Peninsular Malaysia weather & when to go: September

September overview

Natasha, tailor-made travel specialist

Our top tip for September

'September brings with it winds of change for both sides of the peninsula.'

Natasha, tailor-made travel specialist

The South-East monsoon and its afternoon downpours start to decline on the west coast (Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor) whilst over on the east coast (Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu, Redang) the winds of the North-East Monsoon start to blow, bringing rougher sea conditions and a slight drop in temperature. Visitor numbers will start to drop as the month progresses but the east coast will still be enjoying lots of sunny days and minimal rainfall.

West Coast

Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor

The south-west monsoon continues to blow over the western coastline bringing with it heavy afternoon thunderstorms and choppy sea conditions, however, these start to decline as the month rolls on (avg temp: 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.  

Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies

Malaysia Day

Malaysia Day

Commemorates the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963. (16th September)

Hungry Ghost Festival

Hungry Ghost Festival

Celebrated by Buddhists and Taoists, this is a combination of remembrance and a time to pay homage to dead ancestors.(2016: 17th August)

Hari Raya Haji

Hari Raya Haji

Celebrated by Muslims to mark conclusion of the annual Haj - the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, when pilgrims are given the title of Haji for men and Hajjah for women. (2016: 12-13th September)

East Coast

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

Although the east coast destinations will still be experiencing plenty of sunshine and blue skies, the winds of the North-East monsoon start to blow towards the end of the month, bringing rougher sea conditions and a slight drop in temperature. This is a good time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds (avg temp: 29 °C).

Where's the
sun and sand?

sun and sand

Redang, Perhentian Islands, Kuala Terengganu, Tioman