Weather in Malaysia in March - Travel Tips & More

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Located close to the equator, Malaysia experiences a tropical climate. Malaysia enjoys pleasant weather in March as the country generally experiences clear blue skies and some minor rainfall, so this is the apt period to embark upon for an exciting holiday in Malaysia. The east coast sees an end to the monsoon season in March, and hence, islands like  Redang and Tioman are much drier than their previous months. The west coast experiences sunny days at this time of the year, with its average temperature around 31 degrees Celsius. Having said that, the highlands and the capital Kuala Lumpur can get quite wet in March. 

Since this period is considered to be the most fantastic weather of the year, Malaysia witnesses hordes of tourists who appreciate not only the picturesque views and the magnificent skyscrapers but also the amazing weather in March. This beautiful climate adds a lot to the beauty of the landscapes and scenery of Malaysia. The maximum temperature recorded is around 33 degrees Celsius which seldom drops below 22 degrees Celsius. 

Where to Go in Malaysia in March

1. Penang

A scenic view of Penang city at night
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One of Malaysia's most alluring holy spots, Penang is a great place to disembark and glance at architectural temples and historical monuments. The city amalgamates a lot of modernism and some ancient traditions clearly displayed within its borders. Penang is replete with attractions that represent the historical significance of the city. These captivating and photogenic historical monuments are a sight to behold and appreciate greatly. Also, the gastronomes can satiate their culinary needs at the street-side eateries, which serve a variety of cuisines and some mouth-watering local delicacies. With so many things to gratify any tourist, Penang is completely a not to miss destination in Malaysia. March is a quieter month to visit Penang since most tourists return home after the New Year celebrations. 

2. Kuala Lumpur

A picture of the architectural marvel-Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
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One of the major cities drawing backpackers in hordes is the capital of Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur. This fascinating city of skyscrapers impresses its tourists with the architectural marvel - Twin Towers. Elegantly featuring postmodern Islamic architecture, the Petronas Twin Towers is a landmark to the city of Kuala Lumpur and rise in the sky for more than 451.9 meters. Other than its phenomenal structures, the city houses 3 of the world’s humongous shopping malls and the Central Market, which is another major highlight of the city. The Central Market features a lot of local markets that grab the attention of many gourmands and handicraft lovers. The 6th most visited city in the world, Kuala Lumpur also houses a pubbing destination called “Bukit Bintang” for all the pubbing enthusiasts to drop by and enjoy the remarkable nightlife of Malaysia. In  March, Kuala Lumpur has an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and also experiences light rains.

3. Port Dickson

An image of Port Dickson during sunset
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All those who want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the cities can quickly escape by visiting Port Dickson and enjoying the sunny beaches. Port Dickson is also home to some amazing beach resorts with other highlights: the Cape Rachado Lighthouse, Turtle Hatchery Centre, Upside Down Art Gallery, and many more. Thrilling activities like go-karts, paintball target shooting, archery target shooting, and all-terrain vehicle riding are also carried out here. Port Dickson has a temperature range between 25 - 31 degrees Celsius in March, so the climate becomes pretty nice to lie down on the beaches and enjoy the scenic beauty.

4. Mount Kinabalu

A picture of the majestic Mount Kinabalu
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Acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Mount Kinabalu is a wonderful place to visit as it offers some charming views of Malaysia. Regarded as one of the most important biological sites in the world, Mount Kinabalu flaunts its variety of different species of flora and fauna. Home to some 6000 species of plants, 326 species of birds, and more than 100 mammalian species, Mount Kinabalu has a rich wildlife and beautiful scenery to impress its nature-loving visitors. Tourists can also engage in adventure sports like trekking, hiking, mount climbing, rock climbing, and much more. In March, Mount Kinabalu has a cooler climate and has less chance of downpours, which makes it the apt duration to climb the peak.

5. Langkawi

An image of the cable cars in Langkawi
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Langkawi is a must-visit place for all adventure sports enthusiasts, as the archipelago is popular for conducting activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, and much more!!! If you wish to relax and head on to the beaches, swim, or lie down and enjoy the picturesque views and the cool breeze affected by the swaying coconut trees. The islands in Langkawi are replete with dense green forests and paddy fields and are surrounded by sea-through turquoise waters. The natural beauty of this archipelago makes it an amazing destination for many honeymooners. Dataran Lang, Galeria Perdana, Mahsuri Tomb and Museum, and Underwater World Langkawi are some of the fantastic attractions of Langkawi. Langkawi has a good balance of light rainfall and sunshine in March, making it the best time to head there for a vacation!!! 

This post was published by Amisha Gondhalekar

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