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Illogical things about klia 2 airport in Kuala Lumpur you need to know 


I have a hate/love relationship with klia 2 (aka the low cost terminal) in Kuala Lumpur. I love the sleeping spots, and cheap food but I hate  the illogical parts. It’s like airport was thrown together by drunken people with a random parts generator. Don’t believe me? Here’s some things you’ll see at klia 2 in Kuala Lumpur that will make your brain go “does not compute” and blow up.

  • Walkways that go one way on both sides! You’d think with mobile walkways one would go one way, and the next one going the other way. Nope. Both going in the same direction.
  • Multiple checkpoints. After landing you go through a check point like you would normally, but the gates have another one. So do not go to your gate right away. There is nothing past the final gates but waiting. ALL the good stuff LIKE the movie lounge, food areas and sleeping spots are in this sandwich hole of security.
  • No trolley areas. They designate the elevators no trolley areas. So you have to take your luggage off at one elevator, use the elevator then walk around looking for another one. Strangely there aren’t trolleys next to both the top and bottom. Usually it’s nearby, but still if you are carrying a heavy carry on bag this can suck.
  • Little bonus rooms outside of the actual gates for people who are taking the flight. Kind of makes sense? But what doesn’t make sense is that these room are sealed until close to departure time. Or DOES IT? This is a tip I wish more airports would adopt. The point of these private rooms is that at the entrance they check your passport/ticket before the plane lands. This speeds up that line tremendously during the actual boarding
  • Lots of charger outlets but all of them are the Asian outlet. Not 1 is North American or Euoropean. No usb chargers either. Bring a travel charger!
  • They announce every flight that is ready to board over the entire airport. So yes, it’s every few minutes. And in 3 languages. This doesn’t annoy me till I tried to sleep.
  • They also announce gate changes over the same system so it’s like having to filter through all this audio spam in case you have a gate change messages. And yes they make final calls too on this system.

While there are many illogical things about klia 2 it’s not horrible. It doesn’t compare to Changi in Singapore or the Hong Kong airport, but it’s not bad. 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!)

Illogical things about klia 2 airport in Kuala Lumpur you need to know 2018-03-01T07:46:49+00:00

Super Luxurious Taiwan Spas…What are they like?


I love spas, massages and taking it easy. So, I’m always checking out the local spa experience in my search for the best place to retire cheap. I’m in Taiwan today trying to see if this is the best country to live cheap. After a long flight, going through customs and navigating though 30 degree weather, is there anything better than grabbing a beer and finding a luxury spa?

What’s in a super luxury Taiwan spa? And how is it different from North America? The whole experience is a bit different  from anything I’ve tried out before. 

First you’ll take your shoes off and into the shoe locker they’ll go. (This isn’t your clothing locker). Then you grab a pair of flip flops, disrobe and drop your stuff into a separate locker.

That’s when you’ll enter the actual spa area. The mandatory showers are in the actual spa area. Walking in with my towel wrapped around my nether regions I discover it’s a towel free zone. All these Taiwanese guys are totally naked. That makes sense for the shower area, but I wasn’t expecting it in the actual jacuzzi! It’s a big pool of naked dudes. (You’ll have to be ok with this level of nudity, swim suits are not allowed.) 


I now know how the wonton in a big bowl of soup feels. Between the massive size of the jacuzzi tub and the jets, you can maintain enough personal space from your fellow wontons. After a while of being naked and gloriously relaxed in the hot tub I wonder why all hot tubs aren’t swim suit free? There’s also a  cold water tub for soaking when you get too hot in the Jacuzzi. It isn’t really that cold, but after soaking in the hot tub, it’s super refreshing.

Included in the spa was also a steam room, and hot sauna. Nice but not too different.What’s extra cool was that after using the facilities there’s a separate chill out area where you can unwind some more.

They provided a Yakuta robe because this is a clothed area. 

This is a no phone area, but they do have wifi, so bring your Kindle. There’s also a tv, drinking water and tea.

I felt so relaxed after the whole thing, goodbye travel stress. I spent an hour overall in the spa, but there was no time limit or sense of hurry.

I loved the spa experience in Taiwan and would definitely recommend to all of you BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com readers. I hope this article helped you with your personal quest of finding the best country to get great spa experiences and 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!) 

Super Luxurious Taiwan Spas…What are they like?2016-12-12T00:10:49+00:00

Is Asia the best place to retire cheap? 


If you’re looking for the best place to retire cheap, I’m going to recommend Asia. Asia is a huge place, and I know that you’re thinking,”But where in Asia?” You’re also wondering why Asia? Here’s my comprehensive list. 

