Malaysia Weather in December - Stunning Places to Visit, Things to Do & Festivals

Malaysia, a place with lush green forests and picturesque islands, witness variations in temperature in different areas due to its shape and location. With sunny weather on the Western coast and rainy weather on the eastern coast, you can witness hot and humid weather in Malaysia in December. The nearness of the place to the equator makes it a moderately sunny country with occasional rainfall in some areas and thunderstorms in others. 

Places like Penang and Langkawi are worth an expedition in December as these places shine with sunlight having an average temperature of 30⁰C. The temperature varies from 25⁰C to 27⁰C in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. If you are lucky enough, then you may experience a tropical rainfall of 250mm, short-lived yet beautiful downpours. The East coast has warm weather with a temperature of 27⁰C and a stormy rain with high tides.  

Is December a Good Time to Visit Malaysia?

Panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur skyline
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Planning to explore the western coast of Malaysia by visiting places like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi or Cameron Highlands among others, then December is the best month as you can enjoy some great activities including hot air balloon ride, underwater sports and even hiking. With the temperature variation across the country, you can feel some festive vibes as you get to attend big bad wolf book festivals and vibrant Christmas eve with an essence of sunny day and surreal rains periodically on the western coast. However, if you want to feel the beachy vibes and visit the islands of Redang, Kuantan etc., then December is a big NO.  

Places to Visit in Malaysia in December

1.     Langkawi Islands

Dawn at Langkawi Island
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One of the most popular destinations of Malaysia, Langkawi is an atoll with 99 isles which are landscaped in a way to embrace flora and fauna making it a must-visit. In December, the sunny weather and mild temperature enhances the beach vibes and makes it more appealing and beautiful. Langkawi offers you a versatile destination to visit, including some landscapes, historical buildings, beaches, and lush parks. Enjoy nature's beauty at Datai Bay, Pantai Cenang and Tanjung Rhu beach of Langkawi or visit the underwater world and Pulau Payar Marine Park for a divine landscaped view. Apart from that, a visit to Mount Mat Cincang to admire the Langkawi beauty is a must through a 15 minutes cable car ride. Do enjoy a hiking trip to Gunung Raya or embrace the architectural divinity at Dataran Lang of Langkawi if you are visiting Malaysia in December.

2. Cameron Highlands

The lush green tea gardens of Cameron Highlands
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Cameron Highlands is a hill station in the lap of Malaysia on the western coast, away from city farrago and buzz providing tranquillity with beautiful landscapes and arenas. It is a treat to eyes and mind as it offers a sunny climate with lush green highlands and a lot of attractions to visit like Mount Brinchang, Ee Feg Honey Bee farm and Strawberry farm. Go for a jungle trekking to gain an adventurous experience. Don’t forget to carry your jackets as the evenings are chilly and cold as compared to sunny afternoons.

3. Penang

Panoramic view of Penang city
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An amalgamation of vibrant islands, the architectural beauty of Hindu temples, mosques and fun places of Escape adventure land or Adventure Zone theme park makes Penang a must-visit place in December. Penang is not only a beautiful island but a sparkling city with some historical monuments like Flagstaff Hill, Penang Hill and Penang War Museum blooming in the warm December. Food fanatics will have a great time in the food capital of Malaysia, Penang tasting some delicious street food and local cuisine. 

4. Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Dawn in December
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The capital city, Kuala Lumpur is the first destination which crosses the mind while planning for a vacation in Malaysia. Filled with attractions to visit, Kuala Lumpur is the most desired place to visit, especially in December for its temperate weather. Visit Batu caves, Jalan Alor, Petronas Tower, Sultan Abdul Samad building, Sunway Lagoon Theme park, among others to experience all the colours of Malaysia.  

Things to Do in Malaysia in December

1.  Experience the underwater world at Sipadan Islands

Underwater experience at Sipadan Island
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Interested in an adventurous spree, visit the beautiful and alluring Sipadan Island where the exploration of water depths are done perfectly. Witness the crystal clear water along with exquisite species of underwater flora and fauna. Don’t forget to dive into the divine sea from the 12 diving spots of Sipadan Island, South Point, Hanging Gardens, Turtle Cavern, Barracuda point etc.   

2.  Relish the Malaysian delicacies and street food in Jalan Alor

A plate of Nasi Lemak
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Jalan Alor, a heaven for a food fanatic, lies in the core of Kuala Lumpur. Visit the place to try some authentic and delicious Thai, Chinese and Malaysian street food. Hop onto some hawkers and treat your taste buds with BBQ chicken, seafood and some local desserts.

3. Shop till you drop at in the China Town, Kuala Lumpur

Chinatown market in Kuala Lumpur
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China Town, situated on Petaling street is a perfect place to shop for cheap clothes, Chinese antiques and a lot of decorative feng shui items. Do try the best Chinese street food in China Town of Kuala Lumpur.  

4.  Stroll through Penang Street Gallery to witness the colourful murals

Penang Street Art
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Penang, a city full of Malaysian flavours also has a beautiful art gallery with colourful murals, steel art sculptures and street paintings making it a must-visit. Walkthrough the lanes of Penang Street Gallery and embrace the artistic beauty of the place. Do carry a map as the lanes would confuse you. Visit some cafes located on the Hin bus depot too for trying out some tasty cuisines.

5.  Visit the iconic Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Tower Panoramic view
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Petronas Tower is an architectural wonder in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur which is a must-visit if you are in Malaysia, that too in December. The sun rays falling on the crystal clear structure of the tower makes it even more picturesque. Plan a visit to Petronas tower if you don’t want to miss out on the iconic landmark of the city.

Events and Festivals in Malaysia in December

1. Big Bad Wolf Book Festival

Stalls full of books at Big Bad Wolf book
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One of the most popular book events in Malaysia, big bad wolf book is organised every December in Malaysia at The Mines mall of Selangor. Attend the event to buy some bestseller books at reasonable rates.
Dates:- December 9 - December 19

2. Penang International Dragon Boat  festival

Penang Dragon Boat Festival
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Teluk Bahang Dam in Penang is beautified with a famous dragon boat festival every year in the first week of December where more than 40 competitors participate in their vibrant dragon boats. The picturesque and colourful festival is worth attending for some captivating pictures and authentic Malaysian food.
When:- December 7- December 8

3. Christmas Eve

Fireworks on Christmas Eve in Malaysia
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Unlike the traditional snow-filled Christmas, Malaysia experiences colourful yet very different Christmas celebrations. Feel the joyful surroundings with carols, plum cakes, street food and lots of bling around in the city. Don’t forget to buy a souvenir in the must shopping spree of Christmas Eve in Malaysia.
When:- December 25

Tips for Visiting Malaysia in December

  • Weather in Malaysia is extremely unpredictable, and raindrops can fall anytime in a day, so carry an umbrella with you.
  • Pack some light cotton clothes and summer beach outfits to enjoy the temperate weather.
  • Carry woollen sweaters or jackets for a visit at Cameron highlands.
  • Do carry sunscreen and some beach essentials.
With the dominance of storms and rainfall in the Eastern region of Malaysia, western coast sees temperate weather with sunny days in December. It is possible to witness some raindrops in some areas of Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Dive into the festival vibes and Christmas glitter with a trip to the western coast of Malaysia. But, do remember to keep a check on the weather forecast to avoid some surprise weather issues if you are in Malaysia, that too in December.  

This post was published by Kadambini Sharma

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