Best time to visit Malaysia

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Best time of year to visit Malaysia

As Malaysia is positioned close to the equator, the weather is hot and humid year-round with occasional tropical rain showers. Seasons differ in Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. So, the best time to visit Malaysia depends on the region you plan to visit. The wet season on the peninsula east coast and in Sarawak region runs between November and February. During this time, the west coast experiences sunny weather. Conversely, the rainiest months on the west coast and in Sabah region are April to October (peaking in September–October); but rains are sharp and short. So, if you aim for MarchAugust, most likely you'll have a great time in Malaysia. Spring is a good time for birdwatching, witnessing vanilla blooming or feeding baby sharks. Mind, this is the period of thick haze caused by air pollution, which can lead to flight cancellations. Hot and humid summer from June to September is a peak season when the country is filled with tourists, so book in advance. Numerous festivals like Christmas and Chinese New Year attract waves of tourists to Malaysia (especially west coast) from late December to early February.


Canopy Walks in Borneo

April–June • activity

See where birds fly and gibbons jump in Borneo

Langkawi SkyBridge

January–August • activity

Follow this curvy bridge up in the mountains and touch the Malay sky

Feeding Baby Sharks

April–June | October • activity

Even predators can be cute and friendly, if you know how to behave

Diving near Borneo Island

April–October • activity

Dare to challenge a famous sea Drop Off

Watching Orangutans

May–October • nature

Thumbs up for orangutans and their opposable thumbs

Pitcher Plant or Nepenthes

March–October • nature

These plants eat insects and even small mammals

Longboat Ride and Longhouse Overnight

May–August • activity

Spend a few nights with an indigenous community to learn the cultural roots of many cultures of Southeast Asia

Canopy Walks in Peninsular Malaysia

June–August | January–February • activity

Explore Malaysia from the treetops

Mangrove Forests

January–February | June–August • nature

Check out these trees growing in sea water that host lots of crabs and prawns

Mountain Torq Via Ferrata

March–July  • activity

The world's highest via ferrata near the summit of Mount Kinabalu, Borneo's highest peak

Pygmy Elephants

June–September • nature

The world's smallest subspecies of elephants live in Malaysian Borneo

Bats of the Sarawak

March–September • nature

If you are not scared of vampires, visit this four-million bat colony


March–June | September–November • activity

Choose Malaysia if you want to see as many different kinds of birds as possible and meet colleagues from all over the world

Proboscis Monkeys

all year round • nature

They may seem very cute because of their golden fur and tiny brown eyes, but their huge nose make them look rather weird

Gong Making in Sabah & Matunggong Gong Festival

all year round (gongs) | October 28, 2017 (festival) • event

Some tribes are distinct with dances, some with hunting, and the Rungus community has mastered its skills in making gongs

Flashing Fireflies of Kampung Kuantan

November–August • nature

A huge colony of fireflies performs their dance of light as a one whole organism

Black Orchids

March–August • nature

Black orchids are a rare and fascinating flower not to be missed!

Petronas Twin Towers

all year round • activity

If you're into tall buildings and long-range views, these twin skyscrapers are a must item on your bucket list

Kuching Cat City

April–September • activity

If you are a cat lover, visit this town occupied with cats while it enjoys a short break from rains


Harvest of Edible Swiftlet Nests

February–April | July–September • food

Have you tried a soup made with birds? With eggs? What about soup from the whole bird nest?

Traditional Kite Flying

March–April • activity

Peacocks, cats, and moons fill the sky when large kites are launched at the end of harvest

Borneo International Kite Festival

September 28–October 02, 2018 • event

Dragons, tigers, lizards, cats, and more! It gets very crowded up there, high in the sky


October–March • activity

Have you ever imagined what it'd be like inside a washing machine? The answer is here!

Tea Plantations and Pulled Tea

February–March | August–September • nature

Black, green, Oolong, teh tarik—try various sorts of tea in Malaysia

Hot Springs

March–May • nature

Do you believe in the miraculous healing power or just want to test your body with really hot water on a cooler spring day?

Sunrise on Mount Kinabalu

February–April • nature

You can start your lazy morning in bed with a cup of coffee, or enjoy your hot drink from a thermos on top of a mountain!

Vanilla Flowering Season

April–May • nature

Everyone knows the sweet aroma of this flower and its beans!

Malay Martial Arts Silat

July | September • event

Are they fighting or just dancing? It might be both, especially if they practice silat

Chinese New Year

February 05, 2019 • event

Chinese dragons and lions, night fireworks and magically lit temples, and many open houses for every person


April–May | September–October  • nature

This flower is big, impressive, heavy, rare, unique and very stinking

Asam Embang (Mawang) or Jungle Mango

January–February | July–August • food

This huge type of mango can be tasted and enjoyed only in Borneo