The East Coast of Malaysia has high rainfall and rough weather conditions in November due to the northeast monsoon winds from China. Most hotels and resorts close on the east coast and re-opens in March. The main tourist places on the east coast are Kuantan, Perhentian Islands, Tioman Island, Terengganu, Redang, and Kota Bharu.
For the West Coast of Malaysia, November is the beginning of the peak tourist season with comparatively lesser rainfall. It is the ideal time to tour the Cameron Highlands, Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor, and Melaka.
Places to Visit in Malaysia in November
1. Kuala LumpurReplete with trendy nightclubs, bars, lounges, and cafes, Kuala Lumpur is one of the leading cities in the world for tourism. Even though it rains a lot in November, the numerous indoor attractions in Kuala Lumpur are worth visiting. This sixth most visited city in the world is a true shopping paradise sheltering three of the world’s humongous shopping malls that flaunt for the world’s top brand clothing and accessory items. Kuala Lumpur boasts of some gleaming skyscrapers, lush green parks, beautiful colonial buildings, bustling night markets, and amazing nightspots that leave you with a worth-mentioning night experience. Some of the hotspots of Kuala Lumpur are Petronas Towers, Bukit Bintang shopping district, KL Tower, Batu Caves, and a lot more!!!
2. Taman Negara National ParkAlong Peninsular Malaysia is the Taman Negara National Park whose tropical rainforest is home to an enormous variety of flora and fauna. This dense forest safeguards highly alluring flowers like Rafflesia and orchids, whereas the wildlife category of this rainforest includes elephants, tigers, leopards, bears, Malayan sambars, Sumatran rhinoceroses, and Malayan tapirs. This popular tourist destination is perfect for outdoor activities like trekking under the rainforest canopy, climbing the highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia, caving, fishing, and camping.
3. PenangPenang is an eye-catching holiday destination which is known for its pristine beaches and many other charming attractions like Penang Hill, Snake Temple, Penang State Museum, War Museum, Bird Park, and Botanical and Spice Gardens. Popularly known as the Food Capital of Malaysia, Penang has eateries that incorporate Malay, Chinese, Thai, and many other influences into its delectable grub. Visitors of this land can derive a huge amount of pleasure from activities like jungle trekking and camping, golfing, water sports, cycling, and snorkelling. Majestic shopping malls featuring trendy apparel outlets and accessories also reside in this well-known tourist spot.
4. LangkawiAnother popular destination that is admired for its white sandy beaches is the Langkawi that enjoys a location along the west coast of Malaysia. The crystal blue waters, scenic waterfalls, lush green rainforests adorn this archipelago in Malaysia. There are excellent water-based amusing opportunities for tourists to do in Langkawi like snorkelling, jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boating, and diving. From soaring high into the cable cars to enjoying a cruise ride, visitors have a lot of not-to-miss thrilling recreations at this archipelago.
Events and Festivals in Malaysia in November
1. DiwaliOne of the biggest festivals celebrated in Malaysia in November with great pomp and show is Diwali or Deepawali. Signifying the victory of good over evil, this festival of lights is rejoiced by visiting all the Hindu temples that are adorned with lovely aromatic flowers and are offered with some coconut milk and fruits by devotees. These devotees have an oil bath on the morning of Deepavali and head towards the temple for prayers and rites. People draw beautiful kolams or rice powder rangolis outside their houses. Remarkable firework displays are held at night, and homes are decorated beautifully with colourful lights. Do not forget to try the yummy samosas, murukku, laddoos, and other Indian delicacies that are sure to leave every gourmand delighted.
When: 4 November 2021
2. Miri Country Music FestivalFrom vibrant musical performances to creative art demonstrations there’s a lot to kick up one’s heels at this musical extravaganza called - Miri Country Music Festival. Apart from live music, food connoisseurs can also feast upon some delectable foodstuff that is ordered from popular restaurants and food trucks at this highly entertaining carnival.
When: 27 - 28 November 2020
3. UrbanscapesAnother musical gala to groove on in Malaysia in November is the Urbanscapes that features a huge variety of impressive international celebrities who entertain music enthusiasts with some hip-hop and rap music. This electrifying musical occasion runs successfully for about a month.
When: Held every year in November
What to Pack?
- Penang is known to experience some rainfall in November, so make sure to carry your raincoats and umbrellas.
- The temperature along the west coast can be a bit hot at times, so don’t forget to carry your sunglasses.
- Pack loose, comfortable clothes like short-sleeved shirts and half pants or shorts to keep yourself cool.
- Since this is a hot and humid country, do not step outside without sunscreen and hat.