Punakha

On the morning of February 2, 2016, we made our way to Punakha’s Chimi Lakhang, more famously known as the Temple of the Divine Madman. It required a short walk from the main road, around the farms and a small village before we got to the temple. Aside from the usual breathtaking views however, what […]

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A Home Between Phobijka And Punakha

Traveling across Bhutan isn’t for the weak. Aside from having to adjust to a higher altitude, a lot of time is spent on the road–roads that are not as well-developed as we’re accustomed to. It can sometimes feel like it’s a never-ending merry-go-around, having to drive around in circles making our way up and down […]

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Palace Of Bliss

On our fourth day in Bhutan, we made our way to Punakha Valley which was previously the capital of Bhutan until 1955. Although it is considered to be one of the warmest valleys in the country (due to its lower elevation of 1200m above sea level), it was still super cold. I don’t know how […]

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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 […]

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Gangtey Nature Trail

No trip to Bhutan would be complete without hiking to the Tiger’s Nest but since it’s more or less a 10km hike up, it’s a pretty long hike that needs a little warm up session. This Gangtey Nature Trail is only an easy 2 hour trek around the valley’s wildlife sanctuary so it was a […]

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My Favorite Home In Bhutan

My sister and I knew traveling to Bhutan wouldn’t exactly be cheap. Aside from the minimum fee the government of Bhutan requires from all tourists, Bhutan also has the fanciest hotels. In fact, it actually has the most number of Aman group of hotels in the world. Yes, that same Aman group of Amanpulo fame. […]

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Maintaining My Skin

I’ve had really fair skin all my life. I remember back in high school my friends would tease me that my skin was turning transparent because it was that white. I guess this is the reason why I used to never really bother maintaining my fair complexion. I could stay all day under the sun, […]

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Gifts They’ll Love

You know that really good friend you see again after he/she was abroad for a few months? That friend you greet with an overly enthusiastic “OMG! YOU LOOK SO GOOD! You changed so much!” line? That friend, who even after all the change, is still the same old pal you hung out with all the […]

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Dochula Pass, Bhutan

They say the best time to go to Bhutan is around autumn and spring but I think there’s something special about the kingdom during winter as well. It was early February when my sister and I went to Bhutan so gone were the lush flora and fauna by that time. Instead, snow-covered leaves and mountains […]

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First Day in Bhutan

Not many have Bhutan in their travel list. Most have Paris, London, Santorini, Tokyo…but only a few are aware of the beauty that awaits them in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. It’s a shame really. I wish more people knew how this extraordinary little kingdom in the Himalayas can give them the most enriching […]

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