View Bhutan Through lens with Edwin Tan

View Bhutan Through lens with Edwin Tan

Bhutan Tour Itinerary




Edwin Tan (Photographer)


Edwin started his journey of photography since end of year 2007 and with Over 250 awards and achievement for the past 13 years including Voted As Top 3 Malaysia Top Wedding Photographer by Poll organized by TallyPress (Malaysia) and Vulcan Post (Singapore), Year 2013 Canon AIPP International Photographer of the Year, Master of WPPI, Digital Photography Lecturer of Raffles College of Higher Education, Nikon D850 Pro Photographer / Ambassador , Huawei Malaysia Mobile Phone P Series Key Opinion Leader, Official ONSMO Studio Lighting Pro Ambassador, Edwin carrying out multiple workshops and Photography Sharing Session in local universities, colleges and public.


Beside major in Wedding Photography, he is also one of the world top stock photo company Getty Image’s Exclusive Photographer, capturing still-life, travel images and corporate / personal profile image.



  • WPPI 2019: 16x20 Individual Silver Award
  • WPPI 2019: 16x20 Pre Wedding Contemporary – Composite Silver Award
  • Digital Photography Lecturer, Raffles College of Higher Education
  • Conducted over 10 workshops and sharing sessions between August – November 2018
  • Mate 20 Pro Key Opinion Leader
  • Honor 10 Smart Phone Key Opinion Leader
  • International Best Wedding Photographer Photo of the Month Awards by WPE
  • Guest Speaker for MIWPV The Malaysian Indian Wedding Photographers and Videographers  Year 2018
  • Official ONSMO Studio Lighting Pro Ambassador (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Istock and Getty Image Exclusive Photographer
  • Featured Front Cover Magazine Aperture October 2017
  • Nikon D850 Pro Photographer / Ambassador 
  • Huawei Malaysia Mobile Phone P Series Key Opinion Leader
  • 3rd Place in Humanity Category and 4 Bronze awards in PPAC 1st Half Year 2017 Competition
  • 1 Silver in Fashion and Beauty Category in 1st Half Year 2017 WPPI Online Photo Competition
  • 1 x Gold, 2 x Silver , 1 Bronze Distinction , 2 Bronze and Smart Phone Portrait Category Winner in 2017 PPAC Print Competition
  • IWPA Photo of the Week 014
  • 5th and 17th Place in ISPWP Fall 2016 Photo Contest Results
  • Featured in Digital SLR Photography Nov 16 issue 80
  • 3rd Place in Smart Phone Portrait Category in PPAC 2nd half 2016 online Intl Awards 
  • 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Awards on PPAC 2nd Half 2016 Online Photo Competition
  • 1 Silver Distinction and 5 Silver Awards on WPPI Year 2016 2nd Half Online Photo Competition
  • 2nd Place in Landscape, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in Smart Phone Mobile and 2 silvers, 8 bronze in 1st Half 2016 PPAC Online International Awards
  • Feature in as 10 Award Winning Wedding Photographer
  • 2 bronze award at PPAC首届全球摄影比赛 PPAC 2016 Annual Competition
  • 1 Silver Award WPPI 2nd Half 2015 Online Competition Bride or Groom Alone
  • 15th Place in ISPWP Summer 2015 Bride and Groom Portrait
  • With accumulate points, categorized under Master of WPPI
  • 3 Silver Awards on First Half Year 2015 Members Only Online Competition WPPI
  • One of the top 50 Best Wedding Photos Year 2015 by Signature Weddings
  • 5th place in  ISPWP Wedding Photography Contest Gallery | Spring 2015 | Venue or Location
  • 3 Silver Awards on 2015 WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 16×20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition
  • (1 silver Photojournalism, 1 silver bride or groom alone – non wedding day, 1 silver wedding couple together – non wedding day)
  • Featured in CameraPixo Intl Online Magazine Hot Shot We Inspire Vol 4 selected under Editor Choice
  • Score both images in 2nd Place and Top 43 in the top 50 placing images of the Wedding Category in Year 2014 Open Awards of Intl LOUPE Awards
  • Voted As Top 3 Malaysia Top Wedding Photographer by Poll organized by TallyPress (Malaysia) and Vulcan Post (Singapore)
  • Featured in The Edge Financial Daily 10th Nov 2014
  • 1 Silver and 3 Bronze Awards in International LOUPE Awards Year 2014
  • 4 Silver Awards on Second Half 2014 WPPI Online Competition
  • 2 Silver Awards on First Half 2014 WPPI Online Competition
  • Associate of WPPI under WPPI Honor Roll Year 2014
  • Featured in SME Magazine (Asia fastest growing business magazine ) Sept 2013 issue 30 Young Entrepreneur
  • 2013 Canon AIPP International Photographer of the Year
  • 2 Silver Awards of 2013 Canon AIPP Photo Competition
  • 2nd place in non wedding photojournalism 1st half year 2013 WPPI Online Competition
  • Listed by Camerapixo ‘s E book “Inspiring Photographer Vol 3″
  • Asia Top 30 Photographer You Must Know by Signature Wedding Magazine Jan 2012 Issue
  • 7 Bronze awards for International LOUPE Awards Year 2012
  • 1x Accolades of Excellent for WPPI 1st Half Year 2012 Online Photo Competition
  • 2x Silver Awards APPA (Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards) Year 2012
  • 6 x Bronze Awards Creative Asia Photography Competition Year 2012
  • WPPM 2011 16″x20″ Print Competition Wedding Journalism Category Winner
  • 6th place in Reflection Category, 3QTR, 2011, WPJA
  • 2 Accolades of Excellent for WPPI 2nd Half Year 2011 Online Photo Competition
  • 1 Silver Award (26th place out of top 50) and 7 Bronze Awards in The 2011 International LOUPE Awards – Open Category Wedding
  • Winner in Wedding Details category, Year 2011WPPM First Half Competition- Professional Category
  • Winner in Non Wedding Journalism category, Year 2011WPPM First Half Competition- Professional Category
  • 3rd place in First Half Int’l Photography Competition 2010 WPPI, Category- “Group”
  • 6 bronze awards and 1 silver award for Canon-Creative Asia competition out of 7 submission
  • 6 Accolades of Excellent for Second Half Int’l Photography Competition 2010 WPPI
  • 4 Accolades of Excellent for First Half Int’l Photography Competition 2010 WPPI
  • 7 Honorable Mention of IPA (International Photography Awards) 2010 Professional Category
  • 5 Accolades of Excellent for WPPI 16 X 20 Print Competition 2010
  • 13 times AGWPJA Awards Winning
  • 6 times WPJA Awards Winning
  • 5 times Local Competition Awards Winning
  • Featured by Canon Camera Malaysia on DSLR Photography Magazine (August Issue)
  • Featured by Camerapixo, Poland on front page cover & special highlight 15 pages (August Issue)
  • 1 image selected by Photofever forum for KLPF Exhibition Year 2010
  • 4 Images was selected by PhotoMalaysia Forum for KLPF Exhibition Year 2008
  • Appointed as instructor for OUM on photography classes