ASIA IS MASSIVE

  • There’s just so much to see, and it’s so different as you go from place to place.
  • Every country is different. Read my previous articles for an in depth look at each country.
  • Once you get to Asia, flight choices are mind boggling. I like using Skyscanner to see where I’ll be going next. 

VISA RUNS ARE CHEAP

  • On average a flight is about $150. You really can’t complain about that.
  • Once you get here you can easily do Visa runs by planes, trains, boats or even car.
  • Most countries in Asia are only a few hours away from each other by plane. You’ll have no problems doing one day runs.

ENGLISH IS A PREVALENT LANGUAGE

  • Each country I’ve gone to in Asia has spoken English. Depending on where, the fluency and proficiency differs. So far Hong Kong has the best spoken English, while Thailand and Kuala Lumpur the worst.
  • Signs, signs, everywhere there are signs. The amount of signage and notifications in English you’ll see will differ. I’d say there are no problems figuring things out though 80% of the time.

COST OF LIVING IS LOW

  • See my cost of living reports for detailed cost amounts. Most of the places I’ve been to here can fit in the $1000 a month mission.
  • South East Asia gets you so much more for your dollar than North America does. $6 massages, $1 beers and $2 lunches exist. You just have to come to Asia.

VIBRANCY AND CULTURE IS LIVELY

  • Every country in Asia is different, but I’ve noticed one thing. It all feels so alive. Millions of people just living their lives add a hustle and bustle you might not see back home.
  • If you immerse yourself in the culture you won’t regret it. You can retire here and really fit in, or you can just sit on your patio drinking cheap beers. The choice is yours, but I’d recommend immersing yourself in the culture as much as possible  if you don’t want to be isolated and lonely. I’ve written a few articles about that as well.
  • Such scenery and choices. There are little isolated beaches or condos with pools, the choices are yours about where you’re going to stay.

I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best place to retire cheap. I am loving exploring Asia as my retirement hub, and think you should too. 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!) 

Is Asia the best place to retire cheap? 2016-12-12T00:10:51+00:00

Single Female Traveller? Read these 4 tips before retiring in Asia.


Retiring in Asia as a single female traveler? I got a chance to interview Laura L. for some valuable tips for the single female travelers who are looking for the best countries to retire cheap. Laura, a vivacious and intellectual 20 something woman, is currently heading to India to continue her yoga training.

Is it difficult as a female traveler?

As a female traveler the main thing is that you don’t want to let those gut feelings that you’ve had while at home disappear when you’re traveling. Obvious things like not taking drinks from strangers and trusting your intuition are important. I was in a hostel and it felt dodgy, so I left even though I had already paid for the night. One other time a cab driver tried to tell me the street I wanted to go to was “close down” so he wanted to take me somewhere else. I had to tell him to stop the cab or take me the street. As a female traveler, don’t just be polite, you have to be ruder sometimes.

What’s the worst things that have happened to you as a single female traveler?

On two separate occasions in Malaysia I’ve had men behind me following me, just staring, I’ve caught them rubbing  their penises and making mastabutory motions. As a western woman in a Muslim country I can understand that their cultural upbringing has told them that women not in burqas from the west are sexually loose. It still isn’t pleasant.

What are some tips for other female travelers that you wish you had known ahead of time?

  1. Keep a journal. 
  2. Use social media and let people know where you are going specifically and when 
  3. Don’t fall into a victim mentality. Don’t let people take your space.
  4. Use women’s only train cars. I was in India and you’re jammed in, and can’t tell who is groping you.


What’s the best thing about being a single female traveler? 

People are super friendly. One time at dinner in India, the waiter couldn’t understand me, a family sitting nearby invited me to have dinner with them!

Thanks for the time and the tips!

I hope you found this article helpful in your own research on best countries to retire cheap. For more information and tips, scroll to the bottom of the page for all my articles. And don’t forget to subscribe to the blog! If you liked this article don’t forget to share on Social Media. Seriously I’d love it if you did.

Single Female Traveller? Read these 4 tips before retiring in Asia.2016-12-12T00:10:52+00:00

Want to be the Punisher? President authorizes Kill List. 

