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Amazing Bhutan: Free Healthcare, No Homeless People, No Traffic Lights

Imagine a country tucked into the Himalayan
Mountains between the giant countries of India and China and closed off from tourism until
1974. A country that decided to measure national happiness, has completely free healthcare,
and nobody living on the streets. Sounds unbelievable, but this is all true about Bhutan, and that’s
just the tip of the iceberg… Counting down from–
16. No homeless people at all In Bhutan, there’s no one stuck living out
on the streets. If a person loses their home, they just need to go to the king and he’ll
give them a plot of land where they can build a house to live in and plant a garden to eat
from. 15. Free healthcare
Each Bhutanese resident has the right to free medical care. The country’s Ministry of
Health has made it their goal to become “A nation with the best health.” And it looks
like they’re achieving just that. A person can decide whether to receive traditional
or classical medicine as a method of treatment that’s all completely free!
14. Unplugged TV and internet were officially banned in
Bhutan… until 1999, that is. The Bhutanese people take their traditions and unique culture
very seriously, and the king took great measures to protect his people from outside influences.
But it became impossible to isolate the whole country from modern technologies, so the king
finally decided to lift the ban. As a result, Bhutan was one of the last countries in the
world to start using television. The internet arrived shortly after.
13. National Dress Code Speaking of traditions, Bhutanese people are
required to wear traditional clothes in public. This nationwide dress code has existed for
over 400 years. Men wear a heavy, knee-length robe called a Gho, and women wear a long dress
known as a Kira. You can even identify a person’s social status by the color scarf they wear
draped over their left shoulder. Ordinary folks wear white scarves, and noble people
and monks wear yellow ones. 12. No Smoking!
In 2010, the king enacted a law prohibiting the cultivation, harvest, and sale of tobacco,
making Bhutan the first country in the world with a total ban on tobacco. It’s impossible
to buy it there, and you can’t smoke in public areas. Tourists lucky enough to gain
entry into the country have to pay a huge fee for bringing their smokes with them. And
if they get caught trying to smuggle in tobacco, they can expect a huge fine or even criminal
charges! 11. Ecology is everything.
Bhutan is really concerned about ecology and nature. According to a local law, at least
60% of the country’s total area must be covered with woods. At the moment, that number
is at about 71%, so they’re doing just fine. It’s no surprise really, since this is what
locals want. In 2015, Bhutan even set a world record when its people planted 50,000 trees
in just one hour! Thanks to that, it’s the only carbon-negative country in the world,
meaning it absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces. Way to go, Bhutan!
10. They like it hot! The most popular ingredient in almost every
Bhutanese dish is chilies. The Tourism Council even notes “Bhutanese people would not enjoy
a meal that was not spicy.” The country’s official National Dish is called Ema Datshi.
It’s a yummy mix of spicy chilies and a local cheese called Datshi. It’s a common
staple in most meals and can be changed up by adding potatoes, green beans, mushrooms,
or ferns. And if you really wanna mix it up, you can use yak cheese! Yep, from a yak!
9. Touring obstacles Remember, Bhutan takes preserving their traditions
and unique culture very seriously. That’s why they make visiting their country very
difficult and expensive. You can only go to Bhutan in groups of 3 or more. (Technically,
you can go as a couple or by yourself, but you gotta pay extra if you do.) All documents
and visas are issued by a state-appointed company. And before you can get the permit,
you have to pay all of the expenses in advance, including transportation, hotel, fees, tour
operator and guide services, visa, and insurance. A tour guide will be with you the entire time,
and they’ll only allow you to visit places specifically designated for tourism. If you’re
already thinking about booking a trip, then make sure you save up $250 per person for
each night you’d like to stay! 8. Ladies first
