Best Places To Visit In Malaysia In December

Some of you in the Northern Hemisphere are dressed up like Eskimos, frost nipping at your noses and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, there are some of us living in the tropics are still dressed in t-shirts and perhaps carrying an umbrella to protect ourselves from the evening showers.

That’s Malaysia for you in the month of December 🙂

Despite the showers, all is not doom and gloom as we still have a couple of hours of sunshine and warm temperatures during the day. Other parts of Malaysia might experience heavier rains (Malaysian Borneo of Sabah & Sarawak) or out of bounds due to monsoon (east coast of Peninsular Malaysia), however, the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia have plenty of destinations available for you to enjoy sunny weather during this holiday season. And if it rains, the showers occur only for an hour or two, after which the air feels less muggy, thus it will be pleasant for you to continue your activities.

Collaborating with my fellow Malaysian travel bloggers, here are our recommendations of the best places to visit in Malaysia in December:

Danial of Dan On The Road recommends Taiping in Perak:

December in Malaysia is synonymous with the rainy season, so rather than wallow in the wetness, how about embracing the torrential downpours and cooling climate? The sleepy town of Taiping, Perak has the highest amount of rainfall annually and that makes it an ideal spot for a tranquil retreat.

Photo courtesy of Dan On The Road
Photo courtesy of Dan On The Road

Check-in at Villa Sentosa by the foothills of Bukit Larut to capture those misty mornings and take a stroll along the 100-year old Lake Gardens once the raindrops are put on hold.

Taiping is also well-known for its family-run eateries so you’ll have no problem finding comfort food to warm your tummy and soul.

RaW of Ramble and Wander recommends LEGOLAND Malaysia in Johor:

While many might think that LEGOLAND Malaysia is geared more towards kids and young adults, there are actually plenty of rides and activities for the adults (and young-at-hearts) too, out of the more than 40 options on offer, thus making it a great destination for families and even groups of friends.

Photo courtesy of Ramble And Wander
Photo courtesy of Ramble And Wander

What’s better, new attractions are introduced almost every year, the latest of which are ‘LEGO® NINJAGO™ The Ride’ and the upgraded Kuala Lumpur cluster at Miniland. Themed events, like Star Wars’ May the 4th and Halloween Nights, are held from time to time, and for December, in conjunction with the Christmas celebration, it’s ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’.

Combine all these with LEGOLAND Water Park just next door (go for the Combo ticket!) and a stay at the nearby LEGOLAND Hotel, everybody in the family/group is bound to have a fun and wholesome experience.

Farah of That So Farah recommends Penang:

With the monsoon season hitting the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Georgetown in Penang is the best destination to travel in December.

It is hard to go wrong in a charming eccentric old town of Penang at any time of the year. Georgetown showcases the multi-racial cultures that make up Malaysia.

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From hunting for street art murals to visiting various museums to admiring colonial architecture to going on street food eating spree, there are plenty of activities to choose from. The nearby Batu Feringghi offers water sports activities such as boating, parasailing, jet-skiing etc.

And yours truly recommends her hometown Malacca (or Melaka):

The historical city of Malacca steeped in history and rich in cultures blending Peranakan, Portuguese, Dutch and British elements. Formerly a sleepy town, Malacca is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is quite popular among travellers for its quaint town square of Dutch influence, the Portuguese fort, churches, the night market Jonker Walk..and Nyonya food.

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Nyonya food is an interblend of Chinese cooking style with Malay ingredients and condiments and Indian spices (chillies, coconut milk, spices, tamarind, fermented bean paste and shrimp paste), giving rise to a fusion and electic cuisine that bursts with colours and flavours. Every visitor who comes to Malacca, invariably, tries the Peranakan cuisine.

Last but not least, not forgetting our capital city, Kuala Lumpur:

Visit the famous landmark of Malaysia – the Petronas Twin Towers – in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur (KL). Formerly the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004, the building remains the tallest twin towers in the world.

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Explore the heritage landmarks of KL such as the Independence Square, Central Market and Chinatown. Or if you go on the hop-on hop-off bus, do stop at the KL Bird Park which is the largest walk-in free-flight aviary in the world!