If you’ve ever thought there’s a crime problem and, “Why don’t they just kill all those criminals that they keep releasing?”you should consider the Philippines as your best country to retire cheap. The Philippines has a massive drug problem. Unlike western countries with their “catch and release” jail systems, they’ve decided to take a stand. The president has released a KILL LIST. People on this list are “dead men walking” according to him.  People on this list are valid kill targets with “shoot to kill” authorization. Instead of catching, trying and then housing them in prison for $100,000 a year like we do in North American countries, these drug pushers, rapists and murderers are legally allowed to be shot on site.There isn’t a caveat. This isn’t just an order for the military or the police. Vigilantes are 100% allowed to go on killing rampages. The President has guaranteed “100% immunity from legal prosecution and my own personal guarantee” to anybody caught killing these drug criminals and corrupt officials. This seems a crazy Hollywood movie premise right? There’s no way this could happen? And if it did happen it wouldn’t work right? People must be up in arms about it! What about the human rights of these criminals? According to the President, “his mouth doesn’t care about human rights”. It was was this tough on crime policy that got Duterte voted in by the citizens of the Philippines sickened by the corruption in their system and unlike other politicians that flip flop after being elected, he’s kept his word. The people of the Philippines love it and are whole heartedly supporting this 1 bullet 1 criminal policy.What’s been the result of this Kill list? Since his election in May 2016, over 167 criminals have been killed on the street, corruption curtailed and prisons are now overflowing from 125,000 criminals who have turned themselves in. That’s right, to avoid being killed on the street these criminals are turning themselves in. What would happen in North America if in 4 months that had happened? Think that’s 30,000 arrests a month. 1000 arrests a day. Literally, criminals are fleeing to the safety of the prison system.  Here’s a full list Kill list of the deaths and details. Human rights and civil groups are up in arms about this. “Yes, these people are drug pushers, rapists and murderers but they are also someone’s children.”One woman had 3 of her sons with previous criminal records killed at a drug bust.  “If you don’t want to die and get hurt, don’t pin your hopes on priests and human rights (groups). They can’t stop death,”said Duterte, the President. He’s not kidding and his initial campaign promise is to kill 100,000 criminals in his first six months in office and dump so many bodies in Manila Bay that the “fish will grow fat.” It looks like he’s right on track.What other effects has this had? And what is life in the Philippines like?Here’s the thing. When I was there I did not see semi-automatic wielding gangsters and motorcycle chases through the streets. Nor did I see citizens openly carrying weapons or guns. There were no cops firing at clown faced killers from behind squad cars. People shopped, ate at Jollibee, and took their children to playgrounds. There’s a war on crime going on, but life seemed like it was business as usual for the average citizen. I’m whole heartedly agreeing that with a tough stance on crime that the Philippines is a better place. It sickens me when I read the news and see criminals that have been convicted multiple times being let out to commit more crimes. With a known 80% chance of recidivism violent criminals have no place in my world. If you know, that there is a 4/5 chance these criminals going to reoffend, why would anyone want them on the street?The facts all point to the undeniable reoccurrence that they will rob, murder or rape when released. It’s sickens me how  weak on crime we are in North America and how convicted pedophiles in Canada are released into unsuspecting communities. (Police do not like telling the community that they are releasing them into that they are releasing  convicted pedophiles into their neighborhood, because they are worried about “vigilantism”.) Frankly, I’d say we should follow the President of the Philippines pro-vigilante philosophy. He’s said, “I don’t care if I burn in hell, just that I’ve served others in paradise”. Between social media, a “look the other way”philosophy and a belief that the safety of the innocent are more important than the rights of criminals, average citizens could take of their own problems quite quickly.If you’re also tough on crime (or looking to dress like a superhero), the Philippines is the best place for you to retire cheap. I hope this crazy article helped you with your quest of finding the best place for you to retire. 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!)If you’re thinking of retirement in Asia, here’s a checklist LINK TO CHECKLIST

Want to be the Punisher? President authorizes Kill List. 2018-07-09T11:48:31+00:00

HAGGLE LIKE A PRO! Don’t pay tourist prices. PART 2


Alright BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com fans, I know you love haggling and cheap deals, so I’ve written another haggling tip guide for you. Who doesn’t want to retire cheap and score great deals?

I’m assuming you’ve read my Part 1 guide. (If not, go check it out.)

These following 4 tips are only to be used once you’ve mastered the haggling strategy I’ve already given shown you in part 1

LURK 

  • Eavesdropping on hawkers while they haggle with another customer gives you valuable information and intelligence. If you know what the final real price was it can definitely help you out. Don’t just offer what the last guy paid though, chances are he’s also a tourist and not a master haggler like you.

HAGGLE WITH 8’s AS YOUR LAST NUMBER

  • When you’ve come to the final number you think you can get. Throw the price in with a 8. Instead of $100, $98. Tell them it’s lucky. This really works if you or the seller are Chinese.

BUY 2

  • After all the prices are settled , but BEFORE paying ask “how much for 2?” 
  • This technique works great with “fixed price no haggling” signed vendors

    SMILE

    • When haggling, have fun and do it with a smile. You both you’re playing the game. No need to be thinking they’re trying to rip you off.
    • If you have haggled properly the hawker should have a rueful “I can’t believe I sold it that cheap face” not a gigantic “I can’t believe he bought it for that smile”

    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!) 

