In the surprise announcement, Bhutanese authorities discounted Sustainable Development Fee from 200 USD per person per day to 100 USD per person per day. New policy is supposed to be valid till the end of August 2027.
The long anticipated development for which we hoped was announced today! Bhutan is introducing three duration discount packages in order to incentivize longer stays in Bhutan for international visitors. These three packages are promoted as 4+4, 7+7 and 12+18. Meaning that you pay Sustainable Development Fee of 200 USD per person per night for 4 (or 7 or 12) nights, and you can stay for another 4 (or 7 or 18 respectively) nights without further SDF payment. What it means and how it will work? Read our blog post!
Abrupt announcement of the major overhaul of Bhutan tourism policy and pricing took us by total surprise. We expected tourism reopening and incentives to attract visitors, instead government gave us a slap and big kick. We fiercely disagree with the new policy, however once approved by the legal process of the country, we will duly follow. We will readjust and continue our mission to attract visitors to Bhutan and make their stay wonderful experience worth of the expenses. Here we would just like to summarize what might have change if His Majesty signs this bill into the act.
We got several inquiries from people who did pay for their tour to Bhutanese tour operators, often several thousands US dollars, and had to cancel due to COVID-19 pandemic. Now they are struggling to get their money back. Some tour operators stopped communicating, some did say that they only can provide voucher for tour in 2021 or gave other doubtful excuse. Given the long duration of the pandemic with no end in sight, most travelers want to get their money back now, and we are here to help with that!
Post-covid economic crisis is looming and the travelers might be forced to do some penny-pinching. While travel to Bhutan is hardly ever going to be really cheap, there are numerous options how to save. See some travel hacks suggested in this post!
Summer doesn’t have very good reputation for visiting Bhutan and for a good reason. From June through August, Bhutan is affected by monsoon coming from the Bay of Bengal and while the temperatures are conveniently warm, the chances of occasional showers or continuous drizzling are major setbacks for most of the tourists. Anyway we believe that if you really want to visit Bhutan, you can still enjoy your time during the summer months and below you will find some good reasons for that.
Exciting news is that stay in Eastern Bhutan will be discounted by 65 USD per person per night till the end of 2020. At the same time, the Yongphula airport near to east's capital of Tashigang became operational with 3 flights a week. The eastern Bhutan is now finally opening to tourism. If you are planning to come to Bhutan for the second time or even if you want to visit it first time, eastern Bhutan package is worth of considering for many reasons. If you want to know details about discount, practical information about how to get to eastern Bhutan and what to see there, read our most recent blog post below!
In 2017 Bhutan and Australia marked 15th anniversary of it's bilateral diplomatic relations. To celebrate the occasion, Bhutanese government decided to present Australian tourists special Bhutan – Australia Friendship Offer for summer 2018. What are the advantages? Should you start packing your rucksack to use the opportunity? Perhaps yes, but before you do that, better read our comments below!
Coming to Bhutan in winter, is that good idea? YES, it's actually excellent plan! You might be worried about the cold but in fact, apart from elevations above the 3000 meters, you will experience quite pleasant temperatures during a day. Just in the morning, evening and night, you might need to endure mild freezing. If you're coming from northern hemisphere, you will probably find the winter climate in Paro, Thimphu and most other places more akin to late autumn or early spring. Actually there are number of good reasons for coming to Bhutan in winter. Check all the advantages below and book your ticket!