Ulrike Cokl (Ph.D.)



Ulli is deeply connected to Bhutan and her people. She has lived in in the little kingdom on and off  for many years. For her doctoral degree in social and cultural anthropology (UCL, U.K.) she conducted extensive ethnographic research over four years in remote places of the kingdom. Among others she investigated how traditional hospitality practices, travelling & gift-exchange inform social relationships in rural communities. Hence, she is very familiar with village livelihoods throughout the country. Based on her research Ulli explores unique and sustainable ways of farm/homestay tourism. Therefore Sonam and Nedup offered her to apply her insights within the Bhutan Homestay project. She happily obliged since her approach, which she outlined as the thuenlam-approach, aims at supporting farmers by creating a niche income.  Furthermore, it also allows visitors to immerse more deeply in various localities and aspects of Bhutanese culture.

With such great passion for Bhutan Ulli also co-founded the Bhutan Network, an Austrian and American based association that facilitates equal exchange between people in Bhutan and Europe (and USA respectively). When in Bhutan Ulli is always on the move, exploring new homes in remote places. She loves developing unique itineraries that offer a glimpse into the rich cultural traditions and practices of Bhutanese society. Ulli’s mother tongue is German, an advantage for our German speaking guests. Upon request, Ulli guides tours in German and English language. Contact: ulrike@bhutanhomestay.com