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Malaysia’s best public holiday flight deals for 2018!

Planning your holidays for 2018? Maximise your leave by booking around one of Malaysia’s public holidays and you can vacation for longer and give yourself the time to truly relax. Find great public holiday flights deals with Skyscanner and pack your 2018 calendar with exciting getaways!

Cheap flights around public holidays in Malaysia for 2018

Malaysia 2018 Public Holidays
Date Day Public Holiday
31 January, 2018 Wednesday Thaipusam 2018
1 February, 2018 Thursday Federal Territory Day 2018
16 February, 2018 Friday Chinese New Year 2018
1 May, 2018 Tuesday Labour Day 2018
29 May, 2018 Tuesday Wesak Day 2018
15 June, 2018 Friday Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2018
22 August, 2018 Wednesday Hari Raya Haji 2018
31 August, 2018 Friday Merdeka Day 2018
11 September, 2018 Tuesday Awal Muharram 2018
17 September, 2018 Monday Malaysia Day Holiday 2018
6 November, 2018 Tuesday Deepavali 2018
20 November, 2018 Tuesday Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday 2018
25 December, 2018 Tuesday Christmas Day 2018

31 January, Wednesday – Thaipusam

This year’s Thaipusam lands on Wednesday, so you have 2 long weekend options. Take your leave on 29 – 30 January or 1 – 2 February for a solid 4-day break or take all 4 days for a 7-day escape. Here are the cheapest flights we found for Thaipusam:

Recommended destination: Yogyakarta

Wake up early for a mystical dawn at magnificent Borobudur, explore the cultural and historic heart of the city at the Kraton before feasting on rich gudeg for a true taste of Java.

01 February, Thursday – Federal Territory Day

Federal Territory Day falls on a Thursday so take off 2 February for a 4-day weekend or really splash out on your leave and take off 2 February plus either 31 January or 5 February to enjoy a luxurious 5-day break. Here are the cheapest flights we found for Federal Territory Day:

Recommended destination: Hong Kong

Hop on a tram to find dim sum treats in the backstreets of Hong Kong Island, have a day on the beach and try out kitesurfing at Shek O or test out your bargaining skills after dark in the bustling night markets of Mongkok.

Read more: Travel on a budget: Hong Kong under RM2000

16 February, Friday – Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year falls on a Friday so take leave on 15 February or 19 February for a 4-day vacation or take both and enjoy 5 days off work! Here are the cheapest flights we found for Chinese New Year:

Recommended destination: Phuket

Enjoy a relaxed Chinese New Year break on Phuket and laze on the beach or rent a kayak for a day gliding on the impossibly clear seas around quiet bays and inlets. When the urge to shop strikes, head to architecturally rich Phuket Town and hunt down bargains at the two weekly markets.

01 May, Tuesday – Labour Day

Labour Day falls on a Tuesday so take off 30 April to enjoy a 4-day break or take off 30 April and 2 May and enjoy 5 days off work! Here are the cheapest flights we found for Labour Day:

Recommended destination: Siem Riep

Rise and shine early for dawn at magical Angkor Wat then soothe those aching limbs with a calming massage before taking the kids to Phare the Cambodian Circus for a memorable night out.

Read more: Top 5 budget getaways from KL

May 29, Tuesday – Wesak Day

Wesak Day falls on a Tuesday, so take off 28 May for a 4-day long weekend or take off 28 May and 30 May to revel in 5 glorious days off work! Here are the cheapest flights we found for Wesak Day:

Recommended destination: Shanghai

Rent a bike and explore the charming shady boulevards of the French Concession, visit the Propaganda Art Poster Center and head to the Bund to sip a cocktail and enjoy stunning views over to the skyscrapers of Pudong – amazing after dark!

15 June, Friday – Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Enjoy a long weekend over Aidilfitri by taking off 14 June or 18 June for a 4-day break or take both off and book a 5-day vacation! Here are the cheapest flights we found for Hari Raya Aidilfitri:

Recommended destination: Luang Prabang

Climb to the temple at the top of Phousi Hill and revel in extraordinary sunset views over endless mountains and villages, float down the Mekong to explore ancient caves filled with Buddha statues and sip top notch Laotian coffee at a French café.

22 August, Wednesday – Hari Raya Haji

Hari Raya Haji falls on a Wednesday, so you’ll need to take off the two days either side to maximise this public holiday. Take leave on 20 and 21 August or 23 and 24 August to enjoy a 5-day break. Here are the cheapest flights we found for Hari Raya Haji:

Recommended destination: Melbourne

With five days at your disposal you can afford to fly long-haul. Grab a deal to Melbourne and hang out in the European-style cafes in boho St Kilda, explore the markets and Laneways in downtown Melbourne and take a day trip to Phillip Island to chill with penguins.

31 August, Friday – Merdeka Day

Take 30 August or 3 September to enjoy a 4-day break or take both days and enjoy a 5-day long weekend! Here are the cheapest flights we found for Merdeka Day:

Recommended destination: Singapore

Browse hip boutiques around Arab Street, catch Spectra, the free nightly light and water show at Marina Bay, and be wowed by the architecture and art at the stunning National Gallery.

Read more: 10 things to do in Singapore for free

11 September, Tuesday – Awal Muharram

Awal Muharram falls on a Tuesday so take 10 September off work for a 4-day weekend and take 10 September and either 7 September or 12 September for a 5-day holiday. Here are the cheapest flights we found for Awal Muharram:

Recommended destination: Bangkok

Hunt down the best spicy street food treats, explore gilded temples and palaces and hunt down funky shopping bargains at top markets such as Chatuchak and Rod Fai.

16 September, Sunday – Malaysia Day Holiday

Malaysia Day falls on a Sunday so take off 17 September or 14 September to enjoy a long weekend or take off both to enjoy a 4-day break. Here are the cheapest flights we found for Malaysia Day:

Recommended destination: Kuching

Dig into a bowl of sublime Sarawak laksa before getting the lowdown on Sarawak’s cultural diversity at the Cultural Village and be sure to take a hike in beautiful Bako National Park for encounters with hornbills and proboscis monkeys.

Read more: Kuching under RM185 a day: budget travel guide

06 November, Tuesday – Deepavali

Falling on a Tuesday, you can maximise your Deepavali by booking leave on 05 November for a 4-day vacation or taking leave on 05 and 07 November for a solid stretch of 5 days. Here are the cheapest flights we found for Deepavali:

Recommended destination: Bali

Ease away your stresses and strains on a blissful yoga course in the verdant hills around Ubud, or rent a motorbike and head to Amed to dive wrecks and explore the coral reefs or head to dramatic Uluwatu and have a splash in the waves.

Read more: Bali under RM650: a 3D2N budget travel itinerary

20 November, Tuesday – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday

Maulidur Rasul falls on a Tuesday, perfect for maximising this year’s public holidays. Take 19 November off and enjoy a 4-day long weekend or max out on your leave by taking 19 and 21 November and head off for a longer vacation. Here are the cheapest flights we found for Maulidur Rasul:

Recommended destination: Padang

Get those taste buds roaring with a trip to Padang and enjoy the finest nasi padang on earth, before heading up to the cool climes of Bukitinngi where you’ll be able to pick up beautiful silverwork from the artisans of Koto Gadang. If you are feeling energetic, head south to climb Gunung Kerinci, the highest volcano in Indonesia.

25 December, Tuesday – Christmas Day

Christmas Day is yet another public holiday that falls on a Tuesday so take leave on 24 Dec for a 4-day vacation and take 24 and 26 December for a five day leisure extravaganza! Here are the cheapest flights we found for Christmas:

Recommended destination: Ho Chi Minh City

Supersonic Ho Chi Minh City is possibly Southeast Asia’s noisiest and fastest moving city so if you are looking for an energy boost, then book a cheap flight here. Sip coffee, explore museums and take a day trip cycling in the Mekong Delta to enjoy Christmas in Vietnam at its best.

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Published in January 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.