Please join me for a presentation of photos, facts, examples, and anecdotes regarding a November 2019 trip to five parts of Thailand. I’ll present my perspective on how traditional Thailand is evolving into a youthful and energized vacation spot. I’ll share information about Bangkok, Thailand’s largest city, Chang Mai, a small city in the mountainous region in the north, Khao Sok National Park, a pristine jungle area with elephants, Cheow Lan Lake, a man-made lake home to tourist floating camps, and Krabi, a beach town in the south. Yes, I’ll be sharing pictures and commentary on Buddha statues, monks, temples, rickshaws, tuk tuks, and floating markets. However, I’ll also be sharing tips for dancing to night market karaoke music, attempting to shop at a hill tribe hut, bathing 70-year old elephants, dining and dashing at the top of a skyscraper, winning a kayak race against twenty other countries, having a hand-made dress go wrong, negotiating ocean rocks from James Bond movies while riding out a short-lived typhoon, and last (bot not least) enjoying a romantic dinner on the beach that ended with a cat trying to nab a lobster off my plate. I look forward to seeing you there!
Lesley Klenk, PhD, is a published writer, blogger, and teacher in Olympia, Washington. She has made her home primarily in Washington state with a few stints in the Northeast and the Heartland while earning advanced degrees in English. Her writing meanders through the genres of literary fiction, travelogue, memoir, and creative non-fiction. You can read her work on her travel blog, Travels with Paul, the social media platforms Thurston Talk, Grays Harbor Talk, and the online magazine, Living Better After 50. Klenk realized her calling as a travel writer after escaping a locked bathroom stall in Mexico, surviving a close encounter with a shrieking hyena in South Africa, and stumbling into an illicit speakeasy in Paris. She thanks the Senior Services for South Sound for the opportunity to teach the travel writing class—it was a gift, right when she needed it.
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