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Wonderful people and stunning nature
We had a fantastic trip to Bhutan. We were very fortunate to have great weather for our entire stay.
The flights in and out of Bhutan were great: food was good and the crew very friendly (they even allowed my wife and I to join our kids in Business Class during the last stretch).
We have provided a completed feedback form to Nim - our guide. Unfortunately, our original guide (Bull) was feeling unwell after our first day. We had Nim as a replacement for the remaining period. Nim was good: interacted well with our children, provided good information during our visits to the various sites, and was punctual and pleasant. His English was not as good as Bull's, but it was more than sufficient. Our driver, Karma, was excellent. Despite the difficult roads, he drove with confidence and never got us into a dangerous situation. Also he was pleasant.
The hotels were simple, functional and adequate. Our dinner the first evening in Thimphu was probably the best dinner we had during our trip. The dinner on our second night at our Thimphu hotel was the least impressive. Overall, the food was good. Both hotels in Thimphu and Paro were a bit old. This was in stark contrast to our hotel in Punakha which was impressive and brand new.
I think that we managed to see a lot during our trip. The program was well structured and provided a good balance between nature, sights and culture. The hike up to the Tiger's Nest on our last day was the highlight for all of us. We also very much enjoyed the last night out for dinner at the local farm in Paro. A great local experience.
People in Bhutan are wonderful. Nature is stunning. We would recommend this trip to anyone as a 'bucket-list' item.