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Why you should move to Malaysia in 2016

By Lloyd Green

Good news! If you’re thinking of relocating to Malaysia — maybe to volunteer, work at an NGO, study, join a big company, intern or simply enjoy your gap year — now is the best time. According to the 2016 global Cost of Living Index report collated by Numbeo, Malaysia is the 29th cheapest country to live.

Despite boasting one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant economies, Malaysia is an incredibly affordable place to live, retaining a Consumer Price Index of just 37.47. Remarkably, this is lower than neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

 So, if you’ve just graduated, have the time to do something life changing, or are looking for that extra zest in life, why NOT come to Malaysia? We’ll tell where you get cheap food, eat out for less and rent a house for next to nothing?

What’s Cheap In Malaysia?

Johor Bahru is Malaysia’s cheapest city on the Cost of Living Index table with a CPI of 40.61. A one bedroom apartment here averages MYR1,325.00, while out of the city it drops to MYR833.33. JB also has the third least expensive McDonald’s combo meal in the world at MYR10, which is equal to $US2.50. In fact, Malaysia is one of the cheapest places in the world for eating out with Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur all polling in the Top 50 on the Restaurant Price Index list.

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On average you can get a meal at an inexpensive restaurant for MYR8 or $US2. Coffee is also cheap averaging $US1 in most places. Do expect to pay more at fancy shopping malls and outlets like Starbucks.

Is KL Really That Expensive?

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The cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is slightly higher compared to other Malaysia cities, but with a CPI of 44.48, it’s still 54 per cent cheaper than Singapore and has roughly the same CPI as neighbouring Asian capitals like Jakarta, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.

You will likely need at least $US400 to $US500 per month to cover all of your expenses in KL, with a room to rent as low as MYR800 ($US200) per month. This price can vary drastically depending on your location, with a one bedroom apartment in the city averaging MYR2400 per month, while out of the city the median drops to MYR1200.

Kota Kinabalu is the cheapest city in Malaysia for accommodation according to Numbeo, with its Rent Index at 7.63 (37th in the world), compared to JB at 12.24 and KL at 18.55.

The cost of transport in Kuala Lumpur is very competitive with a one-way ticket using the LRT or KTM less than $US1. If you commute every day, count on $25 per month for transportation.

Get Me Out Of The City

Transport between urban cities in Malaysia is also affordable, ranging between $5 and $15 for a bus ride, depending on the destination. A bus or train ride can take you to the green mountains of Cameron Highlands or the heritage listed cities of Georgetown, Malacca and Ipoh.

For Ipoh, catch the train as Ipoh Railway Station is located in the centre of town, whereas the coach terminal is some 15 minutes away. The tickets are MYR25 to MYR30 and you’ll only save five ringgit if you catch the bus.

The bus from KL to Penang is the best option as it takes you directly to the island and within five minutes of George Town. Tickets at MYR37 to MYR42.

Flying to Sabah and Sarawak can be expensive, but Air Asia offers deals all year round. Right now you can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan for $US16 with the airline.

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Staying Long Term

Most people can enter Malaysia on a Short Term Social Visit Pass, which can be obtained upon arrival at the airport. Normally, this visa is valid for three months, but the visa conditions vary depending on your nationality.

If you plan to volunteer in Malaysia for longer than three-months, you might wish to apply for a Professional Visit Pass (PVP). This must be requested by the NGO you intend to work for while you are still in your home country

If granted, this visa is valid for up to 12 months and can be renewed for another 12 months, but only after a three-month break in between.

Contacting Home

Internet and mobile packages are also relatively inexpensive in Malaysia, with a minute of prepaid mobile averaging RM0.26 and 10 Mbps Internet with unlimited data priced at RM160.

So, whatever it is you decide to do in Malaysia, your time here be an exciting time in your life, and a great chance to stretch your own limits and discover your potential!

Check out the Top 30 Cheapest Countries to Live in 2016.

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Coffee places in Malaysia

There are several coffee shops in Malaysia. Most tumble underneath one of a vast chains, we see those coffee shops all over a country. Every selling mall has during slightest one or several coffee shops; this also relates to airports within Malaysia. The many renouned coffee in Malaysia are: Starbucks, Coffee Bean Tea Leaf, Dôme, San Francisco and Espressamente illy. Although a coffee from vast bondage such as Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Dôme are fine, you’ll splash improved coffee during a opposite coffee shop; San Francisco Coffee. Sadly, we do not mostly see this coffee emporium inside selling malls, yet some-more during a bottom of a business premises.

