Penang, Malaysia

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Penang, Malaysia: Everything you need to know about living in Penang, Malaysia: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

Is there a lot of crime in Penang?

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We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:

"No. We feel safe walking around day and night. With that said, we don't go out to bars in town at night or hang out in places like that," commented one expat who made the move to Penang.

What are the schools in Penang like?

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"The school has improved over the past couple of years and recently there seesm to have developed a stable core of good expat teachers as well as some capable local ones. My son is happy and seems to be making progress. If the promise of the new facilities materialises, then it could be a good choice," said another expat in Penang with children at Tenby International School, Penang.

"As parents, we have always wanted the best for our children and we will continue searching for the best schools. Unfortunately, I have to admit that Fairview International Schools is not among the best; there are other schools that offer good education and sufficient facilities. For instance, 1)It is difficult to obtain your school deposit due to their school policy and they have always managed to keep the deposits under any circumstances. 2)International languages offered are Bahasa Malaysia (Malay language) and Mandarin. No other foreign languages are offered at the present time. 3)Only 1 foreign teacher is currently hired and teaching in Fairview International School Penang. It is not like any other international schools whereby you find other foreign teachers teaching your children. They employed young inexperienced local teachers to manage students. 4)There are no proper programs for physical education. Most of the time students are left without doing any activities. 5)The exam schedules are not properly planned and communicated among Fairview International School in Kuala Lumpur and Fairview International School Penang. Often students are inadequately informed and left with tremendous pressure facing the exams. 6)They are no proper boarding facilities and security for outstation students. 7)The IB program offered is not transparent enough to make other International Schools aboard understand the grading process. 8)None of the admin staff are helpful to parents pertaining to administrative information and documents upon your child’s departure," remarked another parent with kids at Fairview International in Penang.

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Is the cost of living in Penang high?

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We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Penang, 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," mentioned another expat in Tojong Tokong, Penang Island.

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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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
Join our Malaysia forum to meet other people living in Penang, Malaysia.

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

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.

Penang, MalaysiaExpats Talk about Living in Penang

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

Expat Report: Retiring in Tojong Tokong, Penang Island

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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