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Phuntshocholing Guest House, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

Our rating: Simple

Very much a locally owned and run property, this very simple guest house gives you an opportunity to experience the rural way of life.

There are only twelve rooms with shared bathroom facilities down the corridor (three rooms share one wet-room - which has a shower and a western-style toilet). The rooms are inside the old farmhouse, and are all beautifully and individually decorated in the traditional Bhutanese style, with charming wooden floors and really good quality beds. There is a lovely little garden with a nice sit-out area overlooking the Phobjikha valley, and the farm also houses a traditional hot stone bath in a nearby shed (not the most luxurious of surroundings but exactly as local Bhutanese people experience it!).

There is a small and traditional dining room as well as the family's shrine room, which you are welcome to visit (ask a member of the extremely hospitable owning family to show you). Alcohol is not provided but may be bought elsewhere and taken in.

This guesthouse offers a wonderful insight into the traditional way of life for local people, but as such, the bathroom facilities are very simple (though perfectly functional), so please be prepared for this. If you enter into a stay here in the right frame of mind, you are sure to be rewarded!

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