Malaysia Public Holiday and Travel Tips for 2013

malaysia public holidayMalaysian community consist a multi racial, every racial comes with their own festival. To respect each Race, the Government of Malaysia provides a public holiday either at the state or national level. Most of the major public religious festival holiday in Malaysia such eid Fitr and Chinese New Year comes with long school holiday. Local people will take this opportunity to bring their family for Holiday to the main tourist attractions such Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands or stay at the hometown. As a foreign tourist on holiday obviously you want to make your holiday run smooth without stuck in a massive congested or in the long queue. It is crucial if tourist can spend a while study about Malaysia multi-racial people, try plan your holiday by avoiding come during the Malaysia Public Holiday


What Happen During Malaysia Public Holiday

  1. Most of the road will be congested, travel time to tourist destination will be double,
  2. Hotels especially in Malacca, Cameron Highalnds, Genting Highlands, Penang and Langkawi will much more expensive,
  3. Restaurant will be full, definately the food and quality of service not as normal day
  4. Most of tourist attractions area will be full with people, the queue will be much longer and take longer time waiting for your turn,

What Shall I Do?

  1. Try avoiding doing a tour during the major festival,
  2. Stay in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur city offer lots of things to do and attractions,
  3. If you plan to do a tour to the major tourist attractions, start your tour earlier,
  4. Get a advice from local tour guide,



Malaysia Public Holiday for Year 2013


January 2013
Date Holiday Appicable Category
01 Jan (Sun) New Year Nationwide Superpeak
14 Jan (Sat) Yang di-Pertuan Besar
Negeri Sembilan’s Birthday
Negeri Sembilan state only Normal
15 Jan (Sun) Sultan of Kedah’s Birthday  Kedah only  Normal
24 Jan (Thu) Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Maulidur Rasul)  Nationwide  Superpeak
27 Jan (Sun) Thaipusam Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang & Selangor only Superpeak

There  is three main Malaysia Public  Holiday on the month of January as you see Thaipusam festival fall on Sunday will be replace on Monday. Even it not a nationwide Public Holiday but it covering all the main state in Malaysia. During the long weekend, people from this city will be touring or go back to their hometown. Expecting most of attractions area outside Kuala Lumpur will be congested.


February 2013
Date Holiday Appicable Category
1 Feb (Fri) Federal Territory Day Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya Only Normal
10 Feb (Sun) Chinese New Year Nationwide Superpeak
11 Feb (Mon) Chinese New Year Nationwide except Kelantan and Terengganu Superpeak

Chinese New Year Celebration for year 2013 will fall on 10 of February and 11 of February with one substituted day on Tuesday. Please take note, during Chinese New Year normally it comes with one week school holiday. Basically, the whole week from Friday 8 of February until Sunday 17 of February will be tight to do the tour everyway in Malaysia. Chinese people typically will go for vacation during this celebration. Expecting most of the Hotel will fully booked and prices will be much expensive.

For month of March, May, June and July no major festival that has long holiday.


August 2013
Date Holiday Appicable Category
8 Aug (Thu) Hari Raya Puasa Nationwide Superpeak
9 Aug (Fri) Hari Raya Puasa Nationwide Superpeak
31 Aug (Sat) Malaysia National Day Nationwide Superpeak

For the month of August 2013, there are two main Malaysia Public Holiday Eid Fitri on 8 and 9 August and Malaysia National Day on 31 August. For Eid Fitri Festival School will start close on Wednesday 7 August to let people travel to their hometown earlier and reopen back on next Monday 18 August almost 10 days close.  Try avoid this place Cameron Highlands, Malacca, Genting Highlands, Langkawi Island from 8 August till 12 August. 

October 2013
Date Holiday Appicable Category
15 Oct (Tue) Eid al-Adha Nationwide Superpeak
16 Oct (Wed) Eid al-Adha Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Trengganu Only Superpeak

In October there is a Malaysia Public Holiday should be given attention, especially if you want to visit the East Coast and North malaysia. Eid al-Adha is a main festival for Muslim people who live in East Coast and North of Malaysia. Most of people that works in Kuala Lumpur comes from this area, expecting traffic to East Coast (Kelantan, Terengganu and Kuantan) and North (Perlis, Kedah and Perak) Malaysia will be congested.

Should you have any question to plan your holiday during the main Public Holiday in Malaysia, kindly leave your question below.

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