* International arrival numbers are from 2014. The “Most popular among” category represents annual arrivals to Malaysia by country divided by that country’s total population. As such we get an understanding of where Malaysia is most popular per capita. Only countries falling within the top 30 total arrivals are considered here, and we have omitted the neighbouring countries of Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia.
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Malaysia Weather – When to Go
Great news! Malaysia can be visited anytime of the year. There are dry and wet seasons, but there are always exceptions, so don’t be surprised if you experience rain in the dry season and dry days during the rainy season. Regardless of rainfall, you will always be warm in Malaysia, unless you are going to the highlands and mountains.
Since Malaysia is a large country, it makes sense to break up the country into parts when we talk weather. Here we will break up the country in Peninsular Malaysia eastcoast and westcoast, and Sarawak and Sabah on Borneo.
Malaysia Annual Weather Charts
Note that the eastcoast islands of Peninsular Malaysia, Perhentian Islands and Redang Island, are more or less closed down during the monsoon season from October / November to February. During this time the seas are rough, it rains a lot, and most resorts and restaurants are closed down for the season.
For the rest of Malaysia, it is possible to enjoy your beach holiday throughout the year with varying tourist numbers and weather conditions. Please note that the above weather charts show the average temperature of a 24 hour span. This means that the temperatures can be expected to be slightly higher during daytime and lower during the night.
Malaysia and Borneo has it all!
Although, Sarawak is most known for its ethnic Malaysian orang asli communities, natural parks, and cozy Kuching city, you will have no trouble finding beautiful beaches. The most popular in this area is Damai Beach with golden sands and the majestic Mount Santubong as its backdrop.
The state of Sabah is a paradise for nature lovers. Amazing wildlife with orangutans, proboscis monkeys, hornbill birds, and sea turtles awaits you and should you wish for a mountaineering experience, the impressive Mount Kinabalu offers a challenging and rewarding trek. For the best beaches of Sabah, you should head to the islands. There are plenty of stunning islands in the Celebes Sea, the Sulu Sea, and the South China Sea in the northern part of the state. These offer world class diving and beach lovers’ paradises.