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Resort Hotels in Thimphu, Bhutan



Taj Tashi

Taj Tashi Hotel Resort-and-Palace is located in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, and is a gateway
to a land steeped in mythology and magic. Taj makes it the ideal base from which to explore
the Bhutan kingdom, centuries-old street festivals, scenic mountain passes and pristine wilderness,
all within easy reach.



A carriage porch of Taj Tashi hotel

(L) A beautiful garden in front of the main building
(R) The 'non-smoking' sign is observed at the entrance into a guest room at Taji. It is the only designated sign observed in hotels of Thimphu.

(L) A pass way led into a guest room. (R) It shows a luxurious suite room of the Taj, which costs you about US$1200 per day.

A luxurious suite room of the Taj

A luxurious suite room and bath of the Taj

A dinning room and a hotel building: it was photographed in the morning.

A heated swimming pool with a warm whirl pool bath

(L) An elegant main dinning hall (R) A hotel lobby is located on the grand floor.

A Bhutanese entertainment is held at each night in the courtyard.

Mask Dance Entertainment at Taj Tashi ( 5.1 minutes )


The Taj Tashi is the only hotel, that designates a non-smoking guest room in Thimphu, Bhutan.
The number of total guest rooms is 65. An actual number of the non-smoking room is 53, versus
the smoking room is 53. All rooms are smokefree on the first floor ( In the North American
and Jaoanese scheme: it means the second floor ), third floor and fifth floor. There are mixed
smoking and non-smoking rooms on the second and fourth floor. The percentage of smoking
rooms to total rooms is 22.6%.



Amankora Thimphu

Amankora is the word of combining the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’ with kora ‘circuilar pilgrimage’
in the Bhutanese language. Amankora is a series of lodges across the central and western valleys
of Bhutan. Amankora Thimphu, raised up in a blue-pine forest of the Motithang area, sits close to
the Bhutan's capital and traditional shops.



(L) Entrance to Amankora Resort
(R) A discourse location

(L) Living space of the resort (R) A courtyard of Amankora

(L) A pass way of the hotel (M) A guest room (R) A luxurious bath

(L) A dinning room (M) A freidly Japanese lady who works for Amankora Thimphu (R) A high-quality Buhtanese gift shop

A prayer wheel at the entrance porch to Amankora Thimphu

The number of total guest rooms of Amankora Thimphu is 16. In all guest rooms, smoking is allowed.
Both lobby and dinning room is smokefree, as Bhutan's law.


Druk Hotel Thimphu

Thimphu Druk Hotel offers a choice of Executive floor and Regular Floor with elegantly appointed rooms.
It is one of the oldest hotels in the town and was instrumental in pioneering quaint accommodation
in Bhutanese hospitality. The hotel is designed to suit business-oriented clients and offers modest, clean
accommodation at competitive rates.


(L) A freiendly receptionist at front desk of Druk Hotel
(R) A presidential suite: double-sized bedroom, which costs you US$205 per day.

A bath of the presidential suite and a dinning room of the Druk Hotel

The number of total guest rooms of Hotel Durk Thimphu is 50. In all guestrooms, smoking is allowed.
A lobby and dinning room is smokefree, as Bhutan's law.


Bhutan Suites Thimphu

Bhutan Suites is designed for the discerning traveler or occupant, and readily provides for both
short-term and long term stays.


(L) The entrance to Bhutan Suites (R) A twin-bedroom of Bhutan Suites

(L) A kitchen to a guest room: There is an ashtray placed in all rooms.
(R)
A dinning room of Bhutan Suites

The number of total guest rooms of Buhtan Suites is 15. In all guestrooms, smoking is allowed.
A lobby and dinning room is smokefree, as Buhtan's law.


Peachful Resort Thimphu

Bhutan Peaceful Resort is located in the hillside above the city of Thimphu. It makes it the ideal
base from which to explore the spectacular monasteries, centuries-old street festivals, scenic
mountain passes and pristine wilderness, all within relatively easy reach.


Exterior and a guest room of the Peachfu l Resort

The number of total guest rooms of Peacefu Resort Thimphu is 18. In all guestrooms, smoking is allowed.
A lobby and dinning room is smokefree, as Bhutan's law.


Jumolhari Hotel Thimphu

The hotel is located right in the heart of the city center with easy access to all shopping areas and
places of interest, Hotel Jumolhari is one of the leading hotels in Thimphu with traditional Bhutanese
hospitality.



Exterior, a dinning room and a guest room of the Jumolhari Hotel

The number of total guest rooms of Jumolhari Hotel Thimphu is 26. In all guestrooms, smoking is allowed.
A lobby and dinning room is smokefree, as Bhutan's law.



Hotel Phuntsho Pelri has a total of 47 guest rooms. In all guestrooms, smoking is allowed.
A lobby and dinning room is smokefree, as Bhutan's law.




Hotel Tandin has a total of 47 guest rooms. In all guestrooms, smoking is allowed.
A lobby and dinning room is smokefree, as Bhutan's law.


Almost all major hotels in Thimphu we checked are not protected a hotel guest from the residual
hazard of the tobacco-toxin, except in Taji Tashi. Why the hotel accommodation should be non-smoking?
The answer: it is because of the risk of third hand smoke.

I was rather surprised that almost all hotels in Thimphu allowed to smoke inside of the guest rooms.
Since Bhutan is the only country to prohibit to sell tobacco throughout the world, this decision was
rather unexpected. Many hotel managers in Bhutan are afraid to lose a smoking guest from abroad.
That may be the main reason to allow smoking inside the guest room. Fortunately, Bhutan law
prohibits putting light on cigarette in restaurants and bars. Therefore, healthy minded tourists do
not feel uncomfortable and do not have senses of impending danger from the tobacco toxin.
I advise to recognize the fact that residue on clothing, furniture and wallpaper can react with
a common indoor pollutant to generate dangerous chemicals called tobacco-specific nitrosamines.


Health warning tobacco Beware of Third-Hand Smoke


Taj Tashi Hotel Resort-and-Palace is the high-grade hotel with a traditionally built in Bhutanese style.
It is located nearby a city shop. A guest room is well furnished.
Water of the swimming pool is always
warmed and very attractive. This is the only hotel in Bhutan, which designates a non-smoking room.
This hotel is probably the best hotel in this country. A simple and elegantly designed Amankora Thimphu
is worth to stay for a single traveler, or a couple, since all rooms in this hotel have a double-bed with
a bath tab in the same large space, next to the bed. This hotel does not comply with a person
who seeks a non-smoking surroundings, like as other hotels, which conduct the similar setup.

Druk Hotel in Thimphu is located in the center of the city center and very convenient to explore
the centuries-old street. The hotel fee is very reasonable, and you can stay in a presidential suite
with the fee of US$171. Bhutan Suites, Peaceful Resort, Hotel Jumolhari, Hotel Phuntsho Pelri
and Hotel Tandin are not complied with tobacco-toxin hazard.

Junhaku Miyamoto, MD, PhD.


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2012年9月写真撮影, 2012年10月執筆
「禁煙席ネット」主宰 日本タバコフリー学会顧問 医学博士 宮本順伯
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This information was provided by the Smokefree Hotel and Travel.
The photographs were taken in September, and the article was written in October 2012,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.





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