With a big influx of Arab and Europeans tourists to the region during this time, it pays to book ahead for specific accommodation.

George Town Festival

This outstanding arts, performance and culture festival in Penang includes international artists, innovative street performances and also has a fringe component in Butterworth on the mainland.

Hungry Ghost Festival

Chinese communities perform operas, host open-air concerts and lay out food for their ancestors. Celebrated towards the end of the month and in early September.

Malaysia's National Day

Join the crowds at midnight on 31 August to celebrate the anniversary of Malaysia’s independence in 1957. There are parades and festivities the next morning across the country.

Singapore National Day

Singapore National Day is a hugely popular spectacle of military parades, civilian processions, air-force fly-bys and fireworks. Tickets are snapped up well in advance; however, you can watch all the aerial acts from Marina Bay Sands.