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How to Get to the Kingdom of Bhutan

Tigers Nest Monastery In Bhutan (Photo by ©Worasakc|Dreamstime.com)

It can be tricky, since the famously isolated, last remaining Buddhist Kingdom is set 8,000 feet high within the Himalayas, roughly 1,200 miles from Bangkok. But we’ve simplified the process considerably for our luxury guests.

First, book your 2016 Crystal World Cruise voyage. Next, reserve your four-night Crystal Overland Adventure, which takes you from the port in Bangkok/Laem Chebang to one of the world’s most mysterious places. Board Crystal Serenity and let the luxury and adventure commence.

It truly is that simple, since Crystal’s team of destination experts sees to every detail — from round-trip transportation from the ship to accommodations, dining, and enrichment ashore — of the multiple-day Crystal Overland Adventures. During the 102-day “Grand Pacific Panorama,” travelers need not limit their experiences to where their ship is docked or anchored, as there are several adventures that trek hundreds or thousands of miles from port to far-off locales that one might not expect to explore during a cruise.

Bhutan is one of many treasured sites that are at Crystal guests’ fingertips, with its mountainside temples boasting traditionally intricate architecture and woodworking; rich culture that has remained virtually unaffected by the outside world; and local wildlife like the Bengal tiger, clouded leopard, Himalayan black bear, and red panda. Whether you’re seeking ancient wonders or innovative modern marvels, adventures departing the ship in Shanghai, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Chan May, Xiamen and Sihanoukville will certainly include intriguing highlights, including:

The Great Wall Of China in summer ((Photo by ©Hungchungchih|Dreamstime.com)
The Great Wall Of China
(Photo by ©Hungchungchih|Dreamstime.com)

The Temples of Angkor Wat (2 nights from Sihanoukville) — Get a glimpse into the Cambodian way of life and millennia of spiritual history that still shape it by exploring the UNESCO World Heritage complex of temples.

Beijing and the Great Wall (2 nights from Xiamen) — One of the Seven Wonders of the World, China’s Great Wall is a highlight to be sure, while Tiananmen Square and Beijing’s spectacular Summer Palace and the adjacent Forbidden City showcase the country’s more recent landmarks.

Xi’an & Terra Cotta Warriors Adventure (2 nights from Xiamen) — Travel to Xi’an to encounter one of the greatest archaeological finds of the last century, the Terra Cotta Warriors, and other city sites.

Giant Pandas and Treasures of Chengdu (1 night from Shanghai) — Explore charming UNESCO-recognized Chengdu, its ancient temples, world-class cuisine, the acclaimed Sichuan Opera and, the cutest of all the sites, the panda residents of the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Panda (Photo by ©Hupeng|Dreamstime.com)
A Giant Panda
(Photo by ©Hupeng|Dreamstime.com)

Besides the bevy of extended excursions throughout Asia, Crystal Overland Adventures also visit Australia’s majestic Ayers Rock within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, plus a visit to the NASA Deep Space Communication Complex for some interplanetary enrichment. Top it off with a hot-air balloon ride over the capital city of Canberra.

To review: book, reserve, pack…explore.

Crystal Serenity’s World Cruise is available for booking in six segments of 12 to 23 days.

Featured image: Tigers Nest Monastary in Bhutan (Photo by ©Worasakc|Dreamstime.com)

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