Retire in Malaysia

Malaysia is a superb retirement destination. English is widely spoken. It has an English based legal system. The country offers exceptional health care and great infrastructure. Malaysia, unlike Cambodia, is ‘Asia-easy’.

For the retiree though, Malaysia should be considered if only for having the most open, sophisticated and retiree-friendly program in South East Asia.  ‘MM2H’ (Malaysia My Second Home Visa) is a model for other countries to follow.


With tropical jungles, palm-fringed beaches, cool mountain retreats and glittering skyscrapers, Malaysia is made up of 13 states split across two separate pieces of land separated by the South China Sea.  There’s a vast mix of cultures and nationalities in this Asian nation – and first-world comforts are married with a sense of adventure.


Population: About 30 million

Capital city: Kuala Lumpur

Main languages: Malay is the official language, but English is widely spoken in business. The Chinese population in Malaysia speaks Cantonese, Hokkien or Hakka, while the Indian population speaks Tamil, Hindi or Malayalam. Islam.

Main religion: Other religions include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Confucianism and Taoism


Best time to visit depends on your tastes: hot or wet.  The hottest months are February and March. There is usually very little rain and blue skies.  The wettest months are during the monsoon, which comes and goes May to October.  Generally these months can be quite wet with the rest of the year a little less so.  The consensus is that November, December and January are the coolest and driest months of the year.

HOW TO GET to penang

There are 3 good hubs in Asia to fly into Penang - Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.   As of 2018, you can also fly direct via Doha, Qatar. If you are flying via Singapore, check out Scoot Airlines (Singapore Airlines budget cousin). They fly to Athens and Berlin (only).


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