When to go to Malaysia?

In general, the best time to visit Malaysia is from June to September. During this period all regions of Malaysia can perfectly be visited.

If you are flexible in traveling dates, it can be advisable to avoid traveling to Malaysia from November to February. This is the rainy season for both the East Coast and for Malaysian Borneo. Unfortunately, for the West Coast of Malaysia this period is the 'best time to visit'.

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The best time to visit the different regions of Malaysia

Malaysia can be visited year-round, but timing can optimize your travel significantly. In general, the best time to visit Malaysia is from June to September. During this period you can perfectly visit all four regions of Malaysia. People intending to only visit a part of Malaysia, can find the ‘best time to visit’ of their destination in the overview below.

  • West Coast of the Malaysian peninsular (e.g. Langkawi, Penang and Pangkor):
    The West Coast tends to be the driest and sunniest between December and March (this is the ‘rainy season’ for the East Coast and for Borneo). Therefore, this is the best time to visit the West Coast.

    The second best time to visit the West Coast is from June to September. This period coincides with the ‘best time to visit’ of the East Coast and of Borneo, so ideal for travelers also heading to other parts of Malaysia.

    The 'rainy season' on the West Coast is from April to May and from October to November. Visitors should expect rain showers year-round, but they tend to be heavier during the 'rainy season'. In September and October diving at the West Coast can be poor, due to bad visibility.

  • East Coast of Malaysian peninsular (Kuantan, Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu, Redang and Kota Bharu): the absolute best time to travel to the East Coast of Malaysia is from April to October, this is the driest and sunniest time of the year.

    Between November and March (the ‘rainy season’) the East Coast is receiving the most rain, if you can, it is best to avoid traveling to Malaysia during this period. The choppy water during this time also makes water sports difficult or even impossible. Most importantly: (many) resorts can be closed during the ‘rainy season’, due to the bad weather and rough sea.

  • Malaysian Borneo (e.g. Sabah and Sarawak): the best time to visit (Malaysian) Borneo is from May to October, this covers most of Borneo’s ‘dry season’. This also is the best time to spot Orang-utans, as the trees are fruiting between June and August. Please, keep in mind that given the rainforest environment, Borneo is hot and humid year-round. Rain should be expected any time of the year.

    The most rain in Borneo however, falls from November to January. Please, note that the rainy season is the best time to spot turtles laying their eggs.

  • Lowlands and highlands (Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Cameron Highlands):
    Kuala Lumpur and Malacca can be visited all year. These cities are hot and humid year-round, so rain showers should be expected on a daily basis. During the ‘rainy season’ (April to May and October to November) these will be a bit heavier and more frequent. For some however, these showers are a welcome relief to the humidity. The temperature in Kuala Lumpur and Malacca is equal to other ‘lowland’ parts of Malaysia: ranging between 67°F and 90°F, or 21°C and 32°C.

    The highlands of Malaysia face a cooler climate, the temperature is ranging between 50°F and 67°F, or 10°C and 21°C. The best time to visit the Malaysian highlands is from January to August, as the most precipitation tends to fall from September to December.

Being a tropical country, Malaysia is hot and humid all year. Rain showers should be expected year-round, but the intensity and frequency differs during the year.

Tourist numbers peak during the North American and European holidays: mid-December to January and June to September. Higher demand, obviously, results in higher prices.

Better not to go to Malaysia

Beach lovers must avoid the monsoon season from November to January, especially at the East Coast and on Borneo.

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Beautiful Malaysia

Weather and seasons of Malaysia

Malaysia is a tropical zone country with high temperatures and humid conditions year-round.

The temperature is fairly stable year-round, ranging between 67°F to 90°F, or 21°C to 32°C (see pictures below). In the highlands the average temperature during the day is 67°F or 21°C and 50°F or 10°C during the nights. The humidity normally is around 90%.

The seasons for the different regions:
  • West Coast:
  • East Coast:
  • Borneo:

The weather overview pictures below (both °F and °C) perfectly show the stable temperature year-round. The main weather factor that travelers should keep in mind is the amount of 'expected' rain.

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Map and current weather of Malaysia

Drag the yellow iconStreetview iconto a location on the map for the "Google streetview" mode.
Click on the weather icon to see the forecast for the next days.
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Best time to visit specific highlights of Malaysia

  • Kuala Lumpur:
  • Perhentian islands:

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Pay special attention to

  • Ramadan (Hari Raya Puasa): flexible dates. Try to avoid the Ramadan period and especially the celebration of the end of the Ramadan (Hari Raya Puasa).
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Do you have a question about visiting Malaysia? Or do you want to share your knowledge of Malaysia with other travelers? Please, visit our Malaysia forum.

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