Notes from the Road: Whirlwind Visits to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok

My week in Australia was leisurely compared with the week that followed: fly to Kuala Lumpur; a seminar the next two days; fly to Bangkok the next day; a seminar the next two days; fly home (tomorrow).

The focus of my time in both cities was obviously the seminars, two-day versions of my “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar. Henceforth, my one-day seminars will seem a breeze!

Participants came from all over: Malaysia and Thailand, obviously, but also Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. I was very pleased by the general enthusiasm and level of participation. But I was reminded of how challenging traditional contract language can be for non-native English speakers.

Although I had little enough time in each city, I had agreeable dinners, both on my own and with good company. And I was able to walk around enough to feel like I got a rudimentary impression of the two very different cities.

My hotel room in KL was great—a quarter circle in plan, the circumference floor-to-ceiling glass windows. And my bathroom window gave onto the Petronas Towers—not a bad backdrop for one’s ablutions.

Of course, I was too much of a nitwit to take a photo of that view. Instead, here’s the view from my Bangkok hotel room.

That’s ends my travelogue of this trip. I suspect that I’ll be doing a fair amount of this sort of thing in the coming years.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.