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North KL

(Batu)

Batu is located in the North of Kuala Lumpur, situated approximately 12 km from the city center. It is categorized as a developing residential neighborhood. Many new developments can now be found within this area such as medium-cost condominiums, and gated and guarded communities.

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West KL

(West KL comprises Kepong and Segambut)

Kepong is a large town located about 14 KM from the city center of Kuala Lumpur. Characterized by the plenty of old shops, streets, and surroundings; Kepong evokes nostalgia among the older generations. This township is suitable for families and individuals who enjoy a healthy lifestyle as Kepong is also known for its green spaces.​

Attraction: FRIM Kepong (Forest Research Institute Malaysia)​

What do our employees say about Kepong?​

"It's a beautiful place and all facilities and services are nearby."

Segambut is a wealthy neighborhood that is comprised of 3 main areas: Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas, and Damansara Heights. The neighborhood is mostly populated by expats and upper-income families; and includes some of the most popular international schools (GIS & MKIS) in Kula Lumpur.​

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East KL

(Wangsa Maju)

Wangsa Maju is a neighborhood with a famous campus (UTAR) at Setapak and ranges from student housing to several high-end residential accommodations.

Setiawangsa offers 2 main neighborhoods position high up on the hills: Puncak Setiawangsa and Bukit Setiawangsa. Bukit Setiawangsa is often dubbed as the ‘Hollywood Hills’ of Kuala Lumpur.

Titiwangsa is another neighborhood which is accessible via LRT and monorail. It is comprised mainly of high-rise condominiums. This township is famous for Lake Gardens, which is a favorite for couples performing their wedding photo shoots.

What our employees say about Titiwangsa?

"Convenient place to live in.you can access to MRT and a shopping mall easily"

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Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang is considered the heart and hub of Kuala Lumpur. It's one of the top commercial and entertainment districts in KL, with vibrant energy pulsing through its streets during the day and night. Dotted with a wide range of malls, restaurants, bars, hotels, and backpacker hostels on every street, Bukit Bintang is also the most accessible neighborhood by public transportation such as LRT, MRT, Monorail, KTM, and bus.

Highly recommended attractions: KLCC, Petronas Twin Tower, Chinatown (Petaling Street)

One of our KL main offices "The Exchange 106" is located in this area!

What're our employees say about this neighborhood?

"There are a lot of shops, restaurants and malls. I have all I need and the neighborhood is alive and vibrant."

"Clean, many expats, many friends, convenient from center of the city."

"I like being surrounded by cheap local food stands, so Bukit Bintang or Kampong Bharu is probably the place I would like!"

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Lembah Pantai

Lembah Pantai is made up of 3 main popular areas: Bangsar, Midvalley, KL Eco City. It is located on the edge of the city center and has become one of the favorites of expats who relocate to Malaysia. This neighborhood is equipped with many high-end boutiques and malls. Bangsar serves as the main residential area while KL Eco City and Mid Valley City serve as the main area for commercial offices, retail outlets, and residential towers. Even one of our Agoda offices (Menara Southpoint) is located here just besides Malaysia’s largest shopping mall, Mid Valley Megamall.

What our employees say about this neighbourbood?

"Close to the city center but quiet neighborhood."

"There are a lot of cafes, walking distance to the LRT."

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Seputeh

Seputeh is one of the most preferable neighborhoods which covers some well-known areas such as Bukit Jalil, Kuchai Lama, and Sri Petaling. It is pretty accessible and convenient to get to via public transportation. Besides that, it is pretty near to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (around 40 minutes drive).

Attractions: National Stadium Bukit Jalil, Pavillion Bukit Jalil

What our employees say about this neighbourbood?

"Accessibility to nearby amenities; Safety of location when walking; Diverse demographic and private."

"Not so busy, can find local food but easy to access shopping mall too."

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South KL

Bandar Tun Razak is located in the South of Kuala Lumpur. In the past, it was a settlement for retired Malaysian army personnel who served in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1960s. This up-and-coming neighborhood also has Kuala Lumpur's main bus terminal (Bandar Tasik Selatan).