Women are respected and honored in Bhutan. Their tradition of inheritance proves that.
All property and belongings like their homes, cattle, and land go to the eldest daughter,
not son. Men are expected to earn their own fortunes.
7. 100% Organic? Not quite, but they’re well on their way
and could get there soon. It’s already illegal to import or use any chemical products there
whatsoever. Everything they use is cultivated within the country and is all-natural.
6. They keep food on the roof. Winters are pretty harsh in Bhutan, so they
have to take advantage of the warmer seasons to make sure they have enough food to make
it through the cold months. In the fall, it’s not uncommon to see roofs covered with red
chilies drying for the winter. Piles of rice stalks in cone-like structures in the fields
are also everywhere. They don’t have enough time to thrash the rice straight away, so
they keep it like that until they can get to it. Chili and rice are something the Bhutanese
can happily survive on all winter long. 5. Only the best pilots are allowed to fly
to Bhutan. This time, it’s not a matter of privacy
or an attempt to preserve an ancient culture, but a matter of skill and safety. Paro Airport,
the only one in the country, is in a fantastically beautiful location with breathtaking views
of the Himalayas. But it’s also one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Not
every pilot can maneuver between mountaintops and land on a 6,500-foot-long (1.980 m) highway
right by people’s houses. Add strong winds to the challenge, and you’ll understand
why take-offs and landings are only allowed during daylight hours. And there are only
8 pilots in the world that can do this. Together, they transport around 30,000 people a year.
4. Wedding rules If you visit Bhutan, you may fall in love
with the land, but try not to fall for a local or else you’ll get your heart broken. It’s
prohibited to marry foreigners. When two happy Bhutanese people fall in love
and get married, monks read mantras during the wedding ceremony. They believe this tradition
helps newlyweds build a tight mental connection. There’s also a Changphoed ritual, which
is the offering of a locally grown brew to the deities. After the offering, the remaining
brew is served and shared by the bride and groom.
Once the rituals are performed, the couple becomes a family. Then, as a rule, the man
moves into the woman’s home, and only when he earns enough money can they move to a new
house. 3. The Ministry of Happiness
In 2008, the Gross National Happiness Committee was formed in Bhutan to take care of the people’s
inner peace. Bhutan is the only country in the world that has an official Ministry of
Happiness. They believe GNH, or Gross National Happiness, is just as important to measure
as GDP, aka Gross Domestic Product. In 2015, they organized an extensive survey interviewing
people about how happy they are. Even the census questionnaire has a column where you
can indicate whether you’re satisfied with your life or not. The results of the 2015
survey showed that 91% of the population consider themselves happy, and 43% are deeply or extensively
happy. The quality of life in the country is determined by the balance between their
financial and mental values. 2. The road less traveled
All the road signs in Bhutan are drawn by hand. Thiumphu, the country’s capital, is
the only one in the world that has no traffic lights at all. In fact, there are no traffic
lights in the entire country! Traffic police control vehicle movement manually, and the
officer in his booth on the main street is one of the city sights no tourist wants to
miss! 1. Gingerbread-like houses
Bhutanese people love to decorate their homes. They draw birds, animals, and different patterns
on the walls, making them look like real-life gingerbread houses. Their houses are small,
3-story structures. The ground floor is a place to keep animals, the living space is
on the second floor, and the third floor is used to store hay. Probably makes for great
insulation too! Despite all the bans and strict rules, Bhutanese
people are very friendly and happy, and the natural beauty of this country is breathtaking.
So if you plan a visit, I’m willing to bet it’ll be an unforgettable trip! So, would you like to visit Bhutan? Let me
know down in the comments! If you learned something new today, then give this video
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Jun 6, 2019, 9:40 pm Reply

