Embrace Bhutan Cultural Tour
Paro | Bhutan
07 Nov 2019 | Thu
Day 01 of 13
Paro Airport Arrival | Meet Embrace Bhutan Tour Guides
Arrival & Not Prepared!
Due to our earlier delay in Bangkok, we arrived in Paro late in the day (around 3:30 pm). I have to admit, we were not expecting the overload of emotions like we got when we exited our plane (the old fashion way – portable stairs onto the tarmac).
The First Step Off Of The Plane Was… Wow!
So many things hit us at once, bright blue skies, crisp clean air, and beautiful views of the Himalayas mountains surrounding the valley – it was spectacular! All of us in the group were blown away – we had to stop and take it all in (along with a few pictures).
After a short walk into the airport (a beautiful structure built in the old traditional Bhutanese style architecture), we were blown away by the beautiful interior decoration inside the airport – again, spectacular!
Enter Into Bhutan and Meet Our Tour Guides
Since we were the only flight arriving in the afternoon, we were able to quickly go through immigration/customs, and stamp our passports. After meeting our wonderful Embrace Bhutan tour guides, we got our bags, exchanged money (USD to Bhutanese Ngultrum), and then hit the duty-free store (where some purchased alcohol to have during our trip).
Load Up and Drive to Thimphu
Now it was time to take our bags (with help from our guides) to our large tour van (out front of the airport) and make way for our one-hour drive to Thimphu. Unfortunately, it was late in the afternoon and quickly turning dark, but we were able to experience a little bit of Bhutan’s beauty before the sunset – covered in its own post… Drive – Paro to Thimphu.
Changes to Our Itinerary
Due to arriving later than first planned (due to issues with our plane), our Bhutanese Tour Guide (Tashi) had to change a few things with our itinerary, but this was not a problem as we were still able to see everything they had planned while visiting Thimphu.