When to Go in Malaysia

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In Malaysia there are really 2 peak seasons, winter and summer. The peak winter period takes place between the start of December until the end of January, and this incorporates the Christmas, New Year's Day and Chinese New Year holidays. The end of Ramadan changes dates depending on the year it falls in. If wondering about Malaysia, when to go, then you are advised to check the date of the end of Ramadan because travel and accommodation may be well booked-up.

School Holiday Times

The Singaporean school holidays between May and June and between November and December mean that families are likely to take vacations at Malaysia's beach resorts. Malaysia's schoolchildren enjoy breaks from school  in March, May, and August as well as in November to December.

The peak summer season takes place in June, July and August, occasionally going on into September. During this period you may find yourself competing with Middle Eastern families for hotel rooms and places at breakfast buffet tables because their children are on school vacation. When considering when to go to Malaysia it is usually wiser to go between September and November so that the places are not too busy. Both the winter and peak seasons yield plenty of tourist traffic so it's best to take that into consideration before you travel to the country.

Climate Issues

If you want to go to any of the wonderful east coast resorts such as Pulau Perhentian or Pulau Tioman, steer clear during the low season (November to March) as the monsoons will tend to make the sea too dangerous for sports and beach activities. Furthermore, it is touch and go whether you can even catch a ferry to islands like Tioman because of the choppiness of the ocean. The temperature is more or less the same in Malaysia all-year round, so deciding when to visit Malaysia should not be affected by this consideration. The only exception here is the hilly areas like the Cameron Highlands where the temperature is markedly cooler and presents a pleasurable respite from the heat of the cities and the beaches.


Watch out that you don't make visit during official holidays  because during such times government offices will be shut as well as some shops and restaurants, depending on the cultural background of the owner. This is particularly an issue during the end of Ramadan and during the Chinese New Year.

Tom Sykes

February 09, 2010 change by schitti

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