Money – Expenses

The currency is the Ngultrum and can be obtained only in Bhutan. It is advisable to take USDollars that you can exchange upon arrival (check with your guide to know the current rate). Another possibility is to take money out at the automatic distributers (ATMs), as they can be found in many places; they do not always work, but this is usually only a temporary problem.

As your trip is paid in advance, including all services, you will need your money only to pay tips, to purchase souvenirs, and to purchase beverages during your meals – aside from the tea (as it is included in the meal). In your hotel rooms, however, there are free water bottles at your disposition; you can take them away with you.

The hot stones bath are also at extra cost; I suggest you try them as they are a typical Bhutan experience. Ask your guide, he can organize this unforgettable evening experience for you. The prices vary according to the place, but the maximum price is Nu 3,500.- (US$ 52.00); certain places are less expensive, such as in Gangtey.

Tips/ Gratuities for individual traveler :

  • Bellhops (luggage carrier): 1.- US$/luggage
  • Chauffeur: between 3.- and 5.- US$ – per person, per day
  • Guide: between 5.- and 7.- US$ per person, per day

Tips/ Gratuities for group :

  • Bellhops (luggage carrier): 1.- US$/luggage
  • Chauffeur: between 1.- and 2.- US$ – per person, per day
  • Guide: between 2.- and 3.- US$ per person, per day

Tips for the chauffeurs and the guide should be given at the end of the whole trip, the last evening or at the airport; they are very much appreciated, but it is up to you if you want to give or not and how much.

Electricity

Electricity runs on 220 volts in Bhutan. However, as the supply is rather irregular and power cuts are frequent, it is advisable to bring a flashlight. Take an adapter, as different places require different plugs; indeed, the best solution is to buy a Bhutanese plug upon arrival.

Telephony

Depending on your mobile telephone operator, it could be impossible to make a phone call. It is highly advisable to buy a SIM card from Bhutan Telecom or Tashi Cell. Be sure that – before your departure – your phone is UNlocked. WiFi is not always available in all the hotels, especially in remote areas and, even when it does work, it can be rather irregular. Take advantage of this and enjoy the calm of the country and forget about your e-mails for a few days.

Clothes and Weather/Altitudes

The average altitude in the regions you will visit is 2500 meters. But you can go from 1,500 to 3,000 in one day, thus the temperatures will widely vary no matter what season. Hence, always carry with you a T-shirt, sweater and a jacket/coat; for walking, a good pair of walking shoes is sufficient. Sports pants and jeans are good for travelling everywhere; shorts and sleeveless tops are not considered appropriate. To visit the Dzongs, you should always have something to cover your arms; this is not mandatory everywhere but frequently required.

Vaccines

There are not vaccines required.