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'Authentic' travel experiences are hard to find

Colorful prayer flags flutter auspiciously across snow-capped ranges. Good intentions float through breathtakingly rugged terrain. Like the centuries-old fortresses (dzongs) and monasteries (lakhangs) that shine flecks of white and gold against the verdant foothills of the Himalayas, Bhutan — which means the Land of the Thunder Dragon — is steeped in mystery.

Enveloped by the Indian plains to the south and the mountainous Tibetan regions of China to the north, the country is naturally — and intentionally — isolated. The perilous landing at Paro International Airport could be considered barrier enough, with only eight pilots in the world trained to maneuver the soaring ridges that surround the valley.

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PUBLICATION        : CNBC

DATE PUBLISHED : May 2020


Une expérience authentique en Asie

Une expérience authentique en Asie

Des drapeaux de prière colorés flottent de manière auspicieuse sur des chaînes enneigées. Les bonnes intentions flottent sur un terrain à couper le souffle. Comme les forteresses centenaires (dzongs) et les monastères (lakhangs) qui brillent de mouchetures de blanc et d'or contre les contreforts verdoyants de l'Himalaya, le Bhoutan – qui signifie la Terre du Dragon du Tonnerre – est imprégné de mystère.

Enveloppé par les plaines indiennes au sud et les régions montagneuses tibétaines de Chine au nord, le pays est naturellement – et intentionnellement – isolé. L'atterrissage périlleux à l'aéroport international de Paro pourrait être considéré comme une barrière suffisante, avec seulement huit pilotes dans le monde formés pour manoeuvrer les crêtes en flèche qui entourent la vallée.
Un jeune homme bhoutanais regarde la capitale du Bhoutan, Thimphu, alors que le soleil du petit matin éclate à travers les nuages.

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PUBLICATION        : News24

DATE PUBLISHED : May 2020


Why does Bhutan call itself the

Why does Bhutan call itself the 'happy kingdom' – and is it really worth a US$250-a-day tourist tax to visit?

Figures wrapped in swathes of saffron and scarlet shuffle soundlessly through steep stairways blackened by 500 years of soot from incense and yak-butter lamps at Gangtey Goemba. Young monks and nuns from other temples in western Bhutan have gathered here for a special ceremony.

One of them is 21-year-old Kuenzang Sangay Rangdrol. If not for the additional colours he wore and the onslaught of locals walking up to him for a blessing, he would have blended in with the other monks. Kuenzang was revealed to be the seventh Rinpoche reincarnate of Rinpoche Bhumthang Shrumstrang when he was five years old. (A Rinpoche is an honorific term meaning “precious one”). He is one of over 3,000 venerated rinpoches in a country of 700,000.

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PUBLICATION        : South Morning China Post

DATE PUBLISHED : February 2020


Travelling to Bhutan: How to go on a spiritual pilgrimage in the happiest place on Earth

Travelling to Bhutan: How to go on a spiritual pilgrimage in the happiest place on Earth

Known as the "Land of the Thunder Dragon", Bhutan is a country like none other. With its majestic natural landscapes, numerous traditional festivals, and many of its significant historical landmarks dating as far back as the 1700s still intact, Bhutan's cultural authenticity is unsurpassed. To maintain its unspoiled terrain and social cohesiveness, Bhutan has put in place a reputed sustainable tourism strategy that focuses on high value and low-impact tourism. All visitors — except those from India, Bangladesh, and Mauritius — have to pay a daily tourist tariff of US$250, which can be offset by hotel accommodation and the fees for the compulsory guide that all tourist groups must travel with while in the country.

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PUBLICATION        : BURO

DATE PUBLISHED : January 2020


No worry, no hurry: Discover Bhutan

No worry, no hurry: Discover Bhutan's homestays, astrology readings and social enterprises

BHUTAN - Dzongs top the itinerary in most cities on Bhutan's burgeoning tourist circuit, and for good reason too. They are dramatic structures - former military fortresses with towering walls that encircle a network of temples, monks' living quarters and government offices today. Monks and civil servants cross the same courtyards; elaborate murals adorn walls and doorways and there are floor-to-ceiling prayer wheels.Built in 1637, Punakha Dzong in the valley town of Punakha rises impressively from the banks of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers.Paro Dzong, dubbed "fortress of a heap of jewels", offers panoramic views of Paro township. And Tashichho Dzong, located in the capital Thimphu, has been the seat of Bhutan's government since 1952.

