Travel Watch: Escape in Time To the Kingdom of Bhutan

Matching his woven knee-length gown with Nike sneakers and wraparound shades, Tempa was the picture of Bhutanese cool. "I prefer a T shirt and jeans," he said as he met us at Paro airport. "But the King says we have to wear traditional dress until 8 o'clock." As we drove to the capital Thimphu, it became clearer from his conversation—the latest Hollywood releases, Prince Charles, Britney—that a quarter century after opening its borders to the outside world, Bhutan is losing some of its splendid isolation. But while satellite TV may be superseding story-telling, and Internet chat rooms replacing the hubbub of...

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