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Living in Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Dec 02, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Malaysia: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Malaysia?

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

"Brace for the heat. Being in the Klang Valley, it means lots of heat and humidity level is very high. Showers and heavy rainfalls are also common. Tap water is not drinkable so one must be prepared with a kettle or other 'water producing' machines e.g distiller Getting around is fairly easy, cabs are a plenty and very cheap compared to most other countries. Public buses do not service a lot of areas. A car is an absolute must if you have kids. The weather just does not permit much walking between 11 am to 4 p.m," added another expat who made the move to Petaling Jaya.

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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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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.

Malaysia Forum Malaysia Forum
Meet other expats and talk about living in Malaysia.

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.

Cost of Living in MalaysiaCost of Living in Malaysia

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Malaysia.

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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.

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Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Malaysia.

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Contribute to Malaysia Network Contribute
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Malaysia.

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