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Enjoying Great Views of Punakha Valley from Meri Puensum Resort

by Zhiqiang & TingyiDecember 29, 2012
Meri Puensum Resort Punakha Bhutan

After a long day’s drive from Thimphu to Punakha and checking out the interesting Chimi Lhakhang – village of phalluses painting, we arrived at the quiet Meri Puensum Resort on a hilltop.  Due to its location (on a hilltop), we got a great view of the Punakha Valley – a welcome and calming view after […]

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Taking on the Tiger’s Nest Challenge at Paro Taktsang Monastery

by Zhiqiang & TingyiMarch 4, 2012
Tigers Nest Taktsang Monastery

Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as The Tiger’s Nest & Paro Taktsang) Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery, is located in Paro, Bhutan, about 10 kilometres north of Paro city.  The monastery is one of the most venerated places of pligrimage in the Himalayan region.  The legend behind the Tiger’s Nest monastery is […]

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Practising Yoga in Bhutan

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJanuary 7, 2012
Yoga Bhutan

Along our journey around Bhutan, we have visited a number of places which offers great views of the surrounding scenery, yet without the hustle and bustle of typical tourist spots around the world – making such places perfect to meditate or even practice yoga. Travelling with a yoga teacher (Boon Cheng) on this tour around […]

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Tales of Divine Madman & Phalluses at Chimi Lhakhang

by Zhiqiang & TingyiNovember 28, 2011
Penis Chimi Lhakhang

Warning! This post contains graphic drawings of the male phallus/penis (not mine!). Do not read on if you are uncomfortable with such images. The next city on our Bhutan itinerary – Punakha is about 77 km (three hours and 15 minutes’ drive) northeast of Thimphu. The road from Thimphu to Punakha crosses the 3,115-m Dochula […]

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Bhutanese Wind Horse (Lung Ta) Prayer Flags

by Zhiqiang & TingyiNovember 14, 2011
Bhutan Prayer Flag

Colorful prayer flags are one of the most common sights when travelling around Bhutan – you will find them at temples, chortens, mountain tops and even at the back of some vehicles. There are two kinds of prayer flags: Horizontal ones, called lung ta (meaning “Wind Horse”) in Tibetan, and Vertical ones, called Darchor. Dar […]

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Thimphu Centenary Farmers Weekend Market & Kuendeyling Bazaam

by Zhiqiang & TingyiNovember 12, 2011
Bhutan Travel Thimphu City

If you are here in Thimphu on a weekend, your itinerary will most likely include a tour around the Thimphu Centernary Farmers Weekend Market. Thimphu weekend market is one of the largest domestic market for Bhutanese farmers. The weekend market is crammed into a set of stalls on both banks of the Wang Chhu, just […]

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Exploring Capital of Bhutan – Thimphu City

by Zhiqiang & TingyiNovember 7, 2011
Bhutan Travel Thimphu City

Being the capital of the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan, Thimphu City offers a glimpse of city life in this country. With almost all offices of the Bhutanese government and major Bhutanese companies based here, it is not surprising that there are lots of shopping centres and hotels (e.g. Thimphu Kisa Hotel) in this city. Norzin […]

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Luxurious Villa Suite Stay at Bhutan Uma Paro

by Zhiqiang & TingyiOctober 29, 2011
Uma Paro

After days of long drives and hikes across Bhutan, we were rewarded with a stay at an Uma Paro villa upon our return to Paro valley. Uma Paro offers exceptional style in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Reflecting an understated philosophy of quiet comfort in a unique, culture-rich location, this inland retreat is also dedicated […]

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Bhutan Thimpu Hotel Kisa Review

by Zhiqiang & TingyiAugust 30, 2011
Hotel Kisa Thimpu Bhutan

Walking around Thimpu City, the capital of Bhutan, we noticed a number of guesthouses and hotels of different grades. If you are here on a tourist visa, paying the fixed tariff of 200 USD per day, you will most likely be booked into one of the comfortable midrange hotels in town. We stayed at Hotel […]

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Introduction to Bhutanese Cuisine – Spicy and Flavorful

by Zhiqiang & TingyiAugust 27, 2011
chili cheese bhutan cuisine

You have read about how I raved about the Bhutanese meal served onboard Druk Air. Now let me provide you with a quick introduction to Bhutanese Cuisine on land – just remember one fact: Bhutanese LOVE Chilies! There are dishes where chilies are the main ingredients and dishes where chilies are the only ingredients! If […]

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