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Rafflesia biggest flower in the world

Rafflesia

Rafflesia is a genus of flowering plants that is made up of 16 known species. The best known of these species is Rafflesia arnoldii, which has the distinction of being the world's largest flower, reaching a diameter of about three feet. The Rafflesia flowers have been found only in Indonesia - on the islands of Sumatra and Java - and Malaysia, in particular in the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. All of the known species of Rafflesia are threatened or endangered.

Food in Malaysia

Food in Malaysia

If shopping is the national pastime in Malaysia, then food is the national obsession. It is not uncommon to be greeted by the phrase 'Sudah makan?' (Have you eaten already?). Everything in Malaysia revolves around great food. Pleasant social get-togethers are always combined with having a nice meal. In Malaysia, more people blog about food than about anything else. Locals usually never eat at home; unless it is with family. Everybody eats outdoors every night; Malaysia is all about food!

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. This goes for the Chinese population in Malaysia too where the day itself is declared a public holiday. For Chinese locals the new year means a new start where they can make new money and attract new businesses. At numerous locations in Malaysia people light fireworks during the celebrations. Chinese New Year is the only day in the year most of the shops are closed for business.

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Though using the KLIA Express is a quicker way to reach Kuala Lumpur city center, using the airport taxi is a much easier way to reach your destination within Kuala Lumpur. KLIA Express only brings you to KL Sentral while the airport taxi drops you off right in front of your hotel. If you are traveling alone it might be too expensive compared to other options as you pay RM74.30 for a ticket. You can buy tickets for a fixed price at one of the taxi counters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Matta travel fair in Malaysia

Matta Fair in Malaysia

Matta Fair (Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents) is the biggest and most popular travel fair in Malaysia. Malaysians do not yet use the internet as the standard way to book their trips and holidays. Many either go to travel offices or they consult their travel agent when they want to go on a trip. Matta Fair is the place for the best bargains; and it can even be interesting for foreign travelers as there usually are great bargains to destinations outside and within Malaysia.

Climate in Malaysia

Malaysia is a tropical country

Malaysia is a tropical holiday destination, where temperatures fluctuate between 25 and 35 degrees during the year. It is usually very hot and humid, especially in the major cities. Often due to haze warm air is trapped inside the cities, which results in very warm temperatures. It is less hot on the many islands surrounding Malaysia, mainly due to the cool breezes. It is also less hot in the 'highlands' of Malaysia; here you can enjoy cooler temperatures that never exceed 25 degrees.

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Monsoon season

East coast monsoon

Heavy rain during monsoon season 1

Between mid-October and the end of March the climate at the eastern side of the peninsula is affected by the rainy season or monsoon season. Weather usually is very rough in these months, for this reason it is not the best time to visit these parts of Malaysia. There are some tropical islands (i.e. Perhentian, Redang and Tioman) that 'close' during the monsoon period. This means that resorts are closed, and ferries and boats do not bring tourists to the islands. During the monsoon period it can sometimes rain for days. This doesn't mean that you should avoid Malaysia during these months. All other parts of Malaysia are not affected by this monsoon, for example Penang, Langkawi and many other places on the western side of the peninsula are perfect for a visit. Same goes for Borneo.

But when does the east coast monsoon officially start & end?

Nobody can foresee the exact time the monsoon season will start or end. One year you will notice it started already at the beginning of October, the next year it is still sunny in early November. Sometimes it starts mild and ends ferocious, other times the first few months are the worst. As there is no telling up front if you will still be lucky when you head over to the islands at the east coast; it is perhaps best to contact a few resort operators just a week or two weeks beforehand to ask if they think they will still be open for business. Resort owners obviously do not want to close down for the monsoon season, so if they can stay open a bit longer they most definitely will. Same goes for the end of the monsoon season; also just contact resort owners and ask them if they are open for business (around the beginning of March).

West coast monsoon

Heavy rain during monsoon season 2

Between May and October there is officially a Southwest monsoon (affects the western part of the peninsula), but in most cases you will not notice that much of it at all. Besides the monsoon period, it can always rain in Malaysia; it is after all a tropical destination. In contrast to rainfall in Europe or the US where it can - in some cases - rain for days, in tropical areas like Malaysia rainfall is generally short and violent. This means that almost every day it will rain very hard, usually at the end of the day around 16.00 until 18.00. Besides that, during the night it often rains too. Sometimes you can hear the thunder at night.

 

Coolest places in Malaysia

It is much cooler in Cameron Highlands

You can find the coolest places in Malaysia in the so called 'Highlands'. These highlands lie higher than the rest of the country, and because of this temperatures usually are noticeable lower. Examples of popular highlands are Cameron Highlands, Fraser Hill, Genting Highlands and the area near Gungung Ledang. Locals often retreat to these highlands to escape to hot and humid climate in the major cities. Residents of Kuala Lumpur usually retreat to Genting Highlands and Fraser Hill. People from Georgetown (capital city of Penang) usually head off to the Cameron Highlands. Another great place for some cooler weather is in the vicinity of Mount Kinabalu on Sabah grounds. The higher you get, the cooler it is. On the top of Mount Kinabalu it was 4 degrees at 8.00 in the morning, probably the coolest place in the country, except for the air conditioned shopping malls.

 

Weather forecast Malaysia

Weather forecast says it always rains

Many sites offer a weather forecast for Malaysia (see below for an example of the weather forecast of Kuala Lumpur). The thing with weather forecasts is that they actually are often not that reliable in tropic regions. For example in Malaysia rain is a daily occurrence. Rain is what keeps the country so beautiful and green. Without rain Malaysia would be a huge desert. Interestingly enough the weather forecasts of Malaysia almost always show that it is 'currently' raining. However most of the times this is untrue. A daily rain shower is completely normal. Don't be too alarmed if you see 'rain' and 'mostly cloudy' every single time you check the weather forecast as this is completely normal in the tropics.

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