Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a special land where Gross National Happiness is how Bhutanese progress is measured. Landlocked Buddhist Bhutan, steeped in ancient traditions, is struggling with the impact of modernization. Bhutan, rich biodiversity and royal decrees designed to keep 60% of the land as protected forest, treats every visitor to a glimpse of what paradise can be like.
Your first Bhutanese experience will be the cool, clean fresh air as you are stepping out of the plane. Our Bhutan tour includes famous sights and festivals in both western and central Bhutan. The tour motors across high passes with sweeping views descending to Bhutanese villages and farms which dot lush valley environments. Dominating the Bhutanese landscape, in commanding settings, are the Dzongs, fortified monasteries, built in typical Bhutanese architectural style. Dating to the 17th century and earlier these monasteries now serve both administrative and ecclesiastical functions.
Traversing Bhutan from west to east, our tour will use selected locations as a base to explore the countryside and experience local Bhutanese life. During our stay we will be able to observe both the Black Necked Crane Festival which celebrates the migratory return of the black necked crane to Bhutan, its winter breeding grounds. The tour will also visit a small local Bhutanese village festival at Ngang Lhakhang.
For the best possible experience we partner with a small Bhutanese travel company specializing in getting off the beaten track in addition to touring the well known tourist sites. We will have the services of an English speaking guide throughout our trip. As always we will be on the lookout for festivals and spontaneous happenings to enrich our experience.
The Bhutan tour organizers and leaders are Steve Wilke and Sermsri Sarnnoy. Steve has lived and worked in Thailand for the past 28 years, Sermsri is a native of Thailand. Together we have traveled extensively in SE Asia with repeated visits to all our tour destinations. To see traveler reviews of a recent trip to Myanmar visit our Blog Lanna Happenings accessed on our web site www.lannathaivilla.com
A note on our approach: Our tours takes us to beautiful, often diverse physical environments and to cultures from which we have much to learn. Our approach emphasizes person to person contact, achieved through scheduled visits to markets, schools, friend's homes, festivals, performances, monasteries and other spiritual places and through finding spontaneous opportunities to observe/join in as we travel along. We work with small respected in-country travel companies and employ excellent bilingual local guides and resource people many of whom are friends of many years. Also, we leave something behind through contributions for local projects that we discuss and agree on as we go. A minimum of $40 from each traveler's fee is reserved for this purpose. We seek to create a relaxed travel group, and purposely seek participants who support each others experience.
We are pleased to be collaborating on additional trips organized and led by our friends, Roger and Nancy Harmon. Over the past nine years Roger and Nancy have organized and led over twenty trips, and they remain passionate about introducing small groups of 8 - 10 travelers to places, people, and ways of being they find special. To check out their tours visit www.worldviews2000.com.
Should you be interested in exploring northern Thailand we would like to suggest you consider a stay at our home stay Lanna Thai Villa, located in Chiang Rai province. Our web site www.lannathaivilla.com and Blog Lanna Happenings provide details and photographs of our tranquil and well appointed Villa
located in Sermsri's ancestral village.
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