Public Holiday 2023 Johor

When was the last time you took some time off to travel? Although the initial planning and packing may require some effort, once you reach your destination and start settling in, you will feel more relaxed, and for once in a long time, you will sleep better, feel more rested, and be in a better mood. These travel benefits usually remain for weeks after your trip has ended.

If you are working or staying in Johor, we have compiled a helpful guide that contains recommendations on hotels, things to do, and must-visit locations to include in your holiday plans. Here is a guide to Johor’s Public Holidays in 2023 to help you plan ahead.

Public Holiday 2023 Johor

Here is a summary of the upcoming Johor public holidays in 2023:

22-23 JanSun – MonChinese New Year
5 FebSunThaipusam
23 MarThurs
Awal Ramadan
23 MarThursSultan of Johor’s Birthday
22-24 Apr Sat – MonHari Raya Aidilfitri
1 MayMonLabour Day
4 MayThursWesak Day
5 JunMonAgong’s Birthday
29 Jun ThursHari Raya Haji
19 Jul WedAwal Muharram
31 AugThursMerdeka Day
16 SeptSatMalaysia Day
28 SeptThursProphet Muhammad’s Birthday
12 NovSunDeepavali
25 DecMonChristmas

Planning Your Long Holidays For 2023:

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1. Chinese New Year (January)

  • 22/1/2023 – 23/1/2023; Sunday – Monday; 3 days (including Saturday)

You will have three days to relax during the Chinese New Year holiday. Consider trying a staycation in a colonial hotel in Penang or Melaka. A colonial hotel or heritage hotel is a site designated as a UNESCO World Heritage place. These hotels are usually renowned locations before being refurbished into modern accommodations.

If you stay in a colonial hotel in Penang, do not miss out on the famous Penang hawker food. Check out the 8 best Char Koey Teow in Penang and the top 9 curry noodles in Penang. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay in a colonial hotel in Melaka, check out these top 9 best things to do in Melaka and try out one of the 10 best Cendol in Melaka.

The Edison, Georgetown, Penang | Image Credit:
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2. Sultan of Johor’s Birthday (March)

  • 23/3/2023; Thursday; 4 days (including Weekends if you take leave on Friday)

The birthday of the Sultan of Johor falls on a Thursday. If you use a day’s leave on Friday, you will have four days to vacation to Kota Kinabalu. You do not have to break the bank for a relaxing yet fun trip. Check out these 8 best budget-friendly staycations in Kota Kinabalu

You can easily rent a car from one of these 10 best car rental services in Kota Kinabalu and explore the exciting sights and sounds it has to offer. Be sure to stop by Gerai Kuih RS while in Kota Kinabalu. This shop sells delicious crispy martabak Jawa made with fresh vegetables and eggs. That’s not all. You can also go cafe hopping at these 10 best cafes in Kota Kinabalu and sample the fragrant coffee and flavourful cakes they offer. 

AJ Residence Kota Kinabalu City Centre | Image Credit:
Crispy Martabak Jawa, Kota Kinabalu | Video Credit: YouTube

3. Hari Raya Aidilfitri (April)

  • 22/4/2023 – 24/4/2023; Saturday – Monday; 3 days

The Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays will give you three days to embark on a nature adventure. Consider spending your vacation at one of these 10 best-camping sites in Malaysia, such as the Taman Negara Endau-Rompin, among the oldest rainforests in the world. Before you go, remember to prepare the camping gear that you need. Check out these best camping beds, camping lights, camping tables, camping chairs, camping hammocks, and camping tents

Taman Negara Endau-Rompin, Johor | Image Credit: @juffrie
Dusun Bonda, Selangor | Image Credit: Dusun Bonda

4. Labour Day (May)

  • 1/5/2023; Monday; 3 days (including Weekends)

Reward yourself during the three-day labour day weekend holiday and relax at one of these 8 best luxury staycations in Klang Valley. Stay in the Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur and enjoy soaking in an oversized tub while enjoying the majestic view of the twin towers, or be pampered at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa.

While vacationing in the Klang Valley, remember to try out the best Bak Kut Teh there. You can also enjoy shopping at these 10 best shopping malls in the Klang Valley and treat yourself to a private dining experience.

The Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur | Image Credit:
The Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur | Image Credit: Banyan Tree

5. Wesak Day (May)

  • 4/5/2023; Thursday; 4 days (including Weekends if you take leave on Friday)

Wesak day falls on a Thursday. However, if you take leave on Friday, you will have four days of holiday for a staycation in Pulau Tioman. Some many exciting adventures and activities await you in Pulau Tioman. You can go diving or join a diving course, go surfing at Juara Beach, or even go fishing at Jeti Kampung ABC, where you can catch fish such as grouper, trevally, barred mackerel, and barracuda.

Berjaya Tioman Resort | Image Credit:
Fishing at Jeti Kampung ABC, Tioman Island | Image Credit: Malaysia Fishing

6. Agong’s Birthday (June)

  • 5/6/2023; Monday; 3 days (including Weekends)

Spend your three-day holiday during Agong’s birthday at one of these 8 best golf resort staycations in Malaysia. Golf resorts remain one of the most sought-after luxury resorts. There are currently more than 200 golf courses within Malaysia, designed by renowned golf course architects such as Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus.

Golf resorts such as the Villea Rompin Resort & Golf are the ultimate all-in-one place for a staycation. The resort has a restaurant serving various international cuisines, a large outdoor swimming pool, a well-equipped fitness centre, a beautifully landscaped garden, a children’s playground and an extensive golf course.

Villea Rompin Resort & Golf, Pahang | Image Credit:
Villea Rompin Resort & Golf, Pahang | Image Credit:

7. Hari Raya Haji (June)

  • 29/6/2023; Thursday; 4 days (including Weekends if you take leave on Friday)

During the Hari Raya Haji holiday, take Friday off, and you will have four days to go on a staycation in Terengganu. Here, you can stay at the cosy boutique hotel, Alaya Malai, surrounded by a lovely garden full of birds, butterflies, and squirrels.

If you stay at the Tanjong Jara Resort, enjoy dining on a delectable five-course set dinner while enjoying the gorgeous sea view. You can do many activities in Terengganu, such as climbing Bukit Puteri, walking through Chinatown, exploring Pulau Duyung, and visiting the Kemaman Zoo and Recreation Park.

Alaya Malai | Image Credit: alaya.malai
Kemaman Zoo and Recreation Park | Image Credit: @thomcarsenti

8. Merdeka Day (August)

  • 31/8/2023; Thursday; 4 days (including Weekends if you take leave on Friday)

If you plan your leaves well, you will have a few long weekends in 2023. Merdeka day falls on a Thursday. If you take a day off on Friday, you will have a four-day break to go on a staycation in Miri. You can explore Sarawak’s caves at Miri and stroll along the white sandy beaches. You can also stop by the Miri Crocodile Farm Wildlife Mini Zoo and learn more about crocodiles, sun bears, and the world’s most dangerous bird, the Cassowary.

Jinhold Hotel & Serviced Apartment | Image Credit:
Miri Crocodile Farm Wildlife Mini Zoo | Image Credit: @farrell_danish

9. Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (September)

  • 28/9/2023; Thursday; 4 days (including Weekends if you take leave on Friday)

Enjoy another four-day long weekend by taking leave on Friday and enjoying a luxury staycation in Ipoh. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh provides a luxurious and peaceful health and fitness getaway with its naturally heated swimming pool and geothermal hot springs. They also offer butler services and in-villa spa treatments upon request.

While on your staycation, check out these 17 must-visit places in Ipoh and buy Ipoh’s famous biscuits at these best biscuit shops in Ipoh. Also, do not forget to have some Ipoh Chicken Rice at the famous Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong, followed by some Ipoh White Coffee at one of their Kopitiams. 

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh | Image Credit:
Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong, Ipoh | Image Credit: living

10. Christmas (December)

  • 25/12/2023; Monday; 3 days (including Weekends)

Consider a staycation at a boutique hotel in Langkawi during your Christmas holidays. The weather during November and March would be cool and dry, making it a good time for an island staycation. Boutique hotels such as the Ambong Pool villas have the ambience of a private residence, and it has all modern amenities, technology, and furnishings. To make getting around Langkawi easier, rent a car from one of Langkawi’s best car rental services.

During your staycation, check out these 10 best places to visit in Langkawi, where you can stop by the Langkawi SkyBridge and enjoy a fantastic mountain view from 700m above sea level. Also, choose some fun activities from these 8 best things to do in Langkawi and discover the Underwater World Langkawi, a gigantic aquarium with over 200 marine life and freshwater species such as various fishes, shells, starfish, crabs, penguins, and sea otters.

Ambong Pool Villas, Langkawi | Image Credit:
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