Best Time To Visit Malaysia

Malaysia is a beautiful country and everyone wants to have a taste of its beauty. Unfortunately, for seasoned travelers like me, huge crowds, soaring hotel prices and scarce facilities may ruin the party from time to time. To get good value for your money it's ideal to identify the best best time to visit Malaysia. Below are some helpful tips that I have compiled just for you.

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The Best Time To Visit Malaysia: 4 Useful Tips

Tip 1: Visit When There are No Crowds

If there are many people going for holiday, it means that you’ll encounter difficulties finding the right hotel room. Most hotel facilities are overbooked during holiday seasons. Same goes for travel facilities and basic amenities. Some busy months of the year (this is may not be the best time to visit Malaysia) include:

November to early January
Although the weather is perfect for travel at this time of the year, you should try to avoid touring the coastal destinations. This period covers Christmas, New Year and the Chinese New Year event. Most hotels are over-priced, over-booked and over-crowded.

March, June, August
School holidays fall in these 3 months – each lasts of about 2 weeks. As you might expect, most parents take their children for outings. Again, you should avoid traveling at such times as you might have to contend with a bustling population of mid-income earning families who tour the resorts at this time of the year.

Mid May to Mid September
This is when the second peak season kicks in. During this period majority of visitors come from neighboring countries as it is the official holiday season for schools in the Middle East. Again, hotels are over-booked and a bit over-priced.

So, when is the best time to visit Malaysia? Probably, the best time to visit is after September as things are quiet until mid November when the main peak season sets in. You can also arrange to visit in the month of March. During these months you’ll be able to avoid worst rains and usually there is less humidity.

The first peak season (Mid-November to December) has the hugest traffic. I’d advise you to avoid either of the two peak seasons.

Tip 2: Weather Patterns Throughout The Year

Malaysia is accessible to tourists for most time of the year. However, if you want to spend a fulfilling holiday you may want to visit when the weather is right.

On the West coast, the wettest seasons falls between May and October. In the East Coast, September to December are pretty wet. The Capital City (Kuala Lumpur) is wettest during the months of March and April and sometimes from September all the way to November.

Looking for dry weather?

It’s best to visit the West coast anytime from February to March. Thanks to dry weather, you’ll be sure to enjoy an uninterrupted stay on dry (and relatively stable) weather. If the East coast has the best deals for you, then the best time to visit would be in the months of June and July.

If visiting during this time of the year, make sure you pack enough loose-fitting and lightweight clothes. Note that the local Malaysian culture is a bit strict on how one should wear clothes. Wear decent clothes and don’t walk around in shorts. You can wear shorts to the beach but not to shopping malls.

Note the following:

  • Monsoon tides strike the East Coast during the months of November and March and many hotels normally close shop.
  • The West Coast is wettest from April through May and again from October to November.
  • The Southwest Monsoon falls between June and September.

Visiting just after the rainy season can afford you the best of all worlds. The countryside is bustling with green life and bountiful waterfalls.

Tip 3: Holiday Seasons And Event Throughout The Year

The best time to visit Malaysia is certainly not during public holidays and weekends. Why? Holidays normally affects availability of accommodation and also means that prices tend to go up. These include state holidays, school holidays and national holidays held for various cultural reasons.

Some of these holidays can be quite difficult to predict as they don’t have fixed dates. Also note that all holidays falling on a weekend are normally celebrated on Mondays (or the following official working day).

In some states, weekend starts on Fridays while in others on Saturdays. Saturday-Sunday apply to liberal states while Friday-Saturday apply to conservative Islamic states.

Holidays mean that public parks, shopping malls and all other public places will be crowded as locals take a break from their daily routines.

Take note of the following holidays:

The dates for this holiday are based on the patterns of the moon and vary from year to year. If you visit Malaysia around this time, it is important to show proper respect to the locals who may be fasting throughout the day.

Chinese New Year
This is usually the largest festival of the year. Dates vary from year to year but the festival normally takes place in January, February or March.

Malaysia Day
Usually celebrated on the 16th of September. This is a national public holiday.

Hari Merdeka
This is the official Independence Day in Malaysia, it is celebrated on the 31st of August. You can expect lots of traffic-disrupting revelry at this time of the year.

Tip 4: Planning To Visit Malaysian Borneo? Some Important Tips For You

Borneo is a magnificent tropical island and for this reason you should high humidity throughout the year. November and February are the wettest months – bringing strong winds. Sitting in a boat for two hours in torrential rain isn’t fun and the wildlife safaris are hardly enjoyable during the wet season.

The best time to Visit Malaysian Borneo is between the months of Match and October. This is normally considered the wet-dry season. Be prepared for rain at any time of the year, so carry an Umbrella with you.

Borneo is an excellent location for laid-back outdoor festivals. Rainforest Music Festival and the Miri Jazz Festival are sure to make your stay here unique, memorable and incredibly vibrant.


As the locals would say “Selamat datang ke Malaysia” – “Welcome to Malaysia!”. You can't get enough of this travel destination when you follow these 4 tips.