Follow these simple Bhutan travel tips to keep your tour in the country hassle-free and convenient. Travelling in Bhutan requires following general rules but there are certain tips that are exclusively for the country.
Travel/medical insurances are available with Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan.
The standard time is 6 hours ahead of GMT.
Bhutan’s currency is called Ngultrum.
The Point of Sale (POS) services are available nationwide which means tourists can make payments by credit card at various hotels and handicraft shops.
Tourists’ cheque can be withdrawn and exchanged for local currency at various banks like Bank of Bhutan Limited, the Bhutan National Bank, the Druk PNB and the Tashi Bank.
Bring flat-to-round pin converters as Bhutan has round hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets.
Check with your guide before taking pictures and filming inside dzongs, temples, monasteries and religious institutions as in some places photography/filming is prohibited.
Photography and filming of exterior of a monastery or dzong is permitted.
Handicrafts items and hand-woven textiles, handmade paper products, finely crafted gods of silver, postage stamps, and thangkas are the best things to buy from Bhutan.
Selling and buying of antiques is strictly prohibited in Bhutan.
Tipping is welcomed is Bhutan, however, it is purely a personal choice. It is recommended to place the gratuity in an envelope.
Bhutan has good mobile phone network and telecom facility. Global roaming is also easily available.
Most cafes and hotels offer free Wi-Fi internet access.
Weather in Bhutan varies with the altitude and topography. It is ideal to carry light to heavy woollens irrespective of the season.
Dress modestly while visiting places of religious importance like dzongs, monasteries, and chortens. Long sleeved shirts and long pants are ideal for such places.
Remove your hats, caps at religious and administrative institutions and wherever the national flag is being raised.
The metric system for weighing in Bhutan in gram (g) and kilogram (kg) and for distance is kilometre (km).
It is advisable to consult a doctor before embarking on a trip to Bhutan for vaccination and appropriate medication. As a minimum one should have tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis vaccinations.
Though Bhutan is a safe destination, it is advised to exercise caution and to take care of personal belongings and important documents like passport by not leaving them unattended.
Bottled water is recommended to be consumed in Bhutan instead of tap water.
Learn about the pre-set limit for carrying tobacco goods and stick to the limit.