An opportunity arose to join friends on a trip to Bhutan in April 2011. Bhutan is nestled between India and Tibet in the Himalayas and is known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon. The government has a philosophy whereby progress is measured by Gross National Happiness. Friends asked their friends and before we knew it we had a group ready to go! On a recommendation we booked directly through Bhutan Gayul Tours which was an excellent choice as they exceeded our expectations in every way. Bhutan Gayul Tours arranged our visas, return airfares from Bangkok to Paro and every facet of the trip including guides, transport, accommodation and meals. E-mails were answered promptly, the owner’s English was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. As is standard practice in Bhutan the tour was paid for via direct money transfer to their bank in the USA with a minimum of fuss. Tourism is regulated by the Bhutanese Government with a set minimum daily tariff which covers all transport, guides, drivers, accommodation, meals and sightseeing. All tourists must travel on prepaid package tours and the fee is set in US$ with 35% going to the government. This policy has ensured that Bhutan’s unique culture and traditions and its pristine environment will be maintained for future generations.