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PUBLICATION        : National Tahiland

DATE PUBLISHED : December 2019


Bhutan now regarded as a winter destination for many to escape to during school holidays

Bhutan now regarded as a winter destination for many to escape to during school holidays

For travellers based in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, December seems to be a popular month to visit the landlocked country in the eastern Himalayas. Druk Air Singapore reports that 17% of the year’s bookings for Singapore to Paro flights are for travel in December. In response to the demand, Druk Air, Royal Bhutan Airlines is adding one weekly flight from Singapore to Paro and Paro to Singapore in December 2019 and December 2020. These additions bring the total number of weekly return flights to three, and an increase of 464 seats in total each way for the 4 hour 45 min flight (with a 40-min refueling stop at Guwahati).

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PUBLICATION        : Luxury Asia

DATE PUBLISHED : November 2019


Liza Tripsget, Optimal itinerary for 4 Days in Bhutan

Liza Tripsget, Optimal itinerary for 4 Days in Bhutan

Is Bhutan worth the price tag to travel to? According to Liza, who has seen 90+ countries, “you aren’t just paying US$200-$250 per person per day for nothing – you get a very good tour car, a guide and a driver, all meals and all hotels included. If you don’t buy souvenirs and don’t tip anyone, you can leave the country without spending a cent more!”

Read more at the following page: https://tripsget.com/itinerary-for-4-days-in-bhutan-in-november-punakha-tigers-nest/

PUBLICATION        : TripsGet

DATE PUBLISHED : October 2019


The Star, Malaysia, Ode to Happiness

The Star, Malaysia, Ode to Happiness

For many, a trip to Bhutan isn’t just a spiritual one, but a chance to rediscover the joys of a simple life. Join The Star reporter, Melody, as she slowly warms to the effect of absolute calm and happiness the Kingdom brings, the little epiphanies while trailing Khedrupchen Rinpoche, satisfies her curiosity on whether Bhutanese men wear pants under their gho (read to find out!), and the real side of the Kingdom’s youths tourists wouldn’t normally see.

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PUBLICATION        : The Star

DATE PUBLISHED : October 2019


Joy division: Bhutan is where you go to find your happiness

Joy division: Bhutan is where you go to find your happiness

“What a beautiful place ... so peaceful. We’re so lucky,” says Khedrupchen as he carefully walks along the trail in the forest. He has two minders with him, and though they keep their distance, you can tell that they also watch his every move, holding his arm when crossing a stream, warning him of cow pats on the road and so on. The Rinpoche is only 29 years old, but speaks like a man beyond his years and has the kind of demeanour one would expect from a Buddhist leader such as himself. After all, he is known as the fifth reincarnation of Khedrup Jigme Kundrol, one of the most respected masters of Buddhist teachings in Bhutan.

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PUBLICATION        : The Star

DATE PUBLISHED : October 2019


Be blown away by Bhutan, Lonely Planet

Be blown away by Bhutan, Lonely Planet's best place to visit in 2020

With all visitors required to pay a daily fee to be in the incredible kingdom in the Himalayas, it delivers on exclusivity.
On top of its low impact tourism policy, Bhutan is already carbon neutral but also plans to be the first fully-organic nation by next year, making it the perfect time to plan a holiday there.
For travellers based in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, December is a popular month to visit the landlocked country in the eastern Himalayas.

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PUBLICATION        : The Newpaper

DATE PUBLISHED : October 2019


Bangkok Post, Bhutan: Your field guide to happiness

Bangkok Post, Bhutan: Your field guide to happiness

“Rejuvenate mind, body and spirit in the Land of the Thunder Dragon,” the article begins – a very common phrase we repeatedly hear from all our happy travellers when they return. If you want a blow-by-blow account of the flight in (she describes the views), major attractions to visit, which hotel to pamper yourself at, local cultural norms and folklore, Bhutan’s revered fertility temple, and practical how-to-get-there tips – this article is it.

