Holiday review by Ms. Emma Coe

Name: Ms. Emma Coe

Date of trip: 21/12/2018

Number of people: 2

The rafting was a lot of fun (first time for me). Punakha Dzong was a magical place The climb up to Eagles Nest was an effort but well worth it and also the view from Dochula pass was incredible the first time we stopped there

  • Zhiwa Ling


  • Zhiwa Ling bathroom


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Tribes Overall:

Bhutan is a totally amazing place that you cannot really prepare for.

Tribes Service:

We have used Tribes previously to travel to India and were impressed enough to return for a different holiday. The Vamoos app was quite useful


Initially both our guide and driver seemed quite reserved but over the course of 8 days we got to know them better and ended up sharing meals with them. Our guide Wangchuk, was very knowledgeable wrt religion and culture but also superstition which plays a big part of Bhutanese life. We were travelling with our teenage kids and he also knew to keep the perfect balance between temples and treks (and a rafting trip!). Our driver, Sonam, was a very safe pair of hands and delivered safely to our various destinations over a variety of roads in varying conditions.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Some of the hotels were employing local people in very rural areas. Our guide also arranged for us to have lunch one day in a farm and to try a traditional hot stone bath at a different farm, all of which I assume feeds in to the local economy, especially at a time of year when a lot of farming cannot be done

The places you stayed

Zhiwa Ling

Zhiwa Ling


A little way out of town but a stunning place and amazing food at the restaurant