Hey there, BrightSiders! Would you like to visit Bhutan one day?

Paudel Sulz

Oct 10, 2019, 6:10 am Reply


abner abueva

Oct 10, 2019, 6:40 am Reply

wow, i like this country.

Santhosh Kumar

Oct 10, 2019, 7:24 am Reply

Getting free money from both India and China….

jai ganesh

Oct 10, 2019, 8:33 am Reply

Oh man give me a idea to get citizenship in Bhutan

Akash Dhiren

Oct 10, 2019, 8:41 am Reply

Proud to be a butan neighbor

Munsif Shah

Oct 10, 2019, 9:40 am Reply

But Buddhists are really really extremist and Terrorist.
Never ever believes these hidden evil Terrorist.

Valor Gamer

Oct 10, 2019, 10:14 am Reply

I think I would

Fasae James

Oct 10, 2019, 3:07 pm Reply

Feel like having a new home in the place where nature is love and well regarded.

juan gonzalez

Oct 10, 2019, 4:13 pm Reply

Wow that's hard to find in this day and age. I'm pleasantly surprised a nation can say 91% of the population are happy. Good for them. The views are breathtaking this has just been added to the bucket list.

Sandesh Kunwar

Oct 10, 2019, 6:34 pm Reply

Long live the brotherhood and similarities of culture between Bhutan ?? and Nepal ?? ♥️.


Oct 10, 2019, 6:49 pm Reply

I like Everything about Bhutan, Except Inheritance, religion, overly Spicy hot food and Extremely cold weather.


Oct 10, 2019, 6:59 pm Reply


Mikhoo Zagsar

Oct 10, 2019, 10:42 pm Reply

Not my kind cup of tea. I like to live free and open to other cultures. Give them freedom of choice and let us see if they want to live this kind of life.

Hussain Kutubuddin

Oct 10, 2019, 11:41 pm Reply


george stiros

Oct 10, 2019, 11:58 pm Reply

great info!!! always wanted to go there ……

Rui Nunes

Oct 10, 2019, 12:20 am Reply

i would like ti visit this country … so nice


Oct 10, 2019, 12:27 am Reply

Sksk and i oop

wiire time

Oct 10, 2019, 3:48 am Reply

This sounds like north Korea with a little Walt Disney sprinkled on top the only reason this place doesn't get ripped apart for oppressing it's people is because of the free health care and free houses deal other than that you living under complete control you cant even pick your cloths that's something even north Koreans and people living on the Soviet Union got to do and these py don't

Deadly Shooter

Oct 10, 2019, 4:59 am Reply


Karuna Karki

Oct 10, 2019, 5:15 am Reply

I would really love to visit Bhutan some day..

Fa Lee Yu

Oct 10, 2019, 5:55 am Reply

Wow! I love to go there!

Cris Mc

Oct 10, 2019, 6:19 am Reply

Wow….bhutan is a place to visit away from the busy world we have right now….polluted air&water, traffic, noise , unhealthy food…bhutan is heaven…????????☁⛅

Iudgjhy fhurj

Oct 10, 2019, 7:46 am Reply

I already visited Bhutan

charlie whiskey

Oct 10, 2019, 7:51 am Reply


Parth Purohit

Oct 10, 2019, 10:32 am Reply

I am an indian and to visit bhutan from india is way easier than you might not know and ya it was a very good video

Aleo Lumor

Oct 10, 2019, 12:04 pm Reply

This place is paradise i tell yah. I love to live here where ecology is life.

Jennifer Monk

Oct 10, 2019, 12:08 pm Reply

I want to live there! If I don’t marry… can I live there? Please? America sucks…

M James

Oct 10, 2019, 3:23 pm Reply

Is there a national religion?

Sang Lhendhenza

Oct 10, 2019, 4:08 pm Reply

Bhutan's prince which is ultimately future king does SUPW(cleaning, sweeping and other works) along with the ordinary students….they believe everyone is equal when they wear the same uniform….they are great


Oct 10, 2019, 7:34 pm Reply

Nice place to visit I would imagine. But I'll remain in the 1st world rather than the 3rd !

Ray Gonzales

Oct 10, 2019, 12:23 am Reply

How i wish i born there..

prateek pal

Oct 10, 2019, 3:37 am Reply

i just love this place but worried about food..

Rene Man

Oct 10, 2019, 4:47 am Reply


kim jeein

Oct 10, 2019, 8:55 am Reply

Ahhh proud to be a Bhutanese.
I currently live at Thimphu kabesa hope to see international frns in our country soon…

Sakura Gacha lover

Oct 10, 2019, 9:59 am Reply

Wow I didn’t knew my country was seen like this I love my country more now ? and I am proud of being a bhutenese. And it’s true I not really into chillies much right now but my friends eat anything spicy they say it’s tasty
So me :???seriouly

Jane Sabenorio

Oct 10, 2019, 11:38 am Reply

Aww, they are prohibited to fall inlove with the foreigner or else your heart will be broken ??

124 Spider

Oct 10, 2019, 11:51 am Reply



Oct 10, 2019, 12:15 pm Reply

love Bhutan from India

Yeshey Chogyal

Oct 10, 2019, 1:01 pm Reply

I'm from Bhutan ?‍♂️ …I welcome u you all.

Kaye Rito

Oct 10, 2019, 2:14 pm Reply

I wanted to know if annulment is allowed there?

