The ExpatGo Guide to the Cities of Malaysia

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Once you have decided to make the big move to Malaysia, you need to choose where to live and work: the most common choices for expats are Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor and Melaka.

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To help you understand certain things about your new city, country and even neighbourhood, read through our Malaysia city guides:

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a charming multicultural Southeast Asian city that is brimming with life. Living in Kuala Lumpur means you can take advantage of this modern city, the capital of Malaysia, wh plays home to important cultural, financial, and business centres – both locally and internationally – due to its strategic position as a prime city.

Pronounced as an alpha world city, Kuala Lumpur is a delectable feast for the senses as it offers unparalleled sights, sounds, and tastes that are unique to Malaysia. Primarily dominated by three major ethnic groups, which are the Malays, Chinese, and the Indians, the city also serves as a multi-religious hub of various faiths, and has its roots grounded in its rich and diverse century old traditions.



Penang Island, or Pulau Pinang in Malay, has long held a legendary status as a haven as well as the best place to get Malaysian food across the country. Renowned for its culinary delights and its beauty, Penang is also proving to be an oasis of life for Malaysians and foreigners alike due to its island charm with its warm and sunny weather.

A UNESCO world heritage site, thanks to its rich cultural diversity and history as a significant colonial trading port, George Town’s obvious British influenced style of architecture and art is both unique and unparalleled.


Melaka / Malacca

Melaka owes its multicultural legacy and unique heritage to the Straits of Malacca, one of the most important shipping lanes in the world.

As stated by UNESCO, ‘Melaka is an exceptional examples of a multicultural trading town in East and Southeast Asia, forged from the mercantile, and exchanges of Malay, Chinese, and Indian cultures and three successive European colonial powers.


Johor Bahru

Johor, the southernmost state in Peninsular Malaysia, is also one of the most developed states in the country. Johor Bahru has re-branded itself from a small border town to a sophisticated, rising star in tourism and business.

The Straits of Johor to the south separates Johor and the Republic of Singapore, which are connected via a causeway. The malaysia city is steadily shaping itself into a rival of its neighbouring city-state.


Kota Kinabalu

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