Malaysia Public Holiday 2023: A Complete Guide On Planning Your Holidays

It can be tough to take a holiday when your paperwork is piling up, and your workload keeps increasing. If you notice yourself having trouble falling asleep or waking up at odd hours in the night without being able to go back to sleep, you may be burnt out and need a mental break.

Taking a well-deserved break and going on a vacation or a retreat will not only clear your mind but also recharge your soul and help you regain your inspiration and motivation to work harder. Plan your long-awaited holiday ahead of time with our complete guide on Malaysian Public Holidays in 2023. 

Malaysia Public Holiday 2023

Here is a summary of the upcoming Malaysian public holidays in 2023:

1-2 JanSun – MonNew YearNational except Johor,Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis& Terengganu
14 JanSatYDPB Negeri Sembilan’s BirthdayNegeri Sembilan
22-23 JanSun – MonChinese New YearNational
24 JanTuesChinese New YearNational except Johor,
Kedah, Kelantan &
1 FebWedFederal Territory DayKuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya
5 FebSunThaipusamJohor, Kuala Lumpur,
Negeri Sembilan, Penang,
Perak, Putrajaya &
6 FebMonThaipusamKuala Lumpur, Negeri
Sembilan, Penang, Perak,
Putrajaya & Selangor
18 FebSatIsrak and MikrajKedah, Negeri Sembilan,
Perlis & Terengganu
19 FebSunIsrak and MikrajKedah & Terengganu
4 MarSatInstallation of Sultan TerengganuTerengganu
23 MarThursAwal RamadanJohor, Kedah &
23 MarThursSultan of Johor’s BirthdayJohor
7 AprFriGood FridaySabah & Sarawak
8 AprSatNuzul Al-QuranNational except for Johor,
Kedah, Melaka, Negeri
Sembilan, Sabah &
9 AprSunNuzul Al-QuranKelantan & Terengganu
15 AprSatDeclaration of Melaka as a Historical CityMelaka
22-24 AprSat – MonHari Raya AidilfitriNational
26 AprWedSultan of Terengganu’s BirthdayTerengganu
1 MayMonLabour DayNational
4 MayThursWesak DayNational
17 MayWedRaja Perlis’ BirthdayPerlis
22 MayMonHari Hol PahangPahang
30-31 MayTues – WedHarvest FestivalLabuan & Sabah
1-2 JunThurs – FriHari GawaiSarawak
5 JunMonAgong’s BirthdayNational
18 JunSunSultan of Kedah’s BirthdayKedah
27 JunTuesArafat DayTerengganu
29 JunThursHari Raya HajiNational
30 JunFriHari Raya HajiKedah, Kelantan, Perlis
& Terengganu
7 JulFriGeorgetown World Heritage City DayPenang
8 JulSatPenang Governor’s BirthdayPenang
19 JulWedAwal MuharramNational
22 JulSatSarawak DaySarawak
30 JulSunSultan of Pahang’s BirthdayPahang
24 AugThursMelaka Governor’s BirthdayMelaka
31 AugThursMerdeka DayNational
16 SepSatMalaysia DayNational
17 SepSunMalaysia DayKelantan & Terengganu
28 SepThursProphet Muhammad’s BirthdayNational
7 OctSatSabah Governor’s BirthdaySabah
14 OctSatSarawak Governor’s BirthdaySarawak
3 NovFriSultan of Perak’s
11 NovSatSultan of Kelantan’s BirthdayKelantan
12 NovSunSultan of Kelantan’s Birthday HolidayKelantan
12 NovSunDeepavaliNational except Sarawak
13 NovMonDeepavaliNational except Johor,
Kedah, Kelantan, Sarawak
& Terengganu
11 DecMonSultan of Selangor’s BirthdaySelangor
24 DecSunChristmas EveSabah
25 DecMonChristmas DayNational

Planning Your Long Holidays For 2023: 

1. January 2023

  • 1/1/2023 – 2/1/2023;  Sunday – Monday; 3 days (including Saturday)
  • 14/1/2023; Saturday; 2 days (including Sunday)
  • 22/1/2023 – 24/1/2023; Sunday – Tuesday; 4 days (including Saturday)

For the New Year and Chinese New Year holidays, you would have a long weekend to enjoy a short trip with your friends and family. You can also consider taking an extra day’s leave on Friday if you want a more extended break. During your extended holiday, you should go for a tropical island staycation at Langkawi Island to experience its beautiful beaches, local culture and delicious cuisine. While there, you can check out these 10 best places to visit in Langkawi, where you can visit historical sites and enjoy flora and fauna in the wildlife park. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi | Image Credit:
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2. February 2023

  • 1/2/2023; Wednesday; 1 day 
  • 5/2/2023 – 6/2/2023; Sunday – Monday; 3 days (including Saturday)
  • 18/2/2023 – 19/2/2023; Saturday – Sunday; 2 days 

There is only a day’s holiday for Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and Putrajaya in the middle of the week for Federal Territory Day. If you are staying within these areas, you should try pampering yourself at a five-star luxury hotel in Klang Valley. Luxury hotels such as the Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur has a rooftop bar that overlooks a spectacular view of the city skyline and offers pampering sessions at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa.

