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  • Elyssa L
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I had a wonderful 10 day tour of Bhutan! Our guide, Namgay, was extremely knowledgeable about all the places we visited and was willing to answer any question large or small. Our driver, Lobzang, was also excellent, navigating the winding roads with ease and making it a very comfortable journey. We were even there over our 5 year wedding anniversary and they surprised us by getting a cake to celebrate!! That was very special and made our hearts swell. We loved eating all the local food, especially ema datshi (chili cheese—the national dish). Namgay even showed us how to make one of the kinds of chili paste (we will try this when we get home). Would highly recommend the Bumdra 1 night trek, it is no joke but a beautiful hike and camp site with a much easier trek down to visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Overall, the trip of a lifetime!
    Written 12 May 2024
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  • Brenner M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We couldn’t have chosen a better company to be our hosts in Buthan. Since our first contact with Mr Shiva, until our last day trip with Guide Ram and Senior Ram, we felt very welcomed and were pleased with their hospitality. Everything went as agreed and they were very flexible.

    Moreover, we could visit the most important places and also some less crowded ones, which made the difference for us. We heard about the history, culture, customs, habits and other aspects of Buthanese people, as well as tried their amazing foods.

    We’d like to thank Mr Shiva, guide Ram and senior Ram for these days together. We strongly recommend the company. Best regards. Brenner and Vanessa
    Written 15 May 2024
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  • Maria C
    London, UK25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great local tour company that arranged a bespoke tour for me for 5 days / 4 nights to see Paro, Thimpu and Punakha. Everything was seamless and so easy to communicate ahead of the travel. I cannot recommend enough to visit this beautiful and peaceful country. A huge thank you to my guide Lhab Tshering (LP) for being so kind showing me his country and so generous sharing stories about his life. He knows so much about Bhutan, its history and nature. You’d be very lucky to get him as your guide!
    Written 7 May 2024
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  • ro8ra
    Victoria, Canada291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I am 100% satisfied with my experiences with Raven Tours and Treks for a 10 day tour of beautiful Bhutan. From the initial email to Deepak I felt that I was taken care of in terms of listening to my expectations and preferences and then fulfilling a trip of a lifetime. Deepak kept in contact throughout the process and I enjoyed our conversations and interactions. His suggestions of attending the Paro Festival was a highlight, of flying to Bumthang in Central Bhutan and then driving back was appreciated. The diversity of experiences from temples, to a farmhouse stay, to visiting a monastery and planting a tree and ending the trip with a trek up to the beautiful Tiger's Nest Monastery followed by a hot stone bath was extraordinary. It was a beautiful journey that moved me both spiritually and emotionally.

    Bhutan is a beautiful amazing country. I was enriched by the preservation of its culture, spirituality and their land. As a solo female traveler I had requested a female guide and could not have been happier with Kuenza who was not only a wealth of knowledge but also made me feel like I was traveling with a friend. Kuenza took the time to learn what I was looking for and was very flexible in suggesting or changing the itinerary to suit my needs. Sangay was my excellent, safe driver and between him and Kuenza I enjoyed our conversations on all aspects of Bhutanese life and both of them made the best traveling companions. I was thankful for the group WhatsApp chat that I had throughout the trip with Deepak and Kuenza to answer any of my questions at any time.

    I initially had contacted 10 Bhutan travel companies and chose Raven Tours and Treks for their prompt replies, good listening skills, honesty and integrity to tailor a trip that went above and beyond my expectations.

