Taking a break from school allows students to clear their minds and get some rest from homework and assignments. It gives them a chance to rest and reset before school starts again. School holidays also give parents a chance to take a break from waking up early, preparing meals, and sending their children to school.
Allowing students to have adequate rest days will help them recharge and regain more motivation to work harder. Plan an exciting or relaxing vacation for you and your child with our complete guide on the School Holidays in 2023.
Here is a summary of the upcoming school holidays in 2023:
|Group A||Group B|
|Johor, Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah||Sarawak, Sabah, Labuan, Pahang, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Penang, Perlis|
For those who start School on 1st January 2023:
|13-21 Mar||Mon – Tues||Term 1||A|
|22 May – 6 Jun||Mon – Tues||Mid-Year||A|
|24 Jul-1 Aug||Mon – Tues||Term 2||A|
|20 Nov-31 Dec||Mon – Sun||End of Year||A|
|22-23 Jan||Sun – Mon||Chinese New Year||A||https://www.myweekendplan.asia/best-chinese-new-year-wishes-and-greetings/|
|20-21 May||Sat – Sun||Hari Raya Aidilfitri||A|
|15-16 Nov||Wed – Thurs||Deepavali||A||https://www.myweekendplan.asia/50-best-deepavali-wishes-and-greetings/|
For those who start School on 2nd January 2023:
|14-22 Mar||Tues – Wed||Term 1||B|
|23 May-7 Jun||Tues – Wed||Mid-Year||B|
|25 Jul-2 Aug||Fri – Wed||Term 2||B|
|21 Nov-31 Dec||Tues – Sun||End of Year||B|
|23-24 Jan||Mon – Tues||Chinese New Year||B||https://www.myweekendplan.asia/best-chinese-new-year-wishes-and-greetings/|
|21-22 May||Sun – Mon||Hari Raya Aidilfitri||B|
|13-16 Nov||Mon – Thurs||Deepavali||B Except Sarawak||https://www.myweekendplan.asia/50-best-deepavali-wishes-and-greetings/|
Planning Your Long School Holidays For 2023:
1. Term 1 Holidays
- 13/3/2023 – 21/3/2023; Monday – Tuesday; 9 days; Group A
- 14/3/2023 – 22/3/2023; Tuesday – Wednesday; 9 days; Group B
During the Term 1 school holidays in March, there will be a nine-day break. This is a great time to go on a resort staycation in Langkawi. 5-star resorts such as the Ritz-Carlton will ensure that all your needs are met, including in-room dining, butler service, transportation, spa sessions, and more. You can also relax at the Yellow Beach Cafe and enjoy delicious food.
Rent a car from Langkawi’s 10 best car rental services to make it easier to move around the island. You can brave the Langkawi Sky Bridge, which hovers 660 metres above sea level at the peak of Machincang mountain on Pulau Langkawi. Here, you will be greeted with cool, refreshing mountain air and a spectacular view from the bridge.
2. Mid-Year Holidays
- 22/5/2023 – 6/6/2023; Monday – Tuesday; 16 days; Group A
- 23/5/2023 – 7/6/2023; Tuesday – Wednesday; 16 days; Group B
You will have sixteen days of holiday during the Mid-Year school holidays. During this time, you can go for a staycation in Fraser’s Hill, which is a mountain village in Pahang. Here, you can stay at the chic Colonie Fraser’s Hill, an oasis for family retreats and nature lovers. You can also go paddle boating at Allan’s Water, a small lake before Jelai Highland Resort.
As you will have more than two weeks of holidays, you can also pamper yourself at a luxury staycation in the Klang Valley. The Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is one of the most luxurious hotels in Kuala Lumpur. It has a rooftop bar with a spectacular view of the city skyline and a bridge directly connecting to Pavillion shopping mall, which is famous for luxury shopping. You can also visit the best instagrammable parks in Klang Valley for memorable photographs or make new friends at one of the board game cafes in Klang Valley.
