Public Holiday 2023 Kuala Lumpur

New experiences gained during our travels allow us to learn and grow. A trip is a perfect time to do something different and exciting, especially something you can’t do at home. It also lets you take a step back from your stressful daily routine. 

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 to the Kuala Lumpur Public Holidays in 2023. 

Public Holiday 2023 Kuala Lumpur

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

1-2 JanSun – MonNew Year
22-24 JanSun – TuesChinese New Year
1 FebWedFederal Territory Day
5 FebSunThaipusam
8 AprSatNuzul Al-Quran
22-24 AprSat – MonHari Raya Aidilfitri
1 MayMonLabour Day
4 MayThursWesak Day
5 JunMonAgong’s Birthday
29 JunThursHari Raya Haji
19 JulWedAwal Muharram
31 AugThursMerdeka Day
16 SepSatMalaysia Day
28 SepThursProphet Muhammad’s Birthday
12-13 NovSun – MonDeepavali
25 DecMonChristmas

Planning Your Long Holidays For 2023: 

1. New Year (January)

  • 1/1/2023 – 2/1/2023; Sunday – Monday; 3 days (including Saturday)

You will have three days during the New Year holidays to go on a vacation to Melaka. Melaka is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula. Being one of Malaysia’s most visited states, it is only natural that Melaka has a broad selection of tourist attractions to cater to its many visitors. Check out these best things to do in Melaka, such as visiting the Baba and Nonya Heritage Museum. 

You and your family can also participate in these 8 best family activities in Melaka. You can visit the Zoo Melaka, which covers 22 hectares and is the 2nd largest zoo in Malaysia. That’s not all. You can also go cafe hopping at the 9 best cafes in Melaka where you can experience the famous Hard Rock Cafe Melaka and enjoy a scenic view as you savour their delicious burgers.

The elephant Show at Zoo Melaka | Image Credit:
The Hard Rock Cafe Melaka | Image Credit: Tripadvisor

2. Chinese New Year (January)

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

January is one of the best months to visit Pangkor island for a staycation as the temperature ranges from twenty-two degrees Celcius to thirty degrees Celcius which promises sunny days for its visitors. As the Chinese New Year holidays span four days, you can take this opportunity to enjoy a stay on Pangkor Island and take part in its fun underwater activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, and diving.

Pangkor Island
Pangkor Island | Image Credit: Oddviser
Snorkelling at Pangkor Island | Image Credit: Oddviser

3. Federal Territory Day (February)

  • 1/2/2023; Wednesday; 5 days (including Weekends if you take leave on Thursday and Friday)

Federal Territory Day falls on a Wednesday in February. If you can take two days of leave on Thursday and Friday, you will have time for an extended holiday in a boutique hotel or a luxury resort in Langkawi. Langkawi weather experiences a higher chance of rainfall from April to October, so February would be a great time to visit the island when it is sunny with less rain.

The best way to explore Langkawi would be by car. You can rent a car from one of these 10 best car rental services in Langkawi and visit these 10 best places in Langkawi, such as the Langkawi Wildlife Park, where you can create unforgettable memories with your family and friends. You can also check out these 8 best things to do in Langkawi: taking a scuba diving course at the Scuba Club Langkawi and snorkelling at Tanjung Rhu Beach.

The Datai Langkawi
The Datai Langkawi | Image Credit:
The Langkawi Wildlife Park | Image Credit: Langkawi Wildlife Park

4. Hari Raya Aidilfitri (April)

  • 22/4/2023 – 24/4/2023; Saturday – Monday; 3 days

During the three-day Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays, you can go on a road trip to Ipoh, where you can stay in a boutique hotel or luxury hotel. While at Ipoh, you must stop by these 17 must-visit places, such as the Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village, where you can go jungle trekking, bike riding, fish feeding, and more. If you are travelling with your family, you can do something exciting such as watching a Siberian Tiger show at the Lost World Tiger Valley and a fire-eater show at the Lost World Hot Springs & Spa stage.

Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village | Image Credit: Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village
Siberian Tiger show at the Lost World Tiger Valley | Image Credit:

5. Labour Day (May)

  • 1/5/2023; Monday; 3 days (including Weekends)

Labour day falls on Monday. Therefore, you will have time for a three-day staycation on Penang Island. Penang has five-star hotels and beachfront resorts with breathtaking views and dining venues with a wide selection of cuisine to excite your taste. You can stay at the unique Hard Rock Hotel, where some hotel suites include private decks leading directly to Penang’s largest free-form pool.

