Malaysia weather & when to go: February

February overview

Sunshine and blue skies can be enjoyed throughout most of Malaysia in February. However, heavy rainfall and strong winds are to be expected on the east coast destinations such as Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu and Redang Island.

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Not Advised

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February's weather in detail

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 during February, although short tropical showers are likely in the afternoon. This region of Malaysia experiences an average temperature of 29 °C, lower in the Cameron Highlands due to the altitude at an average of 20 °C.

East Coast

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

The worst of the north-east monsoon is over by February as the winds start to subside and the rains ease along Malaysia's east coast. However, at this time of year most of the region's hotels and resorts remain closed, re-opening next month (avg temp: 26 °C).

West Coast

Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor

February is an excellent month to visit the island of Langkawi and its west coast neighbours of Penang and Pangkor. Days are typically hot, humid and sunny as the region experiences one of its driest months of the year. Average temperatures hover around 30 °C.

 Where's the sun and sand?

Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor Laut

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Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies


(January or February) A fascinating Hindu celebration with an electric atmosphere and huge processions of devotees performing the Kavadi ritual. Some devotees fasten metal hooks or pierce spikes on their bodies, defying all sense of pain. A fire walking ceremony is also demonstrated in some temples. The Batu Cave to best place to see the climax of the procession.

 Chinese New Year

12th February 2021. Chinese New Year is an important celebration in many Asian countries, not just China. It's an extremely busy time of year to visit the region as both Chinese & other local nationalities take advantage of a few days off work and enjoy a holiday. Expect increased numbers of visitors at tourist sights and a hike in hotel rates.

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