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HISTORY OF Mr. AN HOKSAN

Hoksan AN's family

Prek Toal is the one of floating villages located in Battambang province in Cambodia; and most of villagers are living on the floating houses with their fishing as the main careers to support the families economic.

My parents and their parents were born in the floating village, Prek Toal. My father and my mother got married during the Pol Pot genocide. I and my sisters was born also in Prek Toal and we live for the whole life. There are six people in my family currently and we are all fishermen and women.

I am a fisherman when I was 6 years old with my father and I also I am studying at school in the village two times a day, from 07:30am till 11:30am and back again from 13:00pm till 05:00pm; after that I go to do fishing with my father around 08:00pm and back home around 05:00am in the morning for every day. This is our life on the floating village.

In the village, I also work as local English speaking guide to take the guest tours for village tour and bird watching tour from 1998 till now.

I have tertiary qualifications in business and have built a good international network with more than eight years’ experience working in the hotels hospitality in Siem Reap and travel industry. Especially, I graduated bachelor degree of marketing at Build Bright University in Siem Reap.

We are not rich family but we would love to help people in the community and I follow my parents’ advice “While you still have time in your life, try to use your knowledge to help our community to have a better life. Even if people look down on you and laugh at you about being poor, please keep working and do the best you can do to help them. They will remember your work for the community forever.

My parents are working so hard from fishing because they want to keep our studying at school until university. But there is only two of us are graduated at university in Siem Reap, I and my youngest sister. And about my older sister also working so hard to support after she stop at grade 9, my young sister, she was stop study in year three at university in Siem Reap because she got married with Mr. Sophal in Siem Reap.

As we are a son and daughters, we keep our best to support our parents to live a better life as we can, because they are old and cannot do hard work like before.
So my sisters and I keep working to support our parents and also to continue my parents supporting to our community to sustainable of living environment life and education of their sons and daughters.

After I graduated my study at university and after I stop working at the hotels in 2016, then I am only focusing on my local tours and travel; and also my projects to developing my community in Prek Toal village; which is our mainly goal;

OUR SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS

I am AN Hoksan, is locally owned of “Prek Toal Tours & Travel” since 1998 and Prek Toal Home Stay since 2005 till now. This is a small family business that support to our local community, and I have set many goals for our tour and travel business that takes its name from my village, Prek Toal;

  1. To shares our Prek Toal community to the world
  2. To shares our rural lifestyle - our culture and day-by-day living on the floating houses
  3. To create more job opportunities for Prek Toal villagers to get extra income to support their family lives to supplement income from fishing
  4. To give value to our guests by making arrangements to join our tours, to build and repair houses for our needy poor families through our Village Developments projects.

With Prek Toal Tours & Travel’s experiences and locally expert in travel arrangements, you will enjoyed with us at a unique experiences of the floating village’s tours, Prek Toal Homestay and Bird watching tours that we are focus on.

We also creates personalized experiences to all ancient temple tours, hotels arrangement, package tours; and Cambodian cultural experiences around Cambodia with our all languages temple speaking tours by the areas. We are not combine tour guides like other travel agencies that we knew.

100% of our tours is invested back into the local community services, so your contributions and payments that we always ask to do before every tour start; it’s will go directly to our community on the same day or before all tours are finished. And also 5% of our tours’ profit on transportation and services will goes to support our “Village Development Project” and also you can donate to our project “Donates Now!”

We are always looking for sponsors to support to our students in the village, so that they can continue their studies from primary school to university, as I have done and keep working with our project of “Village Developments”.

A big part of your experience is the opportunity for you to make a real difference to the lives of the people in our village. Your visit to our village will help our villagers to get a better life and encourage them to build a good future for their families.

I have a strong belief in helping our community to grow with your support to us. I believe that you will support local business, particularly my family business based in Prek Toal village on Tonle Sap.

We encourage you to join us and our villagers to not only learn about life in the floating village, the wonders of the Angkor Wat region and the Khmer culture and society, but to provide our villagers with the means to financial security.

They can then continue with their traditional jobs like fishing, farming and house maintenance so that their way of life is not lost or threatened.

Why we always ask the guest(s) to do the fully bookings payments before tours start? Because;

  1. We would like to secure for every booking with the guest(s);
  2. Especially all of transportations and other services are provided by villagers that we support them and give them a job to take the guest(s) tours around. We are not hire them to do the monthly payment as like other companies.
  3. After we received the payment from the guest(s), then we will do the payment to them before/after every tours services start/finished.
  4. We understand about our villagers that we support and ask them to take guest(s) tours, they also would like to have money to pay for their daily families expenses after finished trip with the guests.

HONESTLY and TRUST

Honestly, I, Hoksan, do not want to see the other companies or organizations make their own personal income more than villagers by doing their business from this village. It mean that, the villagers, they can earn and spend day by day and the business owner become richer and richer, I have experience about that from what I seen their activities from some of business owner from oversea and local country.

So I hope that, all of those business are honestly work and support to make my community getting better and better not only just want to be personal richer and richer.

And also if some of those business or any organizations would like to support or corporate our local owned tours and travel and also my projects, please feel free to let me know anytime.

We are working in trust and honestly with guests and also our partners.

OUR TEAM

As we are a small family business who is support into our community, so there are four us are working as volunteers with no monthly salary.

And why we do this? Because;

  1. We are more than happy to work for our community
  2. We would like to make our community sustainable, especially provide an extra income to our villagers by taking guest(s) tours; not our personal income

How we get income?

  1. Most of our team are having part time jobs at home and some of us are work with organizations in the village.
  2. We only earn some of small income as the tour guide fees, when we had guests’ bookings tours to visit the “floating village’s tours”, stay at “Prek Toal Home stay” and “bird watching tours”.
  3. Mr. AN Hoksan, he is the owner of Prek Toal Tours & Travel, Prek Toal Home Stay and also a project manager that is support into community. And he is the person who spend a lot of time and work for the community without personal income. He also work as tour guide for the village tours, bird watching tours and other services in the village from guest arrangement with small income as a tour guide fee.

Mr. AN Hoksan from Prek Toal village, a Local owner and Managing Director and also the Project Manager.

Hoksan AN

Mr. PHENG Sophal from Siem Reap, is a Tours Operation and Assistant Director for Prek Toal Tours & Travel and Prek Toal Home Stay.

Sophal has over five years’ experiences working in the hospitality and travel industry. He is responsible for leading and supporting service quality enhancement with touring and maintaining positive relationships with guest(s) and our team.

Mr. Sophal

Ms. AN Chenda from Prek Toal village, is a supporting team for Prek Toal Toal & Travel and Prek Toal Home Stay.

Chenda has over seven years’ experiences working in the hospitality. She is responsible for supporting service quality enhancement with touring and maintaining positive relationships with guest(s) and our team.

AN Chenda

Miss. AN Socheat, from Prek Toal village, is our local home-made cooking experience with many years in the village. She is responsible to all guest foods, breakfast, lunch and dinner and also housekeeping and training to other families about setup sleeping place for very home stay for guest from Prek Toal Toal & Travel and Prek Toal Home Stay.

Miss. AN Socheat

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