What our employees say about this neighbourbood?

"There are a lot of interesting and diverse Masjid and restaurants and shops just a couple of minutes walking distance from my place, super convenient!"

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Cheras

Cheras is one of the oldest residential areas in Kuala Lumpur, with a distance of about 6 km from the city center, and is considered Kuala Lumpur China Town. Thus, this neighborhood is also famous for its many 'tai chow' ( stir-fried Chinese dishes) and one of the largest night markets "Taman Connaught Pasar Malam".

What our employees say about this neighborhood?

"Convenient for public transport (walking distance to MRT) & near the workplace. There are many malls and supermarkets nearby within 1-3 train stations. Easy access to the city center."

"Even though it takes 10km to go to KL, it only takes less than 30 mins to get there. cheap condo, greenery view."

"It's close to the city center and has a lot of food stalls, supermarkets, convenient stores everywhere, everything comes in handy."

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Types of Accommodation

Apartment / Flat

Similar to condominiums, apartments are usually furnished single or two-bedroom units without special hotel-like services. Some may have their own facilities, such as fitness center, sauna, and swimming pool. The difference is that the entire building usually owned by a single owner where they would charge utility bills at a different rate (usually higher).

Average room size: 800-900 square feet (assume a 2-bedroom unit)

Serviced Apartment

“A fully furnished apartment available for either short term stay, long term stay, or both. Hotel-like amenities are offered, including room service and regular cleaning, It allows you to enjoy full privacy, space, and convenience in roaming around, serving as one of the more popular options for expatriates residing in business districts. Rental fees are often higher compared to regular apartments.

Average room size:
800-900 square feet (assume a 2-bedroom unit)

Keep in mind:
As it is parked on commercial land, the utility fee will be higher as well as the monthly maintenance fees.”

Landed Housing

A regular house in Malaysia is often two stories high and located in suburban areas, such as the outer skirts of Kuala Lumpur. In inner Kuala Lumpur areas, townhouses with adjacent walls with neighbors tend to be more popular due to their space-saving and cost-saving feature. With more space, houses are family-friendly, often closer to leafy areas, and may incur greater rental fees.

Average room size:
1500 sq ft (assume a 2-bedroom unit)

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Higher in budget

Condominium

Usually furnished single or two-bedroom units. Usually will include a combination of fitness center, sauna, and swimming pool.

Average room size: 750-1000 sq ft (assume a 2-bedroom unit)

Studio

A “self-contained” unit where the bedroom, living area, and kitchen are combined into a single space. Generally, there is no wall to divide the different areas except for the bathroom.

Average room size: 500 square feet or less

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Limited space

Cost of Living Comparison

Housing rent price
1 bedroom in city center

(1USD ~ 4.17MYR)

$0

$500

$1000

$1500

$2000

$2500

$417.00

KL

$680.69

Bangkok

$1,430.00

Dubai

$2,134.02

Singapore

$1,266.00

Tokyo

Utilities:

Water & Electricity for 85sqm apartment

Internet (60mbps)

(1USD ~ 4.17MYR)

$0

$40

$80

$120

$160

$200

$50.00

$27.33

KL

$100.53

$22.19

Bangkok

$197.82

$97.00

Dubai

$113.85

$33.41

Singapore

$195.75

$38.83

Tokyo

Transport:

Public transport

Taxi (Start price)

(1USD ~ 4.17MYR)

$0

$1

$2

$3

$4

$0.6

$1.2

KL

$1.23

$1.13

Bankok

$1.36

$3.27

Dubai

$1.33

$2.74

Singapore

$1.82

$4.00

Tokyo

Food:

Mid-range meal for 2 people

Inexpensive meal for 1 person

(1USD ~ 4.17MYR)

$0

$10

$20

$30

$40

$50

$60

$70

$16.78

$2.87

KL

$30.65

$2.10

Bangkok

$68.11

$10.8

Dubai

$51.87

$11.11

Singapore

$52.00

$8.69

Tokyo

What voltage and plug shape are used in Kuala Lumpur?

220-240AC, 50 Hertz
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