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Malaysia Named Best Place for Australians to Retire 2018

September 14, 2017 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

Malaysia is the best retirement destination for Australians topping the 2018 Global Retirement Rankings just released by

These Rankings compare and contrast the world’s best retirement havens across 10 categories.

Malaysia scored strongly across the board performing well in the cost of living and healthcare categories and topping the categories visas & residence, healthy lifestyle, ease of fitting in and entertainment and amenities.

“We have more of a social life here than we ever did back home. Here everyone is always out and about, it’s easy to meet up with people,” says expat Cyndy Fenner-Smith who retired from Sydney to Penang with her husband Mick.

A high-rise apartment that looks and feels like high-end Sydney costs less than rent in Dubbo and everything from eating out to travelling around is a fraction of the cost of Australia.

Not only are people friendly and helpful but you can talk to them in English-a legacy of a time when Malaysia was part of the empire.

And the healthcare is so good-and affordable-it attracts over a million medical tourists a year. It’s no wonder almost 200,000 expats now call this modern, warm-weather nation home.

“I honestly can’t think of a retirement haven I’ve visited that offers you so much ease, convenience and comfort. And I definitely can’t think of another place that offers it at such a low price,” says IL Executive Editor, Eoin Bassett.

An in-depth explanation of Malaysia standing in the ranks of the IL Australia’s 2018 Global Retirement Rankings, the six other best retirement havens in the world, and information on how the rankings are compiled is available at: Best Places for Australians to Retire (

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