Kaye Rito

Oct 10, 2019, 2:16 pm Reply


Ajay S

Oct 10, 2019, 2:48 pm Reply

Just I love it

Pharm Rabia

Oct 10, 2019, 9:02 pm Reply

I will love to visit

Ceety in pearl Ceety

Oct 10, 2019, 10:26 pm Reply

Love ❤️ love ? love ?

Mani Diyali

Oct 10, 2019, 11:30 pm Reply

Awesome video.. thank u for posting about Bhutan. ?
There’s bit correction on video of color of scarf. Monk that’s shown in pic is not wearing scarf like what Bhutanese monks attire. Thank u

Ashutosh Kumar

Oct 10, 2019, 5:48 am Reply

Bhutan India friendship is great ?

paras mani chettri

Oct 10, 2019, 6:48 am Reply

One important point u missed. Slaughtering of animals are banned in Bhutan. So they import meat from India.


Oct 10, 2019, 7:13 am Reply


Sailagnaa CHHOTRAY

Oct 10, 2019, 9:12 am Reply

Adding on to the fact that The Kingdom of Bhutan is the only country in the world that is carbon negative, whereas other countries are still trying to be carbon neutral. This means that Bhutan is the country that emits the least amount of Carbon Dioxide in the world, and has the smallest carbon footprint, with only 22 million tons of Carbon Dioxide used in a year. Please feel free to correct me if I have the wrong information.

Madhumita Kar

Oct 10, 2019, 10:29 am Reply

Trust me I have been to Bhutan and u gotta go there. It's literally one of the best places on earth . I went there last year and got a Kira myself. They are very supportive people as well . If I had a chance I would tell the king how nice the country is maintained . I would definitely recommend you to go there once again if u have gone once . I LOVE Bhutan !!!
Fact : Robbery is rare in Bhutan … I mean it

Ngawang Choden

Oct 10, 2019, 12:45 pm Reply

I am from Bhutan

。 cinderella

Oct 10, 2019, 1:10 pm Reply

Yes i will like to live there.

。 cinderella

Oct 10, 2019, 1:13 pm Reply

O think i am going to send
My heavy smoker son there.

Xx RSK xx Xx

Oct 10, 2019, 1:23 pm Reply

Bhutan sounds amazing woudl love to visit it someday experience it for my self lots of love to you bhutan from pakistan?

pema Choedeen

Oct 10, 2019, 1:40 pm Reply

I'm a bhutanese and I'm very proud of my country

Rushme To

Oct 10, 2019, 2:57 pm Reply

And then theres Bhutanese teenagers who wants to go to the US or Korea and other countrys

Study Smart

Oct 10, 2019, 3:17 pm Reply

Who doesn’t required visa to visit Bhutan, they also have to pay 250$?

Disco Biker

Oct 10, 2019, 12:28 am Reply

Right. Free healthcare, healthy foods, etc. All ya gotta do is turn in your freedom! Social status, etc. No thank you!

Insane devil

Oct 10, 2019, 3:11 am Reply

We indians don't neet any vesa to reach bhutan.. We are brother country.. ?

rafa ali

Oct 10, 2019, 4:25 am Reply

80% wrong info ???

Sharmistha Mitra

Oct 10, 2019, 4:36 am Reply

They don't like Indians! – _-

hemant mankesh

Oct 10, 2019, 10:58 am Reply

Love Bhutan ….from India??


Oct 10, 2019, 12:23 pm Reply

I bet no pollution there.

Ashok Debbarma

Oct 10, 2019, 12:44 pm Reply

I love Bhutan. Bhutan is my bet country ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤?????

Manshi Yadav

Oct 10, 2019, 1:14 pm Reply

I want India to be like Bhutan.everybody happy from their heart.

Sonam Wangmo

Oct 10, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

I am a bhutanese. What i like the most about my country is that if u study here and go to other countries, you are gonna do great cos education here is tough but you will also meet teachers so good that u haven't even imagined there would be teachers like that.
And I feel the most lucky is to have such a great neighbour India!!! I really wish India would also one day would become a peaceful country like bhutan. The people deserve more than this when they are so kind heArted.

pratiksha trivedi

Oct 10, 2019, 5:00 pm Reply

Who else lives in the USA


Oct 10, 2019, 11:56 pm Reply

OMG DIDN'T KNOW BHUTAN is this Amazing specially I'm a nature person gonna go there soon for travel!?

