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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is often described as a vibrant, modern city with a unique blend of traditional and contemporary culture. Expats love the city's diverse range of attractions, from its bustling nightlife to its world-class shopping and dining. The weather in Kuala Lumpur is typically hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 75-90°F (24-32°C). The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500-$2,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $800-$1,200 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost around $1,200-$1,800 USD per month. The population of Kuala Lumpur is estimated to be around 1.8 million people.

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What do I need to know about living in Kuala Lumpur?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Kuala Lumpur, they said:

"Before retiring in Kuala Lumpur, expats should familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs. It is important to research the cost of living in the city, as well as the availability of healthcare and other services. Expats should also consider the climate and the type of accommodation they will need. Additionally, expats should research the visa requirements for long-term stays in Malaysia. Finally, expats should make sure to obtain the necessary insurance coverage for their stay in Kuala Lumpur," remarked one expat living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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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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