For those staying in Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Perak, Putrajaya, and Selangor, you would have a long weekend break due to the Thaipusam holidays. It would be lovely to drive up for a retreat at Fraser’s Hill. Here, you can enjoy a traditional English breakfast at the Fraser Hill Smokehouse, hike up Bishop Trail or admire the plants at Glasshouse Fraser’s Hill. Check out these 8 best things to do in Fraser’s Hill.

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur | Image Credit:
The Smokehouse at Fraser’s Hill | Image Credit:

3. March 2023

  • 4/3/2023; Saturday; 2 days (including Sunday)
  • 23/3/2023; Thursday; 1 day

If you are staying in Johor, Kedah, and Melaka, Awal Ramadan on 23rd March is a public holiday. Coincidentally, the Sultan of Johor’s Birthday also falls on the same day. However, this holiday only applies to the state of Johor. As the holiday falls on a Thursday, you can consider taking leave on Friday, which will leave you with four days of holiday. 

With four days, you can consider these 8 best staycations in Serendah and enjoy beautiful private retreats such as the Sekeping Serendah, uniquely designed within natural surroundings. Alternatively, if you are not taking Friday off, you can consider spending your day off having fun with your family and friends. Check out these best things to do in Johor and Melaka, or go cafe hopping around Sungai Petani.

Sekeping Serendah | Image Credit:
Desaru Fruit Farm, Johor | Image Credit: @xiao_tontong

4. April 2023

  • 7/4/2023; Friday; 3 days (including Weekends)
  • 8/4/2023 – 9/4/2023; Saturday – Sunday; 2 days
  • 15/4/2023; Saturday; 2 days (including Sunday)
  • 22/4/2023 – 24/4/2023; Saturday – Monday; 3 days
  • 26/4/2023; Wednesday; 1 day

Good Friday falls on the 7th April, a long weekend holiday for Sabah and Sarawak. There are also three days of public holidays for Hari Raya Aidilfitri throughout Malaysia. Try taking an extra day off to extend your holidays and go on a staycation in Genting Highlands. Genting Highlands is famous for its luxurious hotels, such as the Grand Ion Delemen Hotel, which offers an intimate urban resort experience. While you are there, check out these 9 best things to do in Genting Highlands.

26th April is the Birthday of the Sultan of Terengganu. However, it falls on a Wednesday, which is only a public holiday for individuals staying in Terengganu. As you have one day off, you can consider taking your mind off work and relaxing at these 8 best staycations in Terengganu

Grand Ion Delemen Hotel, Genting Highlands | Image Credit:
Tanjong Jara Resort, Terengganu | Image Credit:

5. May 2023

  • 1/5/2023, Monday; 3 days (including Weekends)
  • 4/5/2023; Thursday; 1 day 
  • 17/5/2023; Wednesday; 1 day
  • 22/5/2023; Monday; 3 days (including Weekends)
  • 30/5/2023 – 31/5/2023; Tuesday – Wednesday; 2 days

The 1st and 4th of May, which are Labour Day and Wesak Day, respectively, are national holidays. However, the 17th of May is only a public holiday for Perlis as it is the King of Perlis’s birthday. The 22nd of May is Hari Hol, a public holiday for the State of Pahang. Finally, the public holidays from the 30th to the 31st of May apply only to Labuan and Sabah. 
If you have a long weekend for a vacation, consider a lakefront holiday at one of the 8 best lakefront hotel staycations in Malaysia. For individuals staying in Perlis who only have one day off, you can check out these 9 best places to visit in Perlis, and for those staying in Pahang, you can check out these 8 best things to do in Raub, Pahang.

DoubleTree by Hilton Putrajaya Lakeside | Image Credit:
Al Hussain Mosque, Perlis | Image Credit: Tripadvisor

6. June 2023

  • 1/6/2023 – 2/6/2023; Thursday – Friday; 4 days (including Weekends)
  • 5/6/2023; Monday; 3 days (including Weekends)
  • 18/6/2023; Sunday; 2 days (including Saturday)
  • 27/6/2023; Tuesday; 1 day 
  • 29/6/2023 – 30/6/2023; Thursday – Friday; 4 days (including Weekends) 

Sarawak will be celebrating Hari Gawai from the 1st to the 2nd of June, and it will be a total of four holidays in a stretch, thanks to the weekends. If you are staying in Sarawak, it is time to take a break from work and go on a well-deserved vacation. Treat yourself to a plane ticket to Malaysia’s west coast and stay at one of the 8 best staycations in Port Dickson, a town south of Kuala Lumpur.