Link: https://www.bangkokpost.com/life/social-and-lifestyle/1750479/discover-bhutan-your-field-guide-to-happiness

PUBLICATION        : Bangkok Post

DATE PUBLISHED : September 2019


Derek Low, What it’s like in the World’s happiest country

Derek Low, What it’s like in the World’s happiest country

The blogger told his 60,000 readers about visiting the last “Shangri-La”, calling Bhutan “the poster child of sustainable development” and referred the King of Bhutan as “the Elvis Presley of Asia”. Read about our guest’s 7-day Bhutanese adventures as he seeks out the mystical country before the world descends…plus all the fun facts he learnt (e.g phallics & TV bans).

PUBLICATION        : Derek Low

DATE PUBLISHED : August 2019


Bel Around The World, A 7-Day Itinerary

Bel Around The World, A 7-Day Itinerary

In just 1 week, popular Singaporean blogger Isabel Leong managed to fall in love with the Kingdom to the point of sharing not two or three, but five ways to best explore The Land of the Thunder Dragon! Discover what kind of cuisine to expect on your first trip in; 10 surprising souvenirs to take home; which temple to visit to increase fertility chances; a look at the colourful Punakha Tshechu; and useful summary on How to prepare for your Bhutan trip. Want a quick idea of how a 7-Day Bhutan tour might look like? Check out her video below.

Link: https://www.belaroundtheworld.com/category/asia/bhutan/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbjSTTV7H00

PUBLICATION        : Bell Around the World

DATE PUBLISHED : August 2019


Lydiascapes, 21 Tips and Things to do in Bhutan

Lydiascapes, 21 Tips and Things to do in Bhutan

The Singaporean blogger made her maiden trip to Bhutan, and in 5 days came up with 21 things she discovered about exploring the Kingdom (we think it’s testament to how varied the experiences can really be!). From the various seasons to consider flying in, a roundup of some of the more popular treks, river rafting, Bhutan’s national sport, to a sample breakdown of how you can ask Druk Asia’s agents to plot your itinerary – click below to begin planning your trip!

Link: https://www.lydiascapes.com/bhutan-seasons-itinerary-activities-packages/

PUBLICATION        : LydiaScapes

DATE PUBLISHED : July 2019


The Petite Wanderess, Bhutan – After two trips

The Petite Wanderess, Bhutan – After two trips

Blogging under The Petite Wanderess moniker with a focus on wellness and lifestyle, Kristine made her third trip to Bhutan in June 2019, and came back with “a somewhat bigger picture of this country”. Here are just some reasons shared on why Bhutan deserves more than ‘a bucket-list-one-time-trip”: The truth about how the Kingdom views marriage and divorce; what “too blessed to be stressed” really looks like; you don’t need to be a city person to behave like a civilised person.

Read her other 2 Bhutan journeys here

Link: https://thepetitewanderess.com/bhutan-people-culture/

PUBLICATION        : The Petite Wanderess

DATE PUBLISHED : June 2019


Devinder Maan, Seniors Scaling the Tiger’s Nest

Devinder Maan, Seniors Scaling the Tiger’s Nest

Fun fact: Did you know of the many guests who’ve scaled the majestic Tiger’s Nest – a fair group of them are seniors? Here are just some of our travellers’ reviews on Tripadvisor and Facebook. What about a testimony of not only hiking the famous Taktsang after age 50, but also with underlying asthma? Yes, it is possible and Team Druk Asia’s right here to help – read Devinder Maan’s story here.

PUBLICATION        : Fabulous Fifty Five

DATE PUBLISHED : May 2019


AUGUSTMAN, Biking in Bhutan

AUGUSTMAN, Biking in Bhutan

IT IS BETTER TO TRAVEL WELL than to arrive, so the saying goes. It was what influenced Scott A. Woodward’s 10-day journey across The Land of the Thunder Dragon on two wheels. We chatted with the award-winning photographer about his incredible bike ride across Bhutan.

