Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Ancient & Modern: Bangkok and Bhutan (16 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Bangkok, Thailand To Paro, Bhutan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Apr 2018


Day 1
Bangkok, Thailand
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Dinner

Arrive in Thailand’s buzzing capital of Bangkok. Begin your adventure with a tour of the fabulous Grand Palace. Next, check out Wat Arun (The Temple of the Dawn) and continue onto Wat Po - where you will find the sprawling reclining Buddha. Continue on to the fresh and fragrant flower market where the brightly-hued florals create a picture-perfect setting. We suggest staying in the Mandarin Oriental, the Peninsula Bangkok or the Siam Hotel for an out-of-this-world luxury stay.

Day 2
Bangkok, Thailand
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start the day by breaking a sweat during your own private lesson in the country’s famous sport of Muay Thai. After getting cleaned up, see the inner workings of the city with a canal tour. A ride on a longtail boat is essential for an authentic Thai experience. Finish the day with a visit to the Jim Thompson House to see a building, where the city’s silk trade began.

Day 3
Bangkok, Thailand
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leave the city for the day to visit the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya. Once the country’s capital, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is quite well-preserved. The ruins are best explored atop an elephant. Why not give it a try?

Day 4
Paro, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart beautiful Thailand for the more remote location of Bhutan. Fly into Paro very early on your fourth morning. This gives you plenty of time to explore the city. Visit the ancient fortresses of Rinpung Dzong and Drukgyel Dzong. Next, continue on to visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, an incredible ancient Buddhist Temple. Check in to either the Zhiwa Ling Resort, the Amankora or the Uma by Como for a comfortable, luxurious stay.

Day 5
Paro, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make the most of your time in Paro with an early start. The Kila Nunnery is a special spot, located on the side of a cliff. Next, learn about the area’s culture and history at the National Museum. Enjoy a stop at a local farmhouse before returning to your hotel to relax for the evening.

Day 6
Bumthang, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly from Paro to the sacred city of Bumthang. You will find a high concentration of revered spots here. Visit the Yathra Center in Chume, the Kyichu Lhakhang Temple - home to the oldest monastery in Bhutan, and the Swiss Farm. The farm makes its own cheese using Jersey cow milk, as well as making the country’s national beer - Red Panda. Stay at either luxurious option of the Amankora or Yugharling Resort.

Day 7
Bumthang, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early to make the short trip to the famous Tang Valley. Farmhouses, fields and dense forests paint the countryside, creating a breathtaking sight. Visit Mebartso, the “Burning Lake.” You have the rare opportunity to see a monastic school housing nuns from ages 12 to 70 at the Pemacholing Nunnery. Stroll through Ura Village and spot sheep and yak being herded along the countryside. Return to your hotel in the evening.

Day 8
Bumthang, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend a third day in Bumthang to ensure you don’t miss any of the amazing sites. Start the day off with a trip to the 16th-century palace converted into a museum - Ugyencholing. Enjoy a fresh-air lunch with a stunning view of the valley outside the palace. See historic artifacts in the galleries and learn about Bhutan’s unique monarchy.

Day 9
Gangtey, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to the postcard-perfect town of Gangtey, set in the middle of the Phobjikha Valley. The wetlands are home to the rare black-necked cranes. Explore the ancient Gangtey Monastery with an intricately-carved gate and unrivaled valley views. We suggest staying at the Amankora or the Gangtey Goenpa Lodge. The two hotels are both of the highest quality, offering unforgettable views of the mountain vistas.

Day 10
Gangtey, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy the peace and quiet of a town not frequented by tourists. The area is ideal for hiking. The marshlands and flat, open terrain create a serene natural environment. Relax at your hotel this evening.

Day 11
Punakha, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to the ancient capital of Bhutan - Punakha. The area is full of fascinating historic sites. The island fortress of Punakha Dzong is a must-see. The Chimi Lhakhank is an exotic 15th-century temple said to bless visitors with fertility. We suggest staying at either luxurious option of the Amankora or Uma Punakha for a good night’s sleep.

Day 12
Punakha, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you hike to the stunning Khamsum Yuley Monastery and elegant temple chorten. The chorten alone took 10 years to complete. Raft along the Mo Chu River for an exhilarating rush. In the evening you have the option to visit a local farmhouse.

Day 13
Thimphu, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Thimphu via flight through Paro. Drive to Thimphu and enjoy a scenic ride along the way. Visit the Royal Textile Academy to learn about traditional Bhutanese handiwork. Next, visit the National Library which houses many rare manuscripts. Come evening time, stay in either the Amankora or the Taj Tashi - these are the two finest hotels in the area.

Day 14
Thimphu, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Considered Bhutan’s cultural heart, strike out into Thimphu to see what the country has to offer. Begin with a visit to the Folk Heritage Museum. Here you can enjoy a delicious and filling authentic lunch. Pay the paper mill a visit, where you can see the creative ways the resource is recycled. In the evening, visit the Buddha Dordenma, where you will find a 149-foot bronze Buddha.

Day 15
Paro, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Return to Paro to visit more of the city’s sites. Take a hike up to the beautiful Taktsang Palphug Monastery, more commonly known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The monastery is home to several sacred paintings and religious relics. Explore the area’s temples and return to the main town to check in to either recommended option of the Uma Paro and the Amankora.

Day 16
Paro, Bhutan
None Breakfast

You adventure has come to a close. You can choose to extend your stay in Bhutan or begin your journey homewards. It’s been a rare, unique cultural experience exploring two of Asia’s jewels.

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Take a voyage of contrasts you embark on this 16-day Bangkok and Bhutan journey. You will have the opportunity to experience the bright lights of Thailand’s bustling, modern capital, as well as explore the most rural areas of old world Bhutan. This exciting adventure begins in Bangkok and travels onto Bhutan, with stops in Paro, Bumthang, Gangtey, Punakha and Thimphu. With hiking, rafting and lots of sights to see, there won’t be a dull moment for your entire adventure.


  • Tour the Grand Palace and admire its glittering structures built for Thailand’s royalty

  • Visit ancient fortresses in rural Bhutan

  • Hike up to the unique and remote Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan

  • Raft along the Mo Chu River in Punakha

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Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

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