Down-To-Earth Bhutan

As mentioned in my previous post, Gangtey has two luxury hotels–one is Gangtey Goenpa Lodge where we stayed and the other is the Amankora Gangtey. Although I prefer Gangtey Goenpa Lodge’s authentic feel, there’s no denying the latter’s appeal. It’s modern minimalist aesthetic (as seen in the first nine photos below) can make anyone feel relaxed. It just comes down to a matter of preference really. But surely, no matter which hotel you choose, you’re in for some good old Bhutanese hospitality and you can never go wrong with that. \

After our visit to Amankora, our next stop was Gangtey Goemba, a monastery located on a forested hill overlooking the valley. Then we strolled around the village next to it to check out traditional Bhutanese houses. They provide great contrasts to all these luxury hotels–showing how the Bhutanese’ live a simple and down-to-earth life. This is my favorite thing about Bhutan really. Everything about it just feels and looks so natural–true to its culture and tradition. No pretentions. No superficialities. I hope Bhutan remains as pure as this even in the years to come so that it can be a reminder to the world that we don’t really need much to be happy and content. Don’t change too much, Bhutan. You’re great the way you are.

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