Siam Society is holding a cultural trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan, a peaceful country hidden away within the Eastern Himalayas, from Oct 16-25.
Led by Bilaibhan Sampatisiri, the 10-day trip is an opportunity to visit the tiny landlocked country located between heavily industrialised India and China, and explore ancient traditions and cultures, beautiful landscapes and magnificent architecture.
Called Druk Yul by its people, Bhutan is known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon -- one of the world's most beautiful yet mysterious and secretive places in the world.
A large part of the area is forested, welcoming a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna. It is a destination that even the most seasoned traveller considers a privilege to visit.
Sacred monasteries sit precariously on sheer cliffs, fluttering prayer flags line high mountain ridges, and red-robed monks chant in distant temples and dzongs (fortress) grounds during Buddhist festivals. The people of Bhutan have drawn a rich culture from this heritage and made it the essence of their timeless identity.
Bhutan only opened its doors to tourism in 1974, with the number of tourists visiting the country kept to an environmentally manageable level through the government-regulated tourist tariff.
This exclusive cultural tour provides a special insight into the heart of Bhutan, giving participants a complete experience of Bhutanese culture, history, hospitality, isolated farms, quaint villages, exquisite temples and monasteries, magnificent architecture, stunning natural beauty, and the picturesque scenery along the way.
Places to visit will include Ta Dzong, the ancient watchtower which houses the National Museum; Bhutan's capital Thimphu; the National Memorial Chorten; Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point), the site of the 60m Golden Buddha statue; Takin Preserve; the ancient capital of Punakha; Chimi Lhakhang, a lovely temple on a small hilltop; Ta Dzong Museum; Bumthang valley; Pema Choling Nunnery; and Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest Monastery.
The fee is 196,000 baht (192,000 baht for members).
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