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My name is Lisa Napoli, and I’ve written a book about my adventures in and around Bhutan, where I went to help start a radio station in February, 2007.  Crown published the book in February, 2011.  It’s called Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth.

I get all sorts of inquiries about Bhutan (how to travel there, how to volunteer there, general information about the place, etc) and am happy to answer yours and refer you in the right direction.  Mostly, this blog is about keeping you up to date on the stories and news about Bhutan, the economics and psychology of happiness, particularly Bhutan’s alternative to GDP, Gross National Happiness.  And, of course, my book.

16 thoughts on “About

  1. Rieki says:

    how are you doing

  2. I am Mr. Tshering Jamtsho, Tour Operator from Bhutan Married to and American women and now live in the Marin county. My address is 186 the Alameda, San Anselmo, CA94960. but right now I am here in Bhutan leading groups from California, Your contact information was posted by one of my American friend Judy Lee who traveled through my company some years ago. Letting me know that you were looking for a KHO, is that correct, how could i help you in this matter please let me know the size and what kind of KHO you looking for, As I will be coming back to the US on the 16th of July 201. My Bhutan contact is 00975-1760-3836 and my American contact is 415-497 6095.
    warm regards

  3. Betsy says:

    Just read your book through the Read it Forward program. I loved it! You are a tremendous writer. I felt like I was there with you!

  4. Shannon Sylvia says:

    I enjoyed your book thoroughly. I found myself loving a place that I barely knew existed. After finishing the book I was tickled to see the news about the royal wedding, and I felt somewhat informed about the culture. I told my Indian friend about it, and she told me that she used to like near Bhutan, and that her husband has long dreamed about retiring there.

  5. Shannon Sylvia says:

    I meant live, not like 🙂

  6. Rinchen says:

    Kuzuzangpo LA! i just went through your site and i found it very interesting, even i shared in my major social networking, as you have nicely expressed Bhutan in your own words… that is really encouraging for the other people and it will interest them to know Bhutan, as it was isolated for decades ago.
    I am local inbound tour operator, specialist in private FIT and group tour to Bhutan, my email info@bhutantravelpackage.com.
    Best wishes from Bhutan!!!

  7. Lea says:

    I read your book in portuguese, I’m from Brazil and enjoyed it. It’s great!. The first time I’d heard about Buthan was in 1977, because I worked at Foreign Affairs Ministry in Brazil. I allways had the curiosity to visit this country. Now it’ll be possible. I need to know a good tour operator . On march I’ll be in USA visint my daughters who lives in Greenwich,CT. I’d like to travel to Bhutan from USA. Please give some information if it’s possible. Best regard. Léa +55 11 9262-2857 leasevero@yahoo.com

  8. Michele Nayman says:

    Radio Shangri-Law is an absolutely lovely book, not just for those interested in Bhutan.

  9. Mew says:

    I’m in the middle of reading your book. As a young 20 something year old male, I have so much respect for you! Keep doing what you’re doing and never stop pursuing your happiness. 🙂

  10. Caitlin says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I just finished your book. I loved it and felt like I was right there with you. I leave for Bhutan in 2 weeks. Is there anything you’d like me to bring there or back for you?

    • Caitlin! Lucky you–what a gorgeous time of year. Bring a book (not mine) to the library in Thimphu (not the National library, but the tourist library.) How far east are you going? Be sure to buy incense and BioBhutan Lemon spray and some honey…. And…thank you!

  11. Sushil Niroula says:

    The people who say that Bhutan is the happiest place should also visit the following website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutanese_refugees
    This Kingdom is happy place for a few ruling Ngalong elites but not for the commoner.

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