For long weekend vacations, such as on Agong’s Birthday, you can go for an adventure in Janda Baik and camp in style at the Tiarasa Escape Glamping Resort or have a picnic by the riverside Janda Baik. For shorter getaways, enjoy the breathtaking views and fresh air while going on a staycation at one of the best golf resorts in Malaysia.

Tiarasa Escape Glamping Resort, Janda Baik | Image Credit: Tripadvisor
Forest City Golf Hotel | Image Credit:

7. July 2023

  • 7/7/2023 – 8/7/2023; Friday – Saturday; 3 days (including Sunday)
  • 19/7/2023; Wednesday; 1 day 
  • 22/7/2023; Saturday; 2 days (including Sunday)
  • 30/7/2023; Sunday; 2 days (including Saturday)

The excellent news for Penangites is that Georgetown World Heritage City Day falls on a Friday, which means you would have three days of holiday. Take this opportunity to go turtle watching at Pulau Perhentian and stay at one of the 8 best staycations in Pulau Perhentian. On the other hand, Awal Muharram is a national holiday that falls in the middle of the week. As you have only a day off, take a break and make some popcorn while enjoying these 10 best movies on Netflix.

Sea turtle at Turtle Beach, Pulau Perhentian | Image Credit:

8. August 2023

  • 24/8/2023; Thursday; 1 day
  • 31/8/2023; Thursday; 1 day

Merdeka Day falls on a Thursday, and if you can take Friday off, you will have four days for a relaxing trip. Check out these 10 best nature retreats in Malaysia where you can reconnect with nature and forget the everyday stressors in your life. For individuals residing in Melaka, you can spend your single off day on Melaka’s Governor’s Birthday by taking part in family activities in Melaka, such as going on a visit to Zoo Melaka or going cafe hopping at these 9 best cafes in Melaka.

Zoo Melaka | Image Credit:
The Daily Fix Cafe | Image Credit: Tripadvisor

9. September 2023

  • 16/9/2023 – 17/9/2023; Saturday – Sunday; 2 days
  • 28/9/2023; Thursday; 1 day 

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday is a national holiday that falls on a Thursday. If you do not have many days of leaves left as it is almost the end of the year, why not check out these best things to do at a location nearby such as  Kuala Kubu Bharu, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah, Port Dickson, and Kuala Lumpur. You can also go for a short staycation at the best colonial hotels if you are staying in Penang and Melaka.

Underwater World Aquaria KLCC | Image Credit:
The Edison, Georgetown | Image Credit:

10. October 2023

  • 7/10/2023; Saturday; 2 days
  • 14/10/2023; Saturday; 2 days 

We have good news for you if you are staying in Sabah or Sarawak and working on Saturdays in October. The Sabah and Sarawak Governor’s Birthdays fall on the 7th and 14th of October, respectively. This means you have a weekend free to participate in fun family activities in Sabah, such as meeting the orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan, Sabah; or visiting Jong’s Crocodile Farm in Siburan, Sarawak. Check out these 10 best places in Sarawak.

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah | Image Credit:
Bako National Park, Sarawak | Image Credit: Awesome Travel

11. November 2023

  • 3/11/2023; Friday; 3 days (including Weekends)
  • 11/11/2023; Saturday; 2 days (including Sunday)
  • 12/11/2023 – 13/11/2023; Sunday – Monday; 3 days (including Saturday)

It is a three-day break for the Deepavali holidays for all states in Malaysia except for Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Sarawak, and Terengganu. Check out these 8 best luxury staycations in Ipoh for some vacation ideas. For those staying in Perak, you will have a holiday on the 3rd of November, a Friday. Spend your three days off enjoying a staycation on Penang Island. Penang is famous for its rich cultural diversity; to top it off, you can enjoy a gastronomic Penang hawker food adventure while you are there.

Cheong Fatt Tze, Penang | Image Credit:
The Haven All Suite Resort, Ipoh | Image Credit:

12. December 2023

  • 11/12/2023; Monday; 3 days (including Weekends)
  • 24/12/2023 – 25/12/2023; Sunday – Monday; 3 days (including Saturday)

We all look forward to Christmas every year. Most places will have beautiful decorations to add to the festive mood. In addition, shopping malls will have huge discounts, and work will start to slow down as everyone would usually be in a holiday mood. If you need a vacation but are on a budget due to all the holiday shopping, do not worry. Check out these budget-friendly staycations in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

AJ Residence Kota Kinabalu City Centre | Image Credit:
Hornbill’s Nest, Kuching | Image Credit:

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