    I highly recommend Raven Tours and Treks and will forever have gratitude that I chose Deepak and had the honour of spending my time in Bhutan with Kuenza and Sangay.
    ~Kadrin Cheyla~
    Written 20 April 2024
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  • withwill
    Birmingham, UK161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb guide and driver. Helpful. Friendly. Well organised. Knowledgeable. Would not hesitate to recommended them. Felt in very safe hands.
    Written 25 March 2024
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  • Resort44171628540
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was fantastic. Our guides were Tadin Djori and phub tishering, both lovely, patient, well informed, attentive and fun men. They made our our visit to Bhutan.
    Written 29 April 2024
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  • pornrapee
    Bangkok, Thailand29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must trip for Bhutan. Seeing the famous Temple that the Enlighten Rim Pu Che, the Buddhist Master builded. This is the most important Temple in this country. You can group half way by horses and down on foot or waled all the way up and down. The small, narrow and winding road up the mountain was spectacular enough by it self. Seeing the temple build on a steep mountain side was so amazing. Many Buddhist make pilgrimage by walking up and down all the way even when they were very old.
    Written 12 February 2019
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  • Tom
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our family (2 adults and 2 teenagers) travelled to Bhutan in April 2024. Bhutan Travel Club arranged our visas, recommended hotels, and put together an 8 day itinerary which included something for everyone - culture and outdoor adventure. The itinerary included hikes (with varying degree of difficulty), white water rafting, delicious Bhutanese meals and picnics, markets and handicraft, archery, and museums. This was our first time travelling with a guide full-time, however we found the experience to be highly flexible and intuitive - the itinerary could be tweaked day-by-day to suit our interests and fitness levels. Our guide and driver were professional, informative, engaged the kids wonderfully, took great care of everyone and ensured our comfort was their first priority. Nothing was too much trouble. Bhutan Travel Club also arranged mountain biking for some of our group, an awesome experience that no one else offers including for advanced riders. Our time in Bhutan was fascinating, an authentic experience which we will all cherish. If we have the opportunity to return, we would not hesitate to re-book with Bhutan Travel Club.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Marina L
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had an amazing week in Bhutan and I cannot recommend a tour with Bhutan Acorn highly enough! My tour in Bhutan was incredible: seeing the unique landscapes in person, learning about Buddhism at the many temples and monasteries we visited, and most of all, the dedication and attentiveness of both my guide, Kezang, and driver, Tashi, throughout the whole tour.

    From the get-go, I had a very positive experience interacting with Bhutan Acorn online. When I first enquired about a tour towards the end of 2023, I was told that the government had reduced the Sustainable Development Fee, which I had not known; Bhutan Acorn were transparent and ensured I would not have to pay any more than needed. Furthermore, as I made the booking through their website, I paid for the tour through a bank transfer, and I ended up accidentally paying slightly over the price of the tour. Bhutan Acorn notified me of the overpayment and after my arrival in the country, promptly repaid me.

    I was very lucky to have Kezang, to guide me, and Tashi, to transport us, around Bhutan. As a solo female traveller, I felt safe and accounted for throughout the whole week. Kezang and Tashi were very patient with answering my questions and took many photos of me. Kezang also communicated what we were doing very clearly each day and I literally and figuratively was able to take a back seat. Both Kezang and Tashi really went beyond ensuring that I was more than comfortable, from accommodating to my preferences for our itinerary, and offering to carry my belongings for me.

    The trip was full of unforgettable highlights. The homestay with Aum Leki in Punakha was very special to experience the way of living of a Bhutanese person. After our hike in Phobjikha Valley, as we had extra time, Kezang took me to the Black Neck Crane Information Centre, which was not part of the itinerary. From there, I was lucky enough to see the last three cranes that had not yet flown back to Tibet for the year! I attended the Annual Paro Tshechu Festival wearing a kira and saw traditional dances. And of course, the hike to Tiger’s Nest was very rewarding. While I was initially concerned that the itinerary would be packed, it definitely did not feel that way for me in reality; I always had time to unwind and did not feel too tired at the end of each day.

    To all travellers thinking of going to Bhutan: it truly is a unique country that is definitely worth visiting! I miss Bhutan and will settle with telling everyone at every opportunity I can to travel there, especially with Bhutan Acorn. Thank you for a wonderful trip and for these amazing memories that will last a lifetime.
    Written 26 March 2024
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  • NMehra
    Singapore63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience with this agency. Very responsive and knowledgeable and professional. They were flexible to our requirements and specific needs of our family. Our guide was Tandin and our driver was Jigme. They were both really nice and friendly and well spoken. Tandin was amazing with my son on the hike up to Tigers Nest. We spent a whole week together and everything went smoothly. Bhutan is a beautiful place and the people are lovely. Highly recommend!
    Written 24 April 2024
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  • robzcchan
    Markham, Canada3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My trip to Bhutan with Bhutan Best Inbound was the vacation I needed. Bhutan is beautiful, and is also a fount of culture and religion. The way the country is set up and the way both the king and the government looks after its people is truly inspiring. Buddhism is such a bit part of the country, and it was amazing to delve into it so wholly and deeply; I've learnt so much. This was the first tour I had ever taken part in, and if you're hesitating because of the tour aspect or the cost, it's definitely worth it.

