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Discover the wonders of Malaysia

Dense rainforests, bustling cities and a unique blend of different cultures make Malaysia a wonderful holiday destination.

Malaysia is a true melting pot of cultures. Its rich heritage is reflected in its cuisine, festivals, and architecture. Explore the vibrant streets of Kuala Lumpur, where modern skyscrapers like the Petronas Twin Towers stand alongside historical landmarks like the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Immerse yourself in the colourful celebrations of Diwali, Eid, and Chinese New Year, showcasing Malaysia's multicultural tapestry.

Nature enthusiasts will find their haven in Malaysia. Trek through the lush rainforests of Taman Negara, one of the oldest rainforests on the planet, and witness the incredible biodiversity of this ecological gem. Don't forget to visit Borneo's rainforests to meet orangutans in their natural habitat, an experience that will stay with you forever.

For those seeking sun and sand, Malaysia boasts some of the most pristine beaches and islands in the world. Langkawi, with its golden sands and crystal-clear waters, is a paradise for beach lovers. Dive into the azure depths of the Perhentian Islands, where vibrant coral reefs teem with marine life, making it a snorkeler's dream.

Malaysia is a gastronomic wonderland. Mix and match cuisines with the flavours of nasi lemak, laksa, and roti canai. Street food stalls are the heart of Malaysian cuisine, offering a delightful array of dishes that will tantalize your taste buds.

If adventure is on your mind, trek the challenging paths of Mount Kinabalu or indulge in thrilling water sports in Langkawi. Malaysia offers something for every adventurer, from jungle expeditions to white-water rafting.

Your dream holiday to Malaysia is just a click away. Let our expert team at Far & Wild help you craft the perfect Malaysian itinerary. Whether you're a culture enthusiast, nature lover, or adrenaline junkie, Malaysia promises an experience like no other.

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When to go to Malaysia

Discover the best times to visit Malaysia with this guide

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January

January is a great time go snorkelling in Langkawi or explore the streets of Penang. Weather is consistently warm and dry on the west coast of the Malaysian peninsula. Kuala Lumpur and the central highlands are humid but pleasant. Avoid the east coast as the monsoon season persists until March.

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February

Kuala Lumpur and/or Penang are a must in February in order to see the incredible Chinese New Year celebrations. Red and gold decorations are hung about temples and shopping plazas, as well as beautiful animal statues representing the relevant zodiac.

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March

March is the month for cultural festivals in Malaysia, with the famous Thaipusam festival taking place in Batu Caves near Kuala Lumpur. This Hindu festival sees devotees performing extreme acts of devotion, making for a unique and unforgettable experience.

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April

April sees the blooming of wildflowers in the Cameron Highlands, a scenic hill station known for its tea plantations and stunning vistas. This is the perfect time to explore the region’s natural beauty and indulge in some tea-tasting.

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May

May marks the beginning of the dry season in Sabah, perfect for outdoor adventures. Explore the Kinabalu National Park, climb the highest peak in Southeast Asia, or take a river cruise to spot proboscis monkeys and other wildlife.

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June

June is the start of the rainy season in Sarawak, but this also means the rainforests are lush and alive with wildlife. Explore the Mulu National Park, go caving, or visit the traditional longhouses of the indigenous tribes.

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July

July is the month for the George Town Festival in Penang, a month-long celebration of arts and culture. This is the perfect time to explore the island’s UNESCO-listed heritage sites and indulge in the famous Penang street food.

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August

August 31st marks Malaysia’s National Day, with parades and fireworks across the country. This is a great time to experience Malaysia’s patriotic spirit and learn more about its history.

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September

September marks the start of the harvest season in Sabah, with the famous Pesta Kaamatan festival celebrating the rice harvest. This is a great time to experience the culture of the Kadazandusun people and indulge in some traditional food.

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October

The west coast, including destinations like Penang and Langkawi, enjoys drier and sunnier conditions, making it an ideal time for beach holidays. On the east coast, you might still encounter some rain, but it's generally a good month for water activities like snorkelling and diving. In Kuala Lumpur, expect occasional rain showers and comfortable temperatures.

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November

In November, Malaysia experiences a tropical climate with varying conditions across the country. On the west coast, places like Penang and Langkawi typically enjoy drier and sunnier weather, making it an excellent time for beach getaways. The east coast, including places like Tioman Island, may have more rainfall, but it's still a good time for diving and snorkeling. In Kuala Lumpur, expect occasional rain showers and cooler temperatures.

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December

December marks the beginning of the Northeast Monsoon season in Malaysia. On the west coast, which includes places like Penang and Langkawi, you can expect heavy rainfall and rough seas, making it less favorable for beach activities. The east coast, on the other hand, experiences drier and sunnier weather. In Kuala Lumpur, you can anticipate occasional rain showers and cooler temperatures.

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