Paro Tshechu Festival
A flight from KL to Bangkok and then Bangkok to Bhutan landed Florence and her tour group in the beautiful valley town of Paro.
The group, led by tourism veteran Prof Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee, arrived just in time for the first day of the Paro Tshechu Festival on the 10th day of the second Bhutanese lunar month.
The cheerful noise and bright colours worn by the crowds at this 'festival of happiness' instantly lit the joyous atmosphere. Unlike other countries' measurement of happiness via economic and material growth, Bhutan's concept of 'Gross National Happiness' prioritises spiritual development alongisde material prosperity as a measure for societal development.
Travel Tip: Malaysians require a visa to enter Bhutan, obtainable only through a licensed tour operator. There are no direct flights from Malaysia to Bhutan, so joining a tour group will help you manage flight arrangements and visa clearance before you leave for Bhutan.
Thousands show up for this colourful 5-day dance festival each spring in the Haa Valley. Despite the long lines of cars parked along the roadsides, not a traffic light nor traffic warden was in sight as drivers naturally give way for others to move first.