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Malaysia weather?

am I going at the wrong time of year?
12 years ago, November 9th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #122626  
N Posts: 23
I am planning to arrive in Malaysia west (Kuala Lumpur) in January, and plan to stay for as long as my visa lets me. I want to go the east coast islands, Langkawi and Ipoh. Is this a bad time of year to go? i dont want to be bummed out by rain.
i have thailand to go to also which I may go before Malaysia as weather there will be good first quarter of the year, which will see me heading to KL around March time, does that sound better?

ow... and are lonelyplanet books worth buying? i know basically where i want to go and what to do.


marc Reply to this

12 years ago, November 11th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #122771  
Hi Marc,

Never a bad time to come to Malaysia, but you will need to change your itinerary a bit due to monsoon season on the east coast. Best to stay on the west coast of Malaysia and Thailand in January and February. The east coast islands, like Perhentian, are pretty much closed until March. No worries, plenty to do along the west coast (and center) from Singapore all the way to Bangkok.

Good question about LP books. We are in Penang and get frustrated at seeing so many visitors with their heads buried in their LP. We all depend on up to the minute information in every part of our life, but when we travel we walk around with a book that is over two years out of date (at least for the Penang section). This is especially troubling in Asia where so much changes in two years. The other issue with LP, is that you are relying on one person's opinion, many times someone who travels through the place quickly. There is some useful info in LP books to help you get by, but LP books are becoming irrelevant with the accessibility of the internet, especially on phones. (Thanks for letting me get that off my chest!)

Since you already have a good idea of where you want to go and what you want to do, best to stick to forums (where you can read up to date info from multiple viewpoints), maps and other info from hotels and tourist centers, and local travel blogs. For Penang, you can find useful info on our blog, Capturing Penang, at: http://capturingpenang.blogspot.com/

Have a great trip!

Mark & Reese
Capturing Penang Reply to this

12 years ago, December 11th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #124585  
Hi Marc,

You could still explore Malaysia but maybe change which parts of Malaysia you visit if you want better weather.

From KL you can easily fly to Sabah (Kota Kinabalu Airport - BKI). Sabah is Malaysian Borneo and is known as the 'Land Below The Wind' as it is not impacted by the North East monsoons.

It is the 'Wet Season' during January - February in Sabah but we still typically get dry mornings with tropical rain later in the day. The weather is still hot & humid. We get the odd storm that passes through but with a month to travel you should experience some decent weather.

Enjoy your holiday in Malaysia. Reply to this

12 years ago, December 13th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #124672  
Malaysia have those multicultural that you can’t find in any others country. The best time to visit Malaysia is the beginning of December to the end of January. The second peak season falls in the months of June, July, and August.

1) Kuala Lumpur
- Twin Towers & the Aquaria
- National Zoo & the Museum of Indigenous People (Orang Asli Museum)
- Bukit Bintang for shopping and Arabic food, Starhill Gallery for fine dining.
- Sunway Lagoon theme park for your kids, Sunway Pyramid mall for shopping - there's an Arabic restaurant here called Tarbush which gives a beautiful view of the place in the evening
- Putrajaya. Charter a taxi for a half-day tour to see new architecture, the mosque, take a boat ride or water-ski
- Central market & Petaling Street for cheap souvenir shopping

2) Melaka
- Historical town. Hire a trishaw and aks him to take you through the old Portuguese remains, the Baby & Nyonya House and Kampung Sentosa
- On the way back, stop at Ayer Keroh for the Crocodile Farm and/or Mini Malaysia

3) Cameron Highlands
- Agricultural highland, tea plantation

4) Langkawi
- stay in a nice beach resort, those at Tanjung Rhu are the quietest
- cable car ride up to the mountains
- cultural tour of the island - Makam Mahsuri etc. You can have the hotel arrange it for you.

5) Penang
- stay in a nice beach resort at Batu Ferringhi
- Visit the Burmese temple, the Indian temple, the Kek Lok Si temple
- cable car ride up to the mountains

6) Pulau Redang / Pulau Tioman for snorkelling for nice beach
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11 years ago, April 24th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #155206  
Hi Marc,

Recently just gone through this website www.touristfactory.com which provides you the idea about attractive places to visit in Malaysia.

As Malaysian, Welcome to Malaysia!!!

Ken Reply to this

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