    Communicating with Deki about my tour was smooth and made for very easy logistics. She was able to adjust my tour to suit my travel plans and she was both very responsive and very accommodating to my questions and needs. Headache free planning. Deki will walk you through all the paperwork and the visa process, and once that's done, you just need to show up.

    Upon my arrival, I was met by my tour guide Namgay Wangchuk, and my driver Lobzang. Both Namgay and Lobzang were professional, respectful, but also very human. Spending 6-7 days with them was easy and relaxing, and they made every moment comfortable.

    Namgay, my tour guide, was very knowledgable and friendly. He was able to answer all my questions on the country, on the history, the culture, and the religion. We talked everything big and small. As well, Namgay was very attuned to my needs, adjusting the schedule and planning breaks as needed. He also went out of his way to try to schedule specific events for me throughout the trip: meeting the reincarnated master at the monastery, seeing the National animal, trying on traditional wear, etc.

    Lobzang, my driver, was very professional and safe. He was easy to interact with, and very helpful. He drove the mountain roads smoothly and safely, and took the rare gravel roads like a champ. I was impressed, and glad to be in such skilled hands. We spent many hours on the road together, and both Namgay and Lobzang made great companions and guides; carpool karaoke has never been so fun. I couldn't recommend a greater team to guide your travels. I've never felt more cared for and supported.

    This was a fantastic trip, and I wholly recommend it if you're considering it. It is spiritually refreshing and emotionally relaxing.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • Addy
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pelden and his team went above and beyond to make our trip extra special. Our guide and driver spent 9 days with us and they planned a picnic for us on my husband’s birthday. It was such a lovely and thoughtful surprise! My now husband proposed in Bhutan with the help of our guide Leki. I can’t recommend BTC enough. You’ll be in good hands. Thank you BTC!
    Written 17 March 2024
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  • geri z
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I recently embarked on a journey with this tour operator, and it turned out to be a phenomenal experience from beginning to end. The highlight was undoubtedly the tour guide Chencho, whose expertise and passion about Bhutan, Buddhism, nature, history... enriched my understanding and appreciation of each site we visited. His knowledge was deep and engaging, making complex historical and cultural contexts accessible and fascinating. Additionally, Chencho went above and beyond to accommodate my food allergies, ensuring that I could enjoy delicious and safe meals throughout my travels. The driver (Jigme) was also excellent. He is very professional and provided smooth and efficient transport. I highly recommend this tour operator for anyone looking to delve deep into the wonders of the area with the comfort of knowing they’re in expert hands.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Krupali G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Explored Bhutan on a delightful 6-day tour with Bhutan Acorn Tours and Travel in October 2023. Bhutan, an enchanting and tranquil country, feels like a world of its own, surrounded by a profound spiritual ambiance. The warm locals contribute to its inviting atmosphere. The pre-trip communication was seamless, swiftly arranging flights and visas. Received valuable pre-departure tips, such as securing a window seat for a Himalayan view during the flight. In Bhutan, my guide Tshiring and driver Tashi were well-informed, adjusting the itinerary based on my interests and energy levels, making the journey enjoyable and effortless. Bhutan Acorn's accommodations were cozy, including a night in a farmhouse for an immersive cultural experience. Highly recommend embarking on an authentic Bhutanese journey with them, going beyond typical tours.
    Written 28 November 2023
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  • Akshay Subramanian
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had an absolutely fantastic vacation in Bhutan thanks to our amazing tour guide - Ugyen Wangchuk. Our driver, Mr Tshering was also very friendly and helpful throughout the trip.

    It was very easy to coordinate with Bhutan Inbound while we were planning our trip and Namgyelma was quite responsive throughout out the booking process. We loved that we could customize our trip based on our preferences.

    When we arrived in Bhutan, we had absolutely nothing to worry about. Ugyen was there waiting for us at the airport and it was quite smooth sailing. Ugyen was super knowledgeable about everything in Bhutan and gave us a lot of background on all the religious sites we visited. He took care of all logistics and even arranged a private picnic lunch by the riverside for us and a hot stone bath at a local farmhouse.

    He gave us enough time to spend at every location at no point did I think that he was being commercial or trying to push his own agenda by promoting certain businesses.

    On the day we did the Tiger’s Nest hike, we were getting delayed because of some unforeseen circumstance but Ugyen was very proactive in making alternate arrangements, so that there were no more delays. He was very quick to think on his feet.
    Written 12 April 2024
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