Thursday, August 2, 2012

Free WiFi in Bhutan

People wanting to visit Bhutan have asked me about availability of free internet in the country. This of course changes fast as new places open and others may close, but I have found this information for you on :

The following establishments offer free WiFi.

  •  Tshernyoen's Cafe (next to Bhutan Telecom). 
  • Ambient Cafe (opposite PNB Bank). Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 9pm.
  • Art Cafe (Next to the Swiss bakery)
  • Cafe Italia 
  • Hotel Tandin (Norzin Lam, near Logar cinema) 
  • Karma's Coffee (above Zangthopelri Complex, peach-colored building)
  • Om Cafe (Jojo's building) 
  • The Zone (Opposite the Stadium)
Note: Since broadband usage in Bhutan is charged by the amount of data transferred, the connections are often password-protected to prevent abuse. Request the code from the owner. Please use the connections gently (i.e.., avoid downloading movies, audio and YouTube videos, as well as long Skype calls).

To see updated list, check:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Can happiness be measured? - two different views

When considering new ways of measuring progress of a nation such as Gross National Happiness, Happy Planet Index, EU Beyond GDP, OECD Better Life Index, etc, there are experts who argue for and against. This short interview on the Guardian with Julian Baggini and Lord Richard Layard is a recent snapshot of this exciting debate.

A unique workshop with speakers from Bhutan, Hungary, US and Europe to be held in Brussels, Belgium in November also aims to contribute to this discussion through looking at the application of Buddhist Values in Business.

To learn more about this event and register, click HERE