Monsoon Malaysia, the rainy season: when?

Malaysia is a jewel located in Southeast Asia. The country attracts millions of tourists every year. However, monsoon Malaysia can spoil your vacation. It is therefore necessary to find out and plan ahead. If you want to know more about vacations in Malaysia, we invite you to read our article holiday malaysia.

In the lower areas of Malaysia, the average temperatures are between 20 ° C and 30 ° C. While in the highlands, the temperature is about 15 ° C and 25 ° C. Often, Malaysia experiences showers even during the dry season. The intensity of these showers varies from month to month, but generally they last only a short time. On the other hand, there are two types of monsoon Malaysia. It depends on what part of the country you are in.

This article is for you if you want to avoid the rainy season in Malaysia.

Monsoon in East Malaysia

Monsoon on the East Coast

In East Malaysia, the climate is affected by the monsoon season. This season starts in October and ends in March. During these months, the weather is usually very harsh, it is not recommended to visit this region of Malaysia. In East Malaysia are some tropical islands such as Perhentian, Tioman and Redang. During the monsoon period, the resorts of these islands are closed. There are no ferries or boats to take you to the islands.

It can sometimes rain for days during the monsoon season. This does not mean that you should avoid Malaysia during these months. All other parts of Malaysia are not affected by this monsoon. You can always go to the peninsular coast of Malaysia. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to visit Penang, Langkawi and many other places on the western side of the country.

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The Borneo monsoon

In Borneo, no one can predict the exact time of the beginning or end of the monsoon season. Sometimes it will start in October and other times the weather will still be nice even in December.
The monsoon starts slowly and ends fiercely, other times the first months are the worst.
It is almost impossible to predict exactly when the monsoon season will start in Borneo.
If you are planning to visit this region, we recommend that you contact some of the tourism operators just a few days before your departure.
They will have a better idea of the climate and availability of resorts.

During the monsoon season, many resort owners do not want to close, they try to stay open until the weather is no longer tense. So try your luck even in the middle of the monsoon season. The same goes for the end of the monsoon season. You will need to contact the owners of the resorts and ask them if they are open.

Monsoon Malaysia : Peninsular Malaysia

The monsoon of Peninsular Malaysia

This rainy period in Peninsular Malaysia starts in May and ends in October. The monsoon mainly affects the southwest. It can rain in West Malaysia even outside the monsoon period. Unlike France where it can rain for days, rainfall in Peninsular Malaysia is generally short and violent. This means that almost every day it will rain very heavily, especially at night. Sometimes you will even hear thunder.

The monsoon of South West Malaysia

In South West Malaysia, the monsoon season starts in April and ends in October. This region is where Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan and Putrajaya are located. All are known for their humidity and warmth. The average temperature of the southwest region of Malaysia is 32 ° C. During the monsoon season, it rains all year round. The rains are quite intense in this part of the country, however they do not last long. Keep in mind that the humidity is very high, fortunately it is softened by the sea breeze in Malacca.

Where to go? The best destinations

The question that arises is “what is the ideal time to visit the most popular destinations in Malaysia?” Here are our recommendations:

Langkawi and Penang

These two islands are located on the west coast of Malaysia. This part receives the southwest monsoon. During the monsoon season, the rains are constant and very violent. However these showers cool the atmosphere for the greatest happiness of the tourists. We recommend that you plan your trip between January and February. During these two months, the rainfall is lower and the temperature is milder.
You will find some beautiful beaches on Langkawi. However, do not go to Penang if you expect to find heavenly beaches.

The islands of the eastern coast

The islands of the east coast like the islands Perhentian, Redang or Kapas are very popular destinations. This part of the country receives the Northeast monsoon. During the monsoon season, the rains are quite heavy, almost all areas of the islands are closed. We recommend that you do not visit the East Malaysian islands during the monsoon season. It will be more difficult for you to move between the islands. Also keep in mind that you would not be able to enjoy the sea, nor find accommodation. The ideal time to visit these islands is between the months of March and October.


Borneo is a historical region of Malaysia. Many tourists dream of visiting this part of the country. Borneo is affected by the two monsoons. That is to say that throughout the year, it rains in Borneo, especially between December and February. During these months, the majority of tourist centers are closed. The rest of the year, you can still enjoy the area and its tourist attractions. The ideal time to visit Borneo is between May and June. During these months, Borneo records less rainfall.

Now that you know the characteristics of monsoon Malaysia, it’s time to go on an adventure.

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