Khun Punch, as she’s known among friends in Ao Nang, has taken the time to tell us a little about herself and her influence in Krabi. She is a well-known person in Krabi and founder of “Krabi Visa”. This organization helps people who need visas, Thai and foreigners alike. But that’s not all she’s been doing in Krabi. Khun Punch’s experience extends well beyond the realm of visas, and that’s why we want to talk with her.
Krabi Magazine: So Khun Punch, I know this is a completely unrelated question but lets start with a curve ball. What is your favorite foreign food?
Khun Punch: Food is NEVER unrelated! I love the style of roasted food, and I love Mediterranean dishes where there’s lots of vegetables and salads. Although really, I love anything with sea food!
Nice, now we’ve got to get through the rest of this interview hungry…
KM: So a bit of background; Where were you born?
KP: I was born in the south-west province of Phatthalung, which is about three hours from Krabi. I grew up in Bangkok and them moved back here in 2001.
KM: How long have you lived in Krabi?
KP: I have lived in Krabi for 13 years, and in that time I’ve seen a lot of change!
KM: So what is your favorite place in Krabi?
KP: I love Railey beach. Railey is one of the reasons I decided to move here. I love to Climb and dive, and Railey is such a magical place to do both things.
KM: What was your first job in Krabi
KP: I used to work for Reef Watch, one of the first dive centers in Krabi town, selling dive trips and excursions. I am so grateful to Reef Watch for giving me the opportunity to learn diving. There, I completed my dive instructor course and then followed my dream to work as a diving instructor. I love teaching people to dive and showing them the amazing underwater world.
KM: Now you own and operate “Krabi Visa”. What made you start this company?
KP: The idea of Krabi Visa started after I found myself helping my foreign friends who were living in Krabi. I would help them organizing events and doing other things that they found difficult. I was working in an industry where there were lots of foreigners who had problems dealing with the Thai government offices. It is often a huge hassle dealing with these offices because of communication. The language problems and cultural misunderstandings can create challenging barriers. I had experience with all of this and I understood the problems. I found that my language, communication skills and cultural experience could make this mission not just possible but a more relaxed experience for both parties.
KM: Where are your clients from primarily?
KP: My clients can be from anywhere! Anyone is free to contact me through the website or facebook, and I am lucky enough to get lots of my clients via word of mouth.
KM: What are your hopes and dreams for Krabi in the future?
KP: I really want to see Krabi move in a direction where the language, culture and education is not an issue. I also want to see Krabi grow and develop without disturbing too much of the environment. This is important to me personally, to everyone living in Krabi and for the future generations of Krabi. I don’t think I am naive or a dreamer – I know we can do it! If we teach our children to become more aware of our effect on the environment, then they will keep Krabi cleaner. We can teach them that if you drop plastic on the ground, it will be there for another 1000 years. They will then be more mindful about pollution – that must be the first step. A cleaner environment is one of the main things that will keep Krabi beautiful
KM: Which other parts of the world you have visited?
KP: I have been lucky enough to go to Australia, England, Norway, Sweden, The Czech Republic, Poland and a small but very beautiful part of Russia – I’m embarrassed to say I don’t remember the name! I’ve also made it a priority to explore my own continent by visiting Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Nepal.