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Bhutan Country Quickfacts

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Area: 38,394 km2
Capital: Thimphu
Country Code: 975
Country Population: 742,737
Credit Cards: American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted in a few shops. Travellers Cheques are generally accepted.
Currency: Ngultrum (NU)

100 Chetrum = 1 Ngultrum. The Ngultrum is fixed to the value of Indian rupee. Tourists are advised to carry their money in the form of traveler's checks (preferably American Express) with some cash (US dollars would be best) which might be used for incidental purchases/expenses.

There are bank branches in all major towns. A few outlets in Thimphu accept payment by credit card, but with a surcharge added. Daily expenditure varies from person to person, but in general you should allow US$5-10 daily for laundry, drinks, phone calls overseas, small souvenirs, postcards and stamps.
Departure Tax: Departure tax is included within the cost of an international airfare leaving Bhutan
Drives on the: Left
Electricity: 230-240 V, 50 cycles AC
Ethnic Groups: Ngalop (Northern Bhutanese) 50%, Lhotshampa (ethnic Nepalese) 35%, indigenous or migrant tribes 15%
Location: Southern Asia, between China and India.
Official Language(s): Dzongkha
Religion: Lamaistic Buddhist 75%, Indian- and Nepalese-influenced Hinduism 25%
Time Zone: UTC+6
Tipping: Tipping your guide and driver is at your discretion, but we recommend you offer a gratuity if you enjoyed your tour. A suggested amount is USD $2-5 each day to both the guide and the driver. Hotel and restaurant bills include service charges amounting to 20%. There is no need to add anything further on this.


Bhutan Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Bhutan. 

Learn about the history and culture of Bhutan, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Bhutan's nature and wildlifeweather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Bhutan for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our Bhutan tours today!


Extend Your Trip 

After your Bhutan vacation, consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages, India tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.



Book your Bhutan tour with Goway!

ASIA by Goway is an exclusive division that specializes in planning and organizing Bhutan tours, vacations and experiences. Choose from a simple city stopover or see the country highlights when travelling on one of our independent travel modules. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Bhutan.

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