How do I find an isolated hiking trail in Kazakhstan, or find a nomadic family to stay with in rural Mongolia, or meet local tribes in Papua New Guinea without any local contact?
I can’t, and neither could you, without help.
The Joys of Traveling with a Good Local Guide
In Bhutan, I also had some of the best travel experiences of my life thanks to my local guide Sangay (first photo above). Before arriving to Bhutan, I had expressed my interest in exploring the nature of Bhutan, but also getting to know local culture on a deeper level. During my trip, I was surprised to hear that Sangay had arranged for me to visit a lady in a village who would show me how she cooked and answer any questions I had.
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The whole experience made me realise how welcoming Iranians are — and I wouldn’t have had it without a top notch guide.
To be continued…