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Date [ 2015-01-09, 06:05 ]

Malaysia has come out tops for expatriate retirement.

(Kuala Lumpur=Koreanpress) Nancy Joseph =  International Living has revealed that  every year, more and more expats are discovering the wonderful country Malaysia is for retirement. It has taken the top spot in Asia with Thailand coming in second. Despite its neighbours reeling in economic spirals, the country has one of the most robust and stable economies in Asia. No wonder then Malaysians enjoy a consistently high standard of living. Thus it goes without saying expatriates coming to roost here will also enjoy the good life in Malaysia.

This is just one of many factors that has pushed it to it being ranked the highest Asian nation in this year’s index.Malaysia offers a quality of life that is cost-efficient and excellent. Expatriates choosing to settle in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, are able to live in high-end real estate locations at a rental when compared to home, as low cost.

In the capital, Mont Kiara, Harta Mas, Bangsar, Damasar and Ampang are the preferred locations. In Penang, the long coastal road leading up to Batu Ferringi is for those who want the 3s – sun, sea and sand! Mount Erskine, Tanjung Bunga, the Gurney Seafront. Sungai Nibong and the Heritage Zone are other favourite spots. Alternatively, you can push the thought of buying a property and rent instead, You can still get a 1,600-square-foot apartment with a swimming pool for rental at just USD850 a month?One thing you can definitely do in Malaysia is have a feast everyday of the year.

Your American dollars will translate to a life of luxury here. This is because you will be surprised how much further your money goes. With three principal cuisines – Malay, Chinese and Indian at your doorstep, choosing the day’s dinner can drive you crazy.  Of late, the native cuisine from East Malaysia has also begun to put in an appearance on the peninsula.

Add to this almost every other cuisine – Japanese, Thai, Irish, Western, Indonesian, Korean, the list can go on, and one is spoiled for food. Do not forget, Penang has now got the title as having the world’s best street food. The cuisine is just a reflection of Malaysia’s diverse cultural make-up.

So what more can one ask?John and Janet Nisted from Australia said, ”When we are away from Penang, the most vivid image we hold of it is the bustling early morning wet market at Pulau Tikus. It is a sensory feast of colour, noise, people, smells. We treat ourselves to a hawker breakfast there at least once a week.”Pauline Hardwood from the UK, is the Director of PH Modeling & Finishing Academy and mentions the three things she likes about Malaysia. “I like mixing with so many different cultures and getting invited to so many different functions. I never get bored because there is so much happening and I like the pace of life here in Malaysia.
 
I also like having so many things to photograph.”Malaysia  makes a perfect base to explore the innumerable natural, historical, and cultural treasures of Southeast Asia. Having the world’s best low cost carrier, Air Asia makes it easy to fly off to such countries as India, Japan, China and even the UK. Also do not forget the airline covers Southeast Asia extensively and so countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore  and others are just a plane ticket away.. Besides Air Asia, there are numerous other low cost airlines one can fly. 

Major airlines also have direct flights to Europe, the US, Middle East and other parts of the world. The Internet to many is a permanent attachment to themselves. The country is well connected and the government is taking steps to increase it to high speed levels. Internet cafes dot the major and even small towns. Many eateries, from Starbucks, fast food chains and even local restaurants now have free Wi-Fi connections.  Although Bahasa Malaysia is the official language, English is spoken widely.

Many entertainment spots, including cinemas, run in English. With English being a second language it will be easier for expatriates to find their way around, make friends with the locals and join in their festivities and celebrations. And Malaysia is one country with a vast amount of public holidays, ranging from the Chinese New Year down to Christmas.

The 2015 calendar shows a spate of 16 public holidays – almost one for each month.Malaysia is a mix of the old and the new and therein lies its charm.  While the old world is there to be explored, one can easily step forward into the twenty-first century. Many expatriates do not own a car, especially if they are living in the big cities. Public transport is adequate and the government is taking measures to improve it. The major cities have buses and various forms of rail transport, from commuters to  monorails.

There are also taxis. However be warned that a year or two back, Malaysia gained the title of having the worst taxi drivers in the world. So whenever possible, avoid taxis and go for the public transport.

If need be, you could try a new breed of taxis that now ply the streets of Kuala Lumpur – the limousine taxis whose drivers seem to be more polite and accommodating.If you like to drive and get a car, this will be a good opportunity to explore the country by road. Malaysia has one of the best road systems in the world and one that will take you to almost all parts of the country.

Finally, being in good health is important, However if expatiates fall sick in Malaysia, they have not much to worry about as it has top-notch services, on par with First-World nations.. The country has come out third for medical tourism on a worldwide scale. A doctor’s appointment will cost as little as USD15. Now is that not enough to retire in Malaysia?
 
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