When is the best time to go to Malaysia?

When is the best time to go to Malaysia? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In February, the weather is good across more than 53% of the territory of Malaysia
  • The best months to go to Kuala Lumpur are February and July
  • On average, it is hot all year round in Kuala Lumpur
  • The rainiest months in this city are April, May and November
  • The cities with the best climate are Bako National Park and Teluk Intan, with good weather at least 9 months a year
  • The sea temperature is suitable for swimming all year round in Malacca


Where and when to go based on the weather?

East Coast of Malaysia
Tioman Island, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu...

February and March
83°F to 95°F°C
5 to 21 days
83°F to 85°F
January, April, June, July and August
83°F to 97°F°C
9 to 26 days
81°F to 88°F
May, September, October, November and December
83°F to 97°F°C
12 to 28 days
83°F to 88°F

Johor
Johor Bahru, Mersing, Batu Pahat...

February and March
85°F to 92°F°C
8 to 18 days
83°F to 85°F
January, April, May, June, July, August, September and October
83°F to 92°F°C
8 to 25 days
83°F to 88°F
November and December
85°F to 90°F°C
15 to 25 days
85°F to 86°F

Sabah (Borneo)
Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau...

February, March and April
85°F to 90°F°C
7 to 25 days
81°F to 86°F
January, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December
85°F to 90°F°C
10 to 29 days
83°F to 88°F

Sarawak (Borneo)
Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu...

All year round
83°F to 94°F°C
6 to 26 days
81°F to 88°F

West Coast of Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Malacca...

February, June and July
86°F to 94°F°C
5 to 14 days
85°F to 88°F
January, March, April, May, August, September, October and December
85°F to 94°F°C
7 to 24 days
85°F to 88°F
November
85°F to 90°F°C
13 to 25 days
86°F

Best time to travel to Malaysia by cities

Chargement en cours
East Coast East Coast Johor Johor Sabah (Borneo) Sabah (Borneo) Sarawak (Borneo) Sarawak (Borneo) West Coast West Coast

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Temperatures and rainfall in Malaysia

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Malaysia and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang, Batu Pahat and Bintulu, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Malaysia

Find out when Malaysia has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Malaysia

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October and November. The number of visitors to Malaysia is high in: July, August and December.

  • Very low season in Malaysia: January, March, April, May, October and November.
  • Low season in Malaysia: February, June and September.
  • High season in Malaysia: July.
  • Peak season in Malaysia: August and December.

Figure: Visitor index for Malaysia month by month


Average price for flights to Malaysia

A return flight between Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur is generally cheaper if you go in march ($ 416 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 287 more for your airline ticket to Kuala Lumpur if you go in december.

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Where to go in Malaysia?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Kuala Lumpur90°F94°F94°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F90°F90°F
Malacca86°F88°F90°F90°F90°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F
Penang86°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F86°F86°F
Batu Pahat88°F90°F90°F90°F90°F90°F90°F90°F90°F90°F88°F86°F
Bintulu85°F85°F86°F88°F90°F90°F90°F90°F88°F88°F88°F86°F
George Town88°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F90°F88°F88°F
Johor Bahru88°F90°F92°F92°F92°F90°F90°F90°F90°F92°F90°F88°F
Kota Bharu83°F85°F86°F88°F90°F90°F90°F90°F88°F88°F86°F85°F
Kota Kinabalu85°F85°F85°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F85°F
Kuala Terengganu83°F83°F86°F88°F90°F90°F90°F90°F88°F88°F86°F83°F
Kuching86°F86°F88°F90°F92°F92°F92°F94°F92°F92°F90°F88°F
Langkawi Island85°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F85°F86°F
Mersing85°F85°F86°F88°F90°F90°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F85°F
Pangkor island85°F86°F86°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F86°F86°F85°F
Sandakan85°F85°F86°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F86°F
Sibu88°F88°F90°F92°F92°F92°F94°F94°F92°F92°F90°F88°F
Tawau86°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F
Tioman Island86°F86°F88°F90°F90°F85°F83°F85°F88°F90°F90°F88°F
Bako National Park85°F85°F86°F88°F88°F90°F90°F90°F88°F88°F86°F86°F
Bandar Penawar85°F85°F86°F88°F90°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F86°F

Legend:

good weather

tolerable weather

bad weather

very bad weather


About Malaysia

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Is this weather information for Malaysia reliable?

Climate data for Malaysia has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Malaysia allows us to determine the average for each month in Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang, Batu Pahat, Bintulu, George Town, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, and 64 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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