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  1. I’ll be in Malaysia this coming Dec. 1-6. Can’t decide if I will go to KL or Penang because some blogs/forums said that december is wet season. Thanks for your post though. Anyway, is december a good time to visit Cameron Highlands ? Thanks

    1. Hi Juls, hope you will still come to Malaysia in December. Yes it rains but is not monsoon rain – it rains for an hour or so in the late afternoon/early evening. Cameron will be cool and rainy because of the season but then again it’s the highlands, do expect the drizzle! If it rains, then just have a cup of tea 🙂

    1. Oh really? Yeah at that stage of pregnancy, the journey would have been risky because it’s a 24 hour flight with transits and all. Hope you get the chance to visit Asia some day.

      Here’s wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  2. Yes – very opposite what Christmas is like in Denmark! I would love to visit Penang and the rest of Malaysia too. I love following your posts about it – always interesting! Cheers from Copenhagen and thanks for linking with #FarawayFiles – can’t wait to see where you take us this week! Erin

    1. You’re welcome Erin, glad that you enjoyed the post 🙂 I believe, by this time, you will be busy preparing for Christmas..here’s wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Cheers.

  3. My favourite cities are all listed!

    Anyway, I just returned from Southern Thailand on a roadtrip and I passed through Perlis.

    It was so hot and sunny, I even passed Chuping which is [as of today] the hottest place in Malaysia! There is Gua Kelam and the State Park, so I guess Perlis can also be visited during this colder month for a bit of sun!

    1. Hi Kai, glad that you enjoyed the post 🙂 Oh yes, Chuping, it’s always reported in the papers as the hottest place in Malaysia. I agree, Perlis might be one of the better places to visit in December for a bit of sun. Thanks for dropping by, and happy holidays!

  4. Great suggestions, Kat. I love the idea of visiting Malacca and Penang – they’d both be on my must-do in Malaysia list at any time of year. Thanks for sharing with us on #FarawayFiles

    1. Thanks Clare…Malacca and Penang are popular destinations for obvious reasons – heritage cities, lots of colonial history, fusion of cultures and that attract many tourists. Hope to see you here some day 🙂

  5. Salamat pagi Kat! Love these ideas for visiting Malaysia. Penang is a lot of fun and last time I was there I remember wanting to help one of the stall holders move to Australia her laksa was that good! I think Legoland is in my future though.. yes, it definitely is. Thanks for joining us again on #FarawayFiles

    1. Selamat pagi Katy! You still remember 🙂 Hope you get the chance to come back to Malaysia and experience more, and this time try other variations of laksa haha..

  6. Lovely to be transported you somewhere warm – I can never quite imagine a tropical Christmas. I loved Malacca on my very brief visit years ago and Penang is definitely on my list too. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    1. Haha, understand what you mean by a tropical Christmas. I know a lot of expats in Malaysia found it difficult to adjust in the beginning but after sometime they get used to the heat and humidity 🙂

  7. Hi Kat! Great to have stumbled upon a neighbouring blogger at #citytripping! I am a mom blogger from Singapore and of course, we travel to Malaysia very often! In 2016 itself, we did Legoland three times and Malacca once! Oh Malacca. Beautiful place and I was so amazed by the amount of things that can be done in Malacca for Kids! You’ve got to check out my post and share with me your thoughts as a Malaccan!

    http://mmlittlee.blogspot.sg/2016/08/malacca-for-kids.html

    1. Hi May, welcome to my blog, good to see you here neighbour! 🙂 Well, I haven’t been to LEGOLAND though am now adding LEGOLAND to my bucket list – people have talked so much about it and just minutes ago, I was reading a post by a Malaysian travel blogger who recently made a trip there, thus am now convinced. Will check your Malacca post 🙂 Cheers!

  8. Great ideas. I have been to Malaysia in December. I didn’t spend long there but visited KL and the Taman Negara rainforest too which was brilliant experience. #citytripping

    1. Oh hope the rainforest experience wasn’t too wet and mushy as rainfall tends to be relatively heavier than usual at that time of the year. I used to hear (during my schooldays) that Taman Negara was shut from December to February because of heavy rainfalls but now I hear that the national park is open throughout the year.

  9. Haha Kat I’m wrapped up in a Parka & doing all things wintery:) Although I’ve begun to love & embrace winter , Malaysia has lot of fun, inviting experiences:) I love the mural that you’ve shared… so much emotion

    1. I might be heading to Europe in the fall next year. Although it’s not freezing winter, it’s been a while since I last experienced really cold weather, I’ve been travelling in Asia far too long hahah! Penang has lots of street art murals – the bicycle one is of the many artistic murals featuring life in Malaysia – hope you get to see them one day 🙂

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