Cost of Living in Penang, Malaysia
By Joshua Wood, LPC
Last updated on Feb 11, 2022
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.
Will I save money living in Penang?
Join our Malaysia forum to meet other people living in Penang, Malaysia.
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Penang.
Healthcare 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.
Moving 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.
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.