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Best Time of year to Travel to Indonesia, Borneo and Malaysia?

Best Time of year to Travel to Indonesia, Borneo and Malaysia?

Jul 5th, 2013, 01:23 PM
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Best Time of year to Travel to Indonesia, Borneo and Malaysia?

What is the best time to travel to Indonesia Borneo and Malaysia?

Are all about the same? Monsoon Season from October through February?

Would April/May be the best time for all 3 or should we make separate trips to avoid high winds, choppy seas and rain?
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Jul 5th, 2013, 02:11 PM
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For Indonesia, I used Bali, so April through October is a good time. But Indonesia is huge and you should check specifically where you want to go.

Malaysian Borneo, looking at Kota Kinabalu, Jan through April is driest. Kuching gets more rain, but the lowest rain months are April through Sept.

Peninsular Malaysia: West Coast best weather Dec through March. East coast, February through August.

There are a number of monsoon system that impact this area of the world, so you have to check the specific places you want to visit.
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Jul 5th, 2013, 02:48 PM
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There's no time that would be optimal for each of those, since the wet/dry seasons are opposite on each side of the equator. So figure out which places you're going to spend the most time, and pick based on that.

For example, in 2005 we visited Thailand, peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Bintan, and went in January since the majority of our trip was going to be in Thailand and peninsular Malaysia. We didn't get any rain except for 1 day in Bintan/Singapore.

Last year we visited Java, Bali, Komodo, plus Borneo (Malaysia) and Cambodia, and went in June/July since we were spending the majority of the time in southern hemisphere Indonesia. Again, we didn't get any rain there, but did get some in Borneo and Cambodia, but thankfully not so much as to interfere with anything.
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Jul 5th, 2013, 03:31 PM
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What is it that you're planning to do? Specific water activities like sailing or scuba are affected by different weather conditions as well as winds, tides and swells, moreso than general on-land touristing.

In Java and Bali rain and high winds are two different situations: rain during the wet season, wind during the dry season, but it's not uncommon to experience rain and/or wind during any month of the year. Although Indonesia doesn't get typhoons or cyclones, storm centers in North Asia and Australia affect the weather in Indonesia as well.
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Aug 2nd, 2013, 02:11 AM
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To visit Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo), the best time will be during the World Rainforest Music Festival. It's a annual event. However for 2013, it was just over about a month ago.
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Aug 23rd, 2013, 02:09 AM
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IMO june-august is the best, keep in mind that it has reversed seasons because its south of the equator. august is its cold season (70-85F) and theres little rainfall
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