What to know before retiring in Malaysia

01 Aug 2018

NatureInternational Living Magazine ranked Malaysia as the sixth best country in the world to retire in. Plenty of foreigners choose to move here, and it is not difficult to see why. The culture, climate and many places to explore are among the best reasons. If you’re thinking of retiring, here are some things you should know:

-    Climate
It is almost always sunny in Malaysia and making your way through thick snow or scraping ice off your car will not be an issue here. However, it does rain a lot and lightning can be off-putting. The higher the elevation per geographical area, the greater the rainfall and lower the temperature.

-    Cost of Living
Malaysia boasts a low cost of living for those looking to move here. Accommodation, household help, grocery shopping and dining out are all rather inexpensive, with the exception of some imported goods and frozen food items.

-    Education
Private schools may be the best option for expats, for three reasons: There may be significant religious differences which lead to culture shock for expats, the language barrier is difficult to deal with, and getting a student accepted into the public school system can be challenging. Fortunately, there are some great international schools in Malaysia.

-    Crime Rate
The crime rate in Malaysia is always improving, but petty thefts are still high. Luckily, serious crime rarely ever takes place.

-    Healthcare
Healthcare in Malaysia is considered to be one of the best in the region. This can, of course, vary according to city, but healthcare in the main cities is exceptional.

-    Unique flora and fauna
If you are an outdoorsy person, Malaysia will be great for you to move to. Rivers, lakes, jungles and caves are all waiting to be explored. However, rare animals are mostly found in zoos and sanctuaries due to habitat loss and poaching.