Rather than clutter up the last post with a map, I’ll put the map up here. As you can see, most of my travel has been in peninsular Malaysia. Eastern Malaysia, on the island of Borneo, reaches the end of its monsoon season in February, usually.
1. Kuala Lumpur/Batu Caves
2. Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
3. George Town, Penang
5. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
6. Kuala Lumpur
For the geographically challenged, Brunei is an independent sultanate wedged into the state of Sarawak, Malaysia, and Indonesia controls most of the southern half of Borneo. The Philippines are to the northeast of Borneo, and easily accessible by boat or plane from Sabah (where I am now). Thailand lies to the north of peninsular Malaysia.
So, you could land in Bangkok, Thailand, take the train to Kuala Lumpur, or even Singapore. Fly to Jakarta, Indonesia, then hop over to Pontianak on Borneo (and stand on the equator!), then take the bus to Kuching in Sarawak, Brunei, Kota Kinabalu, and finish up in the Philippines. Six countries in all.
Yes, I did consider it. But rather than rack up “countries visited” points, I opted for leisurely exploring one — well, two, counting Singapore.