We unequivocally conclude a good coffee ourselves and therefore we drank coffee several times during a above mentioned coffee shops for a past few years. In a opinion, Espressamente illy has a best coffee, closely followed by San Francisco Coffee. The other shops have flattering good coffee; not super good, yet positively not bad. In a opinion, Starbucks has flattering good coffee, and there is always a pleasing atmosphere in a Starbucks coffee shop. Starbucks’ waste is that they have no breakfast or lunch menu card. Coffee Bean also has flattering good coffee, and they also have an endless menu of non-coffee drinks, aside from a pleasing atmosphere. Their breakfast and lunch menu label is also really extensive. Dôme has common coffee, yet a good lunch label with juicy western dishes and on tip of that, they have amazingly tasting shakes.

The good thing about a many coffee shops in Malaysia is that they always have a pleasing atmosphere. They are glorious places to go and relax after a prolonged day full of activities. For example, if you’ve walked by a core of Kuala Lumpur for a prolonged time, zero is improved than relaxing during a Starbucks or Coffee Bean. Even if we simply don’t suffer ‘watching people’, it’s good to lay during one of these places.

Apart from a coffee and ice blended shakes, all coffee shops offer a far-reaching operation of juicy snacks, such as cakes, brownies and muffins. The coffee shops are therefore also a ideal place to eat candy (eg. after dinner, for a coffee and a ‘dessert’).

Espressamente illy

Espressamente illy is a coffee emporium determined by a internationally famous coffee code illy. Currently, there are some-more than 200 establishments worldwide, including some in Malaysia. Espressamente illy is not really good represented in Malaysia yet; with customarily one investiture in Pavilion KL and in Bangsar Village I. You will find a investiture in Pavilion KL customarily outward of a mall, directly to a left of a categorical entrance. It is a renouned terrace; a good place to watch people. Sometimes they sinecure an Italian rope that plays good jazz music. The coffee is fantastic, a use is glorious and a snacks are of high quality. Besides a honeyed snacks, they also have snacks such as cheese, olives, etc. Espressamente illy is a series 1 coffee chain.

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San Francisco Coffee

San Francisco Coffee is one of a personal favorites, and ranks second place for a best coffee bondage in Malaysia. Although there are fewer establishments of this sequence in Malaysia, they have illusory coffee. In further to a customary coffee, they offer a far-reaching operation of shakes. The lunch menu label is simple, yet it contains a few dishes that are good value it. San Francisco Coffee establishments can be found generally within business premises; and during lunch (and in a morning) there are infrequently prolonged queues of people who come to get their coffee there. In total, there are some-more than 25 San Francisco Coffee establishments in Malaysia and Singapore.

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San Francisco Coffee also sells coffee beans or belligerent coffee in their shops; ideal for your possess coffee machine. Loyal business can ask for a assets label during a checkout. You uncover this label with any sequence and when your label is full with stamps, we will accept a giveaway coffee of your choice. In a city center, we will find a coffee emporium in Suria KLCC, among other places.

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Starbucks

Starbucks is a many renouned coffee emporium in Malaysia. You will find one or mixed establishments in any mall. There are some-more than 115 Starbucks coffee shops in Malaysia. The initial emporium non-stop a doors in 1998 in KL Plaza (now Fahrenheit88). In Kuala Lumpur, we can find them on any corner; infrequently we demeanour from one investiture right into a other. The atmosphere is always good during Starbucks; it’s a place where many employees come to relax during their work or break.

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The coffee is fine, yet not super, compared to improved alternatives (though we have to acknowledge it also depends on who operates a appurtenance and how bustling it is in a store). Although they don’t have a breakfast and lunch menu card, we will find a far-reaching operation of snacks such as muffins, cupcakes and brownies. They also have bagels, wraps and a really juicy ‘Chicken Melt’. Starbucks also actively works for a improved destiny and sourroundings in a fun way. For example, we will accept a estimable bonus when we move your possess mop or thermos. To foster this, they have a far-reaching operation of mugs and thermoses for sale in any establishment.

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The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf

Herbert B. Hyman launched a coffee shop: ‘The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf’ in 1963. His joining to value and peculiarity done him a owner of a coffee in California. The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf has given grown to be one of a largest coffee and tea companies in a world. Years ago, a initial Coffee Bean in Malaysia was opened. Since then, many establishments have been added, totaling some-more than 50 via Malaysia, where it is roughly as successful as Starbucks. The association operates essentially in America and Asia.

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You can find a Coffee Bean and Starbucks together in a margin of perspective in flattering many any mall. Starbucks has glorious coffee, yet a tiny preference of other products. The Coffee Bean has a many wider variety. There’s zero like a juicy breakfast consisting of a juicy ‘focaccia sandwich with duck and dressing’ and a vast ‘coffee of a day’. This breakfast is a ideal choice to a infrequently common breakfast of a hotel or guesthouse where we stay (aside from illusory breakfast during lush 5 star hotels). They also have juicy ice blended shakes, where a ‘Malibu Dream’ is one of a tastiest, and several juicy snacks (such as brownies, muffins and uninformed cakes).