Read more at the following page: AUGUSTMAN, Biking in Bhutan

PUBLICATION        : AUGUSTMAN

DATE PUBLISHED : April 2019


Conde Nast Traveler, How Bhutan Avoids Being Overrun by Tourists

Conde Nast Traveler, How Bhutan Avoids Being Overrun by Tourists

Believe it or not, this is a package tour. You walk down a dirt trail, past rice paddies, stupas, and colorful prayer flags, toward a charming little hillside village. Your guide is a Bhutanese local in his early thirties, who shows you the wooden homes with their hand-painted wall murals of ornate Buddhist symbols. He bumps into his friend, a homeowner—and before you know it, you’re chatting inside his living room and sipping yak butter tea. Later on, he takes you to the local Buddhist monastery, where the air is thick with incense smoke and chanted mantras. Then you go shopping—in an outdoor riverside market where nobody hustles you for money. This trip feels like a personal visit to a local friend, in a place that seems to regard you—the foreign tourist—with a refreshing kind of innocence. And it’s nothing like the pre-planned, cookie-cutter experience that’s handed out to busloads of tourists elsewhere.

Read more at the following page: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-bhutan-avoids-being-overrun-by-tourists

PUBLICATION        : Conde Nast Traveler

DATE PUBLISHED : March 2019


Slow journeys to savour for busy folks

Slow journeys to savour for busy folks

Mr Joni Herison, marketing director of Druk Asia (www.drukasia.com), a Bhutan travel specialist, helps those in demanding jobs reconnect with themselves. Druk Asia has seen a sharp increase in bookings in its treks, which last between three and six nights, from 2017 to last year. Of such bookings, 30 per cent came from Singaporeans. Two-thirds of the participants were high-flying career women in their 30s to 40s.

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PUBLICATION        : Straits Times

DATE PUBLISHED : March 2019


The Soup Spoon: Kingdom culture, community, cuisine

The Soup Spoon: Kingdom culture, community, cuisine

Did you know that for many of Druk Asia’s travellers, Bhutan is the home they can’t help but keep returning to time and again – such as the founders of Singapore’s very own The Soup Spoon? They visited Bhutan for the first time in February 2014, again the next year, and once more last year in 2019. Each time, the foodie-loving couple never failed to find inspirations for new soups based on Bhutanese cooking style and ingredients.
But it’s more than just native food that won their hearts – the couple has created a in-depth photojournal featuring “a special curation of the photos we took in our three trips, showcasing Bhutan’s culture, community, cuisine and how easy it is to choose good in this happy country!”

Plus, read our interview here with Anna (including the easiest Bhutanese dish you can make yourself)

Link: http://thesoupspoon.com/etc/BhutanUnfiltered%20_Journalr.pdf

PUBLICATION        : The Soup Spoon

DATE PUBLISHED : February 2019


I went to Bhutan on a holiday and ended up marrying my guide

I went to Bhutan on a holiday and ended up marrying my guide

While it may sound sensational and out of the world, every word of it is true: I did go to Bhutan for a one-week solo trip and I did end up marrying my Bhutanese tour guide. Ever since word got out about our romance, we've had many people commenting that our story was a "fairy tale", a "K-drama", "almost like a movie", and that we are both very lucky and are made for each other. While I do agree that we are indeed lucky (as I will highlight reasons why) and yes, possibly made for each other because of how our attitudes, personalities and outlook on life are so similar, somehow I just don't know where the fascination with our love story begins: Is it because it's part of the whole narrative of how Bhutan is "mysterious" and "out of this world", and hence marrying a Bhutanese equates to marrying into an exotic Himalayan country that's almost unheard of and rarely travelled to?

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PUBLICATION        : Straits Times

DATE PUBLISHED : December 2018


Portfolio, SPECIAL REPORT - Bhutan Beckons

Portfolio, SPECIAL REPORT - Bhutan Beckons

Flying into Bhutan calls to mind scenes from Hollywood movies where the protagonist arrives at a fictional location like Wakanda in Black Panther or perhaps Themyscira in Wonder Woman. While on the Drukair flight, I immediately knew that we were approaching the Land of the Thunder Dragon because the cabin lights were suddenly dimmed, traditional Bhutanese music started playing, and all of a sudden, the small aircraft skillfully maneuvered through a breathtaking, but dangerous, Himalayan mountainscape. It’s dramatic, for sure, especially since landing in Paro airport is considered to be one of the most difficult in the world – just ask the eight pilots who are qualified to land there.

