About Malaysia Travel

Welcome to our Malaysia Travel Guide. On this page you'll find all of our posts about travelling in Malaysia as well as some useful travel tips about the best time to visit, where to go, things to do and more. If you're planning on travelling to Malaysia, you've come to the right place. 

Malaysia was one country that surprised us during our travels in Southeast Asia. We've spent more than two years in the area in total and every time we've returned to Malaysia, we've been reminded of just how unique this country is to the region.

This is a place of contrast. Here, you can hear the mosque's call to prayer in the morning and sip cocktails at a fancy nightclub in the evening. You can trek through the jungle one day and sit on a beach the next. You will see the conservative nature of the local people, and yet when you meet them they seem to be quite progressive.

Malaysia is one of the most visually striking countries in Southeast Asia, with the bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur, the thick clouded forests of the Central Highlands and fantastic islands bobbing in crystal clear seas off of pretty much every coastline in the country, all with fantastic diving, Malaysia is dressed to impress visitors.

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Malaysia is roughly split into two sections. Peninsular Malaysia, which only shares one land border with Thailand, but maritime boarders with Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia, and East Malaysia (Borneo), which shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with Vietnam and The Philippines.

Its geographic position lends to a dizzying variety of wildlife with many populations of endemic species dotted around the country. Malaysia has so many animals that are only found within it's borders, that it's actually been listed as one of just 17 Megadiverse countries in the world. Needless to say, whether you're in Malaysian Borneo or in the Central Highlands of Peninsular Malaysia or diving in Sipadan, there are few places in the world that offer better animal sightings.

Latest Blog Posts

Below you will find all of our latest Malaysia travel blog posts which include not only our personal travel stories and experiences from travelling Malaysia for more than 2 weeks, but also some useful travel information to help you plan your own trip to the region.

21 Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s Buzzing Capital

Kuala Lumpur, or KL as many know it, is the bustling capital of Malaysia. It’s also a cultural melting pot, with a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and indigenous tribes. If you’re hoping to visit the Malaysian capital, read on for a list of ...

Top 10 Best Malaysian Islands

Malaysia is well known for its iconic Petronas Towers and glitzy capital city, but there’s a lot more to the country than commercial high-rise buildings. Some of the best Malaysian islands are also home to spectacular deserted beaches and lazy vibes, rivaling those in ...

Wildlife Through The Lens: The Kinatabatagan River in Borneo

Standing on a wooden dock watching muddy, sediment filled water swirl past me, I reflected on how thankful I was to be a temporary visitor to this land of amazing and endangered animals. My husband, Chris and I spent a week along the Kinabantagan ...

Sipadan: The Best Scuba Dive Of My Life

Sipadan is Malaysia’s only oceanic island and it is actually a massive extinct volcano cone. Coral has grown from the volcanic rock mountain which lays dormant and almost totally submerged in the Celebes Sea. Located  just off the north eastern coast of Borneo, Sipadan ...

Borneo On A Budget: Top 2 National Parks To Visit Independently

Borneo has to be one of the most diverse and stunning islands on our planet! There’s so much to see and do here that you could spend a lifetime and not see everything. With amazing flora and fauna, stunning coastlines and lush jungles, Borneo ...

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Resting Between Travel Days

The flight from Clark in the Philippines to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia was one of the most turbulent we’ve ever had!  Other than that, it was pretty uneventful.  We arrived in the city we know and love in the afternoon, took the bus into ...

Travelling from Koh Phangan to Kuala Lumpur

After enjoying all of the awesome things to do in Koh Phangan, it was time to leave. It was a very long travel day getting from Koh Phangan in Thailand to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. We decided that in order for you guys to ...

Our First Backpacking Trip – Where It All Began!

Our travel life began long before Goats On The Road was born, and because of that, we don’t really have any stories from our First Trip. We constantly refer to “our first trip” or “when we first started travelling” on this site, but where ...


When To Travel To Malaysia

The Best Time To Visit: March-June

  • High Season: December-February
  • Low Season: March-June
  • March - May (spring), June - August (summer), September - October (fall), November - March (winter)

Malaysia has a lot of different elements affecting its weather. The South China Sea splits the country in two, with the urban sprawl of Kuala Lumpur being contrasted by the misty forests of Borneo, this is a place where it's worth planning your trip around weather.

The absolute best time to visit Malaysia is between March and June, but that's not the only time to come here. But high humidity and lots of rain in the wet season means that there are some times of the year that are worth avoiding.

Most of the crowds visit Malaysia between December and February which coincides with the closing of local schools and businesses as well. This season is a sunny time of year and is a great time to visit, but it will definitely be more crowded than the rest of the year.

Quick Weather Facts (According to

Hottest Month: March (28°C / 82°F)
Coldest Month: January (27°C / 81°F)
Sunniest Month: September (8 hours)
Wettest Month: November (290mm of rainfall)

We always love visiting Malaysia during the shoulder season between July and November when the weather is usually sunny and dry (although there are frequent, but short showers). 


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