- About the Authors
Until recently, Bhutan has been relatively unknown. In many minds, it is a mystical secluded place. Nonetheless, thanks to the publicity on social media, more and more people are learning about this enigmatic country for its unique philosophy of development that focuses on happiness, vibrant spiritual presence, and its pristine natural environment. Bhutan is also gaining popularity as a travel destination, owing to the credits of international media features and Bhutan’s skilful management of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past fifty years, Bhutan has gradually emerged from centuries-long self-isolation to meet modernisation demands. It has been careful with its choices and decisions on the road of development and progression. While Bhutan has opened its doors to the world, a ‘High value, Low volume’ tourism policy still guides the country to ensure that its unique culture, identity and natural environment will continue to be protected from external influence. Bhutan Travelog aims to provide readers with insights into the country’s history, values, customs, as well as travel tips and recommendations. This book also includes 9 exclusive first-hand stories from diverse travellers who have been to Bhutan to provide a glimpse into this idyllic country.
Ashley Chen is an avid traveller who enjoys learning about the different creeds and cultures. Aside from her passion for writing and photography, she is a curious wanderer with a philosophical streak, constantly seeking to discover more about herself and the world around her. She contributes to the Bhutanese society by sharing her expertise in the non-profit sphere and acts as an international consultant to the Gyalyum Charitable Trust in Bhutan. She is also the editor of Daily Bhutan, an independent news outlet that brings the latest news, educational features and inspiring stories from Bhutan to a global audience. When in Bhutan, Ashley fits seamlessly into the Bhutanese society, often mistaken as a local wherever she goes. Believing that each individual is unique and possesses different perspectives, she appreciates deep and meaningful conversations with the people she encounters.
Joni Herison has been involved in Bhutan’s tourism industry for more than a decade. He is the Managing Director of Druk Asia, one of the pioneering Bhutan tour operators outside of Bhutan. He has a deep love for the kingdom and has played a pivotal role in connecting Bhutan with travellers from all over the world. Joni is a cherished friend of the kingdom and has built an excellent rapport with the Bhutanese community. He has visited Bhutan 31 times in the past decade. Each of his visits to the kingdom rejuvenated his spirits and spurred him to continue promoting Bhutan as a travel destination. A bibliophile with a cheerful disposition, Joni can always be found with a cup of coffee and a self-enrichment book at hand. Indonesian by birth and Bhutanese by heart, Joni has put down roots in Singapore with his lovely wife, Eileen, and three adorable children.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 306
Year Published: 2021
Size: 210mm x 148mm