Malaysia destination guide

Best time to visit Malaysia 

Malaysia is a year round destination. Temperatures remain constant and hover at above 30 degrees in the day with high humidity levels. Kuala Lumpur is hot all year round. Expect showers all year round but these downpours last for a couple of hours and clear up quite rapidly.

The country is affected by the south-west monsoon from Apr to October and the northeast monsoon from November to Feb and different parts of the country have their dry and wet seasons at different times of the year. On the west coast, the wettest months are September and October, while on the east coast, the wettest months are November to February. Kuala Lumpur is wettest from March to April and September to November, while Malaysian Borneo sees its heaviest rainfall between November and February. The best time to visit for dry weather is June and July on the east coast, January and February on the west coast, April in Sabah and June to July in Sarawak.

Best time to go

West Coast, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Penang

Weather (monthly averages)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 Average minimum temperature
22℃ 22℃ 23℃ 23℃ 23℃ 22℃ 23℃ 23℃ 23℃ 23℃ 23℃ 22℃
 Average maximum temperature
32℃ 33℃ 33℃ 33℃ 33℃ 33℃ 32℃ 32℃ 32℃ 32℃ 32℃ 32℃
 Average hours of sunshine
6 7 7 6 6 7 7 6 6 5 5 5
 Average rainfall in mm
158 201 259 292 224 140 99 163 218 249 259 191

East Coast, Kuantan, Cherating, Kuala Terangganu,Tioman Island

Weather (monthly averages)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 Average minimum temperature
22℃ 23℃ 23℃ 24℃ 23℃ 24℃ 23℃ 24℃ 23℃ 23℃ 23℃ 23℃
 Average maximum temperature
31℃ 31℃ 31℃ 32℃ 32℃ 31℃ 31℃ 31℃ 31℃ 31℃ 31℃ 30℃
 Average hours of sunshine
5 6 6 7 7 6 10 7 6 5 4 4
 Average rainfall in mm
279 140 168 150 172 164 155 178 207 264 412 598

Cameron Highlands, Fraser's Hill, Central region

Weather (monthly averages)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 Average minimum temperature
13℃ 13℃ 13℃ 14℃ 14℃ 13℃ 13℃ 13℃ 14℃ 14℃ 14℃ 13℃
 Average maximum temperature
22℃ 22℃ 23℃ 23℃ 23℃ 23℃ 23℃ 22℃ 22℃ 22℃ 22℃ 22℃
 Average hours of sunshine
5 5 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4
 Average rainfall in mm
160 132 215 299 246 140 122 163 260 340 330 230

General travel tips

The Federation of Malaysia comprises of Peninsular Malaysia and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Situated between 2º and 7º to the North of the Equator line, Peninsular Malaysia is separated from Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea. In the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia lies Thailand, and in the south, neighbouring Singapore. Sabah and Sarawak are bounded by Indonesia while Sarawak also shares borders with Brunei.

People & Language

Malays comprise 57% of the population, while the Chinese, Indian and Bumiputeras and other races make up the rest of the country's population. While Malay is the national language the many ethnic groups also converse in their various languages and dialects, but English is also widely spoken. Islam is the official religion of the country, but other religions such as Buddhism and Christianity are widely and freely practised.

Currency

The monetary unit of the country is Ringgit Malaysia and is written as RM or MYR.

Time

Eight hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity

Voltage is 220 - 240 Volt AC at 50 cycles per second. Malaysia uses standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets.

People

Malays, Chinese, Indians and many other ethnic groups have lived together in Malaysia for generations. All these cultures have influenced each other, creating a truly Malaysian culture. The largest ethnic groups in Malaysia are the Malays, Chinese and Indians. In Sabah and Sarawak, there is a myriad of indigenous ethnic groups with their own unique culture and heritage.