Whether you’re a Malaysian or thinking of moving to Malaysia as an expatriate, this country offers many beautiful places to live and retire in. It is, after all, ranked 15th in the ‘2022 World’s Best Places To Retire’ (International Living, 2022). With so many good neighbourhoods here, you’d be spoilt for choice, wondering where exactly in Malaysia would suit your needs best.

We’re here to help you choose! Whether it’s entertainment, healthcare, cost of living, or tranquillity, each area has something for everyone.

1. Tanjung Bungah, Penang

Penang is famous for its gorgeous beaches and for having some of the best food in Malaysia. Locals and foreigners flock to this tropical island just to have a taste of the local specialties. Tanjung Bungah is a suburb along the northern coast of Penang Island. Many expats choose to settle down in this area due to its proximity to George Town, the capital city that hosts the centre for culture, colonial history, and amazing street food.

Tanjung Bungah is surrounded by numerous amenities with nearby malls such as Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon Mall. Moreover, beach enthusiasts would love to know that there are many recreational water sports centres here.

The people here are known to be friendly and diverse in their backgrounds. So there is no need to worry about settling in with the community.

See properties for sale in Tanjung Bungah:

1. The Cove
2. Springtide Residences
3. Shamrock Beach
4. See all properties for sale in Tanjung Bungah

2. Desa ParkCity, Kuala Lumpur

Desa ParkCity has won several awards for being one of the most complete and diverse residential areas. It is nestled within Kepong, Kuala Lumpur. The lifestyle here centres around a 13.9-acre central park and recreational lake where you can see cute pets frolicking about. Aside from that, there are sports centres, a clubhouse, and a big waterfront commercial hub here - talk about a variety of family-family friendly amenities. You can feel a great sense of community here from the lively public spaces.

Desa ParkCity’s appeal as a safe and self-sufficient neighbourhood has earned itself a reputation as a highly sought-after address amongst homebuyers. It provides a unique living experience within the comfort of urban conveniences and green spaces.

See properties for sale in Desa ParkCity:

1. The Northshore Gardens
2. The Westside Two
3. Amelia
4. See all properties for sale in Desa Parkcity

3. Ipoh, Perak

Ipoh is the capital city of Perak located along the Kinta River. It is an excellent place to retire on a budget. The city has one of the lowest cost of living in Malaysia and hosts a relaxing lifestyle surrounded by delicious local food. Whether it's their buttery smooth chicken rice or hot dim sum (Chinese dumplings), you can always satisfy your cravings at their affordable food outlets.

Locals here claim that the fresh air and clean water here improves your quality of life and general health. Another thing that draws people to Ipoh is its reputation as the cleanest city in Malaysia thanks to the efforts of the Ipoh City Council.

Ipoh is also close to nature as Kinta Nature Park and Gopeng will provide all the fun outdoor activities you need; From peaceful birdwatching to adrenaline-inducing white water rafting.

This city is where you can enjoy a quiet life with excellent amenities all around. Minus the crowds and pollution.

See properties for sale in Ipoh:

1. Kinta Riverfront
2. The Haven
3. The Club Condominium
4. See all properties for sale in Ipoh

4. Horizon Hills, Johor

If you dream of a luxurious life, spending your days perfecting your shots at an award-winning golf course, Horizon Hills is right up your alley. Situated in Iskandar Puteri, the flagship zone of Iskandar Malaysia, this township is a popular choice for retirees and expats because of its well-guarded communities and complete range of nearby amenities that cover healthcare, education, groceries, shopping and more.

The Johor Premium Outlets (JPO) is a great mall to drop by and find luxury brands like Jimmy Choo and Coach. Residents here also love the lush green surroundings with jogging trails that are lined with trees.

Since Johor borders Singapore, you can take a quick trip down to the neighbouring country. It only takes about 20 minutes from Horizon Hills to Singapore through the Second Link Expressway.

See properties for sale in Horizon Hills

1. Fairway Suites
2. The Golf
3. The Hills
4. See all properties for sale in Horizon Hills

5. Kuching, Sarawak

If you seek the thrills of wildlife and a calm city life at the same time, Kuching is where you want to be. The laid-back city is the capital of the state of Sarawak and offers a comfortable life with a low cost of living. In fact, it appeals to many expats who look to retire here because of its high standard of living.

Here you can spend your days exploring nature at Bako National Park, Gunung Gading National Park, and more. These forest reserves offer exciting activities for outdoor enthusiasts including trail trekking, boat trips and wildlife watching. You can spot unique animals such as the endangered proboscis monkeys and the elusive hornbills.

The urban areas have many amenities with well-equipped hospitals. In addition, it’s easy to find many culinary gems all over. The best food can be found in local cafes or coffee shops where you get local specialties such as Kolo Mee (barbecued meat in egg noodles) Crispy Tomato Noodles and the must-try Sarawak Layer Cakes.

See properties for sale in Kuching:

1. Eden-on-the-Park
2. Forest Hill
3. Green Heights
4. See all properties for sale in Kuching

Have we helped in your search for the ideal place to retire in? Leave a comment with your thoughts below. Why not write us a review of your neighbourhood while you’re at it? It would help other homebuyers who are searching for a new place to move to. We might even feature your review on our website and social media!

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(Written by Michelle Yoon, 16th Jan 2023)