Guide: Kuala Lumpur

No, good weather alone is not going to cut it. You’re after something more – something different so that when you wake up in the morning, you can’t wait to open your door to your new world. Home to a plethora of ethnic groups, including Malays, Chinese, Indian and a steady number of professional expats enjoying life in one of Asia’s most prolific cities, Kuala Lumpur could be just what you’re looking for. With at least six languages spoken in this cultural melting pot, it’s no wonder you can feel instantly welcomed here, despite the fact that visually, it is about as far from “home” as you can imagine. Having said that, it is a former British colony and there is a western familiarity here that perhaps comes from the English language road signs or the cricket ground in the colonial, Merdeka Square. Whatever it is, it’s incredibly seductive.

Working in this capital city is great in terms of Internet connection but you’ll need air conditioning as the humidity can have an adverse affect on productivity. Banking, commerce, fashion, design and a radically different day-to-day existence – it’s all here waiting to be explored. On your days off, you can access the rest of the country with ease, opting for the crisper climes of the Cameron Highlands or the golden beaches of Malacca. You’ll be well fed with a varied cuisine too, offering everything from delicately scented Arabic dishes to pungent curries that will forever linger in your memory bank.

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Co-working spaces:The Nest

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PAPER + TOAST
*Cost of living$720
*Internet:10MB
Drive time to international airport:0:45
*Cost of a meal: $1.46
*Cost of a beer:$0.73
Average temperature:80.6°F, 27°C
Education:The International School of Kuala Lumpur

*Information obtained from nomadlist.com