Best Things To Do and Places to Visit in Malaysia in December 2023

Malaysia is a beautiful country in Southeast Asia, and it is just above the equator, so it has a humid and warm climate in mainland cities like Kuala Lumpur and islands like Langkawi. In highland places like Genting, Malaysia’s December weather might be a little chilly. It also tends to receive a generous amount of rainfall over the year. Malaysia is even more gorgeous in December during Christmas Eve due to the events occurring across the country. You can witness the country’s breathtaking sand beaches, fascinating architecture, lush-green rainforests, and modern cities that will force you to visit Malaysia more often. Below are the most beautiful places to visit in Malaysia in December.


Langkawi Island

Langkawi has some of the best beaches to visit in Malaysia in December. It is one of the most popular destinations in Malaysia, and it is an atoll with 99 islands which is landscaped in a certain way to embrace fauna and flora. Langkawi is an all-round destination, which includes places like iconic buildings, expansive parks, beaches, and landscapes. In December, the mild temperature and sunny weather intensify the beach vibes and make it look more attractive and gorgeous.


Malacca in December

Famous for its maritime past and culinary culture, Malacca is one of the best locations to visit in Malaysia in December. During ancient times, Malacca was colonized by the British, Portuguese, and Dutch. The influence can be seen in the food, language, and architecture of Malacca. Taming Sari Revolving Tower, The Sultanate Palace, the Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple, and Stadthuys are the city’s main attractions. Shopaholics can buy local handicrafts, antiques, and souvenirs at the happening place which is Jonker Street Night Market.


Penang in December

Penang was the former British port and is the present food capital. It’s also known for its soft sandy beaches and stunning views. Its nickname is “Pearl of the Orient”, as this unspoiled paradise is rich in cultural attractions and natural beauty. Penang is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site George Town which is soaked in incredible culture, history, and art. Do not miss out on Penang War Museum, the Kek Lok Si Temple, Interactive Museum, Adventure Zoo Theme Park, Escape Adventure Land, and other Hindu Temples, Churches, and Mosques.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur in December

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is the first destination that comes to your mind while planning for the trip. It’s filled with colonial architecture, a myriad of natural attractions, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming locals. It is definitely one of the best spots to go in December. The most visited attractions in Kuala Lumpur are Menara KL Tower, Petrona Towers, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Jalan Alor, Aqua KLCC, Perdana Botanical Gardens, Batu Caves, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, and Chinatown. Kuala Lumpur has everything from flashy modern megastructures to iconic landmarks.

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands In December

Cameron Highlands is a hill station on the western coast of Malaysia and is located away from the city. This hill station provides beautiful landscapes, arenas, and tranquility. Cameron Highlands offers a sunny climate with green highlands and many places to visit like Strawberry Farm, Mount Brinchang, and Ee Feg Honey Bee Farm in December. You can also go for jungle trekking to have an adventurous experience. Do not forget to carry your jacket as the climate gets cold in the evenings compared to the sunny afternoons.

Perhentian Island

Perhentian Island in December

The Perhentian Island is one of the most beautiful and clean spots on the east coast of the country. It is also the best island to go in Malaysia in December. There are many islands to visit on the Perhentian Island, and it is fun to go around by boat or taxi. Perhentian Island is also a tropical cliché where white sand and blue sea merge spectacularly. Perhentian Island also offers a better diving experience and great snorkeling opportunities. There are also good nearby restaurants to experience the local cuisine and traditions.

Pulau Tioman

Pulau Tioman in December

The Pulau Tioman is on the southeast coast of Malaysia where you will get to enjoy a relaxing and laid-back island experience. Pulau Tioman is also a beautiful and clean island in Malaysia. It offers white sands, plenty of dense forests, hiking trails, coral reefs, and diving experiences. Pulau Tioman is a chilled-out place and duty-free too. The island is connected through Mersing and Tanjung Gemuk via ferry, and continues to enhance visitors with its lovely beaches and lush greenery.


As December is the start of the high season to travel to the western parts of Malaysia, it is the low season for Malaysian Borneo. The resorts in the western beaches will be very crowded towards the end of December, as many travelers from Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America will be coming for their Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays. So, it is important to make your bookings accordingly, so that you do not miss the chance to spend December in Malaysia.

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