View from The Kuala Lumpur Tower
View from The Kuala Lumpur Tower
View from The Kuala Lumpur Tower

Cost of Living in Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in Malaysia? Hear what expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Malaysia have to say about the cost of housing, health insurance and general living costs.

William Russell Expat Health Insurance

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," said another expat in Tojong Tokong, Penang Island.

Need health insurance in Malaysia? William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a Quote

Need health insurance in Malaysia? William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

Will I save money living in Malaysia?

Please login to continue reading this article.

Not a member? Join Today (it's free).

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.

William Russell Health InsuranceInternational Health Insurance

Get a quotes for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
Get a Quote

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
Join our Malaysia forum to meet other expats and talk about living in Malaysia.

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

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.

Real Estate in MalaysiaReal Estate in Malaysia

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Malaysia.

Pros Cons of Living in MalaysiaPros & Cons of Living in Malaysia

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Malaysia.

Retiring in MalaysiaRetiring in Malaysia

Advice for people retiring in Malaysia.

William Russell Health InsuranceInternational Health Insurance

Get a quotes for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
Get a Quote

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. Plus, obtaining expat health insurance is recommended.

10-Things-to-Know-Before-Moving-to-Malaysia10 Things to Know Before Moving to Malaysia

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. For others who don't qualify, visa runs become a inconvenient part of expat life that often dissuade them from staying in Malaysia long-term.

View from The Kuala Lumpur Tower
William Russell Health InsuranceInternational Health Insurance

Get a quotes for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
Get a Quote

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.

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.

Real Estate in MalaysiaReal Estate in Malaysia

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Malaysia.

Pros Cons of Living in MalaysiaPros & Cons of Living in Malaysia

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Malaysia.

Retiring in MalaysiaRetiring in Malaysia

Advice for people retiring in Malaysia.

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

Copyright 1997-2022 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal