Itinerary for Summer 2020

Thailand / Bhutan Travel 2020

May 31st  – June 18th, 2020

Dates are subject to change and this schedule is tentative.  The trip will, most likely, be a bit shorter.  Costs for travel will include transportation, housing, and most food.  Not included will be a gratuity for guides in Bhutan.  

Overview

Our travels to Asia take us to Japan and Bhutan.  The experience includes stays in houses and homes, and will offer cultural, historical, and meaningful connections with people and places in Japan and Bhutan.  

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 (May 31st): 6:00 AM departure from ABQ to Bangkok

Day 2: (June 1st): Arrive Bangkok

Day 3: (June 2nd): Visit Bangkok sites: Golden Temple, Reclining Buddha, downtown Bangkok

Day 4: (June 3rd): Travel to Chiang Mai and the Elephant Sanctuary

Day 5: (June 4th): Elephant Sanctuary

Day 6: (June 5th): Elephant Sanctuary; return to Bangkok

Day 7: (June 6th): Flight to Paro; visit Paro Dzong, National Museum, overnight in Thimphu, dinner with Namgay and family.

Day 8: (June 7th): Thimphu town, Giant Buddha, Takin park and zoo, Thimphu Stupa, National Stadium archery tournament, overnight in Thimphu

Day 9: (June 8th): ): travel to Punakha.  Temple of the Divine Madman, Punakha Dzong.

Day 10: (June 9th): rafting on the Mo Chu river; travel to Tshangkhap; visit local school.  Home stay in Tshankhap.

Day 11: (June10th): Trongsa Dzong, National Museum of the Monarchy. Overnight Yangkill Hotel.

Day 12 (June 11th): travel to Bumthang and Jakar.  Visit to Jakar town. Overnight Jakar.

Day 13 (June 12th): visit to Kurgey Temple, oldest temple in southeast Asia, hike across suspension bridge.  Home stay at Orgyen Choling Guest House.

Day 14 (June 13th): drive to Wangdue Phodrang; overnight in Wangdue

Day 15 (June 14th): drive to Thimphu; day in Thimphu town.

Day 16 (June 15th): drive to Paro; Paro town visit

Day 17 (June 16th): Hike to Taktsang Monastery

Day 18 (June 17th): return flight to Bangkok and USA!

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