Faces of
Malaysia
Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

Singapore

Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. At 704.0 sqkm (272 square miles), it is one of the few city-states in the world and the smallest country in Southeast Asia.

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Public Holidays

As multi-racial country with a Malay-muslim majority and large Chinese and Indian minorities, Malaysia has many public holidays. Buddhist Wesak Day, Christian Christmas, Hindu Deepavali and Muslim Eid Hari Raya Puasa are all public holidays.

It is good to keep public holidays and school holidays in mind while making your travel plans, as bus, trains and roads will be busy during that time (especially for Chinese New Year and Hari Raya at the end of Ramadan). The Muslim/Islamic holidays follow the lunar calendar. Since the lunar year has only 354 or 355 days, the holidays moves forward every year by a few days. Other holidays like Chinese New Year or Deepavali also change every year depending when the full moon appears, but are celebrated at the same time of the year. For example Chinese New Year will always be sometimes between end of JAN and end of February, while Deepavali is between end of October and end of November.

 

When are public holidays in Malaysia in 2017?
The National Holidays are highlighted, the other holidays are states holiday only.

1 Jan
Fri
New Year all except johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Terengganu
14 Jan
Sat
Sultan of Negeri Sembilan's Birthday Negeri Sembilan only
15 Jan
Sun
Sultan of Kedah's Birthday Kedah only
28 & 29 Jan
Sat & Sun
Chinese New Year  
1 Feb
Wed
Federal Territory Day Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya only
9 Feb
Thu
Thaipusam Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang & Selangor only
4 Mar
Sat
Anniversary of Installation
of Sultan of Terengganu
Terengganu only
23 Mar
Thu
Sultan of Terengganu's Birthday Terengganu only
14 Apr
Fri
Good Friday Sabah & Sarawak only
Christian Holiday
15 Apr
Sat
Declaration of Malacca as
a Historical City
Malacca only
UNESCO World Heritage listing
24 Apr
Mon
Israk & Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan & Perlis only
26 Apr
Wed
Sultan of Terengganu's Birthday Terengganu only
1 May
Mon
Labour Day  
7 May
Sun
Hari Hol Pahang Pahang only
10 May
Wed
Vesak Day National
17 May
Wed
Raja Perlis' Birthday Perlis only
27 May
Mon
Awal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Malacca only
30 & 31 May
Tue & Wed
Harvest Festival Sabah & Labuan only
1 & 2 June
Thu & Fri
Hari Gawai Sarawak only
3 Jun
Sat
Agong's Birthday
Harijadi Agong
Malaysian King's Birthday
12 Jun
Mon
Nuzul Al-Quran Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Selangor, Terengganu and Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan) only
25 & 26 Jun
Sun & Mon
Hari Raya Puasa End of Ramadhan
7 Jul
Fri
Georgetown World Heritage City Day Penang only
UNESCO World Heritage listing
8 Jul
Sat
Penang Governor's Birthday Penang only
22 Jul
Sat
Sarawak Independence Day Sarawak only
31 Aug
Thu
National Day Independence Day, Merdeka  
1 Sep
Fri
Hari Raya Haji
Hari Raya Qurban
Islamic holiday
2 Sep
Sat
Hari Raya Haji (2nd Day)  Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu Only
9 Sep
Sat
Sarawak Governor's Birthday Sarawak only
16 Sep
Sat
Malaysia Day Sabah & Sarawak joined Malaysia in 1963
21 Sep
Thu
Awal Muharram
(Maal Hijrah)
Islamic holiday
7 Oct
Sat
Sabah Governor's Birthday  Sabah only
13 Oct
Fri
Malacca Governor's Birthday Malacca only
18 Oct
Wed
Deepavali 
Diwali
Hindu holiday
24 Oct
Tue
Sultan of Pahang's Birthday Pahang only
26 Oct
Thu
Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Johor Johor only
3 Nov
Fri
Sultan of Perak's Birthday Perak only
11 & 12 Nov
Sat & Sun
Sultan of Kelantan's Birthday Kelantan only
1 Dec
Fri
Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
(Maulidur Rasul)
 
11 Dec
Mon
Sultan of Selangor's Birthday Selangor only
25 Dec
Mon
Christmas  

 




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Melaka, Melaka River at night
Melaka
Melaka River at night