Name: Edwin Tan

Years of Experience: 13 years since Year 2007



Day 1

Arrival in Paro, head to Thimphu

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatise to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu.


National Memorial Chorten [1 hrs] - Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation at the National Memorial Chorten. Chorten means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Treat yourself with the fantastic depiction of Buddhist teachings in the form of paintings and sculptures at this temple. As the name denotes this National Memorial Chorten was consecrated on July 28, 1974, in memory of the Third King.


Walk Around Thimphu Town [1 hrs] - Shop and walk around Thimphu town.Thimphu is the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centres. However, it still retains its’ cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization.


Welcome Dinner and Sharing of Photographs skill [1 hrs] - Tonight welcome dinner with all the participant and photographer Edwin Tan.He will share his experience and photographs skill for well prepare of tomorrow shooting.

Day 2


Thimphu Capital city of Bhutan.

Buddha Point [1 hrs] - Located at Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, the 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha makes it one of the largest statue of Buddha in the world. The Buddha Dordenma symbolizes indestructibility, and it is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world. The Buddha statue will be completed soon, currently awaiting for the completed paintings but visitors can drive up to the Buddha point and view the tallest statue of Lord Buddha. The view of Thimphu valley from the Buddha point is spectacular and beautiful,, especially at night.


Folk Heritage Museum [1 hrs] - If there is still time, we may visit this replica of a traditional Bhutanese house as it would have looked 100 years ago, and as many Bhutanese families still live to this day. Please note museum, monastery, temple and dzong opening days and times can and do vary with national holidays and events such a visit by a member of the Royal Family or auspicious ceremonies. [Opening hour weekday 10:00 AM – 04:30 PM, Saturday 10.30 AM – 01:00 PM, Sunday 11.30 AM – 03:30 PM]


Centenary Farmers' Market [1.5 hrs] - Most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of Wangchhu River where the weekend market is held. Villagers from the Valley and other nearby places come to sell their wide range of agriculture products in the market. The market is by far the largest domestic market in Bhutan. A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people and perhaps buy souvenirs. [Operating hour: Every Fridays to Sundays 07:00 AM - 07:00 PM]


Watch Archery Match [1 hrs] - Witness the locals play archery (Bhutanese traditional game) at changlimithang archery ground.Archery was declared the national sport in 1971, when Bhutan became a member of the United Nations. Since then, the popularity of Bhutanese archery has increased both inside and outside Bhutan, with a measure of government promotion. Bhutan also maintains an Olympic archery team.


