Kuching, Malaysia | Overseas Haven Report

This Overseas Haven Report features Kuching, Malaysia.

Kuching is a cosmopolitan city that offers the comforts of living in the developed world. There is good medical care available, well-maintained roads, and modern infrastructure. The name Kuching is derived from the Malay word for “cat,” and the city seems to have a certain lazy and content feline quality about it. Kuching could be a purrfect off-the-beaten-track retirement destination for the slightly more intrepid soul.

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If living in a modern city in the heart of “wild” Borneo piques your imagination, you’ll find that Kuching will meet , or even, exceed your expectations. Kuching offers its residents a generous helping of laid-back charm along with a high standard of living.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be more than happy with the opportunities here &ndash from pristine beaches, virgin jungles, and unparalleled exotic wildlife to golf and hiking in the cool highlands. This is the land of endangered proboscis monkeys, orangutans, the world’s biggest flower, and the elusive hornbill.

Those preferring city life, can take pleasure in plentiful shopping, museum hopping, and abundant culinary delights. Whether you prefer the cosmopolitan life or the great outdoors, you’ll be immersed in the unique culture of this region, interacting with the indigenous community and gaining appreciation for the distinctive arts and traditions of a people found nowhere else in the world.

Incentives for permanent residency are even more generous here than they are in the rest of Malaysia and the cost of living is low. It is quite possible to find comfortable homes that rent for around RM 1,000 per month—that’s less than US$350.