Faces of
Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.


Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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School Holidays

During school holidays popular attractions and family oriented destinations like Langkawi or Cameron Highlands can get very busy, so it is good to know when are the school holidays when planning your trip in Malaysia.

Kumpulan A
(Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu)
= statest that have Friday and Saturday as their weekend

Kumpulan B
(Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perlis, Penang, Perak, Putrajaya, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor)
= statest that have Saturday and sunday  as their weekend


When are school holidays in Malaysia in 2018?

15 Feb - 19 Feb Chinese New Year Holidays Kumpulan A and B

16 March  - 24 March
Term 1 Holidays Kumpulan A
17 March  - 25 March Term 1 Holidays Kumpulan B
28 May - 1 June Harvest Festival Holidays Sabah and Labuan
30 May - 1 June Gawai Holidays Sarawak
8 June - 23 June Mid-Term Holidays Kumpulan A
9 June - 24 June Mid-Term Holidays Kumpulan B
17 Aug - 25 Aug
Term 2 Holidays
Kumpulan A
18 Aug - 26 Aug Term 2 Holidays Kumpulan B
4 Nov - 6 Nov Deepavali Holidays Kumpulan A
5 Nov - 67 Nov    Kumpulan B
except Sabah, Sarawak
and Labuan
23 Nov - 31 Dec Year End Holidays Kumpulan A
24 Nov - 31 Dec Year End Holidays Kumpulan B

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Malay pupils in their school uniforms

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School Calendar of Ministry of Education Malaysia


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