After years trapped in COVID isolation, it’s time to get back into the world. In the Summer of 2022, we are headed to Bhutan and Thailand for a remarkable cultural experience. Our travels will take us into the heart of Thailand and Bhutan. We will spend about two weeks traveling in these countries, doing service projects in Thailand at an elephant sanctuary and in Bhutan visiting a school for some cultural exchange. Our trip will travel in the first week of June, leaving Albuquerque for Los Angeles and then on to Bangkok. We will spend a few days in Thailand before flying to Bhutan for our meander through the country. As is the case with this trip, all planning, flights, housing, and etc is in-house, meaning that we work together to design a trip that both allows for remarkable experiences and can fit with our collective interests and schedules. A trip itinerary is posted on the site and everything is flexible from the dates we travel to some of the stops along the way.
Namgay, talking to students about the Trongsa Dzong
Is It Safe to Travel to Asia?
The short answer to the question about travel to Asia is yes, it is and it will be. Take a look at some of the links to news about COVID in the countries we will visit. You will notice that Thailand and Bhutan took the outbreak seriously from the beginning, ensuring that the COVID would have a limited impact. In Bhutan, the adult population is vaccinated to about 93% of the total adult population. By the time we arrive, the population over the age of 5 will be vaccinated.
To travel we will all have to be vaccinated and have a negative COVID test prior to travel. In addition, we may face multiple COVID tests on the trip itself. What I know is that this trip will be among safest international trips you can take.
What Will We Experience?
On this website you will find many stories about travel to Thailand, Bhutan, and Japan. Read through student comments and ideas, look at the photos and imagine yourself on a short hike to a temple in Bhutan or a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. Each story you read gives you a glimpse into this trip of a lifetime.
In brief, we will visit museums, temples, and shrines. We will meet people from all walks of life and interact with these folks in so many ways. You’ll buy street food in Bangkok, hike to one of the most iconic temples in the world, sit in meditation in a scared space, and play games with students in Trongsa, Bhutan.
Through it all, you will find a travel experience unlike any other. As your guide throughout the trip, I will introduce you to the people and places we visit and, along the way, you’ll have the chance to venture out on your own.
Ultimately, our goal is to get to know the people and places we visit and not just tour a place. I can promise that you will discover something about yourself that will last forever.
How Do I Join This Trip?
Email me and I can provide you will more details, information, and ideas. I’ll provide a cost breakdown, schedule and other details you will need to know prior to deciding on travel.