The Spotlight On: Convincing Cambodian Communicator Leap Phun
Every month, we put the spotlight on one of the key players who make it happen for your privileged clients. This month, get to know Leap Phun, Sales Executive for Khiri Travel Cambodia, based in the (new) Phnom Penh office.
Who are you?
I was born in Kompot Province in 1987, the second child of six in my family. After I finished high school, I moved to Phnom Penh and studied English Literature at Human Resources University from 2006-2010. In my free time I like traveling to the countryside and the mountains. My favorite place is the beach at Koh Rong Saloem Island because of the awesome white sand and fantastic swimming in the sea.
What is your job at Khiri Travel?
I have been working for Khiri Travel Cambodia for five years now. Currently, I work as a Sales Executive handling the module booking for four countries. I do the reservations and upload the programs and prices in the online reservations system. I wanted to work in tourism because it is very social and I like communicating with others and traveling. I enjoy showing Cambodia’s culture, art and traditions to tourists from around the world.
Recently I went to Thailand to attend Khiri Travel’s 20th Anniversary. It was great to meet others on the Khiri Team.
What do you like best about Cambodia?
Fried Sap river fish is my favorite meal at the Banana Tree restaurant found at La Rose Suites in Phnom Penh. The festival I like best is Ban Om Touk or the Cambodian Water Festival celebrated in November. This holiday marks the end of the rainy season with boat racing and concerts that go on for three days. I love Cambodia because of our rich culture, beaches, trekking, boat trips, foods and best of all, the friendly people everywhere.
Why should people travel to Cambodia?
There are so many reasons! Of course I would strongly persuade them to explore the great temples in Siem Reap and the glory of the Khmer Empire. Secondly, I would recommend the white sand beaches of southern Cambodia in Sihanoukville and Koh Rong Saloem. There is also trekking in the Cardamom Mountains to experience a truly wild place.
How can a traveler to Cambodia be more responsible?
A traveler must learn or be aware of their destination country’s culture and the people’s traditions. Moreover, the traveler should shop at local markets to support local products that provide a sustainable livelihood for the people.