Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Overseas Haven Report

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a top expat and retiree destination. With first-rate health care, modern and efficient public transportation, and a low cost of living, it is easy to see why this is one of our favorite destinations in Asia.

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In some Asian cities, it’s easy for a foreigner to feel something akin to a walking wallet. Not so in Kuala Lumpur. Here, foreigners pay the same prices as the locals. People want to know you.

Health care is first-rate, public transportation is modern and efficient, and the tap water is safe enough to drink. Beautiful beaches are just a short drive or flight away, cool mountain retreats can be reached in less than an hour, and the thriving city-state of Singapore is easily accessible in a few hours by car, train, and bus or an hour by plane. It’s an easy city to stay in for a few weeks…or even a lifetime.

Immigration is easy, and it is possible to stay for an extended period with a simple tourist visa. Although Kuala Lumpur is more expensive than rural Malaysia, it is marvelously inexpensive by Western standards. You can realistically expect to cut your living expenses by a third and still enjoy a lifestyle comparable to what you are accustomed to now.

Don’t just believe us… here is a local expat’s take on life in KL:

The attractions for me in Kuala Lumpur are that it’s a great base and an easy place to live and the cost of living is so low. “There is good entertainment… lots to do. This is a real city that’s awake 24 hours a day. I don’t do it, but, if you wanted, you could go out to eat at 3 a.m. If you like to shop, you’ll love K.L…

— Liz Price, full-time expat in Malaysia