Malaysia weather & when to go: November
November marks the start of peak season for the beaches and islands along Malaysia's west coast so expect blue skies and minimal rain. Over on the east coast, the deterioration in weather and sea conditions mean that many hotels and resorts will close – re-opening in March.
November's weather in detail
Kuantan, Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu, Redang and Kota Bharu
In November, the north-east monsoon is blowing in from mainland China, bringing with it stormy weather. At this time of year Malaysia's east coast will experience high levels of rainfall, strong winds, and rough sea conditions. Unsurprisingly, most hotels and resorts are closed at this time of year (re-opening in March).
Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor
The islands of Langkawi and Pangkor are now heading into their peak months: expect hot and humid conditions throughout November (avg temp: 29 °C), interspersed with the occasional tropical downpour. Penang on average will have slightly higher levels of rainfall than its west coast neighbours in November.
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Where's the sun and sand?
Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor Laut
Our recommended journeys
Malaysia Beach & Adventure Self Drive gives you a taste of independent travel along the country’s strikingly calm and well maintained roads. Start in the vibrant capital of Kuala Lumpur, drive north to trek through Belum-Temengor rainforest, cross to Penang for foodie culture, and finish on Langkawi’s idyllic beaches.
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Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies
Also known as The Festival of Lights, is celebrated during the 7th month of the Hindu calendar. Widely celebrated by Malaysians of all faiths, it is a festival of happiness, celebrating the triumph of good over evil.