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Old 09-24-10, 01:11 PM
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Off to Bhutan for a 17-day tour

Am off to Bhutan on a 17 day trip starting tomorrow.

Trip report/linky link here, in case anyone's interested:
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Have an excellent and safe journey.
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Wow! I"ve always wanted to tour there - I'll be sure to follow along!
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I'd love to go to Bhutan, too. However folks reading this should know that it's not cheap to visit, and you can't tour in the same independent way many of us prefer. From https://wikitravel.org/en/Bhutan :

"Everybody except citizens of India and Bangladesh must apply for a visa at least 30 days in advance of their proposed date of entry into Bhutan. There is no issuing of Visa on arrival. The local travel operator processes the visa on behalf of the guests. While the visa itself costs a reasonable US$20 for 14 days (extendable once), the visa will not be issued without pre-paid bookings for a tour, which costs from US$200 per person per night. These fees include room, board, guide, and transportation within Bhutan.The Airfare is not included. This policy is influenced by the Gross National Happiness (GNH) policy,whereby the country intentionally develops slowly and learns from mistakes made by other countries. This is a sustainable tourism policy whereby price controls the number of arrivals. Bhutan cannot afford to have too many tourists as it will dilute the rich and ancient tradition & culture. The very asset that attracts tourists will be soon destroyed. Although the tours are organized by private local tour operators, the cost is set & monitored by the government and so not negotiable."
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Fantastic. I'd love to go to Bhutan: very high on my list.
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Have a great trip. Will follow on CGOAB.
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