ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Shoe reincarnation

"Don't you mess with me, Mr. Dawa!"
I recently had two beaten pairs of sneakers come back to a new life with the help of ShoeVival, the new Thimphu-based shoe laundry service. Much has been said about the small business and its owner, Mr. Dawa Dakpa (see stories in Business Bhutan and Bhutan Observer). Add me to the list of fans. Mr. Dawa came to pick up the shoes, gave the soulless trainers his famous treatment, and delivered them back - all fresh and new - after two days. At Nu 120 per pair, this is a fraction of the cost of new sneakers. Highly recommended.


  1. Do you have some pictures of before and after?

  2. I wish we had such a service in Tel-Aviv, seriously!

  3. Saw it on TV... but never thought it would be very expensive...well Nu.120 is so cheap considering the door to door delivery and The result. Count me too in the list of fans!

  4. @Ernie, check the Facebook page, I think it has a few before & after photos.

  5. We franchised ShoeVival to Dawa only after realizing that DAwa is a sincere and hard working person. Best Of Luck and I hope the people of Bhutan embrass him and our service with open arms.
    Sandeep Gajakas- The Shoe Laundry- Mumbai- India


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