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.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

High in the Sky

Yesterday's Kuensel ran a story about the reaction of Japanese tourists to the condition of public toilets in Bhutan (See Our toilets stink, say tourists). It seems that tourists have other complaints as well - see the following ad that appeared in today's paper.

(c) Kuensel Corporation


This is to request all Drukair passengers to kindly refrain from chewing “doma” (Betel leaf and Areca nut) inside the aircraft as well as to avoid carrying them inside the cabin.

Although chewing “doma” is part of our culture that we respect; we are also concerned that the smell can be a turn off for fellow passengers especially foreigners.

Drukair hopes that all our “doma” chewer passengers will take this positively. Inconvenience caused is regretted.

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