    HAGGLE LIKE A PRO! Don’t pay tourist prices. PART 22016-12-12T00:11:00+00:00

    Are some cultures better than others?


    Malaysia is a mix of cultural attitudes. It’s the first majority Muslim country I’ve been too. As I travel the world looking for the best countries to retire cheap in, I am thinking about if some cultures are better than others. My first thoughts were of course there is no culture that is better than another. Every culture is equal. Then I started to think is it? Traveling opens your eyes and your mind about what is “normal” and “accepted”. I definitely think that as a product of North American culture I have an internal compass of what I personally think is right and what I think is wrong. I thought, as a traveller shouldn’t I be embracing the culture of wherever I’m living?As I’m writing this post all the controversy about Donald Trump and building a wall from Mexico is going on. The main emphasis of the book “Adios America” by Ann Coulter (one of his ardent supporters where he gets a lot of his positions on immigration from), is that illegal immigration is wrong and should be stopped. It also emphasizes cultural attitudes and what she would like to see in America. I highly recommend reading it regardless of whether you agree with her position or not. (SPOILER : In case you’re wondering her attitude is “No more Mexicans!” )Here in  Kuala Lumpur I really like hearing the call to prayer here, but as an agnostic I don’t have any urge to go pray. I’ve seen women swimming in burqas but besides the fact that it must be awfully uncomfortable and soggy  they seem pretty happy. I really thought from my previous North America exposure to Muslims that they would be much more oppressed feeling? Isn’t shariah law barbaric and wrong?

    According to Wikipedia, “Syriah  (the Malay spelling of “Sharia”) refers to Sharia law in Islamic religious law and deals with exclusively Islamic laws, having jurisdiction upon every Muslim in Malaysia. The Syariah Court system is one of the two separate system of courts which exists in Malaysian legal system. There is a parallel system of state Syariah Court, which has limited jurisdiction over matters of state Islamic law (Shariah). The Syariah Courts have jurisdiction only over Muslim in the matters of family law and religious observances, and can generally only pass sentences of not more than three years imprisonment, a fine of up to RM5,000, and/or up to six strokes of the cane”Growing up in our secular culture, I can’t imagine a religion having a separate religious court, but it exists here. Should I embrace this part of the culture? Do I think a separate court system would work or be a good thing in North America? I don’t think that it would. I also think as a traveller you can realize the fact that different countries will have different values and cultures. After visiting here I realized one important thing.Besides my other checklist of items I need in my country. Such as, fast internet, healthcare and English speaking, I’m going to need the ability to enjoy and appreciate the culture of the country. Retiring cheap means that you will no longer be a tourist, but instead you’ll be an immigrant. In America they are talking about that border wall because illegal economic immigrants are just walking in from Mexico. As someone who is thinking of retiring cheap in another country aren’t I also an economic immigrants? Just reversed? I’d highly recommend staying at least month in a country before thinking about retiring there, because you won’t know what the culture feels like until you’ve deeply immersed yourself. I hope this article helps your planning, but truly nothing beats travelling to really help you make your decisions. And to the question are some cultures better than others? I’d say yes. They might not be a “better” empirically but like chocolate versus vanilla, some cultures are definitely better and more enjoyable for me. I’ll stay far away from a Muslim culture when I’m retiring. If you’re looking for a great pre-retirement checklist go here RETIREMENT CHECKLIST

    Are some cultures better than others?2018-07-09T12:00:33+00:00

    1 reason you might not want to retire in Malaysia 


    There’s a lot of reasons to retire in Malaysia, but here’s 1 reason why this might not be the best country to retire cheap for you. 

    Censorship. 

    • Print and online media that are deemed “disrupting peace and harmony” have been banned. These include works by fantasy author Robert Jordan, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the explorer 
    • News media are also strictly watched over. News criticizing the government are not shown. Also things like kissing, LGBT activity, and profanity are censored out. There’s a government approved company and other satellite companies are illegal. Buying and installing your own satellite can get you fines and or jail time.
    • Online pornography and “inflammatory” news sites are also blocked. Over 4000 sites were blocked last year. Even though Kuala Lumpur is trying to become an international IT hub, it has now taken a hard stance “At the time, I agreed as I did not fully comprehend how much information could pass through the Internet. According to the former prime minister“Not knowing the power of the Internet, I (speaking then as prime minister) promised that we would not censor it. But today, I have changed my mind,” 


    If living in a society that is free of censorship is important to you then Kuala Lumpur is not the best place for you to retire cheap. If you’re ok with a conservative Muslim culture there are a lot of reasons to move here. You’ll have to decide what level of cultural differences and diversity you’re willing to accept. Me? I’m walking around naked in my apartment, watching illegal porn, and writing this article so I’ll probably be retiring somewhere else! 

