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Cost of Living in Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 09, 2024

Summary: The cost of living in Malaysia is generally considered to be quite affordable. A nice 1 bedroom apartment in Malaysia can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 USD per month, while a nice 2 bedroom apartment can cost from $800 to $1,500 USD per month. Dinner at a moderately priced restaurant in Malaysia can cost anywhere from $10 to $20 USD per person.

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Is the cost of living in Malaysia high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Malaysia, they wrote:

"In Penang you can easily live for under $800. Our budget was over that but 1/5 the cost of living in Newport Beach, Ca or Maui and a better lifestyle," remarked one in Tojong Tokong, Penang Island.

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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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