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Malaysia public holidays 2019 & how to maximise it

A new year is just around the corner and with it comes fresh opportunities for Malaysians to plan their dream getaway to unforgettable destinations. If you’re looking to maximise Malaysia’s 2019 public holidays, worry not, because Skyscanner has done the work for you. Here’s how you can hack Malaysia’s 15 public holidays to enjoy a total of 56 holidays in 2019.

Sounds too good to be true? Refer to our chart below to find out how you can utilize your annual leave to enjoy more holidays and make that dream vacation a reality this 2019!

Malaysia public holidays calendar for 2019

Malaysia Public Holiday 2019 hacks how to maximise

When to take leave in 2019?

New Year’s Day falls on a Tuesday in 2019. Hence, taking leave on Monday 31st December 2018 will give you 4 days of holiday, just in time for a short getaway before the new year. In February, take the 4th, 7th, and 8th off during the week of federal territory day and Chinese New Year to enjoy a total of 10 days of holiday. During the week of Labour Day in May, take 2nd and 3rd off to get 5 days of holiday. Later in May, take 21st, 23rd, and 24th to enjoy 9 days off during the Wesak Day and Nuzul Al-Qur’an Malaysia public holiday 2019. Next, in June, take the 7th off and get 5 days of holiday. Lastly, take the 26th and 27th of December off to enjoy 5 days of Christmas celebrations.

By utilising your annual leave on these dates, you will get to enjoy a grand total of 56 holidays in 2019. That’s more than enough time for you to finally make that dream vacation of yours a reality. Whether it’s beach bumming on the beaches of Langkawi, backpacking through Asia, or spending a romantic evening with a loved one in London, 2019 is the year to make it happen.

8 recommended destinations for Malaysia public holidays 2019 and long weekends

Now that you’re aware of how to maximise Malaysia public holidays in 2019, it’s time to start planning your travels with Skyscanner; book cheap flights, hotels and car rentals to your favourite vacation destinations. If you’re still unsure about where to visit, here are our top 8 travel destinations for you and your loved ones to experience more unforgettable moments together during Malaysia public holidays 2019.

Malaysia public holiday flight ticket deals to recommended destinations

DestinationReturn FaresCheck Fares
Langkawi, MalaysiaFrom RM74KL to Langkawi deals
London, England From RM2164KL to London deals
Kota Kinabalu, MalaysiaFrom RM212KL to KK deals
Perth, AustraliaFrom RM672KL to Perth deals
Seoul, South KoreaFrom RM706KL to Seoul deals
Bali, IndonesiaFrom RM287KL to Bali deals
Taipei, TaiwanFrom RM529KL to Taipei deals
Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamFrom RM264KL to HCMC deals

Recommended 2019 holiday destinations for couples

1. Langkawi, Malaysia

It’s safe to say that Langkawi is one of the top island destinations in Malaysia. Here, you can enjoy golden-sand beaches and loads of islands waiting to be explored! Beach bumming is a popular tourist activity in Langkawi, so be prepared to do lots of it with your loved one while you’re there. Pantai Cenang (Cenang beach) is one of the more popular beaches in Langkawi – packed with tourists day and night.

Hotels in Langkawi cost about RM150 to RM250, making it an ideal destination for couples travelling on a budget. In addition, you can usually find cheap flights to Langkawi in 2019 as low as RM110 depending on the date of travel. The best way to travel around Langkawi is by renting a car of your own as public transport is not available in Langkawi. Thus, it is advisable to search and book for car rentals in Langkawi before your arrival.

Best time to visit: During the Hari Raya Haji long weekend from 10 to 12 August 2019

2. London, England

Nothing comes close to proving your love for someone than taking them on a holiday to the romantic city of London, England. Okay, we may be exaggerating a tad, but London is the perfect destination for couples looking for a place to spend their honeymoon. From saying “I love you” atop the iconic London Eye to enjoying a romantic stroll down Little Venice, London is England’s city of love.

Couples looking for cheap flights to London in 2019 may utilise Skyscanner’s cheapest month feature to quickly identify the cheapest month to travel. Hotels in London cost an average of RM500 to RM600 a night for a four-star hotel room. If you’re looking for car rentals in London, Skyscanner has got you covered with our comprehensive car hire search, bringing you the cheapest deals and the perfect drive for your travels. London can be expensive but there are affordable options available to experience all the city has to offer on a budget.

Best time to visit: During the Christmas long weekend from 25 December 2019 to the 2020 new year

Recommended 2019 holiday destinations for families

3. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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Malaysia’s land below the wind, Sabah, is the perfect destination for families looking to catch a short getaway in 2019. There a bunch of things to do in Kota Kinabalu as a family such as spending time on board the North Borneo Railway, getting acquainted with the lifestyles of some of Sabah’s ethnic groups at the Mari Mari Cultural Village, or visiting various landmarks in town such as the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque – Kota Kinabalu is the perfect getaway to bond with your family members while enjoying a peaceful holiday.

