Top 9 Best Places to Retire Cheap in 2017

What’s the top 9 places to retire in $2017?

After sleeping in jungles, party hostels, haunted houses and in airplane terminals around the world, I’ve come up with TOP NINE list of where to retire cheap.

Here you go, in order:

#9 Cali, Colombia: Ranked ninth, Cali is a city in Colombia which I never want to go back to. While safer than Medellin, it’s also boring as hell. Seriously, unless you want to learn how to Salsa dance there is NO reason to go to this city. Give it a skip. It’s not a bad city. It’s just not good. It does have Uber though, which is a nice little bonus when you’re sick of fighting with local taxi bandits. Biggest con besides being boringest place in South America? They don’t speak English here. Great food though!

LINK TO Cali One Month Summary

#8 Cebu, Philipines: Beautiful forts, old architecture, mountains and beaches…..what’s not to love about Cebu? Also Cebu speaks English. They have great food, a mix of traditional and western can be found here no problems. The biggest problem with Cebu and why it only ranked #8 on this years list? Heat. It’s hottttttt, hot, hot here. Also spotty wifi, and roosters. Why are roosters a big con? They still have cock fighting here. So you are going to hear roosters all the time. One of the best things about Cebu though? The beaches, this will rank high for you if you love beaches!

Cebu Summary

#7 Bali, Indonesia: Beautiful beaches, and a very diverse culture. From Australian backpackers, to yoga pant wearing hippies reside here. I’ve been all around the world and this is one of the most diverse places I have found in the way of culture. The people of Bali, are also quite of mix. You’ll be able to get fresh fruit shakes for $1 CDN and big beers are $3. The biggest problem with Bali, is that it’s full of bugs. I don’t think I saw one traveller that was not covered in bug bites. I’d vacation here, but I don’t think I’d like to retire here. But I love the banana pancakes on the beach… good and definitely worth going for!

LINK: One Month Bali Review

#6 Quito, Ecuador: Quito is one of the cities you’ll visit in Ecuador. The reason you’ll visit is airports, and it’s close to the Amazon. Would I retire there? Yes, but it’s not as good as it’s sister city Cuenca. While Quito has several things going for it like Uber and more buses going to different parts of the country , it’s not quite perfect. Giant hills make walking around difficult, and while I’d recommend coming here, (It’s still in the top 10 in the world.) It’s neighbor Cuenca is just better for retirees. Another problem with Quito is that it doesn’t speak English like most of South America. Great healthcare in Ecuador though keeps Quito in the mix! Also as a bonus if you’re staying in Quito, go check out the Blue Door Housing…fantastic place to stay.

LINK: One month in Quito

#5 Chiang Mai, Thailand: Founded in 1296, this northern town in Thailand is a quiet place compared to Bangkok. The old town here is amazing, picturesque with temples and a feeling of peace. It doesn’t feel like a big tourist trap like Bangkok does. Saying that there are some reasons it’s ranked #5. No transit. The city has no good bus/transit/taxi. You’ll be taking Jeepneys everywhere.

LINK: Great things about retiring in Chiang Mai

#4 Bangkok, Thailand: The land of smiles, lives up to it’s name. I love the transit here, as long as your near the train line, you can get almost everywhere. And there are tons of cabs if you want them. Great medical, a hustler culture and fantastic food are some reasons I keep going back to Bangkok. Why isn’t it #1? It used to be my #1. But there are some reasons that it isn’t. Safety. It definitely isn’t the safest on my list. Heat is also something to consider. It’s 30 something here all the time. I do not miss having to take a shower every time I stepped outside. Still I love Bangkok, and will definitely be back. If only for the custom suits!


Link to Bangkok vs Medellin Side by Side Review

#3 Medellin, Colombia: Ranked #3 this is my #1 to place if I were just to judge it by it’s vibrancy and culture. I loved Medellin as soon as I stepped off the plane. The sounds, the sights (the women are beautiful) and the fact that everyone seems pretty darn nice is why I fell in love with Medellin. Medellin is somewhere you definitely want to visit at least once in your life. Saying that it only ranked #3 for a a few reasons. It’s lively culture also includes, drugs, thieves and assaults. Every person I knew had either been mugged, robbed or pickpocketed (or personally knew somebody who had been). I personally had somebody try to pickpocket me, and my roommate was robbed at knife point. The safety factor drops this amazing city in Colombia to #3.

