Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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Weather

It is hot (around 30°C celcius) and very humid (up to 90 percent) throughout the year in Malaysia. So be prepared to take 2-3 showers every day to get rid of your own stickiness.

Being so close to the equator, which is just south of Singapore, the regions has pretty much the same tropical weather throughout the year with temperatures of about 25°C at night and 30°C during the day. Essentially there are 2 "seasons", the wet season and the not so wet season. Travelling is pretty much possible throughout the year, only the islands along the eastcoast of the Peninsula like the Perhentians shut down most of their operations during the monsoon season from November to mid February. Sarawak and Sabah in the Malaysian part of Borneo also receive substantial amounts of rain between October and March.

Even though the main travel route through Malaysia (Singapore, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Penang) also receives more rain from November to February, travelling is not effected. It just means you have bring an umbrella along and  enjoy a Kopi or Teh Tarik somewhere dry if the rain gets too strong. Usually, the rain will be over after about 1 hour.

The peak travel season is May to September. The island of Langkawi at the west coast receives most visitors from December to March, when the island at the eastcoast are mostly shut down.

If you want to escape the humid heat in Malaysia, you can go to Cameron Highlands which has temperatures between 17°C to 25°C and less humidity. Or you go climbing Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.


storm clouds over Perhentian Islands
storm clouds coming in, Perhentian Islands




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Taman Negara, at night in Kuala Tahan
Taman Negara
at night in Kuala Tahan