18 days in Nepal, Bhutan & Philippines Itinerary

18 days in Nepal, Bhutan & Philippines Itinerary

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18 days in Nepal, Bhutan & Philippines Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  24​h
1
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
3
Puerto Princesa, Philippines
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
El Nido, Philippines
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  2​h 45​min
5
Boracay, Philippines
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  34​h
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

5
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Kathmandu is known for historic sites, adventure, spas, parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swayambhunath Temple, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kathmandu travel planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Kathmandu is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Kathmandu, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, Kathmandu is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Boudhanath Stupa ©
Boudhanath Stupa

2
nights
Paro, Bhutan

Paro ©
A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, and then steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong, make a trip to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, then take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paro holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kathmandu to Paro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, taxi, and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kathmandu in April, with highs in Paro at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
National Museum ©
National Museum

2
nights
Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Puerto Princesa ©
A convenient place to stay when exploring the island, the city of Puerto Princesa sits on the coast in the center of the landmass.
Puerto Princesa is known for nature, wildlife, shopping, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puerto Princesa Underground River, contemplate the waterfront views at Babuyan River, look for gifts at Baker's Hill, and identify plant and animal life at Tubbataha Reef.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Puerto Princesa tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Paro to Puerto Princesa takes 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Paro to Puerto Princesa. Traveling from Paro in April, things will get much hotter in Puerto Princesa: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to El Nido.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Princesa Underground River ©
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Tubbataha Reef ©
Tubbataha Reef
Honda Bay ©
Honda Bay

2
nights
El Nido, Philippines

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Big Lagoon and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nacpan Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our El Nido online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Puerto Princesa to El Nido in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach
Big Lagoon ©
Big Lagoon

3
nights
Boracay, Philippines

Boracay ©
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Boracay is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at White Beach, see the interesting displays at Sea Shell Collection by Argonauta Boracay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Diniwid Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Boracay day trip site .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from El Nido to Boracay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
White Beach ©
White Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)

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