Laos: Country #56

The atmosphere in Luang Prabang for the most part was that of one big sleepy village.  Having recently been in Bhutan, I loved this. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was the royal capital of the country until recently (1975). The whole town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and you really do […]

Venturing into Central Bhutan & Paro Valley

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart” – Confucius Having spent an excellent time in Thimphu, it was time to venture out into Central Bhutan. Bhutanese roads aren’t the best, and that coupled with the incredible loops as you try to ascend/descend through the mountains means that it takes much longer than normal to travel. […]

Thimphu, Bhutan – the world’s only capital city with no traffic lights

  Eagerly looking through the airplane window, I couldn’t wait to see the scenery unfold as the clouds cleared. Bhutan has only one international airport in Paro – the only town that has sufficient flat land for a runway long enough to allow a small passenger jet to land. But given the heavily mountainous terrain, landing […]

Stepping into the Land of the Thunder Dragon: Bhutan

Bhutan is Country #55: Overview Why Bhutan? Bhutan is a country whose name immediately brought an aura of mystery and intrigue whenever I heard it. People talked about it in such reverential tones – the last remaining ‘Shangri-La’ in the world, the country with the happiest people, one which has never been colonised in its […]