Dinner and Photo Sharing [0 hrs] - Dinner at hotel and we share and do some discussion for the photos take by the day.

Day 3

Thimphu to Punakha

Dress up like Bhutanese [0 hrs] - Today you will have the chance to dress up in full Bhutanese attire. The Bhutanese absolute love visitors doing it. Women wear elegant wraparound skirts called 'kira' and the men wear checked, floor length belted robes called 'Gho'.We will be able to provide Kira (for women) and Gho (for men).


Dochula Tshechu Festival [3 hrs] - Dochula Tshechu or festival is commissioned by the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. 2011 will be the inaugural year for this festival. This is a unique festival as the festival is fully performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monastery. The soldiers have been given three months training in folk and mask dance. The festival will start at 0900 and ends at 1615.


Punakha Dzong [2 hrs] - Placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the Dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored in the recent years by the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.At the Dzong enriches your trip with the opportunity to see the highest standards in woodwork. Do not miss the massive Kuenray, the Coronation Hall of all Bhutanese kings, the Dzongchung at the entrance to the Dzong and the cantilever bridge over the Mochu that has been recently renovated.


Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge [1 hrs] - The 160 metres Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge is known for the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, which gives you spectacular views of Punakha Dzong and the Pho Chhu Valley.


Dinner and Photo Sharing [0 hrs] - Dinner at hotel and we share and do some discussion for the photos take by the day.

Day 4

Punakha to Paro

Chhimi Lhakhang [3 hrs] - ChimelLhakang also know as Fertility Temple located in the beautiful village of Sopsokha right before the junction in Lobesa. The monastery stands on a small hill close to the village of Lobesa and was constructed in 1499 by Ngawang Choegyel, the 14th Drukpaheirarch. This monastery is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley 'Divine Madman' known for his outrageous behavior. The existing footpath to Chimi Lhakhang passes through beautiful terraces of paddy fields. It is about 30 minute walk across field from the road to the temple. "The Divine Madman, Drukpa Kinley is a famous teacher with whom the phallic symbol is associated. Tales told by your guide would have excited you to visit Chhimi Lhakhang. The Divine Madman sits there thougha statue this time. Do not miss the master's deeds painted on the walls. Japanese and several American couples visited this temple and were blessed miraculously with children.


Aum Choden Farm Home [1.5 hrs] - Visit traditional farm house, taste local wine "Ara" ,visit Vegetable plantation. you also have chance to play Bhutan national game "Archery" and local game "Dart" Dinner and Bhutan Cultural show at Aum Choden Farm house [2.5 hrs] - Tonight you will enjoy Bhutanese Cuisine and Bhutan Cultural show at Aum choden farm house

Day 5


Are you ready? We will be making the hike up to one of the key highlights in Bhutan today! Tiger's Nest aka Taktsang Monastery


Taktsang Monastery [6 hrs] - Often called the Tiger’s Nest, perched on the cliffs, has awestruck many a visitor. “Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed, it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss. For those not choosing the spiritual side, it is the dramatic, artistically built monument that becomes a hiker’s delight. Take a trip to this dramatically set Buddhist relic hanging from a cliff.


Experience the uphill climb as you ascend more than two thousand feet from the valley floor. A prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex located on the cliff side of Paro Valley. According to legends, it is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a Tigress (his consort Yeshey Tshogyal) and meditated in one of the caves. Guru Rinpoche performed meditation and emerged in eight manifestations, and the place became holy, thus gaining the name Tiger's Nest.


Day 6


Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek!


Photo Review & Give away Prize to the best image represent Bhutan culture [2 hrs] - Today is the last day in Bhutan,we will take a look at our images of this few days, also do some discussion and sharing together with Edwin Tan. give away the best image represent Bhutan culture with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize selected and judged by Edwin Tan, award winning photographer.


Namgay Artisanal Brewery [1 hrs] - Namgay Artisanal Brewery is located at Dumsibu, Paro, Bhutan. They brew many styles of beers, considering the different drinking palates for taste, making sure that all beer-lovers are satisfied. This added to the innovative nature of craft brewers all over the world have taken the market by storm, allowing them always to brew something new. The flexibility of continually creating beers with fresh ingredients makes this an enjoyable experience for the brewers and connoisseurs alike and the flavor and aroma from the Bhutanese ingredients make the beer more enjoyable than ever before, with a distinct and local taste.


Home Sweet Home [0 hrs] - After lunch transfer to Paro international airport for your pleasure flight back home

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