Read more at the following page: http://www.portfoliomagsg.com/article/bhutan-beckons.html

PUBLICATION        : Portfolio

DATE PUBLISHED : September 2018


SG Travellers, Moments in time

SG Travellers, Moments in time

I GAZED forlornly out of the plane window, but there was no sight of the world’s rooftop. Instead, humongous cotton-candy clouds enveloped us. As they began to obscure what remained of the azure sky, green patches peeped through from down under. Gradually, a vibrant sea of undulating hills revealed themselves. Our hitherto uneventful descent into Bhutan then made a plot-turn. We gingerly navigated some bulbous hillocks, coming so close to cliff sides that the plane’s wing tips seemed to high-five hysterically waving trees. My heart was racing, but I took comfort that others — like me — were grasping their armrests involuntarily. Following one graceful bank to the left, our skilful pilot made a perfect morning touchdown in Paro’s gorgeous sun-kissed valley.

Read more at the following page: https://www.sgtravellers.com/travel-article/moments-in-time/8299/1

PUBLICATION        : SG Travellers

DATE PUBLISHED : March 2018


Singapore film-makers explore Bhutan at crossroads of tradition and modernity

Singapore film-makers explore Bhutan at crossroads of tradition and modernity

The Buddhist kingdom, often called the last Shangri-La, is a Himalayan gem with its dramatic landscapes and a deep sense of culture and tradition. Equally fascinating is the country's focus on the Gross National Happiness indicator instead of the more commonly used Gross Domestic Product as a measure of its success. Exploring Bhutan at the crossroads of modernity and tradition is the crux of The Happiness Revolution, a documentary by Singapore production company Xtreme Media, one of the shortlisted finalists of the South-east Asia Film Financing Project Market in 2015.

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PUBLICATION        : Straits Times

DATE PUBLISHED : August 2017


ASIA 361, Druk Asia - Discover Breath-taking Bhutan Travel Fair

ASIA 361, Druk Asia - Discover Breath-taking Bhutan Travel Fair

In a travel fair held at ION Orchard from 18-30 October 2016, Druk Asia gave a glorious display of Bhutanese culture through the works of a National Geographic photographer – Cyril Jazbec. There were also live demonstrations of Bhutanese loom weaving and visitors also got to don the national dress of Bhutan for photo-taking sessions. Another highlight of the travel fair is the sampling of Bhutanese culinary delights. The event was a great success as visitors got a sweet taste of the ‘happiness’ of Bhutan.

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PUBLICATION        : ASIA 361

DATE PUBLISHED : October 2016


Zaobao, Priceless Happiness

Zaobao, Priceless Happiness

Managing Editor of ZB, Dr Ng King Kang, wrote that ‘Before setting foot into Bhutan, I had never shed tears at the end of any trip.’ His poignant statement is a reflection of his life-changing trip to Bhutan which brought him back to a world where for once, he could really ‘say hello again to that long-lost feeling of sincerity and relaxation’. Having been so used to a fast-paced, urbanised life in Singapore where everywhere you turn, crowds of people are glued to their phones, the relaxed atmosphere in Bhutan where people still interact with warmth and honesty is a stark contrast. Dr Ng recommends Bhutan as the paradise which one can ‘seek out the utopias’ that reside within our hearts.

PUBLICATION        : Zaobao

DATE PUBLISHED : October 2016


Mashable

Mashable

Druk Asia was humbled to be featured in Mashable in an article titled The places you'll go by Jessica Plautz
Excerpt
"The Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan doesn't get as much attention as Nepal, making it a great destination for people who are more interested in seeing another way of life than having everything according to what they're used to. Hillside monasteries on the eastern edge of the Himalayas can be difficult to reach, but that makes them all the more rewarding to experience.
Bhutan ascribes to a tourism philosophy of low volume, high quality — meaning fewer tourists, and a more authentic experience for those who venture here. Of course, that experience comes at a cost: Booking a trip to Bhutan involves using an approved tour company, like Druk Asia, and accepting that travel in the kingdom will be according to official guidelines."

Read more at the following page: https://mashable.com/2016/01/03/where-to-travel-2016/#7.ci8Hpegkq4/

PUBLICATION        : Mashable

DATE PUBLISHED : January 2016


Her World Plus & Female Brides

Her World Plus & Female Brides

Druk Asia was privileged to host the first bridal fashion shoot by a few major Asian publications. This was a special collaboration between Her World Plus, Female Brides, Druk Asia, Taj Tashi Thimphu, Drukair and the Tourism Council of Bhutan

The team was led by Editor Steve Thio, a contributing editor, and accompanied by Druk Asia's guide Ugyen Tsawhang. Steve Thio wrote about his experience leading a photo shoot in Her World Plus blog. You will be surprised that these beautifully taken photos were done without additional lighting or set up to spice up the shot.

