Our trip to Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan was the perfect choice of countries with dramatically different experiences. The 74-year-old head monk informed us we were the first foreigners he had ever met or to enter the monastery.
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Located in the Eastern end of the majestic Himalayas, Bhutan is a beautiful and happy place. With a newly-burgeoning tourism industry, there is only a handful of luxury hotels, but the special experience tourists have in Bhutan more than makes up for it. Uma by COMO, Paro, situated in the stunning Paro Valley, surrounded by lush natural wilderness, is a perfect example of such. Most hotels here are built in a traditional way, and many of the lodges in its more remote areas are quite small, some having as few as eight rooms. Though some of its hotels and resorts may lack luxurious comforts like WiFi, a fitness center, and business facilities, these hotels are ultra-charming, and offer to guests a strong sense of place and culture. Some hotels have stunning features like beautifully hand-painted walls as well as cozy touches like Amankora Bumthang’s hot stone baths, and spas that base their therapies on ancient, and still relevant, traditions, such as Shambhala Retreat, at the Uma by COMO. Taj Tashi, one of the most impressive buildings in the country, is one of the exceptions to this rule, featuring world-class facilities and services.

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