I was skeptical about booking my trip to Bhutan because the only way to go if you’re American is to hire a tour guide. If you know TPOL, you know that I hate tours (see Amalfi Coast: A Beautiful Tourist Trap). I was also skeptical that the only way to pay for the trip was by wiring cash (see How to Book a Trip to Bhutan) as credit cards are not accepted.
I am happy to write that the company I contacted, Bucket List Adventure, was awesome. They did everything to make our trip enjoyable. This includes major things like letting me change the itinerary to play golf (see Total Consciousness: Golfing in Bhutan) to indulging me by taking me on an extended trek of Tiger’s Next. I cannot overlook the smaller things either. They were always on time, knowledgable, very patient with my numerous questions, cautious when driving, funny, and genuinely interested in getting to know us. (My only complaint is that we went to too many tourist restaurants that did not serve traditional Bhutanese food. Even that point can be excused based on the final meal of Day 5.) The owner also went out of his way to meet and give us souvenirs as a gesture of thanks. Even though I still hate tours, I am glad that I went on this one (Guided Tours: Like Attending Class, It’s Boring But Sometimes Useful).
Visiting Bhutan was one of my favorite trips of all time. If you go, contact the nice people at Bucket List Adventures. Tell them Alex the Lion, aka TPOL, sent you.