Born into a poor family in Siem Reap, I very much wanted to attend University but did not have the resources to do so. One day, while working as a taxi driver, I met two American tourists who believed in the power of education, and who came to believe in me. The couple paid my university tuition every year for four years.
After I graduated, I studied to become a fully accredited tour guide and I have been showing the wonders of Angkor temples to visitors from all over the world since 2007. I have never forgotten the help I have received in my young age and I wanted to give back. With the income from my work and the generosity of many of my visitors, I started a school in my village in 2014, accepting all children regardless of their ability to pay.
I have also been working hard on providing much needed water wells to poor villagers and providing support to the disadvantaged Kulen Mountain community lacking access to medical care - all thanks to the generous help and sponsorship from many of my clients.
I also care for animals, helping the French resident who has been feeding and treating the cats living in a pagoda on the outskirts of Siem Reap since 2013.