THE SHRINE WHERE
MONKEYS RULE

I've never seen wild monkeys in my life, so visiting the Batu Caves was high on my list of things to do in Malaysia. The caves are also a Hindu shrine to Lord Murugan - as you can see by the enormous statue erected to him.

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THE TALLEST TWIN TOWERS
IN THE WORLD

Very near to where Stéphane's parents live are the Petronas Towers - the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004, and still the tallest twin towers in the world. So we climbed up them.

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KL IS FOR
THE SPIRITUAL ONES

Three major religions reach a confluence in Kuala Lumpur: Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. Over the course or our time in KL, Stéphane and I made a point to expose ourselves to all three of them.

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CITY LIFE ON
A SMALL SCALE

Second stop for us in KL: the Butterfly Garden. It was an interesting place - humid and busy. Mostly beautiful, but also a little sad.

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CITY BIRDS
OF PARADISE

Our first destination in Kuala Lumpur was the KL Bird Park which, generally, wasn't an awful place. The birds were magnificent, and right there in the open with no wires, windows or cages.

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CHOPPY WAVES,
BLUE WATERS

On New Years Day, 2015, Stéphane, his parents and I boarded a boat twenty feet offshore and took the choppiest boat ride ever to a pristine chain of islands known as Ang Thong.

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OUR RETURN TO
WAT PLAI LAEM

After failing to get Stéphane's parents out to Wat Plai Laem, we decided to go back on our own one more time -- again near sunset. This time we were able to spend much more time there, taking pictures, shopping and goofing around.

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THE WAY ROUND
KOH SAMUI

When you board a vespa and set off around a tropical island, a feeling comes over you. Beauty. Peace. Rolling hills. Ocean breeze. A cute boy leading you through the island paths. It was perfect.

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DISCOVERING THE
FLOATING TEMPLES

We rounded the corner walking home from the market, and, after passing under a sunlit archway, Stéphane and I entered the Wat Plai Laem -- a spiritual complex of floating temples.

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WELCOME TO
ISLAND PARADISE

The island of Koh Samui -- Thailand's second largest island -- sits on the east coast with beautiful shorelines, tens of thousands of residents and rolling coastal hills.

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FIVE HOURS IN
THE PORT CITY

Rainy. Expansive. Not enough time. Our first stop on our vacation to southeast Asia was actually a layover in Hong Kong - long enough to get out of the airport and into the city!

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