January – March
With the west coast basking in sunshine, it’s a fantastic time to visit Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and the Cameron highlands. On the east coast, however, the rainy season ensues so is best avoided.
In April, weather in Malaysia is good across the country. The west and east coasts both enjoy lovely weather. The cultural centres of Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands and Penang might have a few odd showers but not enough to affect your trip; they might even be a welcome relief from the humidity.
May – August
The East Coast enjoys dry weather and glorious sunshine. The sea is relatively calm, perfect for snorkelling explorations around coral reefs. The west coast, on the other hand, is now in its rainy season, so heavy downpours should be expected, albeit short-lived.
September – October
The climate on the east coast remains dry with relatively low humidity, sunshine and little rain. A northeast monsoon begins to blow, bringing slightly rougher sea conditions and a cooler temperature than the summer months. The west coast wet season declines although rain can still come. In particular, Penang and Langkawi can experience heavy storms.
Dry and sunny weather returns to the west of Malaysia marking the start of the peak season. You can expect reliably hot weather, with long periods of sunshine on the west coast throughout this period. On the east coast, however, the monsoon brings heavy rains. Many resorts in eastern Malaysia close during this period, reopening again in March/April time.
As ever, the weather in Malaysia in December is a decidedly mixed bag. It’s excellent on the west coast, with dry weather perfect for a beach stay and the less extreme heat makes it a perfect time for exploring too. On the east coast, however, downpours and storms are frequent and many resorts remain firmly closed.
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Our Head of Travel, Nick loves exploring life in Asia and over the past decade he has spent a great deal of time in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. To add to his impressive repertoire, Nick also pioneered our Indonesia holidays and having done exhaustive tours to Bali, Java, Flores and Indonesian Borneo he is passionate about extolling the virtues of this often overlooked country.
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James didn’t leave Europe until he was 19, first venturing to California for three months and then four months in South America. But it was his first trip to South East Asia, travelling from Hanoi to Bangkok overland, which really captured his imagination. A few years later he embarked on an epic eight-month tour of India which saw him, among other things, working in the holy city of Varanasi and volunteering in a rural development commune in southern Kerala. James has since been back to India over ten times, and travelled to Malaysia and Borneo, becoming obsessed with the street food of Penang in the process. More recently he's been to Bali and Lombok where he particularly enjoyed climbing Mount Rinjani, Sri Lanka where he fell in love with the Mudhouse and back to off-the-beaten track Sikkim in India.
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