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Langkawi has a very distinct dry season at the beginning of each year. In the months of January and February, hardly a drop of rain falls. Although the heat and humidity is relentless, this is when tourists flock to the island because continuous sunshine is virtually guaranteed.

This is a great time for watersports like jetskiing and parasailing, as the waters around Langkawi become the clearest they will get all year. Unfortunately, this is also the time when the waterfalls dry up, the grass dies and deciduous trees shed their leaves. If you’re coming for the scenery, avoid the month of February when the entire island turns an unslightly brown.

When the rains come sometime in March, the bare trees will burst into bloom, causing an explosion of colour and the weird illusion that Langkawi is experiencing springtime.

The period from August to October is the monsoon season. Although shunned by travelers who fear their vacation will get rained out, there are some advantages to coming here at this time. Room rates and all outdoor tours will be much cheaper and the entire island is less crowded. Best of all, the waterfalls are at their most majestic during these months. Langkawi also looks hauntingly beautiful in the rain, a fact appreciated especially by the many Arab tourists but lost on those from rainy climes like England.

There is always a period of sustained rainfall during each monsoon season, but no one can predict when that will happen. For the rest of the season, there’s generally a heavy downpour or two each day, and the sun can make several major appearances during the day.

If you’re fit and love the outdoors, you can usually do much more outdoor activities during the months just before and after the rainy season (i.e. April to July; Nov and Dec) than during the withering heat of the dry season.

During the fasting month of Ramadan and the fortnight after, many restaurants on the island may experience severe staffing shortages and shut down. There could be a slight problem finding a meal outside of the main tourist areas during this time. However, because of the daily Ramadan food bazaars and the Hari Raya celebrations at the end of the fasting month, those who love to absorb local culture while travelling will get a unique glimpse into Malay customs during their most sacred time of the year.

(Note that Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar. Each year it begins a week and a half earlier than the previous year. Check your calendar)

The peak tourist season is the month of December, when both Malaysia and Singapore have school holidays. The number of tourists usually peak again during February, the month of guaranteed sunshine. There may be crowding and congestion at some of the main tourist attractions during peak season, but there will also be much more events and promotions organized at these times by tour agents, resorts and restaurants.


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