Retiring cheap in Kuala Lumpur has always been a big fat no for me. That is until I found Chinatown. There’s nothing wrong with Kuala Lumpur, but until today it really hasn’t resonated with me. The Muslim country with its relatively expensive beer $3 (6rm), censorship at the movies and love for shopping malls just seemed like a wannabe western country. I love the fantastically efficient and affordable transit system here, $2 (6rm) for a round trip on the LRT. The only problem is it doesn’t matter that the LRT can get you all around cheap, if there nothing to do or see. It’s literally mall after giant mall here. Don’t get me wrong I like malls, but how many Starbucks, and other chain restaurants do you need to see? This all changed when I went to Chinatown. I’m going to keep capitalizing the C in Chinatown because I think it’s the best thing in Kuala Lumpur.Instead of wide open roads with clean sidewalks and malls that you’ll see in Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown has retained its unique and vibrant culture. Stalls with knock off bags, fake Beats and Gshock watches intermingle with tacky souvenirs, oil paintings and food stands. I love the fact that I can get a bowl of  wonton noodles here for $2(6rm), grab a relatively cheap massage and wander around.No cars are allowed into the heart of Chinatown, unlike other streets ( Alors street for example which unsuccessfully tries to allow cars to drive in an area that really should be foot traffic only). This means when you’re looking for a new carryon bag, the biggest vehicle you’ll have to worry about being run over is that stroller pushed by the impatient father of 5.Come to Kuala Lumpur! Visit Chinatown! I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!)Also if you want a quick Asia retirement checklist go here LINK TO CHECKLIST