Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Thailand Celebrates 1M Annual Visitors: Vagabonding Lulu goes to Hollywood

Vagabonding Lulu joined the Tourism Authority of Thailand to celebrate 1M visitors during the 2017 tourist season. The celebratory party aptly named "A Million Thanks" brought Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) partners together for an extravaganza party at Wanderlust Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, where the venue was transformed into a Thai Street Market.

"I was so excited to finally eat authentic Thai food after my trip to Thailand last November," said the Arizona travel writer. "I was in seventh heaven eating and talking to the Thai street food vendors that TAT brought in for the party." 
Authentic Thai massage at Hollywood Party
"I also got a Thai massage, danced with the other fabulous travel writers that I met on the TAT Thailand trip, and posed for Instagram photos in a real Thai tuk tuk. It was almost as much fun as traveling to Thailand," Vagabonding Lulu stated.
Travel writers Bella Graham, Stacey Wittig and Pat Bailey Russo in Thai Tuk Tuk

Travel Disaster Averted

Vagabonding Lulu almost missed the party when her airplane was delayed out of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. "I'd flown in from Flagstaff and was waiting for my connection in Phoenix for my next flight to Burbank," said the seasoned traveler. "Fellow travel writer Suzanne Stavert [of Adventures of Empty Nesters blog] was picking me up at the airport and then driving me to her home in Pasadena to get primped for the party. The plane that was to take me there was delayed in Albuquerque. As my flight continued to be delayed, I texted Suzanne and told her not to leave for the Burbank airport."

"I was pretty much freaking out that I was going to miss the party... I wasn't so sure how long it would take to drive the LA freeways to Hollywood. I calmed myself by Googling the distance and traffic -- only 25 minutes from BUR to Wanderlust Hollywood." Unfortunately the late plane didn't allow time for Lulu to go to Suzanne's home to change. And it was a LITTLE 76-passenger tube-like CRJ9. 
The CRJ9 was similar to the on depicted here

The regional jet has a toilet in the tail where the ceiling curves over the occupant's head making them crouch. "I am glad that I have hidden talents; like a crouching tiger," laughed the travel writer. "I ended up changing from my Flagstaff fleece and yoga pants into my evening gown in the tiny toilet of the plane."

BEFORE and AFTER the mini-toilet dressing experience

Vagabonding Lulu makes debut Hollywood appearance

Check out the exciting TAT party on this YouTube vid. Can you spot Vagabonding Lulu in her debut Hollywood appearance?

Tourism Authority of Thailand

Wanderlust Hollywood

Stacey "Vagabonding Lulu" Wittig is a travel writer bbased in Flagstaff, Arizona. Like this story? Then "Follow" this blog from the box in the upper right.

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