Tiger's Nest Monastery - Paro, Bhutan
Paro Valley in BhutanFestival in BhutanPhi Phi Island in ThailandThai Traditional Dance

Bhutan + Thailand

13 Days / 12 Nights

Explore the kingdoms of Bhutan and Thailand on a journey from medieval towns to the Himalayan mountain range and stunning Thai beaches.
Bhutan is home to a fascinating and unique culture, picturesque valleys and amazing mountain monasteries. After Bhutan, travel to Thailand famed for its idyllic beaches and paradise islands. This is really the trip of a lifetime.

Product Description

Tour Highlights

  • Thimphu valley
  • Dochula Pass
  • Paro valley
  • Punakha valley
  • Tiger’s Nest monastery
  • Bangkok
  • Phi Phi Island

Tours Details

DURATION: 13 Days / 12 Nights

FREQUENCY: Daily

JOINING CITY: Paro airport

DEPARTURE CITY: Phuket airport

ACTIVITIES: Cities and temples sightseeing, beach and island

TOUR TYPE: Private tour

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: October and November

What's Included

THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
All internal transport as per the itinerary
Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
English speaking guide
Entry Fees
Meals as specified (B: breakfast, L: lunch, PL: packed lunch, D: dinner)
Internal flights

THE PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Beverages
Travel Insurance
Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond Naturalis Expeditions control

Day 1: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU 

Upon arrival in Paro, you will be met and driven for about 1 hour to Thimphu, the capital and largest city of Bhutan.

This afternoon visits the Tashichho Dzong or Thimphu Dzong, an impressive structure that houses the Bhutanese government and stands on the right side of the Wangchu River.

Overnight in Thimphu

LUNCH| DINNER

Day 2: THIMPHU VALLEY 

After breakfast you will be taken on a full day tour of Thimphu’s cultural sites and monuments including the Memorial Chorten, the traditional Art School which contains a collection of historical literature and Traditional Medicine Hospital where herbal medicines are prepared. Continue to Drubthob Goemba monastery which houses the Zilukha nunnery. You will get a great view of Tashichhoedzong from here. Along the way visit a giant Buddha statue and the Takin Sanctuary, the national animal of Bhutan associated with religious history and mythology.

There are other attractions that can be visited depending on the time (Zangdopeltri Temple, Changangkha monastery, Simtokha Dzong, and textile museum).

Overnight in Thimphu

BREAKFAST| LUNCH|DINNER

Day 3: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA WANGDUE 

After breakfast you will be driven to Punakha passing across the spectacular Dochula Pass (3,050m), where you will have a magnificent view of the Himalayan Mountains. Descend into Wangdue/Punakha Valley. At an elevation of 1,300m Punakha is one of the lowest lying valleys in the Kingdom. With its temperate climate, this valley is the market garden of the country, where produce grows year round and many Bhutanese reside during the colder winter months.

In the afternoon, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong located at confluence of two rivers. Continue to north passing though idyllic countryside and hike up to the regal Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten which dominates the upper Punakha Valley with views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond. On the way back to the hotel, visit the town of Punakha at Khuruthang.

Overnight in Punakha

BREAKFAST| LUNCH|DINNER

Day 4: WANGDUE PUNAKHA – PARO

After breakfast take a short walk around the village and visit the Chimi Lhakhang Temple dedicated to “Divine Madam of Fertility”. Locals believe that deity of this temple blesses infertile women with children, thus women flock here from far flunk places seeking the blessings from Divine Madam of Fertility.

Proceed to Wangdue Phodrang Dzong and drive to Paro re-crossing the Dochula Pass. Along the way visit a small but nice nunnery at Sitsina.

Upon arrival in Paro transfer to your hotel for check-in and enjoy a stroll around the town.

Overnight in Paro.

BREAKFAST| LUNCH|DINNER

Day 5: PARO VALLEY 

At an elevation of 2,250m, Paro is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom and is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley. There are over 155 temples and monasteries in this area, some dating as far back as 14th century. You will visit the Drugyal Dzong ruins, the Ta Dzong, the Rinphung Dzong, the beautiful Kichu Lhakhang temple and the Dunmtse Lhakhang temple famous for the finest murals in the kingdom.

Overnight in Paro.

BREAKFAST| LUNCH|DINNER

Day 6: PARO VALLEY 

The journey into the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan culminates with a hike to the most famous pilgrimage site: Taktsang Lhakhang also known as the Tiger’s Nest.

Taktsang Lhakhang is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley.

It was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated in the 7th century A.D. Legend states that Guru Rimpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it.

Taktsang Lhakhang is located at an altitude of 3.120 meters. In order to arrive at the temple you will trek for around 2-3 hours through beautiful, shady pine forests. No trip to Bhutan would be complete without a visit to this remarkable heritage site.

After Tiger’s Nest, visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong.

Overnight in Paro.

BREAKFAST| LUNCH|DINNER

Day 7: PARO – BANGKOK 

After breakfast transfer to Paro airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

Overnight in Bangkok

BREAKFAST

Day 8: BANGKOK 

Depart from the hotel in the morning and head to Wat Pho , in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual (chanting starts at 09.00 Hrs). After this uplifting and often private experience visit the temple grounds and the famous 45-metre reclining Buddha. Continue to The Grand Palace, Thailand’s most important landmark, where you will be awed by the grandeur and majesty of the building and its throne halls. Then, of course, marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand

After the tour return to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Bangkok

BREAKFAST

Day 9: BANGKOK – PHUKET – PHI PHI ISLAND 

Today transfer to Bangkok airport for your flight to Phuket. Upon arrival at Phuket Airport, you will be taken to Rassada Pier, and continue to your resort on Phi Phi Island by join ferry. The tiny yet hugely famous Phi Phi Islands have for many years attracted tourists from every corner of the world to experience there phenomenal natural beauty.

Overnight on Phi Phi Island.

BREAKFAST

Day 10,11 and 12: PHI PHI ISLAND 

Breakfast at the resort. All day is free at leisure. Stroll along the white sandy beach or relax on the beach, or enjoy the resort’s facilities.

Overnight on Phi Phi Island.

BREAKFAST

Day 13: PHI PHI ISLAND – PHUKET 

After breakfast at the hotel, embark a join ferry back to the mainland of Phuket, and disembark at Rassada Pier. Transfer to Phuket airport for your onward flight.

BREAKFAST