Malaysian 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
- Most of the road will be congested, travel time to tourist destination will be double,
- Hotels especially in Malacca, Cameron Highalnds, Genting Highlands, Penang and Langkawi will much more expensive,
- Restaurant will be full, definately the food and quality of service not as normal day
- 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?
- Try avoiding doing a tour during the major festival,
- Stay in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur city offer lots of things to do and attractions,
- If you plan to do a tour to the major tourist attractions, start your tour earlier,
- Get a advice from local tour guide,
Malaysia Public Holiday for Year 2013
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.