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Have we made a mistake booking Malaysia for Christmas?

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Have we made a mistake booking Malaysia for Christmas?

We booked our flights months ago with the intention of having NYE in KL (we will still be doing this).

However we're struggling to find somewhere to go for Xmas week! I'm a sun bunny (ok stop laughing now because I know it's monsoon season!) so what side of Malaysia is less wet? We've looked at Redang, Langkawi, Pangkor Laut?

HELP!!! :o)

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1. Re: Have we made a mistake booking Malaysia for Christmas?

Come Christmas>>the monsoon had tapered off so no big issue.

Not to worry ,no mistake it is OK/

Penang is really a nice place for Christmas

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2. Re: Have we made a mistake booking Malaysia for Christmas?

I've been to Penang a few times in early January and the weather was fine. I don't think you will have by issues.

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3. Re: Have we made a mistake booking Malaysia for Christmas?

Well you have posted in the Redang forum, and December is definitely the wrong time to go to Redang on due to the North-East monsoon which primarily affects the East Coast of the Peninsula.

No such problems with Langkawi or Penang, which is on the West Coast of the Peninsula and perfectly fine to visit in December.

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4. Re: Have we made a mistake booking Malaysia for Christmas?

Sipadan Island ,Mabul Island , Kapalai Island are the best islands to visit now...Its located at Sabah...take flight to Tawau then go to Semporna...You can overnight at Semporna by take snorkeling trips or diving trips.

Keep avoid Langkawi Island and Penang Island during Peak Holiday season...

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5. Re: Have we made a mistake booking Malaysia for Christmas?

Post above sounds like advertising / promoting Redang Island.

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6. Re: Have we made a mistake booking Malaysia for Christmas?

Sharing information for other islands,not Redang Island only,but all islands in Malaysia...as local ,I try to share some information as best as i can...

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7. Re: Have we made a mistake booking Malaysia for Christmas?

The weather is unlikely to be an issue on the west coast at that time i.e. Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi since the monsoon affects this coast during our summer. However room availability at Christmas might be an issue given it is peak time.

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8. Re: Have we made a mistake booking Malaysia for Christmas?

Thanks all for your posts - much appreciated :o)

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9. Re: Have we made a mistake booking Malaysia for Christmas?

Penang and Langakwi. The prevailing or monsoon wind does not mean it will rain all day or even every day, just that the wind is in such a direction that there is an increased chance of rain but the sea conditions are not the best, however it will be hot and the sun will shine.

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10. Re: Have we made a mistake booking Malaysia for Christmas?

The south-west monsoon affects west coast Malaysia May - October and it is as TravellingMitch describes. Christmas then should not be an issue.

The north-east monsoon affects east coast Malaysia November-March (ish) but this weather effect tends to be more severe and I would not recommend being on the east coast (which of course includes Redang) during that period. Yes patterns are changing but personally I would not risk it.