Her World Plus and Female Brides will be publishing the wedding photos in September 2015. You can get the magazines at the nearest newspaper stand. Her World Plus and Female Brides are publications by the Singapore Press Holding.

Do check our website then for more behind the scenes photos.

http://www.herworldplus.com/weddings/ideas-we-love/why-pre-wedding-shoot-bhutan-was-dream-come-true

PUBLICATION        : Singapore Press Holding

DATE PUBLISHED : September 2015


The Sunday Times, Floating Over Bhutan

The Sunday Times, Floating Over Bhutan

Discover a novel new way to experience the exotic Kingdom of Bhutan with Martin Fletcher. Flying with a hot air balloon, he gazed at the beautiful landscapes of the Phobjika Valley, gold-roofed temples, charming white stupas, colourful prayer flags, quaint Bhutanese villages and yaks grazing in the verdant green fields. A truly unique way to savour the scenic beauty of Bhutan.

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PUBLICATION        : The Sunday Times

DATE PUBLISHED : August 2015


Stuff New Zealand & Traveller Australia

Stuff New Zealand & Traveller Australia

Michael Gebicki travelled to Bhutan with one question in mind. Why do travellers visit Bhutan? It is not the cheapest country in the world to visit given the minimum tariffs levied. Yet, Bhutan has a strange draw for these visitors. He wrote about his trip in Stuff New Zealand and Traveller.com.au

PUBLICATION        : Stuff New Zealand & Traveller Australia

DATE PUBLISHED : July 2015


Today Online, Bhutan in High Spirit

Today Online, Bhutan in High Spirit

Bryan Fernandez visited Bhutan to investigate for himself if Gross National Happiness is just a marketing gimmick. He found an enchanting country where myths and legends are blurred and traditions are pretty much still alive; they form the fabric of what it means to be a true Bhutanese.

Read more at the following page: http://www.todayonline.com/lifestyle/travel/bhutan-high-spirits

PUBLICATION        : Today

DATE PUBLISHED : July 2014


8 DAYS, Travelling with Georgina Chang

8 DAYS, Travelling with Georgina Chang

Mediacorp Radio’s DJ Georgina Chang who is a globe-trotter, highly recommended Bhutan as a place that must be visited once in a lifetime. She says, “It’s a must-see and must-experience place. The scenery is pure and the vibe is positive. All my friends and I returned home really feeling happy and at peace.”

PUBLICATION        : 8 DAYS

DATE PUBLISHED : July 2014


IS Magazine, Mountains of the Mind

IS Magazine, Mountains of the Mind

Mention Bhutan and the first thing that comes to mind is the legendary Tiger’s Nest. Ric Stockfis offered new insights into interesting alternatives which you can opt to add to your itinerary of dzongs (monasteries) and tschechus (festivals). Discover up-and-coming Bhutanese artists and their contemporary artworks at VAST (Voluntary Artists’ Studio, Thimphu).

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PUBLICATION        : IS MAGAZINE (SG MAGAZINE)

DATE PUBLISHED : April 2014


National Geographic

National Geographic

Druk Asia featured in the prestigious National Geographic Traveller

PUBLICATION        : National Geographic

DATE PUBLISHED : January 2014


I-S Magazine, The Away Team - Our Pick for the Region’s Hottest Travel Destinations for 2014

I-S Magazine, The Away Team - Our Pick for the Region’s Hottest Travel Destinations for 2014

An article which graced the new year of 2014, Lauren Jade Hill advocated the wondrous Kingdom of Bhutan as Asia’s hottest travel destination. She highly recommended Paro as an amazing place to discover the history and heritage of Bhutan, especially the ‘Spiceroads’ bike tour which leads travellers through 190km of enchanting forests and valleys.

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PUBLICATION        : I-S MAGAZINE

DATE PUBLISHED : January 2014


Today Online, Blissful Bhutan

Today Online, Blissful Bhutan

Trixia Carungcong was mesmerised by Bhutan's natural beauty and its tales of magic and mysticism. Bhutan was opening up to the world, but it was still protecting its past by imposing a minimum daily tariff on tourists. Direct flights between Singapore and Bhutan would open it up further but it is hoped that Bhutan will continue to be able to lull you into a deep sense of peace.

