Michaela’s Map: Bhutan, the Land of Happiness

Posted on November 5, 2014 by MichaelaSGuzy

Produced, Co-Written and Hosted by: Michaela Guzy; Co-Written by: Colin Glaum; Shot by: Brian Sachson and Zac Osgood; Edited by: Kaitlyn Jackson; Audio by: Novacaine Studio; Animated Logo by: Ian Glaum.

Kuzu zampo la! Join Michaela Guzy, founder of OhThePeopleYouMeet as she discovers the unexpected in the land of the Thunder Dragon!

With traditions that date back to before its birth as a nation, the Kingdom of Bhutan is a beautiful contrast between its cultural heritage, natural wonder and the growing influence brought on by the country’s second largest industry, tourism.

Since opening to western tourism in 1974, Bhutan is only now experiencing a cultural tipping point, as the traditional countryside villages see their populations dwindle and cities like the capital, Thimpu swell faster than they are designed to handle. As with any developing nation, the defining characteristics of Bhutan are being tested as modernity sweeps through these once completely pastoral valleys. Monks on cell phones and an influx of foreign workers to help expand roads are clear signs that Bhutan as a country is already quickly changing. But it’s not just the cultural evolution that creates interesting contrasts in this country of approximately 750,000 people, it’s the juxtaposition of rugged beauty and refined luxury that makes the country so unique.

Watch as Michaela meets the locals, tries their local brew and discovers why Bhutan is internationally recognized as the land of happiness.

Special thanks to: Tourism Council of Bhutan, Qatar Airways, Aman Resorts, Como Resorts, TermaLinca Hotel, Zhiwa Ling and The Bhutan Foundation.

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