Ditching the corporate job as a Real Estate Agent in the USA was never easy for Tom Praisan, but it was through a breakthrough realization during his travel to India that paved the way to build his own tour business.
“During the recession in 2008-2010, it was a tough time,” he recalled. Nevertheless, he still considered it as a blessing in disguise for he won’t reach be where he is now today if not for that unfortunate event. “It was a bliss,” he described.
Running his own business now, Tom faced a lot of challenges. “Starting was easy, juggling the money to run the business smoothly was the hard part. There is also a lot of stress involved in day to day operation. Problems can escalate quickly because of the language barrier between locals and foreign customers.”
As the owner of Thai Canal Tours, Tom shares his blessing by supporting annually Baan Unrak Orphanage Foundation, a non-government community development project that helps the community in the outskirts of Thailand. “I care about kids. They can’t take care of themselves and we have to take care of them so they will have a chance for a better future. It’s on us.”
As he bid adieu, he left this saying by August Hare: “Thought is the wind, Knowledge the sail and Mankind the vessel.”