4 Of The Most Blissful Places To Live And Work In Malaysia

Living and working in an environment that's serene and stress-free isn't as unbelievable as you might think! Why not check out Langkawi, Batu Ferringhi, Danga Bay, and Tambun for a little slice of heaven on earth?
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2020 was by far one of the hardest years in recent history. From COVID-19-induced global lockdowns, to the Australian bushfire, and a host of other tragic events, many looked to 2021 with hopes for a better year.

Even with the rollout of the vaccine in stages, the amount of time we have spent locked indoors has shifted our perspective on what it means to live an ideal and blissful life.

 

Trading The City For Tranquillity

The allure of the city and its bright lights, coupled with the promise of huge economic opportunity, has been seen as the gold standard to aspire towards.

However, many have come to realise during the lockdowns that living in a densely populated city is not as ideal as they had once dreamed of. It is, in fact, merely an expensive postcode.

When it comes to the quality of life we want for ourselves, the city is slowly losing its appeal, especially for those who crave a good work-life balance.

More Malaysians are finding that they are now willing to trade their Starbucks and shopping mall routines, for peace and relaxation amid bigger living spaces filled with greenery, preferably located outside the city's hectic pace!

 

Digital Nomads On The Rise

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With more industries and companies warming to the idea of remote working, no longer are we bound to living near our offices, or being weighed down by traffic jams with daily commutes to work.

We can thank the internet gods (and maybe... the virus, in a way!) for accelerating our ability to work remotely. Now, there's the flexibility to choose where we want to live, opening up a host of possibilities for those seeking bliss and tranquillity.

 

Well... Is Malaysia The Best Place To Live In The World?

Some will argue that Malaysia is the best place to live in the world with our beautifully delicious food, gorgeous scenic views, and rich biodiversity.

Well, we have to agree with them! Our climate, culture, and cuisine also play a huge part in making Malaysia feel like heaven on earth.

Imagine working and playing in the comfort of your beachside home, or relishing in the greenery of mountain ranges just outside your window. Yes, Malaysia has a lot of charm to offer those who care to seek it out.

Now, if you're already wondering where some of the best places in Malaysia to live might be, then this is where you can really consider calling home:

1) Langkawi, Kedah

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Ask anyone to name the best island in Malaysia, and Langkawi would almost certainly be one of them. This duty-free island is popular among locals and tourists alike, because of its laid-back charm, beautiful beaches, and hiking trails.

With some 10 named beaches on the island, finding the best beach in Langkawi for the digital nomad to work and live is a breeze.

Thanks to the views of the straits of Malacca opening out into the Andaman Sea, you’ll easily draw creative inspiration from the serene beauty around you, before indulging in some much-needed rest and relaxation.

2) Batu Ferringhi, Penang

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Penang is touted as the food capital of Malaysia, and it's not hard to see why. Back when travelling was allowed, it was normal for food fanatics to drive from other states (or Singapore!) to Penang for the weekend, just to indulge in some food.

Batu Ferringhi is mostly made out of a long stretch of soft, white sandy beach, and you can expect beautiful sunrises/sunsets with amazing views.

It's the ideal location for someone looking to test the waters as they transition from city life to a more toned-down way of living

Here, you will find a blend of the hustle and bustle of a city, with hidden spots to escape to that offer peace and quiet.

3) Danga Bay, Johor Bahru

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Overlooking the straits of Johor and into Singapore, this location not only offers gorgeous sunset views and a mini beach, but you can also catch the Singapore Air Force in action every once in a while.

Bird watchers will love this place too as it overlooks Singapore’s Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, which hosts hundreds of resident and migratory birds.

With its relatively slow pace, immense food options, and sizeable expat community, you’ll be relaxing with good food and company in no time.

The lack of nightlife is also a blessing in disguise, giving people the opportunity to connect on a deeper level in more comfortable settings.

4) Tambun, Perak

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Young families (perhaps even the singles!) aiming for quality time surrounded by the beauty of nature will relish the prospect of living in Tambun.

Being surrounded by limestone hills with cool crisp air and birds chirping, you’ll be forgiven for thinking every day is a holiday!

History buffs will also be able to get their fix by visiting the Ipoh Railway Station, Birch Memorial Clock Tower, Ipoh High Court, and The Han Chin Pet Soo Tin Mining Museum.

This unassuming town is slowly gaining popularity among millennials with the opening of chic hipster cafes, cheap and yummy food, as well as properties that are more affordable – time to consider a home here too, anyone?

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For many, the lockdowns gave us time to consider how we used to live pre-pandemic, to how we want to live post-pandemic.

We might have even started conversations among family members and friends about the pros and cons of our current living arrangements, and whether we should move out!

So if you’re considering a change in pace from the usual hustle and bustle of the city, it might be a good idea to broaden your search and take the path less travelled. It might make all the difference.

 

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