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Moving to Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 05, 2024

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to Malaysia due to its low cost of living, excellent infrastructure, and diverse culture. Additionally, Malaysia is a great place to live for those who want to experience a tropical climate and explore the many natural attractions the country has to offer. People can find a place to live in Malaysia by searching online for rental properties, or by using a real estate agent. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Malaysia are Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Johor Bahru. These cities offer a variety of amenities, such as excellent public transportation, a wide range of restaurants and entertainment, and a vibrant expat community.

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What do I need to know before moving to Malaysia?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Malaysia, they said:

"Try to find a place in a touristy area. It's safer that way. Also consider proximity to supermarket, food stalls, restaurants and shopping. Forget about taking the bus. Taxis are very convenient," explained one expat living in Penang, Malaysia.

"Most expats here tend to live in either Bukit Damansara, or if able to afford it - Kenny Hills. These are dominated by larger houses, usually with pools and nice gardens. You will need to consider proximity to the office/schools etc, since traffic here can be diabolical, especially in the rainy season. It is often better to ask among existing expats for house availability. This can be a lot cheaper than using an agent," said one expat in Kuala Lumpur.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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