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Planning Your Bhutan Tour From Singapore

BY Joni Herison
Posted on 23/January/2024

Tiger Nest Bhutan Monastery
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Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom, has long been considered a destination beyond the reach of the 'average' traveler. However, those who venture into the Thunder Dragon Kingdom are rewarded with a captivating culture and breathtaking scenery. Bhutan is a country that uniquely prioritizes environmental sustainability and the gross happiness of its people over mass tourism. With its closed borders during the Covid pandemic, Bhutan has now reopened with some major changes to its tourism policy.

Visa and Entry Requirements

As a Singaporean traveler planning a trip to Bhutan, it is essential to understand the visa and entry requirements. To enter Bhutan, Singaporean tourists are required to obtain a Bhutanese visa.

One can either apply for a visa through or if you’re planning your trip to Bhutan through a licensed tour operator such as Druk Asia, your tour operator will be able to assist you in the visa application.

Getting a visa for Bhutan is a simple process for citizens of Singapore, as Druk Asia will take care of all necessary paperwork. The Bhutan visa application incurs a fee of USD40 per person.

Cultural Sensitivities and Customs

Bhutanese culture is rich and unique, and it's important for Singaporean travelers to be aware of the customs and sensitivities of the country. Bhutanese people are known for their warmth and friendliness, and it's important to reciprocate that by respecting their customs and traditions. Dress modestly when visiting religious sites. It is also customary to remove your shoes before entering temples or homes.

Check out what are some Dos and Don’ts in Bhutan.

Choosing the Right Tour Package and Accommodation Options

When planning your trip from Singapore to Bhutan, it's essential to choose the right tour package that suits your preferences and interests. There are various tour packages available, ranging from cultural tours to trekking adventures. The duration, activities, and accommodations vary depending on the package you choose. Reputable tour operators like Druk Asia specialize in Bhutan tours and can provide you with expert advice and personalized itineraries. The starting price for a 7-day Bhutan tour package averages SGD3010 per person, excluding flights.

Essential Travel Tips for Bhutan

When traveling to Bhutan from Singapore, it is important to be well-prepared for the journey. Here are some essential travel tips to ensure a smooth and memorable trip:

Health Precautions

Before traveling to Bhutan, it is advisable to consult your healthcare provider for any necessary vaccinations or medications. Altitude sickness is rarely a concern, especially when you acclimatize gradually and stay hydrated.

Packing Essentials

Pack clothing suitable for the weather conditions, including layers for changing temperatures. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a reusable water bottle are also essential items to bring.

Check out the ultimate Bhutan packing list.

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Safety Awareness

Bhutan is generally a safe country, but it is always wise to take precautions. Carry a photocopy of your passport and important documents, be vigilant of your belongings, and follow the advice of your tour guide.

Currency and Finances in Bhutan: ATMs, Credit Cards, and More

In Bhutan, the local currency is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN), and it is advisable to carry some cash for small purchases and tips. ATMs are available in major towns like Thimphu and Paro, but it is important to note that they may not always be reliable, and it is advisable to have enough cash on hand. Credit cards are accepted in some hotels, restaurants, and shops, primarily in larger cities. However, it is always advisable to carry some cash as a backup, especially when traveling to more remote areas.

Connectivity in Bhutan: Obtaining a SIM Card & Wi-Fi Consistency

Connectivity in Bhutan can vary depending on the region. While major cities and towns have access to Wi-Fi, the connection may not always be consistent or high-speed. However, most hotels and restaurants offer Wi-Fi facilities for guests. To stay connected during your trip, you can obtain a local SIM card upon arrival at Paro International Airport. Local service providers offer data plans specifically tailored for tourists, ensuring you can stay connected while exploring Bhutan's wonders.

What to Wear and Top Shopping Spots in Bhutan

When visiting Bhutan, it's important to dress appropriately, respecting the local customs and traditions. Bhutanese typically wear the "Gho" for men and the "Kira" for women, but visitors aren't required to wear these. Layered clothing is recommended, as Bhutan's weather can change throughout the day.

Bhutanese crafts, handwoven textiles
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When it comes to shopping, Thimphu, Paro, and Bumthang are popular destinations. You can find a wide range of traditional Bhutanese crafts, such as handwoven textiles, wooden crafts, and intricately designed masks. Bargaining isn't common, but polite negotiation might work. Don't miss Bhutanese textiles, handmade paper goods, and traditional crafts—they're must-buys!

Sustainable and Responsible Travel

Bhutan is committed to sustainable tourism practices, and as a responsible traveler, you can contribute positively to the local communities and the environment. When visiting Bhutan, it's important to respect the natural surroundings and follow Leave No Trace principles. Support local businesses and artisans by purchasing locally made products and crafts. By adopting sustainable and responsible travel practices, you can contribute to Bhutan's ongoing efforts to protect its natural and cultural heritage.

So, get those bags packed, dive into Bhutan's incredible heritage, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Tashi delek!

For more information about travelling to Bhutan from Singapore, get in touch with Druk Asia’s friendly travel specialists.

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