The Cost Of Living In Malaysia For Expats

The tropical country of Malaysia in Southeast Asia is fast becoming a hotspot for working expats. With a low cost of living and high quality of life, expats moving to Malaysia can enjoy a luxurious lifestyle complete with picturesque beaches, lively cities and endless islands to explore.

While international workers in Malaysia can expect a relatively low wage compared to the national average, the cost of living in Malaysia is much lower than most Western countries and other expat hotspots in Asia, such as Singapore and Hong Kong.

The cost of living in Malaysia

According to 2022 data, the cost of living in Malaysia is on average 43.47% lower than in the United Kingdom, and 51.74% lower than in the United states. It’s no wonder that four in five (78%) of expats living in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, are satisfied with the cost of living in Malaysia – compared with 43% globally.

It’s an exciting time to move to Malaysia – particularly if you’re thinking of moving for business. A second world country with a newly industrialised economy, Malaysia is the 12th most competitive country in the world when it comes to economic performance, owing to its fast-growing export-oriented economy, low national income tax and a highly affordable cost of living.

Here’s a closer look at the cost of living in Malaysia’s most popular expat destinations, excluding rent: