Faces of
Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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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 2018?
The National Holidays are highlighted, the other holidays are states holiday only.

1 Jan
New Year all except johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Terengganu
14 Jan
Sultan of Negeri Sembilan's Birthday Negeri Sembilan only
21 Jan
Sultan of Kedah's Birthday Kedah only
31 Jan
 Thaipusam  Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang & Selangor only
1 Feb
Federal Territory Day Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya only
16 & 17 Feb
Fri& Sat
Chinese New Year  
4 Mar
Anniversary of Installation
of Sultan of Terengganu
Terengganu only
23 Mar
Sultan of Johor's Birthday Johor only
30 Mar
Good Friday Sabah & Sarawak only
Christian Holiday
14 Apr
Israk & Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan & Perlis only
15 Apr
Declaration of Malacca as
a Historical City
Malacca only
UNESCO World Heritage listing
26 Apr
Sultan of Terengganu's Birthday Terengganu only
1 May
Labour Day  
7 May
Hari Hol Pahang Pahang only
17 May
Awal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Malacca only
17 May
Raja Perlis' Birthday Perlis only
29 May
Vesak Day National
29 & 30 May
Wed & Thu
Harvest Festival Sabah & Labuan only
1 & 2 June
Fri & Sat
Hari Gawai Sarawak only
2 Jun
Nuzul Al-Quran Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Selangor and Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan) only
3 Jun
Nuzul Al-Quran Kelantan & Terengganu
15 & 16 Jun
Fri & Sat
Hari Raya Puasa End of Ramadhan
17 Jun
Hari Raya Puasa

End of Ramadhan

Johor, Kedah, Kelantan
& Terengganu

7 Jul
Georgetown World Heritage City Day Penang only
UNESCO World Heritage listing
14 Jul
Penang Governor's Birthday Penang only
22 Jul
Sarawak Independence Day Sarawak only
22 Aug
Hari Raya Haji
Hari Raya Qurban
Islamic holiday
23 Aug
Hari Raya Haji (2nd Day)  Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu Only
31 Aug
National Day Independence Day, Merdeka  
9 Sep
Agong's Birthday
Harijadi Agong
Malaysian King's Birthday
9 Sep
Sarawak Governor's Birthday Sarawak only
11 Sep
Awal Muharram
(Maal Hijrah)
Islamic holiday
16 Sep
Malaysia Day Sabah & Sarawak joined Malaysia in 1963
17 Sep

Malaysia Day Holiday

except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan & Terengganu
6 Oct
Sabah Governor's Birthday  Sabah only
12 Oct
Malacca Governor's Birthday Malacca only
15 Oct
Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Johor Johor only
24 Oct
Sultan of Pahang's Birthday Pahang only
2 Nov
Sultan of Perak's Birthday Perak only
6 Nov
Hindu holiday
11 & 12 Nov
Sun & Mon
Sultan of Kelantan's Birthday Kelantan only
20 Nov
Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
(Maulidur Rasul)
11 Dec
Sultan of Selangor's Birthday Selangor only
25 Dec


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Kuala Terengganu, sunset at Pulau Warisan
Kuala Terengganu
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