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, April 10, 2012

@drukair flights show up on @cleartrip, but schedules are wrong

Booking a Druk Air ticket is always an interesting challenge. Once upon a time you had no choice but to use an agent in Bhutan. Then came online reservations using Druk Air's website, with its own idiosyncrasies. But recently I noticed that Cleartrip, the Indian online booking engine, shows Druk Air flights on its search results.

Now that's new. Searching for a flight from Paro to Bagdogra I found a price that is higher than the official Druk Air rate. Also, flights seemed to be available on all days of the week, which is strange. All in all, it seems all this is new and still not ironed out, so I wouldn't recommend being the first to try it out. But with Drukair facing competition in the future, uploading their flights into international booking engines is the way to go.