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BHUTAN DAY 2&3

Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche arrived in Bhutan on the back of a flying tiger. He visited several caves and cliff sides in order to meditate and subdue local demons. Eventually he spent most of his time on the mountainside at Paro Valley, blessing the place that would then become Bhutan’s holiest monastery.

ANOTHER STEAK I COULDN’T BITE INTO

At the beginning of the hike I heard a familiar sound which turned out to be the number one hit “Who the fu*k is Alice?” it was the guides ringtone!! I haven’t heard that tune for about 20 years or more!

THE HIKE

It took us 5 hours up and down including plenty of photo stops, coffee, lunch as well as a tour of the temple. There are so many photo opportunities it’s hard not to stop every few minutes but all I could wonder is how they even managed to build it. It is without doubt one of the most impressive temples in Asia

Small prayer wheels in Paro Taktsang in Bhutan. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand
David Simpson and Paro Taktsang in Bhutan. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand

TIGER’S NEST….

  • It sits 3,000 feet above the valley.
  • 10,000 feet above sea level.
  • The original building burned down in 1998.
  • It was restored at the cost of $2 million which finished in 2004.
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton made the trek in 2015

ARCHERY

Having just done a bit of archery enjoyed ‘chilling out’ in 300 year old hot stone bath I sampled more of Bhutans food. As I always say I’ll try anything but I haven’t been overawed by the food on this trip but it’s all part of the experience. The meat was questionable and the wine tasted like watered down vodka. There was an American who happened to be there at the same time and was quite happy to talk about trying all these new experiences and how much he enjoys the food everywhere he goes.

David Simpson in Bhutan. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand
David Simpson and Paro Taktsang in Bhutan. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand

ANOTHER STEAK

I tried to bite into the beef but it nearly broke my tooth and he couldn’t wait to try it and show me how much he loves it. Not a word of a lie but when I caught him with the same piece of meat in his mouth 10mins later he’s still wouldn’t admit that the food was nasty. Same goes for the wine, as he sipped away at it he was offered a refill but declined instead for some water, got to love the hipsters. 🤣

Public bath in Bhutan. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand
Public bath in Bhutan. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand

DAY 3

My final day in Bhutan and the guides were keen to fit a few more attractions into the itinerary before getting back to the airport. The guides have been brilliant, always happy to go at my pace, take photos and their sense of humour was bang on! They really go over and beyond what is expected, nothing is ever too much hassle

Rinpung Dzong in Bhutan. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand
Rinpung Dzong entrance in Bhutan. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand
Rinpung Dzong at night in Bhutan. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand
David Simpson at Paro International Airport in Bhutan. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand
David Simpson and local guides Rinpung Dzong in Bhutan. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand

BEAUTIFUL AIRPORT

After a quick stop at the viewpoint of the town it was back to the airport that looked just like a temple, one of the most unique airports I have visited. I even had the pleasure of bumping into the American I met yesterday. I think he was still chewing on the steak! 2 hour delay and then it was back to one of my favourite countries Thailand for a few days chill before heading home!

David Simpson at beach in Bangkok, Thailand. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand
Rooftop restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand. The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan & Thailand

FINAL THOUGHTS

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