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Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka & Extra


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Hello everybody! On this submit, I’ll be sharing our itinerary for 16 days in South Asia visiting Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Our preliminary itinerary didn’t embody Malaysia, as we have been planning to fly on to Sri Lanka from Bangladesh, however on the finish, the flights by way of Kuala Lumpur have been twice cheaper, so we determined to spend 2 days in Malaysia as nicely.

This itinerary could be too busy and tiring for some individuals, so in case you favor relaxed journeys, I might counsel dropping Bangladesh and Malaysia from this journey and specializing in Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. 

Additionally, our itinerary didn’t embody any trekking in Nepal, in case you’re planning to trek, permit a minimum of 7 days for the trek and ensure to spend 1-2 days to see Kathmandu!

Earlier than we begin with the itinerary for 16 days in South Asia, I’ll attempt to reply the questions you may need earlier than the journey.

Sunrise in Bhaktapur. 4 days in Kathmandu Valley

Do you want visas for the counties in South Asia?

Relying in your nationality, you would possibly or won’t be eligible for the visa on arrival. All of the EU nation residents can get a visa on arrival in Nepal and Bangladesh. For Sri Lanka, you could apply in your e-Visa earlier than the journey and for Bhutan, you could purchase a tour package deal, because it’s not doable to go to Bhutan and not using a tour.

For Malaysia, EU residents don’t want a visa for as much as 90 days.

How one can transfer between counties in South Asia?

The simplest (and quickest) means could be by airplane. Nevertheless, in case you really feel prefer it’s an excessive amount of flying, you possibly can cut back the variety of international locations visited on this journey. You may verify the costs and availability of the flights right here.

Are these counties secure?

We felt completely secure in Nepal, Bhutan, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. As for Bangladesh, we didn’t have any issues both, however some areas of Dhaka could be a bit tougher than the others. It’s at all times nice to have journey insurance coverage although. For those who don’t have any, you possibly can verify the costs right here.

Driving in Sri Lanka yourself

The most effective time to go to South Asia

We travelled in November and stayed in Sri Lanka throughout the first week in December. It’s a very good time to journey round South Asia, because the climate is mostly good in every single place and never too sizzling. 

Nevertheless, in Sri Lanka, we bought very unfortunate with the climate – we solely had 1 day with out rain. As for different counties, Bhutan was fairly chilly in November. 

How costly was this 16-day journey to South Asia?

For those who’re questioning, how costly was our 16-day journey to South Asia, I’m at all times open to speak about journey prices. The most costly a part of the journey was the tickets and the price of the tour to Bhutan. We flew from London and took a multi-city journey arriving in Kathmandu, Nepal and departing from Colombo, Sri Lanka. We paid £500 for every ticket (return).

Bhutan is pricey as a result of you could pay a minimum of $200-250 per day per individual for the tour. That’s why we opted for the shortest and therefore, probably the most reasonably priced tour. The flights to Bhutan have been additionally costly. In whole, the Bhutan a part of the journey to South Asia value us ca $3000 or £2200. Is Bhutan price that value? You may learn extra on this submit.

For the remainder of the journey (4 night time in Nepal, 1 night time in Bangladesh, 1 night time in Malaysia, 5 nights in Sri Lanka), we paid roughly £500 for inns, £350 for inside flights and £400 for meals. We additionally spent £130 on visas (visa to Bangladesh was the costliest one).

In whole, we spent round £4600 on this journey or £2300 per individual, which isn’t that dangerous in any respect for a 16-day vacation, however positively isn’t low cost.

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