Of myths and half-truths: Bhutan for Better Know Troughs

Posted on February 20, 2013 – 00:00

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Of myths and half-truths: Bhutan for Better Know gutters

Granted, I'm still not 24 hours in Land of the Thunder Dragon. But now I have a feeling I had never swallowed before a trip so many books, studied websites, talked to people ... only to find here in the Kingdom of Bhutan to note that many simply do not apply, or rather no longer applies. Because you read and behold: even the "last Shangri-La" the earth is not nearly as unaffected as feared or hoped for from a few of many.2

There is exclusively a few myths and half-truths and what you can make of it *. A post, by the way, the next week is considered a "work in progress", is re-fed on demand and know that he also has no monopoly on the truth ...

1 Bhutan is one of the most expensive holiday destinations in the world:

Bhutan itself is a developing country - as is known - that is happiness beyond the monetary success and the standard of living of the local people, it is prohibitively expensive to pay 250 USD per day. For us Westerners is the offering that is the government of the kingdom, as follows: USD 40 costs since this year the visa, pay another 200 (winter and summer) or 250 USD (in high season) you have daily to the country to travel.Arrive at the only airport in Paro. Photo: Doris Included but are not only a local guide, but all accommodations and three meals per day (just for drinks you have to pay an extra). Is considered as the all-inclusive offer that is indeed quite expensive but still reasonably affordable. However, there are discounts depending on length of stay (from 9 or 12 people it is supposedly cheaper), for pupils, students and groups.4 But overpriced especially on a trip to Bhutan are the cost approach: From Bangkok, Delhi and several other Indian cities as well as flies (since September) Singapore Drukair to the national airline, the only airport in the country in the town of Paro. And the prices of the Bhutanese airline are really steep: 960 USD for example, costs in this moment of the 4-hour flight from Bangkok. Whether it's a "pain and suffering" for it, which is the second highest airport in the world Paro to La Paz, and is considered one of the most dangerous? In a zig-zag course, the specially trained pilots must drive through the Himalayas, the runway, a tricky and especially durchrüttelndes undertaking (Tip: Always a window seat on the right side book) ... but 960 USD are thus in my opinion just as little as justified by the fact that it's delicious (and vegetarian) is food on board, the staff is always smiling and there is plenty of legroom in the four pilots of the airline ...
Conclusion: truth. By the way: For tour operators, there are always the same content (minus 250 hotel expenses, etc. and minus government share), only provider of foreign language tours excl English get about 10 USD more per day.

2 To Bhutan is not any (r):

I have read of entry limit of 20, 000 tourists per year, a colleague had 1, 000 visitors per month in the head. Fact: Since the opening of the country for tourism in the 70s and since the introduction of Drukair 1983 a lot has changed. Previously, there were actually restrictions are now more natural capacity limitations of the only airport in Paro, a stronger tourism in the way. By increasing the airline, Fly To new destinations such as Mumbai in March 2013 will be at least 5, 000 - 6, 000 gain more visitors this year. Increasing tourism is anyway: 2010 traveled 60, 000 mainly Americans, Europeans and Japanese women a - 2012 There are yet to be 110, 000. Meanwhile, the Chinese market is opened up. (Information provided by Active Bhutan Tours ). Oh, and did you know that Indians, Bangladeshis and people do not need a visa for the Kingdom of Bhutan, the Maldives?
Conclusion: Nonsense, Myth that tourism is further promoted, but after he heard of hydroponics the second largest source of revenue. And by income from tourism, of which 65 USD will go to the government, the state guarantees free medical care and education for all.

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Source: tourismlog.wordpress.com

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Southeast Asian markets tumbled Monday as investors across the region reacted to the Bali bombings that killed more than 180 and sparked fears of new terrorism.
In Jakarta, stocks tumbled more than 9 percent, and markets sank in Bangkok, Manila and Kuala Lumpur on investor fears of "Bali Effect" copycat attacks.
The Indonesian rupiah plummeted against the dollar.
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