Malaysia weather & when to go: March

March overview

March sees an end to the monsoon on the east coast, with islands such as Tioman, Perhentian & Redang seeing visitor number on the rise again. The west coast islands including Langkawi and Penang continue to enjoy hot sunny days, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice if considering a beach holiday to Malaysia in March!

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March's weather in detail

Lowlands & Highlands

Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands experiences higher than average rainfall during March, however average temperatures remain a comfortable 20°C. Further south, the tail end of the north-east monsoon brings Kuala Lumpur and Malacca some of their heaviest rainfalls of the year but the downpours are short lived and can bring a welcome relief to the humid conditions (avg temp: 30 °C).

East Coast

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

The hotels and island resorts along Malaysia’s east coast  re-open in March as overcast skies are replaced by sunshine, rainfall levels tail off and the new season gets underway (avg temp: 30 °C).

West Coast

Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor

The islands of Langkawi and Penang are enjoying plenty of sunshine and average temperatures of 31°C during March. Pangkor Island is a little wetter however certainly not enough to discourage you from visiting (avg temp: 30 °C).

 Where's the sun and sand?

Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor Laut, Redang, Perhentian Islands, Kuala Terengganu

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