Malaysia weather & when to go: December
The good news continues along peninsula Malaysia's west coast with plenty of sunshine and blue skies expected throughout December. In contrast, over on the east coast the north-east monsoon brings heavy rain and stormy conditions almost daily.
December's weather in detail
Kuantan, Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu, Redang and Kota Bharu
The north-east monsoon continues to blow in from mainland China in December. During this month the east coast will experience stormy weather, high levels of rainfall, strong winds and rough sea conditions. Less than ideal weather conditions means most hotels and resorts in the region close at this time of year, to re-open when the weather improves in March.
Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor
The island of Langkawi and its west coast neighbours are experiencing ideal beach conditions at this time of year. Expect blue skies, plenty of sunshine, calm seas and high temperatures (avg temp: 30 °C). The west coast is your best bet for beach time if you're looking for a Christmas holiday in Malaysia.
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Where's the sun and sand?
Redang, Perhentian Islands, Kuala Terengganu, Tioman
Our recommended journeys
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Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies
Christmas and New Year
Widely celeberated throughout Malaysia by all faiths