Arun Negi

Oct 10, 2019, 2:57 am Reply


Emily Anthony

Oct 10, 2019, 3:57 am Reply

If all the countries in the world practice and do the same things in Bhutan. The world will be a better and peaceful place to live.

Bashir Ali

Oct 10, 2019, 12:34 pm Reply

make a video on Qatar

Rosarosal Mercadero

Oct 10, 2019, 2:15 pm Reply

amazing bhutan????

Infinitive Gamer

Oct 10, 2019, 4:00 pm Reply

Seems the perfect of example of good-governance but a great king. This is ideological Sushashan. India hasn't seen such peace and happiness since more than 1000 years.

Lynda Kimble-Williams

Oct 10, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply

I would love to visit Buhtan but I'm a little cautious as I dont know how I would be accepted as a Black person.

Spark Pug

Oct 10, 2019, 9:34 pm Reply

Ito ba yung Yangdon sa princess and I? ?


Oct 10, 2019, 11:38 pm Reply

almost like north korea..boring..

aparna parmar

Oct 10, 2019, 7:07 am Reply

# buhtan rocks!!!!!!!!!?

Catarina Nunes

Oct 10, 2019, 7:43 am Reply


Đăng Khoa Nguyễn Văn

Oct 10, 2019, 1:07 pm Reply

thanks alots

Ningthoujam Gopeshwor Singh

Oct 10, 2019, 5:36 pm Reply

planning to visit again and this will be my second visit

Kabyashree Borah

Oct 10, 2019, 11:26 pm Reply

My sister in law from India married a Bhutanese man. I m proud of her

Rosh S

Oct 10, 2019, 3:05 am Reply


Vishnu Prince

Oct 10, 2019, 5:28 am Reply

So lovely place with pure nature

Bikash Tamang

Oct 10, 2019, 8:14 am Reply

I am from Bhutan

Sajid Kalam

Oct 10, 2019, 9:59 am Reply

I'm Indian but I've stayed in bhutan for like 16years from my birth believe me it is the best of best compare to everything the education, medicals, traffic, community, and more over there is no corruption. Hey guys if you're reading this than I want you to visit this paradise once in your life..


Oct 10, 2019, 10:08 am Reply


richelle gacos

Oct 10, 2019, 4:20 pm Reply

How i wish i can travel to bhutan … ❤

Gwendolyn Hinson

Oct 10, 2019, 11:32 pm Reply

What is the life expectancy in Bhutan?

One of Five

Oct 10, 2019, 12:09 am Reply

amazing country.

Asad Sheikh

Oct 10, 2019, 3:31 am Reply

Lovely video. Great info on Bhutan. The phenomenon on GNH is amazing. The inheritance laws too are amazing. But why the inheritance goes only to eldest daughter only what about younger ones and her responsibilities towards others siblings. Meaning women by this tradition have huge financial and social security. The providing of Health and housing facility by the state are the ones which take away major worries in life. You scared us by stating that tourism is expensive in Bhutan. Still now curious to explore Bhutan and savor their dishes made of chillies and rice.


Oct 10, 2019, 5:21 am Reply

Just open your gate to Indian. We will over floods you with our ever growing population.
We will change your demography, geography, history and race.

Jane Balino

Oct 10, 2019, 5:41 am Reply

Wanted to visit a place like this but I'm too broke to go.just gonna watch them


Oct 10, 2019, 5:45 am Reply

Love Bhutan
From India

Bhaskar Kannan

Oct 10, 2019, 6:23 am Reply

Nice I am interested

Talha Ali

Oct 10, 2019, 7:58 am Reply


Sanjib Giri -S.G

Oct 10, 2019, 8:23 am Reply

Make about nepal

Sanjib Giri -S.G

Oct 10, 2019, 8:23 am Reply

We are nepalese

Jeema Das

Oct 10, 2019, 9:51 am Reply


sweetcar genese

Oct 10, 2019, 10:58 am Reply

I'm from the Philippines❤??thanks for this video now I know some things about Bhutan love it! Dreaming someday I visit bhutan?❤

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