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Dôme

Dôme is a coffee emporium with a really lush appearance. The prices are also a bit aloft than those from Starbucks or Coffee Bean. Dôme also has a really endless lunch label that even contains a series of dishes for dinner. And they have an endless operation of deliciously diseased shakes; a Espreski. Although it should pass for an ice blended shake, it’s some-more like an endless dessert. The dishes on a menu are all really western-inspired; any plate comes with some fries and mayo. In total, there are 14 Dôme coffee shops in Malaysia; including in Suria KLCC, Pavilion KL and The Gardens.

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Other Coffee Places in Malaysia

There are a few other coffee places value mentioning. There are a few branches of a Pacific Coffee Company, and they offer a good crater of coffee. Unfortunately, there are customarily a few shops and many are not located conveniently for tourists. Another place with good coffee is Gloria Jeans. Again, Gloria Jeans is customarily located within bureau buildings in a bigger cities (mostly KL). Austin Chase also have a few branches, yet adult until now we never had a good crater of coffee there.

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Baristas in Malaysia

Besides a obvious coffee chains, there are several baristas in Malaysia with genuine coffee experts during work. Most baristas can be found outward a city center, customarily in intelligent suburbs. A famous barista in a core is RAW along Jalan Ampang (Wisma Equity). Artisan Roast is famous outward of a city, within a TTDI area.

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Loyalty Cards

Most coffee shops have a assets card. With any sequence (sometimes over a certain amount) we get a stamp on a card. When a label is full, we can sequence a giveaway coffee or ice blended shake. Starbucks and San Francisco have such a assets card. The Coffee Bean has a ‘Coffee Bean Card’. The label costs RM25, a change on a label is RM30 after activating it. For any ringgit we deposition afterward, 15% of a deposited volume will be combined to a change (minimum deposit: RM20). Additionally, we will get another 10 points for any ringgit we spend. These points can also be exchanged for products during a coffee shop.

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Free wireless Internet

Almost any coffee emporium in Malaysia offers giveaway Internet. Of course, we will need to move your possess laptop or intelligent phone. You can simply record onto a wireless network of a coffee shop. Per establishment, we mostly need a opposite username and password. This information can be performed from a emporium counter. At some establishments we might need to register on a website, and afterwards you’ll be means to record onto a wireless network regulating your possess name and password. Do not be astounded if roughly any caller is sitting during a list with a laptop. In Malaysia, many people work ‘outside’ of their home, while enjoying a vast crater of coffee.

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Touch ‘n Go

It was approach behind in 18 Mar 1997 that a initial Touch ‘n Go use was commissioned and it was used during a Jalan Pahang Toll Plaza. Other fee plazas were shortly commissioned with a Touch ‘n Go use such as a fee piazza in Jalan Cheras as good as a East-West Link Expressway. Towards a finish of a year, a complement was brought to a 848 km North-South Expressway; this was done probable when a northern sections of a expressway were propitious with a technology.

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Touch ‘n Go creates a electronic fee remuneration one of a longest in a universe as travelers will be means to use a intelligent label and ride from Jitra in Kedah to Kempas in Johor or all from a north to a south but regulating cash. The launch of a services was hold as a Sungai Dua fee piazza where Datuk Dr Ramli Mohamad a afterwards authority of Rangkaian Segar Sdn Bhd officiated a event.

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Today, Touch ‘n Go is not only for payments during fee plazas and open transport. A series of renouned malls such as Sunway Pyramid, Subang Parade, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Sungei Wang Plaza, Tropicana City Mall and Mid Valley Megamall have started usurpation payments by Touch ‘n Go for parking. Simply hold your label during a opening indicate and your time of attainment will be captured. At a finish of your visit, a time spent and subsequently a parking charges will be tabulated and deducted from your card.

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Your Touch ‘n Go is good for dining too. Have some quick food during AW, Japanese transport during Sakae Sushi, dessert during Baskin Robbins or a cuppa during Starbucks and compensate with your Touch ‘n Go card. Your label is as good as a withdraw label now. You can also squeeze some munchies during 7-Eleven before throwing a film during Cathay Cineplexes, both retailers accept remuneration by Touch ‘n Go.

All in all, Touch ‘n Go still provides a available cashless complement generally to those who ride daily on a highways as good as those who invert by KTM, LRT, Monorail and Rapid KL buses. Drivers and commuters need not lift around or store lax change and they also save time from not carrying to reserve during a money lanes. Touch ‘n Go is indeed available to use, on tip of carrying countless value top-up centers and banks that can perform a reload transactions.

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Travelers adore regulating Touch ‘n Go since of a convenience. You don’t have to get in line for LRT or monorail tickets each singular time. Just buy a label and use it via your stay in Malaysia. A new label but change costs RM10. You can immediately supplement change to a card, with RM10 as smallest charge. The label will never expire. After your holiday in Malaysia we can always make someone else happy with your card, or we only take it home as a souvenir.

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Read some-more during a central Touch ‘n Go website.

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