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I went there solo for 5 days in 2007, as part of a backpacking trip, and it's like this: You contact a tour agent ("operator") and explain that you just want to see the sights for N days. (Many of their tourists hire porters for serious mountaineering.) You will be quoted the minimum rate of $200/day or whatever. If the rate is different or the reply ...


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For starters it is not a "minimum spend", rather it is the base rate per day for tours. It covers your government taxes, accommodation, three meals, guide services and transport. If you are doing some more specialized like white water rafting, climbing, etc there is a supplement. If you are wanting to stay in upscale hotels there is a supplement. The ...


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Unless you're an Indian, Bangladeshi or Maldivian citizen, you are unable to enter Bhutan without going through a Bhutanese tour agent - either directly or via a tour agent in your own country. You will not receive a visa otherwise. These tour agents are the ones that effectively "ensure" that you will meet the minimum spend as per Bhutanese tourist ...


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Yes, seriously, although the US$65 "royalty" is actually included in the US$200 "daily package fee". However, that's the group rate (3 or more people), you get socked another $40/30 per person if you're traveling solo/duo, and another $50/night/person if you're visiting when it's neither midwinter nor monsoon (March-May, Sep-Nov). Bhutan explicitly wants ...


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Security rules prohibit casual visitors entering a cruise ship while in port, for same security reasons that keep folks from wandering into an aircraft parked at an airport. But as always there are exceptions .... Travel agents can pre-arrange to inspect a ship when it is in port, but this comes with strings attached, such as the volume of business your ...



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