Malaysia is a multicultural country that has a large diversity of landscapes, wildlife, architecture, food, religion, and more. Transformed by its colonial history, it has maintained its roots and used the additions to add to an already fascinating nation. It is the melting pot of Asia and incredibly fascinating.
Chances are that you already have or will get your first taste of the country during a layover in Kuala Lumpur. And the city is one of the best layover locations in the world. While there, you should marvel at the architectural mix of colonial and modern buildings, eat amazing Malaysian food and explore the different areas of the city. Stroll through Chinatown and see the city from above from one of the many rooftop bars.
Away from the bustling city, you will discover stunning beaches and lush jungles that are perfect for trekking. Explore the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands and relax on one of the many islands like Langkawi and Penang Island on the west coast. Or visit the eastern islands like Redang Island and the Perhentian Islands with their crystal clear water and impressive reef.
And do not forget to take your time to marvel at the incredibly diverse wildlife. After all, Malaysia is home to rare animals like tigers and tapirs. And of course orangutans in Malaysian Borneo.
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Places to see in Malaysia
Things to know before you visit Malaysia
Many countries have a visa-free regulation that allows you to stay between 14 and 90 days without having to acquire a visa in advance. Citizens of 63 nationalities including Australia, Canada, the EU, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the USA qualify for a 90 days visit pass. Another 98 jurisdictions can get a ‘visit pass’ for 30 days. Iran, Libya, and Macau get 14 days. You can check the entry requirements of Malaysia on the official website.
When to visit Malaysia
Due to its location close to the equator, the weather in Malaysia tends to be rather stable. Most of the country experiences a stable monthly average temperature around 30°C (86°F). Only the Cameron Highlands tend to be significantly colder. All in all, Malaysia is a great destination year-round.
While the tropical climate is amazing, the country is affected by the monsoon. Hereby, the east is more affected than the west. The northeast of the country has its monsoon season from November to March, while the monsoon season of the southwest is from May to September.
Places tend to be more crowded between Christmas and the Chinese New Year and in summer from June to August, so you should expect higher prices during these months.
The best time to visit Malaysia, if you want mostly dry days and a clear sky, is from December to March on the western side of the country and from May to September on the eastern side.
As everywhere in the country, heavy rain can always occur in Kuala Lumpur. After all, the city is affected by the northwest monsoon, but June to August are the driest months of the year. April, October, and November are the wettest months.
In the Cameron Highlands, the temperature during the day tends to be around 22°C (71.6°F) and 15°C (59°F) at night. Similar to central Sri Lanka, the mornings in the Highlands tend to have blue skies, while the afternoons bring about rain. Meanwhile the nights are cool.