Best months to visit Malaysia and Singapore are February, March and April. Because of their locations in Southeast Asia, Malaysia and Singapore generally hot and humid throughout the year. Temperatures are around 30°C by day, sometimes a little higher. However, there are several months, much more suitable to visit since there is less rain.
- Between February and April is the best for outdoor activities.
- Between May and June is the hottest time.
- Between July and August is the best season for shopping, there are some festivals like Great Singapore Sale, George Town Festival of Malaysia etc.
- Between September and October, the west coast of Malaysia, like Langkawi, rain is more than average.
- Between November and January is the wettest time and the duration of rain takes longer than usual.
I had been planning to visit Malaysia since last year. Finally had a chance to find a time to visit. In addition to Malaysia, I added Singapore to my journey.
Total 9 days: 3 days in Kuala Lumpur, 4 days in Langkawi and 2 days in Singapore.
First of all during planning phase you need some tools and advises to make an on-budget trip. Check your country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises page for your destination countries. For me, it was not advised to visit Sabah territory in Malaysia. Therefore I skipped this region. I used Skyscanner and hipmunk to find a cheap and short-duration flight and booking.com for accommodation.
Why I put Singapore to the last is because its a more, and actually one of the most, developed country and I wished to end my journey with the best.
Here below the summary of our itinerary starting from and ending in Jeddah, KSA.
- From Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur (flight duration is around 8.5 hours) with Saudia Airlines which I DO NOT recommend anybody to use Saudia Airlines. The reason will be detailed in a separate post.
- From Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi (flight duration is 1 hour) with AirAsia. AirAsia is a low-cost airline based in Malaysia.
- From Langkawi to Singapore Changi Airport (flight duration is around 1.5 hour) with AirAsia.
- From Singapore to Jeddah with Saudia Airlines (flight duration is around 8.5 hours).
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Most medical tourism visitors to Singapore, although impressed by the hygienic standards and international class hospitals, complain that Singapore is not “Asian” enough. What they mean is that the country lacks the exotica and culture shock that is the staple introduction to tourism in other Asian countries. This could be because Singaporeans wait until the Chinese New Year rolls around to show off their culture.
The Chinese Lunar Year falls in January or February based on the lunar cycle, and in some ways, this is the best time to visit Singapore. The country’s majority Chinese population celebrates in style with colorful decorations and the Chingpay Parade. Homes are decorated with good luck banners, and dance troupes perform the lion dance outside shops to attract good fortune. The lion dance in fact is one of Singapore’s most iconic symbols, an ancient dance performed to the banging of cymbals and traditionally staged by young men. All this makes for a cultural extravaganza, belying the complaint that Singapore is too westernized.
However, in the days leading up to the New Year, Singapore is a shopper’s nightmare. Everything is grossly marked up making freebies and bargains temporarily extinct, crowds are insane, and even simple things like haircuts will cost more than their usual prices. In fact if shopping is one of the Singapore attractions you want to indulge in on your medical tourism vacation, you should probably avoid this time altogether. For a massive dose of retail therapy, come during the Great Singapore Shopping Festival that begins in late May and continues till early June.