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The best time to visit Malaysia

The best time to visit Malaysia is from June to September. While the weather is pretty consistent across the year, travellers can enjoy a short dip in rainfall levels along the east coast that creates an ideal space for unwinding in.

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Visiting Malaysia in January

Dry and warm weather prevails across most of the country, with the only exception being the east coast and its islands. A great time to head to the beaches of Langkawi, or explore the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Visiting Malaysia in February

Steer clear of the east coast, but elsewhere the weather is perfect for exploring. It’s a quieter time of year, so you can be spontaneous.

Visiting Malaysia in March

Great weather across almost all of the country, as the weather picks up on the east coast. An exciting time to explore, with Chinese New Year too.

Visiting Malaysia in April

A popular time to travel as the majority of the country basks in sunshine. There is a chance of showers on the west coast, but no significant rainfall.

Visiting Malaysia in May

The start of the snorkelling and diving season on the east coast, as the seas calm on the white sandy beaches of the tropical islands. The chances of thunderstorms on the west coast increase but there is still plenty of sunshine.

Visiting Malaysia in June

Snorkelling and diving become more popular, with many areas on the east coast enjoying hot, dry weather now. The rainy season begins on the west coast, but generally, showers are short and won’t impact your holiday too much.

Visiting Malaysia in July

With the start of European school holidays and beautiful weather on the east coast, it is peak season. The west coast is windy, seas are rough, with some heavy showers.

Visiting Malaysia in August

Prime time on the east coast continues, and it can be hard to book your favourite accommodation. It is hot and humid on the west coast, with some downpours.

Visiting Malaysia in September

The weather on the east coast starts off well, but deteriorates as the month goes on. Seas become choppier, and hence visitor numbers drop. Conversely, on the west coast, the weather starts to improve, as the rain abates and sunshine becomes the norm again.

Visiting Malaysia in October

The east coast is preparing for high winds and heavy rain now. Langkawi and Penang on the west coast start to bathe in the sunshine as the month progresses. This can be a good time to visit as it is quieter.

Visiting Malaysia in November

The east coast is virtually closed now, but the west coast is kicking into life. At the start of the month, you can easily find accommodation and pick your favourite place.

Visiting Malaysia in December

The east coast accommodation is now closed until March. Similar to November, but the west coast gets busier on the build-up to Christmas.

Malaysia climate guide

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Maximum Temperature (°C)Monthly Rainfall (mm)
Cameron Highlands
The East Coast
Kuala Lumpur
Pangkor Islands
Perhentian Islands
Taman Negara National Park

Explore Malaysia

  • Cameron Highlands
  • The East Coast
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Langkawi
  • Malacca
  • Pangkor Islands
  • Penang
  • Perhentian Islands
  • Taman Negara National Park

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Steppes helped me recover my lost camera from Kuala Lumpur airport. Fantastic service involving lots of extra work on my behalf, not only collecting it but returning it to my home address.


Clare was brilliant when I was organising my holiday and understood my brief from the word go. Some of my trip was as a lone traveller and she made sure I was well looked after the whole time - every part of my itinerary worked perfectly and was very well organised. All of the guides were excellent with wonderful local knowledge and lots of ideas to keep the itinerary interesting and flexible.

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