Can anyone recommend the best way to get from Laos to Nepal or Bhutan, and if Bhutan is worth the money and visiting as it is quite expensive. We were planning on travelling overland through Myanmar but we have now found this isn't possible.
Any advice much appreciated.
From Laos, you'll probably have to return either to Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur to fly to Kathmandu to get the best fares. Or, you can fly from India or China.
Bhutan is worth visiting. But in order to get a tourist visa, you must prepay your arrangements. The visa is not issued until then. The usual minimum is $200 to $250 per day, depending on the season. The wet months are June, July and August. I was in Bhutan in November 2014; going from West to East, exiting to Assam, India. There were few young tourists. Most tourists fly into Paro, then visit the capital, Thimpu. A big attraction are the festivals. Here is this year's schedule: https://www.drukasia.com/bhutan/bhutan-festivals-calendar-2016/.
It's worth traveling across Bhutan. The forests are primeval. But the winding roads aren't the best. The hiking is fabulous.
I'm planning a return to the Himalayas this summer. A friend of mine last week returned from Nepal, where he helped in the rebuilding efforts there.
If you're planning to go from Nepal to Tibet, my friend told me the land border crossing currently is closed; and it is in the process of being moved as a result of the earthquake. Check before you go.
Hi everyone !
Traveling to Tibet is possible flying to Lhasa from Kathmandu and back. The road was closed after the 25 April 2016 earthquake fearing landslide and further damage by the immediate monsoon season. However the road trip will be open from April.
Nepal is the best way to get to Bhutan as there are daily flights. Now Druk Air and Bhutan Air are flying from Kathmandu which makes cost reasonable as well. It is also possible to drive to Bhutan from eastern Nepal. However you need to have Indian visa to travel to Phuncholing entry point. Still Bhutan trip should be pre-organized with some travel agency.
Thank you for your help! That's great.
It is said that the Nepal - Tibet border will reopen on June 2016. So, it would be easier for the travelers who want to visit Tibet via Nepal.
A friend and I planned to travel overland from Lhasa to Kathmandu in May but were informed of the delay in the opening of the border until June. We plan to do it later in the year, or next year. We leave in June for Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh; and Jammu and Kashmir, visiting the Spiti, Nubra and Zanskar valleys.