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Stay in a Bhutanese farmhouse

Delve deeper into to rural life in Bhutan at a farmstay in Bhutan, staying in a farmhouse in a small local community.

Throughout Bhutan, you can find state-licensed farmhouses that allow you to get further off the beaten track and into the homes of rural families in villages untouched by the (admittedly fairly lightly-trodden) tourist trail.

With farmstays available around several popular locations, including Pharo, Pobjika and Gangtey, and further from the locations that make up most itineraries in places such as Haa or Gasa, this is a welcoming option for those looking to immerse themselves into the life and culture of Bhutan.

Highlights of Bhutan’s farmstays include sharing meals and making connections across the table and across continents. This is where the concept of thuenlam - the Dzongkha word for maintaining harmonious relationships through mutual respect and hospitality - can be most keenly appreciated.

People chatting under a sin shade in rural Bhutan
Pans and equipment hanging against a green kitchen wall at a Bhutan farmstay
Man washing up at a sink with baskets in foreground

What will my accommodation be like in the farmhouse?

Rooms will be simple but pleasant and offer you all the privacy you need. As all farmstays in Bhutan must be officially licensed by the state –  as all hotels are – you can expect high hygiene standards in both private and communal areas.

There will be beds or mattresses on the floor and simple items of occasional furniture for your comfort. Depending on the property, you will either have an ensuite bathroom or access to a shared bathroom.

Will my stay benefit the local community?

The accommodation is part of your host’s home. It provides them with an essential income and helps bring tourist spend directly into their community through locally-sourced produce, handicrafts bought directly from the artisan, and local guiding or trekking services.

Many small farmers may have at one time herded yaks as a way of life, but increasingly this occupation is only profitable for those who can afford to maintain large herds. Diversifying into farmstays and guiding helps these communities to continue to thrive.

 What can I do during my farmstay?

One of the things we love about farmstays in Bhutan is that they allow you to forget your checklist of things to do and simply soak up the atmosphere of daily life in rural Bhutan.

You won’t be short of things to discover. Local temples can be visited, trips through the surrounding countryside can be arranged, farmers and fishermen will be happy to explain the local techniques they use. and you’ll no doubt be challenged to play a game you don’t understand!

For most people, the highlight of their experience is the time they spend getting to know the hosts and people of the village that they meet, sharing memorable experiences such as enjoying conversation over a simple evening meal as the sun sets over the village.

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