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Expat Guide to Living in Penang

Whether you're already living in Penang or preparing to move to Penang, our Expat Guide to Living in Malaysia offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Penang. For answers to specific questions, visit our Malaysia Forum to talk with expats in Penang.

Top 5 Reasons to Retire in Penang, Malaysia

With its beautiful beaches, laid-back lifestyle and UNESCO World Heritage status for the historic capital of Georgetown, Penang is a great overseas retirement destination.

Retirement in Tojong Tokong, Penang Island, Malaysia

A retired expat couple who have lived all over the world in their quest to find the best place to retire talks about their time in Penang, Malaysia. They enjoyed the low cost of living, quality of medical care, great restaurants and nightlife. They only negative in their view were the beaches, which were not as nice as others in SE Asia.

Culture Shock Report

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Penang handle it can be very comforting. Help others preparing to move to Penang by filling out our Culture Shock Report.

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Living Overseas Report

What are people's priorities in Penang - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to Penang by filling out our Living Overseas Report.

Submit a Living Overseas Report

More Moving to Penang Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Penang? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Penang? Below are some of the responses from expats in Penang:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Penang

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Penang. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Penang:
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Dream vs. Reality Report

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Penang. If you are already living in Penang, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.

Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Retiring in Penang Reports

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Penang, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Penang:
Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Penang? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Penang by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working in Penang Reports

What's it like to find a job in Penang? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Penang? Below are some of the reports from expats in Penang:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
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Join our Malaysia forum to meet other expats and talk about living in Malaysia.

Living in Malaysia GuideLiving in Malaysia Guide

Expats in Malaysia agree that living in Malaysia has its pros and cons. Expats love the welcoming Malay people, cultural diversity, lower cost of living and amazing food.

Moving to MalaysiaMoving to Malaysia Guide

Expats are attracted to Malaysia's lower cost of living, bustling cities, multicultural vibe, climate and proximity to Singapore. Many expat retirees take advantage of the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) program.

Healthcare in MalaysiaHealthcare in Malaysia

Expats in Malaysia recommend that newcomers talk to friends and learn about the best hospitals, clinics and doctors in their area before a medical emergency arises.

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