How much is to live in Kuala Lumpur? 

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How much is to live in Kuala Lumpur? 

If you decide Kuala Lumpur is the best country to retire cheap, this is how it much it would cost to live here.

Rent. A shared apartment with security, a pool but farther from the city centre would is roughly $600 (1800 rm)gets you a nice apartment.

Air conditioning. This is your major electrical cost. It’s hot 30 degrees plus at night, so AC and electricity will cost $100 (300 rm).
Wifi. Can’t live without it, the cost is $50 (160 rm).No problems with speed here.

Water (non purified). I boiled water for drinking. It cost $11 a month(40 rm). 

Gas. Gas for cooking and boiling hot water $11 (40 rm)

Waste water. This is a government charge for getting rid of water.$3 (15 rm)

Food. My daily food budget at $5 (15 rm) a day has been no problem. This includes eaten out daily as well as buying groceries. Kuala Lumpur has amazingly cheap dine out fast food. The dishes are a blend from  Chinese, Indian, Morrocan, Malaysian and Western.

Sin. Booze isn’t as expensive as people tell you it is. If you stick to Asian produced hard liquor it’s cheap. A 26 ounce bottle of whiskey is $8 (24 rm). Smokes are expensive for an Asian country at $5(15 rm) a pack.

Transportation. An average ride on the monorail is $1.50 (5 rm). A taxi will cost you about $15 (45 rm). The transit system here is well put together and effective. I only took a cab here once.

The total cost of living in Kuala Lumpur would be roughly $900 (2700 rm) a month. If you didn’t drink, smoke, spend more than $100 (450 rm) a month on entertainment, sundries or emergencies  you could live here on $1000 a month. I’d recommend sharing an apartment with a roommate or renting out a room. $1000 is doable, but you would live a very frustrating and frugal lifestyle if you did on that budget.


About the Author:

Samson Chui is the chief travel blogger behind Best Countries to Retire Cheap. His goal is to find the best country to retire for $1000.

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