After visited Bhutan twice, I decided to plan for a trip to Tibet this year. The planning stage wasn’t that smooth. First, I realized that there is no such thing as free and easy tour for foreigners in Tibet. As a Singaporean, I don’t need to apply VISA to enter into China, but I still need to apply special permit to visit Tibet with a group of at least 5 of the same nationalities. Only recently, China Government has relaxed on this permit rule.
There are a lot of considerations in choosing between the tour with a local Tibetan tour agency or a tour package in Singapore. One consideration was that my friends wanted to try the Tibetan Railway ride to Lhasa. Purchasing the Tibetan Railway ride ticket is not that simple as just purchasing online. You need to get a China tour agency to purchase for you.
Cost is another factor. The cost of booking of the airtickets, hotels, transport and Tibetan local tour on my own is at least 40% to 50% higher. Hence, the final decision is to book a tour in Singapore since we need to be on a guided tour anyway.
Below is the outline of my 10 days tour to Tibet. For this trip report, I will focus on my experience rather than describing the different places of interests. If you need more information from me on the different places of interests, you can post your questions on this post or send me a separate private message. I am more delightful to be of help to anyone if I can. Sorry if this trip report is so much longer than the usual trip report here.
Day 1 : Singapore - Kuming – Xi Ning
Day 2 : Xi Ning – Tibetan Railway
Day 3 : Tibet Railway – Lhasa
Day 4 : Lhasa
Day 5 : Lhasa – Linzhi
Day 6 : Linzhi – Lhasa
Day 7 : Lhasa – Xigaze
Day 8 : Xigaze – Lhasa
Day 9 : Lhasa – Namtso – Lhasa
Day 10 : Lhasa – Xi An – Kuming – Singapore