LINK: Medellin is dangerous!

#2 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Ranked as my #1 most boring place in the world last year, I still love the city. It’s sleepy but there’s a lot going for it. If you love developed cities, with malls this is the place for you. The problem with it being a heavily Muslim country is that sin is expensive here. Beer, smokes and anything non Muslim is more expensive. A beer is $3 CDN in store. Which compared to the $1 in Thailand is kind of crazy. Why I love this boring place though, is that has a great Chinatown. The Chinatown balances out the bland genericness of the malls. I also love the transit. You can zip around anywhere by train, no problem. The signs are all in English, and everybody speaks it. Gym are a bit expensive, compared to other cities I’ve been to. One big bonus, no extreme poverty. Most of the cities in South East Asia, have rampant poverty and homeless people. Not in KL.

LINK: Retire in Kuala Lumpur

#1 Cuenca, Ecuador: Oh Cuenca, I love you. The beautiful architecture you would find in Quito, but not filled with giant hills. The safety of Kuala Lumpur but with more culture, and the best gyms I’ve found anywhere while traveling, are all big reasons why Cuenca.

Big beers are $1.25 CDN, food is $2.50 a meal, and there is a wide assortment of culture to be found here. Like my #2 city Kuala Lumpur, Cuenca isn’t the city you want to visit for a vacation. It’s a place you’ll want to go to retire. A strong expat community also makes the fact that most people don’t speak English here, a bit better.

The only thing about Cuenca that I’d love to see? It needs a better cab system. In Quito there was Cabify and Uber. Nothing exists like that in Cuenca. Maybe better plumbing too. Ecuador is a country where you have to throw used toilet paper in the garbage not the toilet.

LINK: One month in Cuenca

It’s been a big year for me in 2017 and I love this travel blogging, thank you so much for your support of it! If you have any questions about which countries to retire cheap the best way is to message me on facebook. Happy 2017 everybody!

And if you want more? Head to LINK: Best Countries to Retire Cheap


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3 great spots to sleep for free in klia 2 Kuala Lumpur 

If you’re traveling looking for a cheap place to retire you’re going to spend a lot of time in airports. This is my handy guide to give you the best place to sleep in Kuala Lumpur klia 2. Klia 2 aka the low cost carrier terminal is gigantic.
There are are many spots to hang out and sleep, but these are the 3 best. I’m honestly a little worried that if I share it with you my fans that I will miss out myself. (So keep it secret ok!) if somebody else to know swear them to a blood oath first.

These 3 great sleeping spots are all in the mid way area of klia 2 before you go into the gates area, but after first screening (Confused? Read my story about illogical stuff in klia 2)

To find these secret spots first head to the bottom level by the movie zone.

Spot 1 (my favourite) is tucked in the back behind a Starbucks and the smoking lounge. Even though it’s close to the smoking lounge there is no smoke smell.  It’s space for 1 so not great for couples is its downside. Why is so great? It’s very private, has very little activity around it and has its own wall charger. The charger is placed at mid thigh level so you can lie down and use your phone while charging. A little nook with its own floor charger and surrounded by 3 sides keeps you safe from having your stuff nicked when you sleep. If you pull your luggage trolley in after you, you make a very private sleeping hole. Hang up a sarong and you can make a fort!

Spot 2. Outside the washroom in that zone. At the very back of a massive room full of seats, there are chairs with no arm rests. Sleeps multiple people. Downside smells like nearby washrooms. Upside not on the floor.

Spot 3. A sleeping nook just outside washroom area but farther than those chairs so not as smelly. You can find it by looking for currency exchange place across from it. You can always lie down anywhere in an airport but this place is where to sleep.This one is designed for sleep. It also has a private charge outlet. Downside is it’s in heavy traffic area, so people are  constantly walking by. This spot is easily noticed so chances are it’ll be occupied as well.

