Hi. My hubby turns 60 in September and I want to surprise him with a week-long holiday. I am happy to have a tropical rainstorm every afternoon, if need be, but I don't want rain every day. (I sort of ruled out Georgetown in Malaysia for that reason) Our interests are street food, people watching, more street food. He's beer, I'm coffee. Not particularly interested in tourist packages, and really happy if our attempts at language are mis-interpreted and we get nothing like what we asked for. Flashpackers, I think -we only want hot water and a bed, (a loo is helpful too, I guess). Can anyone suggest a good place. We would fly to Kuala Lumpur as a jumping off point and continue from there. I'd prefer not to spend too long travelling, just get there and then sit back and enjoy. Beach is not necessary, nor is night life. Any suggestions please. To have fairly decent weather is probably the main consideration at this point.
wherever you go rain is likely to be a problem but often as you say most days in the afternoon.
Food stalls, Penang and Singapore are two fantastic places but you could also check out the west coast (Kuantan/kota baru) most towns in Thailand also have excellent night markets (and cheaper beer)
For most of the region you've chosen peak rainy season, but it's not like it rains all the time. South of the equator, however, might be better for you. Given this and your other asks, Ubud on Bali springs to mind. Read-up: http://www.travelfish.org/location/indonesia/bali/bali/ubud
There are signs that an El Nino is developing this year and an El Nino is associated with decreased rainfall in much of SEA. Much of Malaysia is already suffering from a drought. So there is a chance that September of 2014 will be drier than usual. If the El Nino develops, expect decreased precipitation from June 2014 to January 2015.