Bali, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam are among the most popular destinations in the region for backpackers.
But in Bhutan, where you can find the most exotic destinations on the planet, the number of backpackers has dropped.
According to the latest data from the World Travel and Tourism Bureau (WTTB), the number dropped from 12,926 in 2011 to 10,904 in 2012, a sharp drop of more than 12,000 people.
The statistics also show a significant drop in the number people staying in the country, from 15,912 in 2011, to 11,917 in 2012.
In the first half of 2013, the total number of travelers stayed in the Bhutan was only 13,527.
In the past three years, the country has witnessed a significant decrease in the size of its tourist population.
In 2013, about 22.7% of tourists stayed in Bhutan, compared to 23.1% in 2012 and 24.5% in 2011.
This dropped by about 4,400 people in the past year.
“The tourism and tourism infrastructure has been severely damaged by the natural disaster and the natural resource damage.
Tourism infrastructure has also suffered, so the numbers are falling.
But overall the tourist numbers are stable,” said Wangpa Sherpa, the director of Bhutan’s tourism agency, which manages the countrys tourism facilities.
The Tourism and Tourism Infrastructure Ministry (TTAM) is working on a raft of measures to help improve the tourist population in the future, Sherpa said.
According the TTAM, tourism and tourist infrastructure in Bhuta is among the best in the world.
The countrys overall tourist numbers have been growing, thanks to the growth in tourists coming from neighboring countries.
Tourism has also helped support Bhutan as a destination for Chinese and Indian visitors, said Sherpa.
The tourist numbers in the capital, Bhutanese capital Lhasa, have risen by 4.7%, while tourists staying in other cities like Nha Trang, Lhasan, Nanchang, and Urumqi have also grown.
According an April 2013 study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Bhutan has one of the highest number of tourists in the entire world.
In 2011, the population of tourists was around 18.5 million, while in 2012 that number was around 21.8 million.
The tourism industry has grown rapidly in the last decade, especially in Bhotan, Sherpas office said.
There are more than 5 million backpackers in the province of Bhutas more than 20,000 of whom come from China, said Wang.