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!)

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Cheapest food klia 2 in Kuala Lumpur

When you’re looking for the best place to retire cheap, you are going to be visiting a lot of airports. And that also means eating at a lot of airports.

Just like every other airport in the world klia 2 in Kuala Lumpur the food choices are a blend of overpriced chains, over priced fast food or over priced local restaurants. I don’t mind overpriced food, but what about that $5 a day food budget? On travel days it’s almost impossible to keep that budget. What’s a budget minded travel blogger to do?

I scoured all around the massive klia 2 terminal and found the cheapest food. Nope, it wasn’t McDonald’s, it was instant noodles!

Bowl of instant noodles can be found at WH Smith. WH Smith is located on the bottom floor by the movie lounge. You can get scalding hot water at water fountains in the nearby restroom area. $1 (36 myr) for dinner definitely helps keep that budget in line! 

I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Airports are money pits so eat 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!) 

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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

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. 


  • 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. 


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!) 

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Who has the best fried chicken in Kuala Lumpur?

All over Kuala Lumpur I’ve noticed 1 thing, it has amazing chicken. You can get delicious chicken everywhere and every style, BBQ, grilled, hainese, and most importantly fried. While looking for the best countries to retire cheap, I ate dozens of chickens. My goal in Kuala Lumpur was to find THE best fried chicken place. I found a chain chicken restaurant called Texas Chicken and its hands down the best. I don’t know how they do it, but Texas chicken here beats the nuggets off of KFC (Get the spicy chicken!)
As a Canadian who is visiting Kuala Lumpur, I can say that there isn’t a fried chicken place in all of Canada that is this good. The closest thing we have is the local family owned Korean fried chicken places (and their chicken is not spicy).
Also the prices in Kuala Lumpur are ridiculously low.
Usually I get the 3 piece chicken deal, and at less than $2 (8 rm)per piece this is where to get your chicken.
The 3 piece chicken is big enough that I can take home 2 pieces of chicken for lunch and dinner the next day. Pros:Amazing spicy fried chicken Fantastic value. The combo gives you a drink with unlimited refills as well as a biscuit which is drop dead good. It comes out covered in warm honey and butter. (I don’t know how I lost 15lbs travelling but I’d happily gain it all back in biscuits)
Cons Slow service. Seriously it should be much faster to get this. Their system is the person who gets your order, also has to put it together. Then that same person takes your money and gives you your change. Slowwwwww.
Also there seems to be a “No smiling” policy. Maybe this is a cultural thing. I have ordered chicken once a week. Nobody has ever smiled at me. Seriously smile. It’s free 🙂
Fries. I’ve had better.
Ketchup. Gross. Don’t use the ketchup it’s a low grade and awful ketchup. Would it kill you to use Heinz?
Bonus tip. The ice cream cones are also a ridiculously low price at  33 cents (1 rm. Seriously 1 rm? )
If you’re ever in Kuala Lumpur and only have time for 1 meal. This is it. I hope this article helped you with your quest of eating tasty food 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!) A LINK TO A FANTASTIC ARTICLE

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The Best New Bar in Kuala Lumpur?

Amongst the 30 degree heat in Kuala Lumpur I’ve found a new oasis of peace and tranquility. The Berlin KL was exactly what this tired blogger needed after a gruelling Chinatown trip. (Haggling is thirsty work!) Searching for the best countries to retire cheap isn’t easy, but great bars make it so so much simpler. The Berlin Kl is a little locals/backpacker bar tucked into the the Chinatown area. At first I was a little scared to go in. The entrance infused with a glowing red neon sign, looked more like the entrance to a seedy neo Nazi German sex club than a friendly neighborhood bar. 
Overcoming my trepidation, and being promised $6 (18rm) for a gourmet hot dog and a beer (from its flyer) I wandered into this subterranean space. (Seriously I just realized how easy it would be to kidnap me) I’m glad I did.

