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Moving to Kuala Lumpur – International Relocation
Moving to Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur has a host of extra-curricular activities for those enjoying expat life in the city.
Walking or driving through the city will reveal beautiful colonial architecture and heritage buildings beside towering skyscrapers and modern architecture.
Kuala Lumpur is the largest city in Malaysia and a major business and travel hub for South-East Asia. Complete with bustling shopping malls, incredible restaurants and a world-class airport, Kuala Lumpur has made its mark as a world-class city in which to live.
Yet for all its modernity and high-tech reputation, expats moving to Kuala Lumpur will experience a city that keeps in touch with its traditional and colonial roots.
Kuala Lumpur literally means “muddy estuary”, a name derived from its history as a tin mining town in the 1800s. With a highly efficient subway system, world-class highways, beautiful architecture and some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, it is clear that this city situated in west Malaysia has come a long way from its original description.
Please use our visa and immigration services to help you with your move.
Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is one of the more expensive places to live in Malaysia, but when confronted with all the modern conveniences that this city offers, the added cost is understandable.
It is, however, one of the cheaper Asian cities in which to live, especially when compared with neighbouring Singapore or Jakarta and particularly Hong Kong, which is only a short flight away.
Transport in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur has developed a transit system with buses and subway trains connecting all areas of the city.
Traffic can be a problem, especially during peak hours, and most expats will find that public transport is the most viable option.
Shopping in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia is a world-class shopping destination, so much so that exploring the city’s 66 main shopping malls is a popular pastime adopted by many locals, tourists and expats.
Expatriates relocating to Kuala Lumpur need not worry about packing all their favourite wardrobe items as one trip to the Golden Triangle, the city’s premier shopping area, will see all your old favourites replaced, renewed and revitalised.
Schooling in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur has a significant list of international schools that teach either a British based curriculum or an American curriculum.
When choosing a school it is important to consider the location of the school as traffic can bring life to a standstill at times and even though some schools may seem relatively close to the office or home they may be inaccessible during peak traffic.
Expats travelling with children are sure to be impressed with the number and quality of international schools situated around the city.
Why not use our relocation school search services which you may find invaluable.
Living in Kuala Lumpur
Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur has a number of accommodation options available to expats.
The main question most expats ask themselves when moving to Kuala Lumpur is whether they would prefer to live in a serviced apartment or in a normal apartment.
Obviously each option comes with its list of pros and cons and at the end of the day your individual needs and budget will be the determining factor.
Expats moving to Kuala Lumpur will soon enjoy all the benefits of living in this world-class shopping destination. KL is a bustling city offering a range of activities and great nightlife and weekend options.
Weekends allow expats with families to engage in travel around the region or there are sporting and social clubs within the city that meet over the weekends Eating Out, Expats in Malaysia are in for a treat for the senses when it comes to the range of dining out options available.
Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines and this is particularly evident in the when sampling the delicious fare on offer in the exotic, trendy and stylish restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.
The government does place a 10% service charge and 5% VAT on all restaurant bills.
This surcharge is easily avoidable simply by eating at some of the roadside stalls and food bazaars, which cater for all tastes and budgets.
Resident expats are sure to show you the best street eats, which usually include satay (marinated and barbecued meat on a skewer), nasi lemak (savoury rice steamed in coconut milk), chicken rice and fried noodles.
Surrounding the city are a number of perfect weekend getaways. The Cameron Highlands, as well as the seaside town of Malaka are popular destinations, while Singapore, Bangkok and Bali are merely a quick and cheap flight away.
Kuala Lumpur is making its mark on the international business map, and is a great destination for expats wishing for a dose of adventure mixed with modern conveniences. It’s perfectly situated in Asia along international travel routes to ensure that home is never too far away.
You may wish to take advantage of our relocation intercultural and language training services.
Interdean Kuala Lumpur offices
We have our own offices in Kuala Lumpur which are run by our sister company Santa Fe so we are with you every step of the way.