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Ampang, Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 05, 2023

Summary: Ampang, Malaysia is described as a vibrant and diverse city with a mix of modern and traditional cultures. Expats love the city's convenient location, close proximity to Kuala Lumpur, and the variety of activities and attractions available. The weather in Ampang is typically hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $1,500 to $2,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $500 to $700 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $700 to $1,000 USD per month. The approximate population of Ampang is around 200,000 people.

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What do I need to know about living in Ampang?

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

"1. Retirement visas: Retiring in Ampang requires you to obtain a retirement visa. You may need to seek professional advice to find out which type of visa you are eligible for. 2. Cost of living: It is important to research the cost of living in Ampang before you retire. You should consider the costs of housing, food, living expenses, transport and other essential services. 3. Health care: Ampang has a wide range of health care services available, including private and public hospitals. You should research which health care services are available and make sure you have adequate health insurance. 4. Sports and recreation: Ampang is home to a variety of sports and recreation activities. You may want to research the various sports teams in town and recreational activities available, such as golf, tennis and swimming. 5. Culture and entertainment: Ampang is well-known for its vibrant culture and nightlife. You should research the nightlife and entertainment options available in the area, such as markets, bars, restaurants and cafes. 6. Local government services: Find out if you need to register with the local government before you retire in Ampang. You should also research the local taxes and regulations you may need to comply with when living and retiring in Ampang," said one expat in Ampang.

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What do I need to know before moving to Ampang?

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

"-Ampang is a suburb of Kuala Lumpur in the federal territory of Malaysia, located about 15 kilometers southwest of the city center. -Ampang is known for the major shopping mall, AEON Big Ampang, as well as its many restaurants and caf├ęs. -It is one of the wealthiest districts in Kuala Lumpur and includes many luxurious residential areas. -Public transportation in the area is convenient, with LRT (Light Rapid Transit) trains servicing the suburb, as well as multiple bus routes and taxis. -The area is serviced by several private hospitals and health facilities. -Ampang is home to two international schools, the International School of Kuala Lumpur and the Alice Smith School. -There is a wealth of outdoor activities available in the Ampang area, including hiking, cycling, golfing, and water sports," commented one expat who made the move to Ampang.

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How do I find a place to live in Ampang?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"There are many options to find a place to live in Ampang. You can research online, ask friends and family for recommendations, or use a real estate agent to find a property that suits your needs. Additionally, there are housing agents that specialize in Ampang-specific properties and can assist in finding the right place for you. If you are looking for short-term or furnished options, you can also look into home rental services, such as Airbnb or Sublet, and rental groups online," wrote a member in Ampang.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Ampang?

"A typical expat home or apartment in Ampang is typically modern and luxurious, featuring spacious bedrooms and open plan living styles. Most apartments typically come equipped with balconies, multiple bathrooms, and modern furniture. There are plenty of local amenities to enjoy, such as shopping malls, restaurants, and convenience stores. Security is a priority, with 24-hour guards, CCTV surveillance, and intercom access. Additionally, most expat homes come with private pools, gyms, and other recreational facilities," remarked one expat living in Ampang, Malaysia.

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What is the average cost of housing in Ampang?

If you are thinking about moving to Ampang, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"The average cost of housing in Ampang varies depending on the type of property, size, location and amenities available. Generally, the cost of housing in Ampang ranges from moderately-priced condominiums and terrace homes to high-end landed property," commented one expat who made the move to Ampang.

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How do I meet people in Ampang?

When we asked people living in Ampang about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"There are many ways to meet people in Ampang. One way is to join a local community group or club. These could range from a sports team, book club, or other interest group. Additionally, you could attend meet ups at the local cafe, restaurant or bar - many places in Ampang hold regular events, such as open mic nights, trivia contests and karaoke. You could also check out the Ampang arts and culture scene, with performances, events, and exhibitions at area galleries or theaters. Lastly, you social media site such as Meetup or Facebook can also help you locate local activities to attend and people to network with," remarked one expat living in Ampang, Malaysia.

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What should I bring when moving to Ampang?

People living in Ampang were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"Clothing, toiletries, bedding, kitchenware, furniture, electronics, tools, cleaning supplies, medical items and prescriptions, documents, photographs, and other personal items," commented one expat who made the move to Ampang.

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Where should I setup a bank account in Ampang?

We asked expats in Ampang what banks they use and there advice about banking. They advised:

"There are several banks in Ampang that offer a range of banking services, including setting up a bank account. These include Maybank, CIMB, RHB Bank, and Bank Islam. For selections specific to Ampang, customers may visit the branches located on Jalan Taman Kosas, Jalan Taman Dagang, Jalan Ampang, or Jalan Genting Kelang," explained one expat living in Ampang, Malaysia.

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Will I be able to find a job in Ampang?

When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Ampang, they reponded:

"Yes, Ampang is a bustling area and has a variety of job opportunities available. Depending on your skillset, work experience, and qualifications, there are likely to be employers who will be open to hiring candidates who meet their criteria. You will be able to easily find job openings through job portals, recruitment agencies, and networking," explained one expat living in Ampang, Malaysia.

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What do expats in Ampang appreciate most about the local culture?

"Expatriates in Ampang typically enjoy the warm and welcoming attitude of the local people, the abundance of unique cultural sites and experiences, the variety of delicious traditional Malaysian cuisine and the fact that it is generally safe and comfortable to live in. The abundance of nature and green spaces found in this area is also appreciated as it provides a fascinating contrast to the constant hustle and bustle of the big city. Additionally, the culturally diverse and vibrant atmosphere has welcomed expats from around the world and has allowed them to appreciate the cultural and religious diversity in Malaysia. Expats also particularly appreciate the convenience of living here due to the transportation links to the greater Klang Valley and the availability of good medical care, shopping and international schools," said one expat who made the move to Ampang.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Expats often find adapting to a new culture, negotiating family relationships in another country, navigating language and communication barriers, managing their finances in a new location, securing adequate healthcare and insurance, and learning the local regulations and paperwork necessary for residence and employment, to be the most challenging aspects of expat life," explained one expat living in Ampang, Malaysia.

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Is there a lot of crime in Ampang?

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

"No, there is not a lot of crime in Ampang. This peaceful and beautiful city is known for its safety and low crime rate. However, like any other city, visitors should still exercise caution and remain aware of their surroundings," said one expat who made the move to Ampang.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Ampang accepting of differences?

"Ampang is a relatively diverse area, with the resident population representing a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. People of different cultures tend to live in peace and harmony, and Ampang is highly tolerant of cultural, ethnic and religious diversity. Many of the eateries in Ampang reflect this diversity, with a wide variety of cuisine to choose from. Overall, local people in Ampang are generally accepting of differences and revere diversity as an important part of their community," wrote one member in Ampang.

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What are the schools in Ampang like?

"No.. stay far away from this lousy school. They're just money sucker. Fees increased 30% per year & provides arubbish educations. My children are leaving the school," wrote an expat with kids at Mutiara International Grammar School in Ampang.

"Don't waist your money. The directors pocket it all. Go see for yourself. Wear a construction helmet in case the roof caves in on your head," commented one expat when asked about Mutiara International School in Ampang.

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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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