Not even officially open yet (they’re launching after Kuala Lumpur fashion week on Thursday), this is a gem of a space.Since it wasn’t officially open yet I got to chat with the owner, Natalie K. (A half German, half Malaysian woman with a great smile).
A 30 something lady she had worked  in radio for 10 years. With no bar experience but sick of the monotonous pace of life (which of you my loyal readers aren’t?) she’s trying to start a new bar amongst the new cocktail bar phenomenon in Kuala Lumpur. According to her, “You never know if you don’t try.” I love her philosophy and her attitude! You go Natalie!The Berlin KL is a gorgeous place with black and white photos, tons of sitting space and dedicated smoking/non smoking areas. (It’s actually one of the only bars I’ve seen in Kuala Lumpur like this.) Non smoking bar goers can avoid the ubiquitous smoke here. (It also has western style bathrooms for those of you who hate squat toilets.)
Since it wasn’t officially open yet, I was the only customer in the space at 7pm on a Friday. It was a great experience. I’ve been to a few bars (ok a lot of bars) and I can tell you this one is a winner. Close enough to the myriad of backpacker hostels, yet still catering to the locals, the Berliner KL is a bar in the right spot at the right time. Natalie told me “If you concentrate too much on backpackers you don’t get locals.” (Which makes sense sense since most backpackers are smelly hippies. Totally kidding only 46% of them are snoring dreadlocked gap year 19 year olds). I asked Natalie how hard it was to open a bar in Muslim dominated Kuala Lumpur. She told mePROS

  • Connections make it faster and better


  • Red tape and a lot of government to deal with
  • A lot of licenses, which aren’t the clearest
  • On paper as a foreigner (which she is), it’s fairly simple they don’t discriminate, nothing too painful
  • Alcohol license in a Muslim country? You’ll wait a while and you can’t be Muslim.
  • You’ll have to get a music license and separate entertainment license if you have DJ
  • Liquor licenses are not approved quickly. You can sell beer, but not liquor without this license.

She also told me that there  are people who will offer liquor licenses for faster under the table, but “we are super legit and trying to keep it super legit”Even though they aren’t officially open they have a local crowd Friday/Saturday. (If you can’t get in ask for Natalie and tell her you’re a fan of this blog).And again I love promos, (as you all know) here’s what they have running

  • 5 beers for $17 (55 rm)
  • Cocktails buy one get one $7 (28 rm)
  • Beer or milkshake and a hotdog for $6 (18 rm)

One comment (Although their hot dog was less meaty than a vegetarian yoga teacher, I still heartily recommend the Berlin KL) If you’re in the Chinatown area you should 100 % check it out.My bill was $17 (55 rm)for the hot dog and a whole bunch of beers. (Seriously one day I’m going to get some free beers from blogging!) The Berlin KL is on Facebook and Instagram so give them a visit there.I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to grab a beer 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!)Also if you want a checklist for retirement in Asia go here LINK TO CHECKLIST

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Why Chinatown is the 1 place you must see in Kuala Lumpur 

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

Why Chinatown is the 1 place you must see in Kuala Lumpur 2018-07-09T11:44:09+00:00

The Biggest buffet in Malaysia vs Samson the food machine…

I love showing you, my faithful readers what you can get for $20 (60rm) in foreign countries.  I titled this blog best countries to retire cheap, not best countries to be poor for a reason. My mission of retirement on $1000 (3000 rm) is about not just finding a shack and trying to live as cheap as possible, but about living a great life for $1000 (3000 rm) a month. Today it’s all about buffets.
In the past I’ve written about buffets in other countries, so today lets visit Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia! I found the biggest buffet in Malaysia (according to their website) and promptly headed out to try it. Jogoya is $40 (122 rm) for dinner, but had a lunch promotion of $20 (59 rm) if you went before 4pm.

I headed down to try it out and can say that while it’s all you can eat, it’s not all you want to eat. It’s an “upscale” buffet (in the Starhill building with Cartier, Lv and other luxury brands) but has only mediocre food.

