Faces of
Malaysia
Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

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.

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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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