Amidst the impressive array of mural paintings that adorn most homes and religious buildings in Bhutan, there lies sophistication beyond the breathtaking panoramic views and the race for oxygen in the thin mountain air: Culture.
Many complex customs and traditions exist in Bhutan, though as a foreigner, one is not expected to follow all of them. A strong emphasis is laid on the preservation of this unique culture, an effort to protect and nurture the national identity of the nation.
Apart from the conventional Asian standards of modesty, one aspect that is most distinctive and visible is the dress code. Bhutan's national dress (Gho for men, Kira for women) is a combination of traditional Bhutanese textiles and attractive colorful patterns. Locals do appreciate the gesture if foreigners would wear their traditional dresses. They will be willing to go the extra mile to find a right fit, which is not an easy procedure.
If one is courteous and respectful of their religious beliefs, one will be highly unlikely to cause any offence. In addition, add a simple gesture, the word 'la' at the end of any sentence spoken either in Dzonkha or English, as a sign of respect.