I love buffets but can only give this one a 5/10 review. Jogoya is physically large, but that is more of an ode to building size than selection. I’ve never seen a buffet laid out this way. Instead of one area where people eat and a food area, Jogoya scatters buffet islands all around the seating areas. This creates less of a congested line, but it makes it difficult to actually find what you want to eat and then head back to your table. The coffee for example is a 5 minute walk through a twisty labyrinthine from the sashimi area.

I got lost several times trying to find my table, allowing my hot food to grow colder. I say hot food generously, most of their hot food was heat lamped for far too long. This made anything hot, a mildly warm experience at best. The tempura shrimp were colder than a lesbian at a cowboy bar.

I gave Jogoya a 5/10, but it wasn’t awful. They had a great sashimi area with palm sized prawn. These were delicious. I got my money’s worth in just sashimi. Unfortunately the variety of food available to the general public wasn’t that diverse. If you like shrimp (which I love) there were baked shrimp, shrimp with pasta, raw shrimp, Shabu shrimp, and tempura shrimp. Oh and shrimp soup (you get the idea right Forrest?). Their philosophy at Jogoya seems to be mass quantities of minimum ingredients. They didn’t have much in the way of variety. I’ve never seen a luxury buffet without a carving station! I wasn’t expecting pork loin because it’s a Muslim country, but where’s the beef? Great shrimp and salmon selection but missing out on those other buffet must haves.

I mentioned that I was disappointed as a member of the general public because they also have a VIP membership which costs $500 (1500 rm). This gives you $423 (1200 rm) worth of gift cards,chopsticks, a free meal and bottles of wine. This also allow you to eat certain VIP dishes 1 time. The crazy thing about the VIP dishes were that they didn’t seem that impressive. They were mainly lobster or crab based. I’ve had the same dishes as a “normal” person in other buffets at this price point. And remember as a $500 (1500 rm) VIP you only get 1 of the item, not an all you can eat amount. I’m also going to say as a member of the general public it was annoying to be at a buffet and reminded about all these items you couldn’t eat. They didn’t have that much but still it’s annoying. Who sets up a buffet, and then says “You can’t eat these things, you jerks!” (Jogoya does apparently. ) I think that if are going to have a few limited item dishes they should have just had a separate VIP menu you could order off of instead of just scattering them around the buffet with “VIP ONLY” signs. I’m fine with  a la carte dishes at buffets, the execution is poorly done at Jogoya.

Jogoya also had a massive service problem. While I was there, my used plates were only cleared a few times. That’s not bad normally, but I was there for 2 hours (their maximum stay length). It wasn’t just me, tables all around me had more empty dishes than a busboy bin in a bad Chinese restaurant.

I also found issue with the fact that I had to ask several times to get chopsticks and a glass. “Why would I need a glass” you ask? Good question. In their alcoholic selection they had several versions of mohitos and red/white wine, but you had to use your own glass from the table. That’s right, 1 glass. They had several signs saying this. It’s definitely not my experience that you should be using the same glass for all your drinks. Maybe that’s might they didn’t clear the tables? Perhaps they weren’t expecting people using more than 1 plate?

It wasn’t all bad. They had a tremendously useful idea where you can drop clips with your table number into order bowls, and they’ll make it fresh for you. When the fresh dish is made they bring it to your table along with your reusable clips. (So you can have as many fish heads as you like.)

Jogoya also had a good dessert selection with both Haagen Daz and New Zealand all natural ice cream. Cookies, and other buffet staples were there too. I loved their selection of jellies. The honey jasmine was delicious!

All in all I was happy even though I only gave it a 5/10 (the lowest I’ve ever scored a luxury buffet) mainly because of the $20 (60 rm) lunch price, but highly recommend that they step up their game if they expect people to pay the normal $40 (120 rm).

I love buffets and I’m glad I got to check out the biggest one in Malaysia. 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!)

The Biggest buffet in Malaysia vs Samson the food machine…2018-06-18T08:44:02+00:00

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

Alright 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


    • 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

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