Malaysia is one of my favorite countries. Located next to Thailand, the country I currently live in, Malaysia is one of the countries I’m considering retiring to. Taking an early retirement in Malaysia is something I’m looking at but, whether you are retiring early or retiring at the normal time, Malaysia could be a wonderful country for you to spend your golden years too. In fact, if you’re considering spending your retirement in Malaysia, consider these five important reasons why you should, and you may find yourself on the next plane.
Malaysia’s Government Is Supportive Of Retirees – Malaysia is so eager to have western retirees living in Malaysia, it’s even started a new program to help retirees settle in easily. Called ‘Malaysia My Second Home‘, it’s easy for retirees through this program to get a visa enabling them to live in Malaysia for 10 years. Plus, as long as you continue to follow the simple requirements, the retirement visa is renewable indefinitely, meaning living the rest of your life in Malaysia is easily doable.
Low Cost of Living in Malaysia – Let’s face it, many people retire from the west to other countries simply because, once retired, they can’t afford a decent lifestyle in the United States or Europe. In Malaysia however, even on a relatively low western pension, you’ll find your standard of living is far higher than it ever would be in the west.
The cost of rental property in Malaysia is extremely inexpensive, with apartments and houses in many areas of the country renting for less than $300 a month. Groceries will be less than 50% of what you pay in the west, a night in a 3 or 4-star hotel is no more than $60, and things like health insurance and medical care are a fraction of the cost of the west. With a short taxi ride around $2 and excellent public transportation in most Malaysian towns and cities, retirees find quickly they don’t need to run a car, cutting monthly costs by several hundred dollars.
Even hiring cleaners, gardeners and cooks is affordable so, as you get older, you don’t have to worry about taking care of yourself. If needs be, you’ll have the money to pay someone to do it.
Overall, you’ll find $1,000-$1,500 a month will pay for a lifestyle in Malaysia you could only dream of in the United States or Europe. No wonder so many retirees are living happily in Malaysia.
Malaysia Has Beautiful Weather All Year Round – For those retirees who are living in cold areas in western countries or in places where, in winter, there’s a lot of snow, moving to a country that never sees snow is appealing. Malaysia has an average temperature of 80 degrees all-year round and sunny skies and, with no snow, you don’t have to worry about falling and breaking a hip in the winter months, like you do in many places in the west.
Plus, in the warm weather of Malaysia, you won’t spend money in the winter months on heating, like you do in the west, which cuts your living expenses down too. And don’t forget, there’s nothing like waking up every day to yet another sunny morning.You’ll find any depression you ever suffered from soon goes away.
Malaysia Has Excellent Health Care – One big consideration for retirees is the affordability of health care in the place they live in. In America now, health care simply isn’t affordable for most retirees. In Malaysia however, you’ll find not only is health insurance affordable, health care is dirt cheap too and it’s world-class. In fact, Malaysia has such excellent health care, people travel from all over the world for necessary and elective medical care – sure they’ll get superb care at an affordable price.
Just imagine living in a country where you don’t have to worry about getting sick and, if you do, you’ll be taken care of and not end up bankrupt in the process.
Recreation and Dining Out – There’s so much to do in Malaysia, I’m spoiled for choice every time I go. In fact, that’s one reason I’m considering retiring there, just so I can take advantage of everything the country has to offer.
Dining out in Malaysia is dirt cheap, with an average meal at a typical Malaysian restaurant no more than $2 or, for a more upscale evening, $15-20 per person will easily cover the cost. A bottle of beer is $2, a night at the movies less than $10 for two people and, if you love golfing, Malaysia has some of the world’s best golf courses at low prices you won’t believe.
If you’re close to retiring and have realized living in the United States or Europe just isn’t possible on your diminished income, don’t worry. In Malaysia, you’ll have the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of. You’ll be out every day meeting new people and doing new things, living in a country where the weather is gorgeous and the people are some of the friendliest in the world. You also won’t have to worry about learning a new language as most people in Malaysia speak English.
Malaysia is one of the top retirement destinations for retirees from all over the world. Why don’t you become one of them?
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