Many have asked us...what is it like, to live in Malaysia? Well, the answer is simple: it's an easy life. Malaysia has summer and sun every day of the year. The only problem is...it can get quite hot...almost too hot for a Scandinavian.
We have been living right outside Kuala Lumpur since October 1997. We live in a gated Condominium with a high standard. We have three swimming pools, two badminton-, squash- and tennis courts, a kindergarten, dry cleaning service, etc., all inside the Condo area. There are many expat families living here and we have quite a few friends from all around the world.
The living standard in Kuala Lumpur (KL) is in general quite high, more or less like any other big city in the world. Malaysia has a good health care system, good hospitals, good international schools, excellent highways and modern communication systems. The infrastructure in KL is just as good as in any other city. Satellite TV and mobile phones are as common here as everywhere else.
Food and dining is more or less like home, just with an extra Asian touch, and a lot cheaper. There are many western restaurants in KL (nickname for Kuala Lumpur), but also many local Malaysian and Chinese restaurants which are very popular among the locals and western people. In the local food stores you get typical local and international food and groceries, and in the supermarkets you get special international gourmet food at a slightly higher cost. IKEA, just 5 minutes from us, is selling a lot of Swedish snacks and food.
Shopping is a big and exhausting thing in KL, unless you are a shopaholic. There are so many enormous shopping centers around, so here you can really "shop till you drop". The price level is much lower than back home on most items. There are also several night markets in the city, where you can buy everything from cheap t-shirts via pirated DVD movies and software till copy watches, purses and bags. The best marked is China Town in the heart of KL, which is worth a visit just for the special life and experience as well.
There are many things to see and do in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia in general. There are a lot of beautiful paradise islands with nice and relaxing resorts, so vacations down here is a dream come through. Our favorite is Pelangi Beach Resort at Langkawi island, but we would also recommend Perhentian Island, Redang, Tioman Island and the luxurious resort of Pangkor Laut (among others). The service level is extremely good in most resorts and hotels, making them super-luxurious compared to hotels in Europe and America. Being here and living here feels kind of special at times.
In Kuala Lumpur there are a lot of sightseeing, from the world's highest building (Twin Towers) and fourth highest tower (KL Tower) till the magnificent and special Batu Caves. There is so much too see so you can spend days just going from one interesting place to another. Right outside KL there are several get-away heavens; like Frazier's Hills and Cameroon Highlands. For those who like real entertainment or gambling there are the Genting Hotel and Resort on a mountain an hours drive from KL, located almost 2000 meters above the sea level! Golf is a big sport in Malaysia and there are hundreds of golf courses around the country and in KL alone. In addition, the city of Singapore, with all its excitement and fun, is just a 4 hour drive to the south, or a 50 minute flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Malaysia is purely Asia, and here you find many typical Asian customs and traditions. On the other hand, Kuala Lumpur is a typical big city you know from home. Coming down here from Europe or America takes some time to get used to it, but after 5-6 months you live your life as anywhere else. Being an expat family living and working in Malaysia is easy, we still love it after more than eight years in Kuala Lumpur!