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Cost of Living and Inflation in Kuala Lumpur: What do you need to know?

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Here's what ten local experts had to say about prices and the cost of living in Kuala Lumpur.

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My city is a city that never sleeps, always busy and full of the hustle bustle of human beings. Expect more traffic jams and noises than the serene surroundings. Also known as the jungle of concretes by the rest of cities in Malaysia, my city holds more skyscrapers than trees. It is also a city with dreams, where people from villages come to work at, hoping that they could change their lives however the living expenses here are really high, as high as the skyscrapers here so some newcomers have to just let go of their dreams, it is a city for those who persists.

There are 1,000s of amazing restaurants in KL everyone should try we will be in love with it. Besides, KL also has a lot shopping malls starts from cheap end in twin tower. This city also has amazing places to for visiting and taking pictures as a tourist.

Irtiza, says: 2020

For someone moving to Kuala Lumpur, they should be ready to adjust to the living culture here. For example, most available food items here are halal due to the population is mostly consisted of Muslims. Aside from that, other living conditions to consider are fairly well. Transportation here is very easy with the accessible light rail transits that are interconnected with most stations. Prices of daily needs and accomodation is quite good as well.

Kudzai, says: 2020

Kuala Lumpur, or “KL” as the locals call it, is the capital of Malaysia and home to the famous Twin Towers. Be prepared for heavy traffic, delicious food, and many new cultural experiences. Malaysians come from three main races: the Malays, Chinese and Indians. One of the biggest perks of this melting pot of cultures is the mouthwatering food! From nasi lemak to curry laksa, the country has internationally famous delicious local cuisine. Getting around the city is fairly easy and motor vehicle ownership is not very expensive here. Additionally, Kuala Lumpur is the perfect base for ardent travellers to go on a quick weekend getaway to the nearby states of Malacca, Pahang or Perak. If you’re moving here with family, there are plenty of family-friendly activities widely available and good international schools as well.

Kuala Lumpur is marvelous as it is filled with historical buildings, murals, and landmarks. It also consists of many modern and iconic buildings as well. Kuala Lumpur is full of people of different cultures, races, and ethnicities. However, as all cities are, the air is not as clean as one wishes it to be, and traffic here is horrid. The cost of living is higher while jobs are low.

Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant city, with a melting pot of cultures, faiths, sights and experiences – you’ll never get bored of what it has to offer. It’s a city unlike any other where you can find areas of slow-paced traditional life like Kampung Baru, to pockets of tropical rainforests for hiking, to the bustling centre of offices and skyscrapers.

Healthcare is of amazing quality and price (Kuala Lumpur is in fact a hotspot for medical tourism), with a fairly fast turnaround time. Public transport in the city centre is very accessible, but scarcer elsewhere thus it is a very car-dependent city (though Grab, the Uber equivalent, is abundant and cheap).

Douglas, says: 2020

It is people friendly, cosmopolitan, fast pace. Very commercialised and business oriented. Very good for business opportunities and a business hub in the Asian region. At the same time it’s great for relaxation and retirement. A lot of sightseeing for tourists and cost of living is quite good. It has also a very transport system and easily accessible. very safe by normal standards.

The rent rates are horrendous in the city. I would highly recommend for you to find a place just on the outskirts of town. It’s an affordable suggestion if you’d wish to save some money. The surrounding community is quite friendly and there are ample commuting choices which are both efficient and cost-saving.

Kuala Lumpur offers a multicultural and multilingual living environment. You will hear English, Malay, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Tamil among the languages spoken by the locals. As you walk along the streets of Bukit Bintang you get to experience the various cultures of Southeast Asia, East and West Asia. If you are into food, try out the “mamak” restaurants that offer Malaysianized Tamil-Muslim cuisine at bargain prices.

Douglas, says: 2020

If you move to Kuala Lumpur for work and seeks affordable room to rent, I would highly recommend you to find somewhere close to public transport stations but not close to the city centre. This is because if you choose to stay closer to the city centre, the room rates can be two or three times higher than outside the city centre.

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