Ap Kaila

Ap Kaila

I’m in Bumthang en route to Eastern Bhutan. And, like most public servants passing through Bumthang, I’m staying at Kaila’s Guest House.

Kaila Tamang, originally from Katmandu, came to Bhutan in 1969 to cook for Fritz Maurer, a Swiss cheese-maker. He worked for Mr Maurer in Sha Gogona and in Chamkhar before joining the logging center at Lamai Goenpa as the head cook.

When, in 1984, Mr Maurer built the Swiss Guest House, Kaila was recruited to manage the guest house. He worked there for 10 years till, in 1994, he bought an acre of land in Chamkhar (for Nu 20,000).  In 1995, he built the original guest house (which was destroyed by fire in 2003), and started operations a year later.

Kaila’s Guest House is a family-run business. Aum Choenzom, his wife, their sons and their wives run the guest house entirely on their own. That’s why the guest house is so warm and homely. That’s why the food is so good. And that’s why Kaila’s is favoured by tourists, expatriates and locals.