– BHUTAN 2019 –
Embrace Bhutan Cultural Tour
November 06 – 19, 2019
Trip to Bhutan – How Did it All Come About?
It all started with our winter 2017 visit to Chiang Rai, Thailand. We were wanting to visit the area primarily to see the sunrise on Phu Chi Fa mountain (check out our post, Sunrise on Phu Chi Fa Mountain). After researching hotels and homestays, we settled on the highly rated Lanna Thai Villa, Ban Salawat (check out our post, Lanna Thai Villa).
It was here that we got to meet the wonderful husband and wife team, Steve & Sermsri Wilke (owners and operators of Lanna Thai Villa). After an incredible week of sightseeing around Chiang Rai with Steve and Sermsri providing some of the best northern Thai food, we’ve ever had, it was brought to our attention that they also provide yearly autumn tours to Bhutan! We couldn’t believe it because we had just recently talked about how we wanted to go to Bhutan. We didn’t know how or when, but it was something we hoped to do one day.
Furthermore, we told Steve we were very interested, but we probably could not do their next planned trip in autumn 2018. So we set our sights on Bhutan for autumn 2019.
Who Are the Tour Organizers?
WorldViews2000 is based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and run by husband and wife team Roger & Nancy Harmon. Lanna Thai Villa is based out of Chiang Rai, Thailand, and run by husband and wife team Steve & Sermsri Wilke. Embrace Bhutan Travels is based out of Thimphu, Bhutan, and run by Tashi Topden.
These three partner groups work together to plan and organize the travel arrangements for all the members touring in the group.
Roger and Steve are the main organizers and contacts for the tour group. They act as liaisons between Tashi and the members of the group. The two also work together to handle the travel logistics from the US to Bangkok, Thailand (airline tickets, hotels, travel insurance, etc.).
Tashi, in coordination with Roger and Steve, takes care of things on the Bhutan side – bookings, travel logistics, and flights to Bhutan (Druk Air). Once in Bhutan, Tashi is the main tour guide and his company Embrace Bhutan Travels (and staff) provides all tour operations and functions.
With the exception of Steve, Sermsri, and ourselves (due to living in Thailand) all the other members of the group were traveling from the United States. Everyone flew into Bangkok, Thailand, where we all gathered at Abloom Exclusive Serviced Apartments Bangkok before departing to Paro, Bhutan.
The links below are the three tour organizers/partners that were responsible for putting together our amazing trip to Bhutan.
Roger & Nancy Harmon
Awesome husband and wife team, based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Lanna Thai Villa
Steve & Sermsri Wilke
Amazing husband and wife team based out of Ban Salawat, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Our exceptional tour company & guide based out of Thimphu, Bhutan
Bhutan 2019 – Timeline
– BEGIN TRIP –
06 Nov 2019
Meet & Greet Meal | Tour Group & Co-Tour Guides (Roger & Steve)
06 Nov 2019 | Eve of Tour
– DAY 01 –
07 Nov 2019
– DAY 02 –
08 Nov 2019
Lunch in Thimphu
08 Nov 2019 | Day 02
Evening Lecture with Kuenzang Dechen
at Norkhil Boutique Hotel