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When is the best time to visit Malaysia?

The best time to visit Malaysia depends on what area of the country you plan to see. The capital and west coast are hot all year round, making it an ideal place to visit for a city and/or beach break. Rain should be expected throughout the year, but these intermittent downpours shouldn’t impact on your enjoyment.

However, it’s worth noting that the west coast sees more rain than usual during September and October. At this time of year, you may prefer visiting an east coast destination instead.

Between March and October, the diving hotspot of Tioman, the white sand beaches of the Perhentians and the stunning mosques of Kuala Terengganu come to the fore.

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With such distinct east and west seasons, the cross-over period between April and June is a great time to enjoy everything that Malaysia has to offer.

David, Southeast Asia Specialist

Malaysia Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Cameron Highlands 70°F 7" 72°F 6" 73°F 8" 73°F 10" 73°F 10" 73°F 5" 72°F 6" 72°F 6" 72°F 9" 72°F 12" 72°F 13" 70°F 11"
The East Coast 84°F 6" 86°F 3" 88°F 4" 90°F 3" 91°F 4" 90°F 5" 90°F 6" 90°F 7" 88°F 8" 88°F 10" 84°F 23" 84°F 22"
Kuala Lumpur 90°F 6" 90°F 6" 91°F 9" 91°F 11" 90°F 9" 90°F 5" 90°F 5" 90°F 6" 90°F 8" 90°F 11" 88°F 11" 88°F 10"
Langkawi 90°F 2" 91°F 1" 93°F 4" 91°F 7" 90°F 11" 88°F 11" 88°F 11" 88°F 12" 88°F 15" 88°F 15" 88°F 9" 88°F 3"
Malacca 88°F 4" 91°F 4" 91°F 6" 90°F 8" 90°F 7" 90°F 6" 88°F 7" 88°F 7" 88°F 8" 90°F 9" 88°F 9" 88°F 6"
Pangkor Islands 88°F 6" 88°F 6" 90°F 6" 90°F 8" 90°F 6" 90°F 4" 90°F 5" 88°F 5" 88°F 7" 88°F 10" 88°F 11" 88°F 8"
Penang 90°F 3" 91°F 3" 91°F 5" 91°F 7" 90°F 10" 90°F 7" 90°F 8" 90°F 9" 88°F 13" 90°F 16" 88°F 10" 90°F 5"
Perhentian Islands 82°F 9" 84°F 4" 86°F 5" 90°F 3" 90°F 4" 90°F 5" 88°F 5" 88°F 7" 88°F 8" 86°F 11" 84°F 23" 82°F 24"
Taman Negara National Park 84°F 7" 86°F 4" 88°F 5" 88°F 8" 88°F 9" 88°F 7" 88°F 7" 88°F 7" 88°F 10" 86°F 11" 88°F 11" 84°F 12"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Malaysia

Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang

Visiting Malaysia in November

With the majority of the east coast islands now closed, it's time for the west coast destinations to shine. Visitors start to flock to Penang and Langkawi. Go at the beginning of the month to have the pick of the hotels.

Events & Festivals

  • Awal Muharram (date varies, but usually between September and November): The beginning of the Islamic New Year is marked by Muslims through the attendance of religious activities, praying and singing.

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