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.
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).
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.