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.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Helicopter on Call

In November, a Swiss tourist who was trekking in Lingzhi and appeared to suffer from altitude sickness could not be evacuated by the Indian army helicopter because it was a Sunday. Luckily, the tourist reached the hospital in time and she was saved. You can read the full story here. Possibly in response to that incident, a standby helicopter is planned to be available this season. The following email just landed in my inbox:

Rescue Helicopter on standby

A helicopter will be stationed in Bhutan for evacuation and tourists needs from 24th March 2013 until further notice during the spring season. As such should anyone require use of the helicopter and also for further information kindly contact Ms. Tshering Zam at 1791-7904 or 328829/ 334517 or email
With Kind Regards,
ABTO Secretariat 
You might want to jot down Tshering Zam's phone number. Just in case.

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