'High value, low impact' tourism
A changed tourist visa system
For those familiar with the pre-2022 tourist visa fee system, please note that your visa fee will NO LONGER cover any of your expenses while in Bhutan.
The daily tourist fee levied by the Government of Bhutan no longer covers any of your accommodation, meals, transport, and so on. The daily visa fee is now purely a sustainable development fee.
How do I obtain a Bhutan visa?
Please note that you must secure a visa before entering Bhutan.
A tour guide
keeping you safe being someone local whom you get to know well and have meaningful conversations with removing any possible stresses to do with admin and navigation translating things for you and facilitating engagements with other locals ensuring you don't miss out on special places and lesser-known experiences!
A standard double room in a 3-star hotel in the city of Thimphu in November (peak season) can cost anywhere from around 40-80 USD (taxes and fees included). A standard double room in a 4-star hotel in the city of Thimphu at the same time of year generally costs anywhere from 90 to 250 USD (taxes and fees included). That's a huge range! As to a five-star room ... well, if you're looking into that, you're probably not going to be reading a blog post about costs. 😉
Food and drink
A 330 ml still water: 15 BTN (20c USD) A 330 ml Coke: 30 BTN (40c USD) A regular cappuccino: 85 BTN (1 USD) A 330 ml imported beer: 250 BTN (3 USD) A bottle of mid-range wine: 250 BTN (3 USD) A fastfood cheeseburger: 70 BTN (85c USD) A cheap meal in a restaurant: 180-200 BTN (2.20-2.50 USD) per person A decent meal in a restaurant: 250-400 BTN (3-5 USD) per person
A vehicle and driver
white-water rafting (there are Class II to V rapids) kayaking cycling mountain biking hiking
Please do note that prices for services in Bhutan are likely to change over the coming year or so in light of the overhaul currently taking place within the tourism industry.
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Delayed, cancelled or interrupted travel
Lost or damaged luggage
In Bhutan, the currency is the Bhutanese Ngultrum.