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Jen & Jo’s top 5 Bhutan travel tips


Here at Rickshaw Travel, we’re lucky enough to have not just one, but two members of staff who are crazy about Bhutan. After much discussion, Sales Manager, Jo and Product Team Manager, Jennifer have picked their Top 5 Bhutan travel tips based on their experiences. They might not be quite what you expected…
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1. Learn to love cheese

The food in Bhutan doesn’t vary much and there’s one staple you can be sure of in every meal: cheese. Chilli cheese, potato cheese, broccoli cheese, the list goes on. Then there’s the Swiss Cheese factory in Bumthang, so you can have cheese for breakfast too.

Two men in a cheese factory

Practice your snooker skills

Bhutan night life is pretty limited outside Thimphu, but almost every major town will have at least one snooker hall. If you’re looking for something to do in the evening then why not head down and test your skills? Warning: the Bhutanese are pretty damn good, so if you’re thinking of challenging them to a game, you’d better get the practice in.

3. Bring ear plugs

During the day you’ll notice plenty of friendly Bhutanese dogs bounding about the streets. But come night fall the turf wars begin and in the city centre, there’s likely to be at least an hour of barking. If you’re a light sleeper, bring ear plugs.

Toilet Bhutan

4. Go when you can, not when you have to!

To the, er, little boys/girls room that is. Particularly when travelling in Eastern Bhutan, you’ll find long road journeys with very few toilet facilities. Don’t wait until you need it; go as soon as one’s available. Unless you’re happy to use the “open air toilet” of course.

5. Make the most of your guide!

Seems obvious, but the more your guide know about you the more they can help you make the most out of your trip. Allergic to nuts? Let your guide know and they can inform the hotel/restaurants. Work as a teacher in the UK? Let them know and they might be able squeeze in a visit to a local school. If they don’t know, they can’t help!

Have you thought about a trip to Bhutan? We can take you there! On our trips you’ll get to truly experience the wonderful Bhutanese culture. Have a look at our bite-size Bhutan trips or our ready-made itineraries.

Woman with local guide Bhutan