Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon

1 – 8 December 2019

Tucked deep in the high Himalayan Mountains, the Kingdom of Bhutan is often referred to as the last Shangri-La. Deeply spiritual, Bhutan made its mark on the international stage with its concept of using GNH (Gross National Happiness) as a measurement for development instead of the conventional economic indicator of GDP. Imbued with an unspoiled natural beauty, Bhutan also seems to exude a positive spiritual energy that is at once healing and revitalizing for tired, stressed urbanites.

From 1 to 8 December 2019, FBN Asia will be organizing a learning journey to Bhutan led by Dr Mary Ann Tsao (Board Member & Chair, Singapore Country Committee, FBN Asia), who has been traveling to Bhutan since 2007 to establish the Bhutan Elder Sangha Sanctuary, B.E.S.S. – a non-profit project in Punakha valley. The journey will be accommodated throughout at the beautiful Amankora, which has lodges at all four areas that the learning journey will travel through.

This learning journey aims to share several key elements: be nourished by pristine nature to pause and reflect, experience a uniquely spiritual and still unspoiled culture, and learn about Buddhism as a philosophy and a way of life, as well as the experience of building B.E.S.S. – a non-profit project in this very much less developed country.

The Bhutan Elder Sangha Sanctuary (B.E.S.S.) is a non-profit project to build an elder-friendly home in response to the plight of ageing monks, on land granted by royal bequest outside Punakha in central Bhutan. Incorporating cutting edge ideas on age-friendly design, B.E.S.S. is intended to be a prototype that can serve as a demonstration model for elder housing elsewhere. In a country where the construction sector is fairly new and where there was only one local professional project manager, the challenges were many and it took six years to complete.

The journey will take travelers to four major areas of the Kingdom – ranging from Paro (where the iconic Tigers’ Nest is located) to Thimphu (the capital city of Bhutan), Punakha (where B.E.S.S. is located) and Gangtey (a rural farm village). Bhutan’s spectacular sights and cultural treasure house, the resorts of Amankora’s beautiful surroundings and impeccable service, FBN Asia’s uniquely planned events and access to protected sites – alongside an opportunity to learn about the building of a worthy project – promise an extraordinary experience like no other. Group size is kept small, with no more than 16 people, and there are alternative activities to choose from to suit the individual.

Learning Journey Cost

This eight days, seven nights Learning Journey to Bhutan will cost US$7,015 per person for double occupancy and US$12,685 for single occupancy. This includes, in Bhutan:

  • All accommodations* at Amankora lodges
  • All meals (including room service), house-pour wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, teas, etc.
  • All laundry (except dry cleaning), daily
  • All private planned programmes and qualified and licensed English speaking guides
  • One (1) complimentary massage by Amankora
  • All transportation in Bhutan with experienced drivers
  • Road permits and entrance fees to monasteries and places on interest on the itinerary
  • All visa fees, tourist surcharges (sustainable development fee, sustainable tourism fund) and miscellaneous visitor fees to Bhutan
  • 20% Accommodation Tax and Service Charge

*Triple sharing available. Please contact Helen Yang for more information.

Note: Learning Journey cost does not include all airfares as well as transfers and accommodations in Bangkok, personal expenses, travel insurance (highly recommended), and tips for the guides/drivers

Join us on this incredible journey to the Kingdom of Bhutan to revitalize your spirit
and experience a unique culture like no other.


Accommodation will be exclusively in the luxurious Amankora lodges located at Thimpu, Gangtey, Punakha and Paro.

Due to overwhelming response, registration for the Learning Journey is now closed.