Moving to Penang, Malaysia

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

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

What do I need to know before moving to Penang?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Penang, 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.

What is the average cost of housing in Penang?

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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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Penang, MalaysiaGuide to Living in Penang, Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Penang

Malaysia Forum Malaysia Forum
Meet other people living in Penang.

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.

Moving to Penang, MalaysiaMoving to Penang, Malaysia

Expats offer advice about everything you need to know before moving to Penang: what to bring (and what to leave behind), how to find housing and more.

Cost of Living in PenangCost of Living in Penang

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Penang, Malaysia.

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Expats talk about what it's like living in Penang, Malaysia: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What Newcomers to Penang Should Know

ContributeContribute
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Penang.

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A retired expat couple who have lived all over the world in their quest to find the best place to retire talks about their time in Penang, Malaysia. They enjoyed the low cost of living, quality of medical care, great restaurants and nightlife. They only negative in their view were the beaches, which were not as nice as others in SE Asia.

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