05 Sep '11, 4am

Bhutan: The costly 'Shangri La': Bhutan famously follows an economic development doctrine known as "Gross Nation...

Bhutan: The costly 'Shangri La': Bhutan famously follows an economic development doctrine known as "Gross Nation...

THIMPHU, Bhutan - The isolated kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most expensive holiday destinations in the world and a haven for celebrities and the well-heeled. In 2012, it will become even more costly. Foreign tourists are required to book through licensed tour operators, who charge a minimum high-season price of 200 dollars per day per person for an all-inclusive package including accommodation, food and transport. The pristine Himalayan kingdom of snow-capped mountains and gushing mountain streams pursues a policy of "high-end, low-impact tourism," deliberately keeping out the hordes who might spoil its untouched environment. From the start of 2012, the high-season daily fee will rise to $250 per day per person, meaning a stay in one of the basic hotels as part of the package will cost a travelling couple at least $500 a night. "It may not make economic sense now to be ...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/travel/view/115112...

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