When to Visit Malaysia

by SmarterTravel Staff

Malaysia attracts visitors with warm, tropical weather and various festivals and events throughout the year. The most popular time to visit is during summer and the December and January holidays. The fewest visitors, especially those on longer vacations, come during the spring and fall.

  • high season: December to January, June to August
  • low season: February to March, September to October
  • shoulder season: April to May, November

Weather Information

Malaysia experiences a tropical climate, with average temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees throughout the year. The weather is strongly affected by the Northeast and Southwest Monsoon (a wind that brings heavy rainfall). Rain is expected between November and February in East Malaysia and along the east coast of West Malaysia. May through September is a relatively dry period.

Crowd Information

People visit Malaysia throughout the year, but many come for major events such as the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix in April, Colors and Flavors of Malaysia in July, and the Merdeka Day (Independence) celebrations in August.

Closure Information

Most hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year. However, some hotels may close during the monsoon season.

When to Save

The most expensive time to visit is during holidays and high seasons, while the best time to save money is during the spring and fall low seasons.

Information provided by Tourism Malaysia.

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