A trip to Bhutan is like travelling back in time. Since opening its doors to tourists in 1974, this formerly isolated country has had a clear strategy about how to manage tourism and preserve the traditional culture that makes it so unique. You might expect to bump into hordes of tourists, but you won’t: the $250 daily travellers fee keeps tourism low volume and therefore low impact, feeding back into the country’s wider philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Its largely Buddhist population is peace-loving and god-fearing and its landscape – subtropical plains in the south to sub-alpine Himalayan heights in the north – is undeniably beautiful.
Over 70% of the Bhutanese population lead an agrarian life style; these people know of real peace, unhampered by the fast-paced life that marks modernity.
Thought to be impersonal, traffic lights do not exist in Bhutan and the locals wear their distinctive national dress with pride. Bhutan has neither military, nor economic power, but it does have culture and scenery in abundance; attributes that keep it distinct and safe. Bhutan travel advice? Leave your modern life behind and you will have an experience that’s becoming harder to find anywhere else in the world. Read more about getting the most out of this beautiful country in our Bhutan travel guide.