The east coast of the peninsula (Tioman Island, Terengganu, Redang Island and the Perhentian Islands) is now enjoying plenty of sunny dry days, along with perfect sea conditions for snorkelling and diving. Over on the west coast (Penang, Langkawi & Pangkor Islands) the South-West monsoon begins, bringing with it a rise in humidity and slightly heavier rains.
Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor
The south-west monsoon winds begin to blow over the western coastline bringing with them heavier afternoon thunderstorms and heavy sea conditions. Downpours still tend to be short-lived however and sunshine is never far behind (avg temp: 32 °C). Pangkor Island is probably the pick of the bunch weather-wise as it is a little drier (avg temp: 32 °C).
Lowlands & Highlands
Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Cameron Highlands
Through the centre of the peninsular and in both Kuala Lumpur and Malacca you can expect low monthly rainfall although short tropical showers are likely in the afternoon. The region experiences an average temperature of 29 °C, lower in the Cameron Highlands due to the altitude at an average of 20 °C.
Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies
The most important day of the Buddhist Calendar as it marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, all three events took place on the same day. Wesak is also an occasion to offer alms to monks and give free meals to the needy. (2017: 10th May)
Lasting for a month long period, Muslims should not eat or drink before sundown each day. (2017: 26th May - 25th June)
Kuantan, Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu, Redang and Kota Bharu
Its full steam ahead for the east coast destinations as they march into their peak season and embrace the minimal rainfall and perfect sea conditions for both snorkelling and diving. Visitor numbers are almost at their highest for the year, which is most noticeable at weekends (avg temp: 30 °C).
sun and sand?
Redang, Perhentian Islands, Kuala Terengganu, Tioman