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One of Asia’s most mysterious and natural-wonder-filled countries, Bhutan has all the makings for a spectacular family adventure. Keeping in mind the needs of young travelers and families, we’ve combined our favorite sights and experiences, from temple and school visits to local games and glorious hikes, to highlight the best this remote Himalayan kingdom has to offer—and then some.
En route to Bhutan, stop in Bangkok to rest and tour by riverboat. Then fly into the Land of the Thunder Dragon, touching down in Paro, where streets are lined with brightly painted shops and red chilies dangle out of windows to dry. After exploring Paro, it’s on to Punakha, Bhutan’s ancient capital, where you're welcomed with a prayer flag ceremony. Hike alongside the Mo and Po (“female” and “male”) Rivers to the valley’s monumental dzong and chat with smiling schoolchildren before driving to Thimphu, Bhutan’s “Big Apple.” Wander colorful markets, watch mischievous archers in action, play khuru (darts), and dine with a local family at their farmhouse. Returning to Paro, hike to cliff-clinging Taktsang Lhakhang (the fabled Tiger’s Nest), a sight that astounds no matter how many pictures you’ve seen. It’s the perfect way to round out your exploration of Bhutan’s natural splendor and rich Buddhist culture.
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Itinerary at a Glance
- Day 1: late arrival in Bangkok
- Day 2: Bangkok river tour, downtime
- Day 3: fly to Paro, museum, hike
- Days 4 & 5: drive to Punakha, hike to temple, visit dzong and school
- Days 6 & 7: drive to Thimphu, market, archery, darts, dinner with a Bhutanese family
- Day 8: back to Paro, fortress ruins walk
- Day 9: hike to Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest), downtime
- Day 10: fly to Bangkok
- Day 11: flights home.