Wondering What's the Time in Malaysia?
The whole of Malaysia, both Peninsular and Eastern Malaysia (Sarawak and Sabah), works on Malaysia Standard Time (MST) which is :
8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT / UTC).
13 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time (EST).
16 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time (PST).
2 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
Malaysia is also on the same time zone of as its neighbours Singapore and Brunei but is one hour ahead of Thailand and Indonesia, which are both on GMT + 7.
Due to Malaysia's location so close to the Equator, hours of daylight and night time vary very little throughout the year with approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.
Here in Penang dawn breaks around 7 in the morning and is a good time to go out wandering the streets for breakfast with many restaurants and street vendors opening up around this time or locals out exercising on the Esplanade and in the parks.
Dusk comes at around 7pm and with it, cooler temperatures as the sun finally disappears over the horizon.
This is also a nice time to go out for a walk and on the hunt for the evening meal, with many more hawkers stalls and food courts opening up for the evening trade, or sit in a roadside cafe and have a drink while watching the world go by.
These sunrise and sunset times do not vary that much throughout the year.
You can add a half an hour either way!
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