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Malaysian culture and weather

Malaysia is a multi-cultural, cosmopolitan country. There are three main ethnic groups: Malays, Indians and Chinese. You might find that some of the habits and customs of Malaysians differ from those in your own country.

Malay is the national language, with English in common use as a second language.

Find out more about Malaysia's culture and heritage

Climate in Malaysia

Malaysia is a tropical country, with typical temperatures ranging from 21 degrees to 32 degrees Celcius. Humidity is high - typically 80 per cent or more. The best clothes to wear are light, quick-drying fabrics like cotton. Rain falls on most days, usually in the form of a heavy downpour which lasts for an hour or so.

Malaysia has two distinct seasons: the dry season lasts from May until September and the rainy season lasts from mid-November until March.

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