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Bhutan Luxury Travel

Happiness Reigns

Gross National Happiness is an official development goal in Bhutan. We haven’t seen the numbers, but we’re pretty confident they’ve hit their annual targets. Set against the backdrop of sacred mountains, this isolated kingdom offers an entirely unique travel experience. Granted permission to be among the mere 14,000 visitors permitted each year, we make the most of it. Life-altering moment #523: en route to Punakha, we can stop in at the remote Tashigang monastery overlooking the Thimphu Valley, where the lamas and monks greet us, sip tea with us, and then bless our journey in an elaborate (not to mention highly musical) prayer ceremony. There’s more where that came from, but sadly, we’ve hit our space limit. Fortunately, Bhutan’s wonders know none.

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Trip Details



We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.


These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.



“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”


“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”


“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”


“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”


“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”

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The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.


Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.


Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.

Daytime Guided


Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.

Daytime Guided

Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.

24/7 Guided

Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.

Bangkok to Bangkok
10 Days / 9 Nights

Best Time to Visit

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Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Bangkok

This 4 star hotel is only a 10 min walk from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok and features excellent Thai restaurants, spa services and a business centre.  View hotel website »

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Amankora Thimphu, Thimphu

Aman Kora Thimphu lies just outside of Thimphu secluded by a lush pine forest. The hotel is built along traditional lines, featuring rammed earth walls, bukhari stoves in every room, and wood panelled interiors. The combined living/dining room adjoins a large outdoor deck with views onto a nearby stream and wooded hillside. The spa includes three treatment rooms and a steam room.  View hotel website »

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Amankora Gangtey, Phobjika Valley

Set on a forested hill, the Amankora Gangtey has sweeping views of the Phobjika Valley, fields of dwarf bamboo and the surrounding mountains. The hotel features a comfortable combined living and dining room, with cozy chairs and family-style dining tables, and an intimate yoga and meditation room.  View hotel website »

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Amankora Punakha, Punakha

Situated north of the grand Punakha Dzong and across a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu, the Amankora Punakha has eight suites in three rammed-earth buildings, with wood-panelled interiors, traditional wood-burning bukhari stoves, and king-sized beds. The surrounding citrus orchard has views across the nearby rice paddies and up the Punakha Valley.  View hotel website »

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Amankora Paro, Paro

Located in a quiet setting below Tiger's Nest, outside of Paro. The lodge has 24 rooms set in a pine forest. Built of natural rammed earth construction, the rooms feature bukhari stoves and wood panelled interiors. There are spa services and a steam room. View hotel website »

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Activity Level


We are in the foothills of the Himalayas, so some hilly terrain is unavoidable, and this should be taken into account when preparing for the trip. We reach a maximum altitude of 4,000 metres (13,100 feet), so some people will be affected by the altitude. Some of the walking is over rough ground and primitive trails.

What's Included

  • All accommodations on a shared twin/double room basis
  • A local Bhutanese guide and support vehicle
  • All meals, including wine
  • All transfers and baggage handling, including an international return flight from Bangkok to Paro
  • Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
  • All special events and private tours

At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.

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“Exploring the Valley of Gangtey, staying at Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, and hiking in the Phobjika Valley were each so fabulous and special.”

— Moe Bertuch, Bespoke Independent Bhutan Walking 2014

Bhutan Cultural Private


Notes from the Road

In Deep: An Introduction to the History, Culture & Happiness of Bhutan

Set against the backdrop of sacred mountains, monasteries, temples and breathtaking views, this isolated kingdom is perhaps best known for its official policy of Gross National Happiness.
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The Best Hotels in Bali

The best hotels in Bali rival the region's (spectacularly breathtaking) views. Here, we've rounded up a few of our favourites.
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Experts & Insiders: Vietnam Guide Tam Dinh

Local Vietnam guide Tam Dinh reveals his favourite ways to immerse travellers in his remarkable and perennially charming homeland.
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