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 Kota Bharu


Annual weather in Malaysia

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Malaysia for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 67°F to 92°F
10 to 25 days*
February 67°F to 94°F
5 to 21 days*
March 67°F to 95°F
7 to 24 days*
April 67°F to 95°F
8 to 26 days*
May 67°F to 97°F
8 to 29 days*
June 67°F to 97°F
6 to 23 days*
July 65°F to 97°F
5 to 23 days*
August 65°F to 97°F
6 to 26 days*
September 67°F to 95°F
7 to 24 days*
October 72°F to 95°F
10 to 25 days*
November 70°F to 92°F
13 to 27 days*
December 68°F to 90°F
11 to 27 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Malaysia by cities

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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

The best months to go to Kuala Lumpur are february and july.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

The best months to go to Kota Bharu are february, march and april.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

The best months to go to Kota Kinabalu are february, march, october and december.

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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, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi Island and Malacca, 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, February, March, April, May, October and November.
  • Low season in Malaysia: June and September.
  • High season in Malaysia: July.
  • Peek season in Malaysia: August and December.

Figure: Visitor index for Malaysia month by month


Average price for flights to Malaysia

A return flight between London and Kuala Lumpur is generally cheaper if you go in march ($ 748 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 247 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
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
Langkawi Island85°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F85°F86°F
Malacca86°F88°F90°F90°F90°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F
Pangkor island85°F86°F86°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F86°F86°F85°F
Penang86°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F86°F86°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
Banggi Island (Pulau Banggi)85°F85°F85°F86°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F86°F85°F
Bario (Kelabits Highlands)88°F90°F90°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F90°F90°F
Cameron Highlands88°F90°F90°F90°F90°F94°F92°F92°F92°F90°F88°F88°F
George Town88°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F90°F88°F88°F
Gunung Mulu National Park83°F85°F85°F85°F85°F85°F85°F85°F85°F85°F85°F85°F
Janda Baik90°F94°F95°F95°F97°F97°F97°F97°F95°F95°F92°F90°F
Johor Bahru88°F90°F92°F92°F92°F90°F90°F90°F90°F92°F90°F88°F
Kuantan85°F86°F88°F90°F92°F92°F90°F90°F90°F88°F86°F85°F
Kuching86°F86°F88°F90°F92°F92°F92°F94°F92°F92°F90°F88°F
Kudat85°F85°F85°F86°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F86°F85°F

Legend:

good weather

tolerable weather

bad weather

very bad weather



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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, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi Island, Malacca, Pangkor island, Penang, Tioman Island, and 64 other cities.

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

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