Peninsular Malaysia weather & when to go: October

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October Overview

The winds of change continue to blow for both sides of the peninsula. The South-East monsoon is nearing its end; however, it often has a sting in the tale for both Langkawi and Penang, giving them some of their heaviest rainfall of the year. Over on the east-coast (Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu and Redang) the winds of the North-East monsoon gather momentum, bringing rougher sea conditions and a slight drop in temperature.

West Coast

Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor

The south-east monsoon is coming to an end; however, it often has a sting in the tale for both Langkawi and Penang, giving them some of their heaviest rainfall of the year (avg temp: 29 °C). Pangkor is the pick of the bunch on the west coast with half the amount of rainfall as its neighbours and an average daytime temperature of 30°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 tropical downpours on most days but these rarely last longer than an hour and sunshine is never far behind (avg temp: 27 °C), lower in the Cameron Highlands due to the altitude at an average of 19 °C.  

East Coast

Kuantan, Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu, Redang and Kota Bharu

The winds of the North-East monsoon start to build up momentum and the sea conditions can worsen rapidly, however a beach holiday can still be enjoyed (avg temp: 29 °C).

October weather top tip

As the dry weather returns, so do the smiles on the faces of Langkawi and Penang hotelier's faces!

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Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor Laut

Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies

 

Hungry Ghost Festival

Hungry Ghost Festival

Celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month by Buddhists and Taoists. This is a combination of remembrance and a time to pay homage to dead ancestors.

The Chinese Moon Cake Festival

The Chinese Moon Cake Festival

Celebrates the overthrow of the Mongols during the end of the Yuan Dynasty (120G- 1341 AD) in China. It falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth moon. The festival is celebrated with colourful lanterns.

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