Best time to visit Malaysia
Dancing in warm rain, mist rising from the jungle or escaping the heat in an air-conditioned mall; no matter when you visit Malaysia, every cloud has a silver lining.
Even nocturnal temperatures rarely fall below 20 degrees (apart from the fresher highlands), which tends to offer mosquitoes an array of uncovered banquets. In general, the west coast is wetter over the summer (May-Oct) whilst the east coast and Cameron Highlands find more showers from Sep-Dec. Then it's Borneo's turn for the worst of the weather before handing the umbrella to KL for March and April. Basically, if you don't mind a daily deluge to relieve the heat and humidity, the best time to visit Malaysia is pretty much all-year-round.
Kuala Lumpur Weather Chart
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WHEN TO VISIT MALAYSIA & WHEN NOT TO
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IN MALAYSIA
Chloe Mckellar, from our supplier Rickshaw Travel, shares her favourite time to visit Malaysia: “Chinese New Year starts with the new moon rising between 21st January and 20th February. It’s an amazing time to be in Malaysia, particularly Malacca, Kuala Lumpur and Penang, with lots of red bunting, traditional street food and colourful, noisy parades. I find this time of year really interactive and easy to join in with celebrations, although lots of hotels get booked up well in advance.”
FESTIVALS & EVENTS IN MALAYSIA
Did you know about...?Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which involves Muslim adults undertaking an obligatory fasting period as decreed in one of the Five Pillars of Islam to commemorate the first time the prophet Muhammad was visited by the archangel Gabriel.
Chloe Mckellar, from our supplier Rickshaw Travel, shares her experiences: “I enjoyed travelling during Ramadan because a lot of places in smaller areas close for the day but mid-afternoon onwards local people will sell sweets and savoury items outside their homes. You don't get that at other times of the year. Also, when the sun goes down, lots of restaurants put on huge banquets. However, I'd avoid the end of Ramadan as traffic is busy and travel plans can get disrupted. Travel in the first couple of weeks and chat to your guide about what they do and what they think of Ramadan.”
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