    1 reason you might not want to retire in Malaysia 2016-12-12T00:11:13+00:00

    Cheap Movies in a Muslim Country

    Kuala Lumpur has crazy cheap movies every Wednesday. The Philippines doesn’t have a day when going to the movies are cheaper. Thailand is also cheaper on Wednesdays. Looking for something to do while searching for a cheap place to retire abroad? I’m hitting the theatre every Wednesday. At $3 (10 rm) for any film (except the most recently released) movies are a great deal in Kuala Lumpur.
    You can pre buy tickets and pick you’re seat. There’s no need to queue up. Just select the seat you want and then feel free to come back when it starts. A great system. The seats are nice, but not as opulent as Thailand. They have cozy couple seats you can buy in the back row for privacy. I love the option of being able to pick a seat, it’s like this in some theatres at home in Canada, but not at all movies. Usually only the ultraavx and fancy ones. (I don’t know why this is.)

    I like to spend the extra time heading into the mall, and getting bootleg snacks. Like most theatres in North America there’s no outside snacks allowed. My friend Ashan, brazenly just tried to walk in with a bag of chips and a pop. After they took it away, they actually attached his seat stub to it, so he could get it back after the movie. My cleverly hidden beer and snacks got in no problem.

    Check out the crazy snacks you can get inside the theatre.


    Mmmmmmn hmmm who wouldn’t want a delicious fishball combo? Also there were a billion types of crazy popcorn flavours like Tom Yum.

    Are there any oddities about watching movies in Kuala Lumpur? Mainly censorship. According to Wikipedia  “Although movies shown in Malaysian cinemas carry an age-restricted rating such as “18”, films that contain scenes of sex and nudity are completely censored off by the LPF (Malaysia’s film censorship board), which renders the 18 rating meaningless and strict entry by the cinema operators pointless. Kissing and make-out scenes are also censored in movies rated “P13”. On the other hand, there have been many “18” rated films filled with profanity and graphic violence that were hardly censored or uncensored in recent years. This shows that the board mostly views sex and nudity as completely unacceptable for a Malaysian audience.”

    This means I’ll definitely be watching my sexy films with all that naught nudity at home. (Couldn’t they just have a rating “MU” (Muslim) where the women are wearing burqas and all drinking is replaced digitally with soda pop?)

    If you have $3($10 RM) to spend on a Wednesday, go catch a film. It’s cool that you can see Malaysian, Chinese and Indian films here (most have English subtitles)

    TO avoid censorship try to pick a rated G or PG one. Wait are the fish in “Finding Dory” naked?

    Cheap Movies in a Muslim Country2016-12-12T00:11:14+00:00

    3 reasons why you don’t want to retire in Asia

    Best countries to retire cheap? I’ve got a long list of what I think is “best”. Among that list is essentials like English speaking, and wants like a good gym nearby. I like adventure and exotic locations, but not everybody does (I’m talking to you Keith Borle). I got to thinking who else would hate it here in Asia? And what would they hate?

    THE HEAT

    It’s hot in Asia. Really hot, and really humid. There are rainy seasons but most of the time it’s 30 degrees plus. Sure you can live inside your air conditioned condo, but you have to go outside sometimes. If you hate being hot and sweat profusely you might hate it here. Be prepared for eternal summer!


    BUGS

    Everywhere I’ve gone there are these little bugs. There are all sorts of ants, spiders and insects around. They get in your cupboards, around your stuff and sometimes just make you go ugh. If you hate bugs, this place sucks. I’ve gotten all sorts of bug bites while lounging around the pool. It might not “bug” you (heh see what I did there?) if you’re only here on a 2 week vacation but retirement is a real long time.


    FOOD

    Depending on where in Asia you retire the food will vary. The constant though is that it’ll be Asian food. If you’re looking for a cheap country to retire in, but hate Asian food, this isn’t the spot. (And I mean REAL Asian food,not the kind you get in the food court like lemon chicken balls.)You can get western food, but it’ll generally be either expensive or bad. Beef is also something I miss here. You can get good beef, but again it’s super pricy. Even mediocre beef from Australia is expensive.


    I’m loving Asia, but if these things are important you might want to reconsider coming and retirement here.

    3 reasons why you don’t want to retire in Asia2016-12-12T00:11:17+00:00

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