PUBLICATION        : Today Online

DATE PUBLISHED : September 2013


Lonely Planet, 10 EASY TRIPS - BHUTAN

Lonely Planet, 10 EASY TRIPS - BHUTAN

Natalie Joy Lee recommended Bhutan as one of the ideal destinations for the article ‘10 EASY TRIPS’. She extolled the charms of this magical kingdom, highlighting the merits of visiting between Spring and Summer. This is possibly the best time of the year to feast your eyes upon never-ending fields of glorious blossoms and lush greenery. To save yourself time and hassle, DrukAsia will take care of everything to make your trip a truly memorable one.

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PUBLICATION        : Lonely Planet

DATE PUBLISHED : July 2013


The Sunday Times, Tapestry of Celebration

The Sunday Times, Tapestry of Celebration

“Witness the tradition, culture and faith of the Bhutanese during their colourful festivals,” writes Maria Almenoar who went to Bhutan on a trip organised by Druk Asia. She thinks that the best time to visit Bhutan is during a tshechu (festival). She gave an enticing account of her experiences of the mesmerising mask dances she had seen in Bumthang and other sites worth visiting in this enchanting eastern district in Bhutan.

PUBLICATION        : The Sunday Times

DATE PUBLISHED : July 2013


BBC Fast Track

BBC Fast Track

Druk Asia hosted Carmen Roberts of BBC Fast Track over one week from 23rd June 2013. We provided BBC with a guide, transportation and filming permits. Carmen stayed in Uma Paro, Uma Punakha and Taj Tashi.

Read more about her exciting coverage and watch her video here: https://www.drukasia.com/news/latest/bbc-fast-track-visits-bhutan/

PUBLICATION        : BBC

DATE PUBLISHED : June 2013


SG Travellers Bon Voyage, Land of Happiness

SG Travellers Bon Voyage, Land of Happiness

Simon Tan discovered the Bhutanese’s secret to happiness as he sheds his worries and explored the gems of this peaceful country. From Paro to Punakka, he painted the exotic beauty of Bhutan with words to convince the readers to set foot in this magical kingdom.

PUBLICATION        : THE STRAITS TIMES-SG TRAVELLERS BON VOYAGE

DATE PUBLISHED : April 2013


Robb Report, Days of Thunder

Robb Report, Days of Thunder

‘Bhutan’s isolation is precisely what makes it so appealing to high-end tourists,’ writes Shamilee Vellu. Looking to get away from it all? This peaceful Kingdom which is associated with GNH – Gross National Happiness is the perfect answer. Even celebrities like Leonardo Di Caprio and Pirates if the Caribbean’s Keira Knightly were spotted to have sought moments of tranquility in this spellbinding kingdom.

PUBLICATION        : Robb Report

DATE PUBLISHED : February 2013


Her World, Kingdom in the Clouds

Her World, Kingdom in the Clouds

Jacyln Lim listed out 8 must-dos in the Kingdom in the Clouds. The list included shopping along Norzin Lam, visiting Punakha Dzong, drinking beer in one of the drayang, discovering phallic paradise, clubbing in Paro, climbing Tiger's Nest and checking into one of the five stars luxury hotels in Bhutan

PUBLICATION        : Her World

DATE PUBLISHED : January 2013


The Business Times, Paradise in Transition

The Business Times, Paradise in Transition

Jaime Ee visited Bhutan with Druk Asia in 2012. She interviewed fours local heroes; Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo, a local singer, a British monk and the future Prime Minister of Bhutan,Tshering Tobgay(then an opposition leader). She wanted to learn how was Bhutan going to manage its economic development without losing its soul in the process. She discovered the role of NGOs and how Bhutanese viewed the Gross National Happiness.

PUBLICATION        : The Business Times

DATE PUBLISHED : December 2012


August Man, Bhutan Diary by Juliana Chan

August Man, Bhutan Diary by Juliana Chan

When offered an assignment to the enigmatic Kingdom of Bhutan, Juliana Chan grabbed it right away and had no regrets. The therapeutic trip to this tranquil land brought her close to Mother Nature which calmed her soul. DrukAsia’s guides enlightened her with their excellent knowledge of Bhutan’s rich culture and heritage.

