Living in Malaysia

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Malaysia is a country located in SouthEast Asia, well known for its diversified ethnicities and cultures. It is also famous for all the local delicacies, especially street food. For foreigners or expats, Malaysia is one of the ideal countries to retire or live in. There are many reasons why it is an ideal country to retire or live in.

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The Cost of Living & The Food

First of all, the cost of living in Malaysia is lower when compared to many other developed countries. Generally, you can get a place to rent for a reasonable price, affordable food at most of the restaurants and cafes etc. There are various types of food available in Malaysia since it is a multiracial country, you can find Malay, Chinese, Indian and many more local cuisines ranging from affordable street food to high-end restaurants. Besides the wide variety of local cuisines, you can find many other choices of food too, from Asian cuisines to Western cuisines.

Places to Visit & Entertainment

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, there are many places to visit as well, namely Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Penang, and Malacca. The islands in Malaysia such as Pulau Redang, Pulau Tioman, and Pulau Perhentian are also beautiful places to visit. Not to mention the flight rates to neighboring countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore are also not too expensive.

In Malaysia, you can also find many things to do besides traveling. There are plenty of shopping malls, sports and recreational places, movie theatres, cultural/historical museums etc. Besides that, the nightlife in Malaysia is also quite exciting since there are many local bars and clubs, especially in KL.

The Locals

Malaysians are generally multilingual and most of them speak English, besides their mother tongue of Malay, Chinese, Tamil and other local languages. Therefore, it wouldn’t be difficult for a foreigner to communicate with the locals. The Malaysian people are also considered warm and friendly, and they usually welcome foreigners to live here since it is already a diversified nation.

The Infrastructure

Although Malaysia is not considered as one of the most developed countries in the world, the infrastructure here is good enough if you’re living in metropolitan areas such as the Klang Valley. For instance, public transports like the LRT and MRT are available in most of the towns, following the development in recent years. For those who own a vehicle, the roads and highways have also improved over the years. As for other infrastructure such as telecommunications, it is affordable to subscribe to a home/ mobile broadband. On top of that, healthcare is also efficient as many of the medical facilities in Malaysia are well-equipped. 

The Weather

The weather in Malaysia is tropical due to its geographical location and terrain. In the major cities, it is usually very hot and humid. However, there are monsoon seasons in Malaysia when it rains a lot and it can be troublesome if you have a leaking roof because of that. One way to deal with it is to install metal roof. Besides that, monsoon seasons also mean that you can’t travel to beaches and islands on the East coast between mid-October and the end of March. As for the West coast, the monsoon season occurs between May and October.