Avalon Travel is saddened to learn of the passing of Carl Parkes, a San Francisco native, travel writer, and author of many Moon Handbooks.
Parkes began his writing career in 1979 on a yearlong backpacking trip through Asia. While in Singapore, he met Moon Publications founder Bill Dalton at a budget hotel on Bencoolen Street. Eight years later, Parkes sent Dalton a proposal to write a guidebook about Southeast Asia.
Parkes wrote for Moon Handbooks for more than 15 years and was the author of many notable titles. Moon Handbooks: Thailand received the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for Best Travel Guidebook of the Year, and Moon Handbooks: Southeast Asia received the Lowell Thomas Bronze Medal for Best Travel Guidebook of the Year. Parkes was also the author of Moon Handbooks: Bangkok, Moon Handbooks: Singapore, and Moon Handbooks: Philippines.
When asked, “What is the biggest reward of life as a travel writer?” during an interview with Rolf Potts, Parkes replied, “To be a creative and free individual living in the great city of San Francisco, with plenty of time exploring the wonderful world of Southeast Asia.”
On behalf of all of us at Avalon Travel, our condolences go out to Parkes’s friends and family.