PUBLICATION        : AUGUST MAN

DATE PUBLISHED : December 2012


Travel+Leisure, Heavenly Kingdom by Christopher Kucway

Travel+Leisure, Heavenly Kingdom by Christopher Kucway

A maiden trip to the enchanting Kingdom of Bhutan inspired Christopher Kucway to do some soul-searching about life. “Everything is as temporary as the elaborate mandalas created by monks,” he wrote. Christopher’s short but sweet visit made him cherish every single moment in this Shangri-La and he calls it ‘a gift’ to be able to experience Bhutan once in a lifetime.

PUBLICATION        : TRAVEL+LEISURE

DATE PUBLISHED : December 2012


Prestige, If you

Prestige, If you're happy and you know it

Low Yit Leng, Prestige's Editor, found Bhutan refreshing! The air was clean and the country was serene. The minimum tariff lent a sense of exclusiveness. The lack of hassling from touts and pre-travel arrangements were a welcome change for this frequent jetsetter.

PUBLICATION        : Prestige

DATE PUBLISHED : October 2012


The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness.

The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness.

Natalie Joy Lee found a sleeping dragon, Bhutan, which was still clinging to its traditional root and culture. Bhutan was a democracy, but it eschewed GDP as an absolute measure of progress. Instead, it proposed Gross National Happiness (GNH). Follow Natalie as she learnt what putting happiness first above all else means.

PUBLICATION        : Lonely Planet

DATE PUBLISHED : September 2012


Timeout Singapore, Welcome to Bhutan

Timeout Singapore, Welcome to Bhutan

Lester Ledesma visited Bhutan to cover the essentials of Bhutan; what would you cover if you just have a week? His short trip brought him to Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Paro. You can follow his steps by reviewing our 7-days Essential Bhutan Itinerary.

PUBLICATION        : Timeout Singapore

DATE PUBLISHED : September 2012


Pioneer, Achieving Greater Heights by Tan Guan Wei

Pioneer, Achieving Greater Heights by Tan Guan Wei

Six servicemen from the Office Cadet School (OCS) trekked 100km and ascended the 4416m tall Mount Jumolhari with the invaluable guidance of DrukAsia’s competent trekking guides. For some parts of climb, they even had to tackle a steep slope with bare hands but the stunning scenery of the surroundings melted their fatigue away. The challenge was part of the Singapore Armed Forces Adventure Training Award’s aim to foster leadership and team spirit.

PUBLICATION        : PIONEER

DATE PUBLISHED : September 2012


Mysterious and Magical

Mysterious and Magical

Malcolm Mcleod visited Bhutan and found it to be such a majestic, mystical and magical country. Follow his adventures as he discovered locally brewed alcohol and the differences between all the valleys in Bhutan. He was hosted by Druk Asia, Aman, Uma Paro and Meri Puensum. Malcolm was in Bhutan as part of our joint effort to promote the Singapore-Bhutan flight.

PUBLICATION        : Strait Times

DATE PUBLISHED : August 2012


Lian He Zao Bao

Lian He Zao Bao

PUBLICATION        : Lian He Zao Bao

DATE PUBLISHED : August 2012


Dances with Deities by Ian Seldrup

Dances with Deities by Ian Seldrup

Ian Seldrup discovered the festive joys of the Bhutanese as they celebrate their fascinating tschechus (festivals) with flamboyant dances. Witness the unfurling of the sacred thongdrel (a large religious appliqué), believed to cleanse the soul of sins and endow the viewers with blessings. See a list of vibrant festivals lined up throughout the year on a timeline in his article.

PUBLICATION        : AsiangeoPASSPORT.com

DATE PUBLISHED : April 2012


Geographical, Festival of Flight

Geographical, Festival of Flight

Julia Hortons reported from Bhutan on the newly created Black Necked Cranes Festival. The festival aims to promote tourism in the Phbjikha Valley. At the same time, the local authority hopes that the festival allow residents to earn additional income; this will make conservation a viable alternative for the locals. The festival has been a success and lessons learnt were later applied to other districts in Bhutan.

PUBLICATION        : Geographical

DATE PUBLISHED : September 2011