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 via Kuala Lumpur have been twice cheaper, so we determined to spend 2 days in Malaysia as nicely.

This itinerary is perhaps too busy and tiring for some individuals, so should you choose relaxed journeys, I’d 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, should you’re planning to trek, enable at the very least 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 might 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 may not 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 might want to apply in your e-Visa earlier than the journey and for Bhutan, you might want to purchase a tour bundle, because it’s not attainable to go to Bhutan with no tour.

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

The right way to transfer between counties in South Asia?

The best (and quickest) means can be by airplane. Nonetheless, should you really feel prefer it’s an excessive amount of flying, you possibly can cut back the variety of nations visited on this journey. You possibly can verify the costs and availability of the flights right here.

Are these counties protected?

We felt completely protected in Nepal, Bhutan, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. As for Bangladesh, we didn’t have any issues both, however some areas of Dhaka generally is a bit more difficult than the others. It’s all the time nice to have journey insurance coverage although. Should you don’t have any, you possibly can verify the costs right here.

Driving in Sri Lanka yourself

The very best time to go to South Asia

We travelled in November and stayed in Sri Lanka through the first week in December. It’s a great time to journey round South Asia, because the climate is usually good in all places and never too sizzling. 

Nonetheless, 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?

Should you’re questioning, how costly was our 16-day journey to South Asia, I’m all the time open to speak about journey prices. The costliest 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 might want to pay at the very least $200-250 per day per particular person for the tour. That’s why we opted for the shortest and therefore, essentially 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 price us ca $3000 or £2200. Is Bhutan value that value? You possibly can learn extra on this submit.

For the remainder of the journey (4 evening in Nepal, 1 evening in Bangladesh, 1 evening 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 particular person, which isn’t that dangerous in any respect for a 16-day vacation, however undoubtedly isn’t low cost.

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