3. Term 2 Holidays
- 24/7/2023 – 1/8/2023; Monday – Tuesday; 9 days; Group A
- 25/7/2023 – 2/8/2023; Tuesday – Wednesday; 9 days; Group B
There will be nine days of rest during the Term 2 school holidays. You can go on a staycation at one of Melaka’s colonial hotels. One is the Courtyard @ Heeren Boutique Hotel, a heritage hotel that preserves the traditional Melaka style while adding its modern twist. You can also go cafe hopping around Melaka or try out Melaka’s Korean BBQ restaurants and cendol.
You can stay for a week in Melaka and try these 9 best things to do in Melaka. For instance, you can visit the Melaka Zoo animals or learn about Melaka’s history at the Baba & Nonya Heritage Museum. While at Melaka, you can also have fun with your family members at the Shore Oceanarium, which has many attractions, such as the Interactive Touch Pool, which allows you to touch sea cucumbers.
4. End of Year Holidays
- 20/11/2023 – 31/12/2023; Monday – Sunday; 42 days; Group A
- 21/11/2023 – 31/12/2023; Tuesday – Sunday; 41 days; Group B
The end-of-the-year holidays are the most anticipated, as students in Malaysia will have a long break after a tiring year of studies and exams. During your long vacation, you can go on a road trip to Cameron Highlands and enjoy a delicious English breakfast at the Smokehouse Hotel. You can also go Glamping at The Sticks in Kuala Kubu Bharu or pamper yourself at Hulu Tamu Hot Springs.
If you love Nonya cuisine or hawker food such as Char Kuey Teow, you can go for a staycation on Penang island. Here, you can enjoy delicious kopitiam breakfast in Penang and have fun with your family doing these 8 best family activities in Penang, such as visiting the Entopia Penang Butterfly Farm. Aside from Penang, Kuching can be considered one of the best food capitals in Malaysia. You can also consider going for a staycation in Kuching and having fun visiting the cat museum or going on a river cruise.
5. Chinese New Year
- 22/1/2023 – 23/1/2023; Sunday – Monday; 3 days (including Saturday); Group A
- 23/1/2023 – 24/1/2023; Monday – Tuesday; 4 days (including Weekends); Group B
During the Chinese New Year holidays, you can escape city life’s hustle and bustle and go to the exciting but lesser-known staycation destination, Serendah. Serendah is a unique town with many exciting things to do and sights to visit, such as the Seven Wells of Serendah, known as the Perigi Tujuh Serendah. This breathtaking sight is part of the Malaysian heritage and consists of seven wells or slushies built by the British government after WWII.
6. Hari Raya Aidilfitri
- 20/5/2023 – 21/5/2023; Saturday – Sunday; 2 days; Group A
- 21/5/2023 – 22/5/2023; Sunday – Monday; 3 days (Including Saturday); Group B
During the Hari Raya Aidilfitri, you can relax in one of the 8 best golf resorts near your state. Golf resorts have facilities like a regular hotel, such as a spa, fitness centre, multi-purpose rooms, restaurants, and bars. At a golf resort such as the Forest City Golf Hotel, you can enjoy breathtaking views of lush greenery and fresh air from your private balcony. It would be a sight you would not have the luxury to behold if you chose a hotel located within the city centre.
- 15/11/2023 – 16/11/2023; Wednesday – Thursday; 2 days; Group A
- 13/11/2023 – 16/11/2023; Monday – Thursday; 6 days (including Weekends); Group B except Sarawak
During the Deepavali holidays, students from Group A would have only two days of holidays that fall in the middle of the week. It would be an excellent time to catch up on some Netflix movies such as anime shows, Netflix Original movies, reality series, and K-Dramas. However, if you prefer psychological thrillers or horror movies, Netflix also has a great selection.
For students in Group B, you will have six days off to go to Ipoh for a luxury hotel staycation and have some family fun, taking quirky pictures at the Funtasy House Trick Art. You can also go cafe hopping at the 10 best cafes in Ipoh, or if you love desserts, here are 9 dessert places in Ipoh to choose from.
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