Malaysia is the most popular retirement paradise for expats and also a great financial hub for international investment opportunities among South East Asian countries. With a low cost of living, variety of delicious delicacies, friendly culturally diverse neighborhood and much more, this is a country to call home.
The People and the Language
The people of Malaysia are warm, friendly and inviting of all nationalities. Most Malaysians speak English so it is easy to get around towns and cities. There will be no problems making new friends as they will be more than happy to help you settle in and offer you some valuable local insights.
The Cost of Living
The low cost of living is one of the attractions that appeal to expats worldwide. Compared to each expats respective country, Malaysia does offer a better standard of living in relation to the low cost of amenities, properties, cars, food and travel expenses.
Malaysia’s weather is known to be hot and humid with a slight chance of rain. This quickly goes away as cars, offices, shopping malls and most homes are equipped with air-conditioning allowing you to easily escape the heat. For those that like the weather, Malaysia’s temperature range from 20 to 40 degrees celcius depending on the area. For the adventurers have a go at climbing Malaysia’s highest mountain, Mount. Kinabalu for a quick temperature drop. The summit drops to a freezing temperature between 0 to 3 degrees celcius.
Economic and Political Stability
Malaysia prides itself as one of South East Asia’s most vibrant economy, the fruit of decades of industrial and political stability. Consisting of two regions separated by over 1000 kilometres of the South China Sea, Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious federation made up by 13 states and 3 federal territories.
In Malaysia there are many international schools, colleges and universities for all ages and subjects.All international schools offer either American, British, Japanese, French or Australian curriculum. There are many international schools all over Malaysia so there is sure to be one near your home for your kids.
Malaysia is continuously growing and improving its infrastructure. There is a world class airport, a modern urban capital city, excellent road networks linking major cities and suburban towns and a growing public transport system including buses and trains.
There are many telephone service providers suited to any needs you have. All providers have plans with high speed internet for your convenience wherever you go. Most places you may visit such as restaurants, cafes, malls and hotels also have free internet access for you to connect to as well.
The location is an important aspect when deciding where to live. Asia is a fabulous destination with direct flights from most parts of the world to every Asian capital. In Malaysia, there are many low cost carriers offering cheap flights throughout the country and neighboring regions. This is a great way to explore Malaysia without breaking the budget.
Safety and Health
Malaysia is currently ranked one of the safest country in Asia. As of 2019, we are ranked 1st in the Health Care category of the International Living Annual Global Retirement Index. Medical care in Malaysia is simply world class with a modern and sophisticated infrastructure. The growing number of private and public hospitals and clinics provide a wide range of services to cater to your specific need.
Malaysia is a country that brings people from all over the world together with its diverse choice of food. Having not only the local flavors, Malay, Chinese and Indian food, many cuisines can be found here and many were brought over by the influx of expats. Anything you like to eat can be found here in Malaysia.
Following trends from the western influence, Malaysia’s entertainment scene has kept up to date with modern movie theaters, bars, clubs and recreational center that can be found in all major cities. Big concerts by famous artists have also performed in the capital in big venues housing more than 10,000 people. Newspaper and magazines from foreign titles are beginning to surface at news stands as well.
There are many sport activities in Malaysia. Formula 1 has been notably one of the more famous sports here besides football (soccer), badminton, bowling, horse riding, golf, martial arts and many more. There are plenty of activities for both spectators and participants. Malaysia not surprisingly also has an abundance of golf clubs with over 50 acres each to swing in.
In Malaysia, shopping is one of the experiences favored by both locals and foreigners. You can find any products from low-priced items in open markets to high end designer labels in boutique stores. There has been an increase demand in shopping malls throughout the country, predominantly in the capital. Most residential areas are also sure to have a mall nearby for your convenience. Newer supermarkets also import foreign goods so many expats can enjoy the pleasure of finding their favorite products in a home away from home.
Buying and owning properties in Malaysia is easy for expats. You may purchase any number of residential property in Malaysia. This is subject to the minimum price established for foreigners by individual states. Prices start as low as RM350,000 from 1st March 2014
The Natural Beauty
Outside of Malaysia’s hustling and bustling central city is the serene unspoiled country side. Whether you want to go for a quick hike, explore glorious nature-made mountains, dive in the clear waters of our small islands or just to relax and take a dip in one of our many beaches, Malaysia can offer it all.