Malaysia Tatler - - LIFE -

“It’s quite a busy place,” re­marked our guide Ugyen the first time we were in Thim­phu. Four days ago, the city seemed rather pro­vin­cial but pass­ing it on our way back to Paro af­ter vis­it­ing Pu­nakha, I un­der­stood why. To the ca­sual ob­server, Bhutan may look like a place stuck in the past. While there are pock­ets of un­der­de­vel­op­ment, it is, in many ways, one of the most pro­gres­sive and civilised places on earth. It is the first coun­try in the world to com­pletely ban smok­ing and the use of plas­tic bags, and the only na­tion to mea­sure suc­cess in terms of gross na­tional hap­pi­ness, a met­ric that is not only holis­tic but vi­sion­ary. Al­though nes­tled be­tween

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