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Is Bhutan the world’s most eco-friendly travel destination?

Tiger's Nest, Göran Höglund, Kartläsarn, Gross National Happiness, Sustainable Development, Bhutan, Asia, ecology, eco-tourism, Aman Resorts, Six Senses, vernacular architecture, green building, sustainable building, tradition, Bhutanese architecture

My first meal in the land of Gross National Happiness was prepared by 5 diamond star chef Mario Fernandez, of Aman Resorts. When asked whether GNH is indeed a measurement of one of the world’s happiest countries, or a load of PR bunk, he said: “The people here can spend all day with a rock and be happy. No need for internet, iPhone, iPad, no Play Stations here.” Over the next week, I came to agree with him: the citizens of Bhutan don’t have much in the way of worldly possessions, but they seem serene, calm and at peace with themselves. We could learn a lot from them about slowing down the pace, appreciating the natural beauty of the topography, and valuing each other for the soul more than for talent and success.