While in Penang, you and your family can visit the beautiful Entopia Penang Butterfly Farm, which has 150 species of fauna and more than 200 species of flora showcased throughout Entopia’s entire exhibition. You can also visit the TeddyVille Museum, a collection of miniature bears dressed up and placed in creative and colourful sets representing the many attractions, culture, and history that make Penang what it is today. Check out these 8 best family activities in Penang.

Hard Rock Hotel, Penang | Image Credit:
Meeting the friendly bears at the TeddyVille Museum | Image Credit: Viator

6. Agong’s Birthday (June)

  • 5/6/2023; Monday; 3 days (including Weekends)

The best months to visit Redang island would be from June to August. The island’s weather and snorkelling conditions are at their best during this time. Therefore, during Agong’s birthday, when you have three days off, take this chance to go on a staycation in Redang Island

Resorts such as the Laguna Redang Island Resort constantly have discounts on their rooms. Therefore, you can keep an eye out can catch early bird discounts when they have an ongoing promotion. You can do many activities at Redang Island, such as visiting the Marine Park Centre or hiking up to the top of a mountain to enjoy the majestic island scenery.

Laguna Redang Island Resort | Image Credit: Agoda
Coral Redang Island Resort | Image Credit: Tripadvisor

7. Hari Raya Haji (June)

  • 29/6/2023; Thursday; 4 days (including Weekends if you take leave on Friday)

Enjoy four days of holidays if you take leave on Friday during the Hari Raya Haji holiday week and go on a staycation in Cameron Highlands. You can enjoy staying in the Century Pines Resort, conveniently located close to the Tanah Rata Bus Station, The Cameron Bharat Plantation, and the Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation.

At Cameron Highlands, you can visit the Boh Tea Plantation, one of Malaysia’s most famous tea brands. You can also sample its famous strawberries by handpicking them at Raaju’s Hill Strawberry Farm or the Big Red Strawberry Farm. If you love English High Tea, you can also visit The Smokehouse hotel for some scones, homemade strawberry jam, and delicious traditional cream tea.

Century Pines Resort Cameron Highlands
Century Pines Resort, Cameron Highlands | Image Credit:
The Smokehouse Hotel
The Smokehouse Hotel | Image Credit:

8. Merdeka Day (August)

  • 31/8/2023; Thursday; 4 days (including Weekends if you take leave on Friday)

Take an extra day off on Friday during the Merdeka holiday week, and you will have four days of holidays to go on an island staycation in Pulau Perhentian. The most popular months to visit Pulau Perhentian would be the months of July and August, as the diving conditions are the best during this time.  

At Pulau Perhentian, you can hike up Wind Farm. The hike to the top of the Wind Farm takes under an hour, and you will be greeted with two towering wind turbines and a beautiful panoramic sea view. After the long hike, you can also enjoy local cuisine at Ewan’s restaurant, a popular Pulau Perhentian restaurant serving various fresh seafood dishes, soups, and salads. Check out these 8 best things to do in the Perhentian Islands.

Coral View Island Resort | Image Credit: coralviewislandresort
Wind Turbines at the Wind Farm | Image Credit: Papa Red

9. Deepavali (November)

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

Consider a relaxing drive up Fraser’s Hill for a staycation during your three-day Deepavali holiday. Fraser’s hill is a mountain village in Pahang famous for its well-preserved rainforest. Here, you can choose to hike up Bishop Trail, go paddle boating at Allan’s Water, ride a horse at The Paddock, or relax and admire the plants at Glasshouse Fraser’s Hill. Check out these 8 best things to do in Fraser’s Hill

TM Resort Fraser’s Hill | Image Credit:
The Glasshouse, Fraser’s Hill | Image Credit: @glasshousefrasers

10. Christmas (December)

  • 25/12/2023; Monday; 3 days (including Weekends)

Experience the Christmas spirit at Genting Highlands. Stay at the luxurious Maxims Hotel Genting Highlands and be pampered with in-room dining and spa sessions. During the three-day Christmas weekend, Genting Highlands will be decorated with beautiful Christmas lights and decor and will surround you with Christmas cheer during your staycation. 

The primary tourist attraction at Genting Highlands is the Resorts World Genting, a hill resort where there are casinos and theme parks. The current feature attraction is the Genting SkyWorlds outdoor theme park, where there are nine uniquely themed worlds, dining, retail, and live entertainment. Check out these 9 best things to do in Genting Highlands

Maxims Hotel Genting Highlands | Image Credit:
Genting SkyWorlds Outdoor Theme park | Image Credit:

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