Why my hometown of George Town, Penang is consistently voted as the world’s best place to retire.
I was born and grew up in Penang, Malaysia. It was a small sleepy island in those days and not many people knew anything about it. Today, it is consistently rated as the best place to retire. Why you might ask. Sometimes I ask the same question. So having grown up here, travelled the world searching and living in many different countries, I have decided to end up back home.
My top 10: Excluding the fact that the govt gives long term visas for Foreigners (MM2H)
1. Low cost of living
2. English speaking being an Ex British Colony
3. High standard of healthcare
4. Best street food in the world
5. Multi cultural
6. Unesco world heritage site
7. Tropical island city
8. Friendly people like me 🙂
9. Great nature trails and outdoor activities
10. Artistic and Cultural hub
Here are snippets of what international magazines have to say.
According to Huffington post:
Penang in general and George Town in particular have a great deal to offer the would-be expat and foreign retiree. The natural surroundings are beautiful, and you have many options for how to spend your time. In addition, Malaysian immigration laws are welcoming, including for retirees. For these reasons, thousands of foreigners, both working and retired, have settled in the area, creating a network of support for others who’d like to follow in their footsteps.
According to Forbes 2017 List of World’s top 12 places to retire:
This Asian country is known, International Living says for its “878 idyllic islands, stunning beaches and untouched rainforests.” It’s a multicultural place that’s home to a mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Europeans and Americans.
The cost of living is low, the health care quality is high and IL Malaysia correspondent Keith Hockton says “the food is not just first class, but world class — and the shopping in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, where I live, is to die for.”
According to Conde nast traveller:
Thanks to a government initiative named “Malaysia My Second Home” (MM2H), foreigners can now easily apply for a 10-year visa. Once you’re in, head to Penang for the best of the country’s culinary offerings, historic architecture, a thriving art scene, international-standard health care, and an English-speaking community of expats. Penang is itself an island (with beaches!), and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town is its capital. Getting in and out is easy; the metropolises of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and the vacation island destination of Langkawi, are quick, cheap flights away.
According to International living, The world’s best place to retire 2017:
Add to that the low cost of living and excellent healthcare, and you have a great retirement haven if Southeast Asia is on your shortlist.
“Malaysia has some of the best-trained doctors in Asia, and most have learned their profession in the U.S. or the U.K. They all speak English, too, which is a huge plus,” Keith says.
So finally to the point of this article. If you are thinking of retiring abroad, Penang is probably your cheapest, safest option. Did I mention that Malaysia has no worldwide tax? and no estate duty?
I highly recommend the legal services of my brother, Sam Choong of Khaw Cheow Poh and associates, if you are interested to find out more about visa requirements for Malaysia my second home (MM2H) programme. That’s what family is for! Helping promote his business 🙂
About MM2H Programme
Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) Programme is promoted by the Government of Malaysia to allow foreigners who fulfill certain criteria, to stay in Malaysia for as long as possible on a multiple-entry social visit pass.
The Social Visit Pass is initially for a period of ten (10) years, and is renewable.
It is open to citizens of all countries recognised by Malaysia regardless of race, religion, gender or age. Applicants are allowed to bring their spouses and unmarried children below the age of 21 as dependants.
Rentals: Penang Property Management and Homestay
Property to buy: http://www.penangpropertyangel.com/
Things to do in Penang: http://www.timeout.com/penang
Meditation course: http://www.malaya.dhamma.org/malaya/locations/penang.shtml
Cooking school: https://www.facebook.com/penangcookingclass/
Penang Heritage Trust: https://www.facebook.com/penangheritagetrust
Penang Global Tourism: https://www.facebook.com/penangglobal.tourism/?fref=ts
February 24, 2017 at 07:18
Thank you. Yes I love my hometown 🌹
February 21, 2017 at 23:30
I love Penang and George Town is definitely a beauty. 🙂
February 16, 2017 at 07:17
Yes definitely look into it!
February 15, 2017 at 14:08
Amazing! I may have to look into that now that I’m retired. Sounds fascinating and more than fun.
January 31, 2017 at 07:08
Most welcome 🌺
January 30, 2017 at 21:00
Many thanks for the follow on our bikersguide blog. 🙂
January 26, 2017 at 16:28
If you moved here you probably could 😂😂
January 26, 2017 at 16:14
I would love to take an EARLY retirement there 🙂 Peace, Harlon
January 26, 2017 at 15:31
I’m glad you enjoyed it 🌺
January 25, 2017 at 17:25
This is timely. Thank you.
January 24, 2017 at 08:49
Reblogged this on Penang Local and commented:
Why Penang is the world’s best place to retire.
January 24, 2017 at 05:15
January 24, 2017 at 03:03
I’m ready to pack. Thank you for that.
January 24, 2017 at 01:33
See you soon. I will put on the kettle x
January 24, 2017 at 01:32
Thanx cindy x
January 24, 2017 at 00:42
I would definitely Not wish for McDonalds, no. Street food sounds yummy, though! mmmmmm :)))))
January 23, 2017 at 19:41
January 23, 2017 at 18:11
Flying over shortly!
January 23, 2017 at 17:59
Don’t let them catch it Ronald!
January 23, 2017 at 17:51
Run Ronald run
January 23, 2017 at 17:41
January 23, 2017 at 16:41
January 23, 2017 at 16:41
I hope he escapes!
January 23, 2017 at 16:31
Perfect! To the point. So that brother is a lawyer, eh? 😉
You really should be funded by the tourism board of Penang.
Bonne semaine Kawanku.
January 23, 2017 at 16:31
Oh wow. 🙂 I hope he stays.
January 23, 2017 at 16:28
January 23, 2017 at 16:22
Qué lindo !!
January 23, 2017 at 16:15
January 23, 2017 at 16:14
🙂 I will let you know then eheh cheers PedroL
January 23, 2017 at 16:04
He was there the last time I checked but I’m not sure for how much longer!
January 23, 2017 at 16:03
Please do. We love welcoming travellers! 🌹🌺
January 23, 2017 at 15:49
Looks beautiful …. but is Ronald McDonald there?? 🙂
January 23, 2017 at 15:46
Such fantastic town 🙂 hope to visit soon! PedroL