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Moving to Penang, Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: Expats move to Penang, Malaysia for its diverse culture, vibrant nightlife, and stunning natural beauty. Penang is known for its delicious street food, affordable cost of living, and excellent healthcare system. Penang is also home to a large expat community, making it easy for newcomers to make friends and settle in. With its tropical climate, stunning beaches, and rich cultural heritage, Penang is an ideal destination for those looking for a new home.

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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," said one expat in Penang.

"Penang is a vibrant and diverse city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats should be aware that the local language is Malay, although English is widely spoken. It is important to research the cost of living in Penang before moving, as it can be quite expensive. Expats should also be aware of the tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from hot and humid to cooler and drier. Additionally, Penang is a very safe city, with low crime rates and a strong police presence. Finally, expats should be aware of the local customs and etiquette, as Penang is a predominantly Muslim city," remarked one expat who made the move to Penang.

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About the Author

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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