Cheap flights to Kota Kinabalu begin as low as RM126 from Kuala Lumpur depending on the date of travel, however, this is subject to change. Prices of hotels in Kota Kinabalu cost an average of RM200 to RM400 a night for a 4-star room. Those looking for car rentals in Kota Kinabalu can also find great deals on Skyscanner Malaysia.

Best time to visit: During the Thaipusam long weekend from 19 to 21 January 2019

4. Perth, Australia

Families seeking an adventure down under should definitely include Perth into their travel plans. There are a bunch of things to do in Perth which are perfect for the whole family, making it an ideal vacation destination for families. From getting acquainted with kangaroos at Perth Zoo and taking a relaxing stroll in Kings Park, to shopping at flea markets at Freemantle – there is always something worthwhile doing in Perth.

Families can find cheap flights to Perth in 2019 on Skyscanner. The average price of hotels in Perth is about RM350 to RM450 for a four-star hotel room. If you’re looking to drive, look up car rentals in Perth and book a ride beforehand.

Best time to visit: During the Wesak day & Nuzul Al-Qur’an public holidays from 18 to 26 May 2019

Recommended 2019 holiday destinations for groups

5. Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is a stunning metropolis which has something to offer every type of traveller. From historical palaces such as Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, buzzing shopping hotspots such as Myeongdong to mouth-watering street food such as ddeokbokki (spicy rice cake) and samgyeopsal (pork strips) – Seoul truly is the ultimate travel destination for groups due to its overwhelming amount of attractions and places of interest.

If you’re looking for 2019 cheap flights to Seoul, budget airlines AirAsia provides daily direct flights from Kuala Lumpur International to Incheon International Airport. The average price of hotels in Seoul is about RM250 to RM350 for a 4-star room. Also, look up for car rentals in Seoul beforehand to have a ride ready upon your arrival in Incheon International. Seoul is also a budget-friendly destination with many affordable options available making it suitable for those travelling on a budget.

Best time to visit: During the Chinese New Year Malaysia public holidays from 1 to 10 February 2019

6. Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a popular tourist destination famed for its exciting nightlife making it an ideal destination for those who love to party. Kuta, Seminyak, and Legian are the epicentre of Bali’s lively nightlife scene where there are no shortages of bars and nightclubs. Spend a relaxing evening with a friend at The Potato Head Beach Club at Kuta or dance the night away at the legendary Skydome Super Club. But that’s not all, Bali is also home to gorgeous beaches and is a hotspot for surfers. Aside from partying and beach bumming, you can also experience Bali’s unique culture by visiting Balinese temples such as Uluwatu and Tanah Lot.

You can compare and find 2019 cheapest flights to Bali using the cheapest month feature on Skyscanner. If you’re looking for hotels in Bali, Kuta should be on your list as it’s a famous beach resort destination and also just minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Many tourists rent scooters while in Bali as it’s a convenient form of transportation. But for those traveling in groups, looking up car rentals in Bali prior to arrival is a good option.

Best time to visit: During the Agong’s Birthday long weekend from 7 to 9 September 2019

7. Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei is a bustling metropolis with towering skyscrapers such as the iconic Taipei 101. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking that a fast-paced city life is the only thing Taipei has to offer. Instead, travellers can also experience a much quieter side of Taipei by visiting towns such as Jiufen and Shifen where you will be treated to scenic mountains and waterfalls. But that’s not all, travellers visiting Taipei should also not miss out on all the shopping options the city has to offer.

Travellers looking for cheap flights to Taipei in 2019 can use Skyscanner’s cheapest month tool. The average price for hotels in Taipei is roughly RM400 to RM500 for a four-star hotel room. Additionally, look up for car rentals in Taipei and book one before your trip to have a ride ready upon arrival.

Best time to visit: During the Labour Day long weekend from 1 to 5 May 2019

8. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Traditionally known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is rich in history featuring must-see spots such as the Reunification Palace which once served as the base of Vietnamese General Ngo Dinh Diem. Today, the palace functions as a museum where visitors are allowed access to the palace’s war rooms and tunnels.

The Central Post Office which was constructed during French Colonial times back in the late 19th century is one of Vietnam’s most photographed spots and features Gothic architecture. It’s one of the city’s most-visited tourist hotspot so be sure to pay it a visit while you’re in Vietnam. Aside from popular landmarks, HCMC is also famed for its lively nightlife scene. Pham Ngu Lao Street is the city’s backpacker district packed with bars and clubs, comparable to Bangkok’s Khao San Road.

You can find 2019 cheap flights to Ho Chi Minh City for as low as RM276 on Skyscanner. Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City cost an average of RM250 to RM350 for a four-star hotel room. Additionally, look up for car rentals in Ho Chi Minh City to make going around the city easier.

Best time to visit: During the Malaysia Day or Deepavali Malaysia public holidays from 14 to 16 September or 26 to 28 October 2019 respectively

Counting down the days to your grand vacation in 2019? Plan your next vacation using Skyscanner’s search and comparison tools to book cheap flightshotels and car rental. And don’t forget to download our mobile app to make your travel plans on the go.