A native Bhutanese, Sonam completed his tertiary education in Singapore and decided to stay on to gain working experience in Singapore. Sonam joined Druk Asia right after graduation upon finishing an intern ship with Tourism Council of Bhutan. As a native Bhutanese whom has travelled widely in Bhutan, Sonam has a solid knowledge of the country.
Sonam has a Bachelor of Science (Hospitality) from James Cook University of Australia. He has been living in Singapore for the past 5 years.
Sangay Dorji is also a Bhutanese native. Together with Sonam, they are probably the only few Bhutanese working in Singapore. Sangay joined Druk Asia Singapore office full time in April 2013 having started out as an intern during his college days
Originally hailed from eastern Bhutan, with ancestry in Trongsa, extended family in Gelaphu and Punakha, and an eventful childhood growing up in Paro, Sangay knows the terrain of the dragon land intimately.
In June 2012, he graduated from James Cook University, Australia, with a Bachelor of Science (Information Technology). He has been in Singapore since 2009.
Mindu joined Druk Asia in late 2011 as an operation executive. A Bhutanese hailed from Phangyul, Wangdue, Mindu always with a smile has an ever-optimistic outlook of life personifying the concept of Gross National Happiness.
Tshering Dhendup has been in the travel and hospitality industry for more than 19 years. He has been guiding since 1994 and was trained by Austria Tourism Board. He started as a guide and was featured in a number of TV travel show such as NCRV (Netherlands), Denmark TV and Korean TV. As a guide, he has been invited to Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Japan and Sweden by his guests. He is also a remarkable archer, being able to hit the bull-eye 7 out of 8 times at 130 metres.
Needup is our most senior trekking guide and also our operation manager. He started guiding in 1991 and has completed Snow Man Trek thirteen times. He completed a 10 months hospitality training in Hong Kong and spent 3 months trekking alpine mountain in Germany. He graduated from Sarbang High School.
Trained as a financial analyst, Cipto joined Druk Asia upon graduation having worked with companies like Tata Group, JP Morgan Chase and Aberdeen Asset Management. His love for the Kingdom of Bhutan spurred him to promote Bhutan in a most holistic way.
Born in Indonesia, and educated in Singapore, he speaks Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Chinese and English. Cipto has a Bachelor of Science in Economics & Bachelor of Business Management major in Finance from Singapore Management University. He is an Indonesian national with Singapore Residency and has been living in Singapore for the last 12 years. He has been to Bhutan 10 times.
Joni Herison started travelling to the Himalayas since his undergraduate days in 1997. A civil engineer by training and an internet technologist by career, he was charmed by the beauty, culture and people of Bhutan during his maiden trip and decided return to this beautiful land again and again by venturing into tourism.
Joni has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil & Structural) from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. An Indonesian national with Singapore Residency and has been living in Singapore for the last 25 years. He currently runs all partner liaisons for Druk Asia and has travelled to Bhutan 19 times since that life changing trip in May 2008