Cost of Living in Penang, Malaysia

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Summary: What is the cost of living in Penang, Malaysia? Hear what expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Penang have to say about the cost of housing, health insurance and general living costs.

Is the cost of living in Penang high?

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," remarked another in Tojong Tokong, Penang Island.

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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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