Malaysia in September

April through October sees many downpours in and around Kuala Lumpur and Malacca during its rainy season, which for many provides welcome relief to the sometimes stifling humidity, as does Malacca’s sea breeze which brings the temperatures down by 1 or 2 degrees. Located at an altitude of 1,500m above sea level, the highlands have a distinctly different climate to the rest of Malaysia. Temperatures average a very pleasant 22 °C (72 °F) in the daytime and a relatively cool 15 °C (59 °f) at night, a rare occasion where a sweater might be needed in Malaysia. The climate is ideal for the growing of flowers, fruit and tea, and the highland’s atmosphere is a far cry from bustling Kuala Lumpur. Many see this time as a chance to duck between the showers and walk the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s highest resort, taking in strawberry and honey bee farms, or meals at delightful Tudor-style inns.

At the same time, this is the wet season on the Western Coast, with monsoons during April through May, and again in October through November. On the island of Penang the wettest month is October, which sees 170 mm of rain, though temperatures remain hot between 24 and 32 °C (75-90 °F). Rainforest treks and sea-crossings are sometimes affected during the rainy season, but the heavy downpours generally only last a couple of hours (usually in mid to late afternoon). It is considered the best timeto spot wildlife on the Malay Peninsula in places like Taman Negara, with April through July the best for bird watching, though August to September is the best time to see the many hornbills around Temenggor Lake in Perak in the country’s north.

While on the East Coast, it is now the dry season, when the diving hotspots of Tioman Island and the white sand beaches of the exclusive Perhentian Islands (particularly Rawa, Serengeh and Tokong Burun ) come to life when waters are at their clearest and temperatures regularly top 30 °C (86 °F), offering perfect destinations for hitting the pristine beaches. The Perhentians are home to the ultra-rare green and hawksbill turtles and a rich array of marine life and tropical fish, a scuba diver’s dream.

 

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Recommended Festivals For Malaysia in September

Betitik Festival

September

This two-day festival sees Borneo’s Bajau community come together and welcome visitors from around the region to enjoy and experience their traditional folk music, known as Betitik. There is an exhibition about the history and culture of the ethnic group, as well as a market selling local food and handmade crafts.

Location Borneo, Malaysia

Borneo Arts Festival

September

Throughout the second part of September, a rich and diverse celebration of artistic endeavour is celebrated across Borneo, from Sabah to Sarawak and Labuan. Visitors from all over the world enjoy the musical performances and competitions, exhibitions of fashion, arts and photography, as well as traditional food and storytelling.

Location Borneo, Malaysia

Borneo International Kite Festival

September-October

Professional and amateur kitemakers and their families from all over the world gather for an exciting and colorful day in Bintulu to see and fly spectacular kites. There are plenty of activities to take part in, including workshops with kitemakers, and kite-coloring competitions. There is also a range of great food and drink available.

Location Bintulu, Malaysia

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