurant next to Norbuling.
Lobesa in Punakha - new, room is very spacious, but bathroom not very practical. The owner is such a wonderful man who has put in every effort to make our stay comfortable. Dinner & Breakfast - Good.
Rinchenling in Bumthang - simple, functional and adequate. Staff very helpful. Breakfast and Dinner - Satisfactory, wish we have more varieties. They run out of hot water in the bathroom on one morning when the hotel was full.
Pema Karpo in Wangdue - we were very surprised with this change. We were confirmed at Dewachen at Gangtey. Disappointed - This hotel is the worse. Breakfast and Dinner - Very Poor
Metta Resort and Spa in Paro - Nice environment, beautiful landscape and most importantly, the food served during dinner make us feel at home. Both owner and staff, especially Karma (aka KC) are very friendly and helpful.
Lunch at the various restaurants are generally good and the most delicious one was at the Chimi restaurant, Punakha. And it was at this restaurant that we felt the tremors when earthquake hit Nepal.
We managed to follow the itinerary, plus we went for water rafting in Punakha. The hike to Tiger Nest was the highlight for all of us. We were fortunate that the weather was good on that day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chencho who has been very patient and ensure our safety during the hike.
Personally, I feel the drive from Punakha to Bumthang is too long. Tired for both driver and passengers. One suggestion is to break the journey and have an overnight stay at Trongsa.
Overall, a great trip. We will not hesitate to recommend Druk Asia to our friends.
Once again, thank you very much and will send you some photos next week.
Have a great weekend.
Jennie Sim & Team