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View from The Kuala Lumpur Tower

Moving to Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Moving to Malaysia: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Malaysia.

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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," remarked another expat who made the move to Penang.

"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," explained one expat living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Malaysia?

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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