When considering a move to a new city, there is nothing more useful than hearing real-life stories and experiences from other expats who have lived there. We'd love to hear about your expat experiences. Please contact us if you live or have lived in Malaysia and would like to share your story.

Emily is an American expat who moved to Malaysia after living in South Korea for over five years. Her husband teaches at an international school in the city and Emily stays home raising their young daughter. Read all about the family's expat life in Malaysia.


Marvin Mooi is an engineer in the oil and gas industry. As a result of his work for Shell International, he and his wife have spent many years travelling around the world experiencing its myriad cultures. Now they have returned home to Malaysia, a place every bit as vibrant and multicultural as they could ask for. Read more about Marvin's life in Malaysia.

Marvin Mooi

Virginia is a British expat who moved to Malaysia in October 2016 due to her husband’s job in the extractive industry. Having previously lived in Brisbane, Australia, Virginia is a seasoned expat and shares some great insights about expat life in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Read more about her expat life in Malaysia.

Virginia - A British expat living in Malaysia

Nicola is a British expat who moved out to the small Malaysian city of Johor in 2014 when her husband took up a job at one of the town's university campuses. Her family has also lived in Singapore and Saudi Arabia, but she says the biggest plus of living in Malaysia is the opportunity to immerse yourself in a truly multicultural society. Read about her expat experiences in Malaysia.

Michael Kinkoph is an American expat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He's there on a short-term contract and transferred to Malaysia with his American employer. Michael tells us about the city's food scene and grabbing any opportunity to travel with both hands. Read more about his expat life in Malaysia.

Michael Kinkoph is an American Expat living in Malaysia

Anna is an Australian expat living in Malaysia. Having lived in a number of countries around the world due to the nature of her husband’s work (he’s a British diplomat), Anna relocated to Kuala Lumpur with her husband and young son in 2012. They have since welcomed a little girl to their family, and are enjoying all that this Southeast Asian country has to offer. Read more about her expat life in Malaysia.

Interview with Anna - An Australian expat living in Malaysia

Kimbra is an American expat who moved to Kuala Lumpur with her husband when he was relocated for his job. Kimbra loves the diversity of the people, cultures and religions in Malaysia and the many different opportunities for shopping and travel. Read more about her expat experience in Kuala Lumpur.

Kimbra - An American expat living in Malaysia

Michele Chan-Thomson is an American expat living in Malaysia. She moved from Austin, Texas, to the island of Penang with her husband and three children when he was transferred within his company. Michele has embraced her expat experience with a positive attitude and has enjoyed exploring her new city and the good quality of life that it has to offer her and her family. Read more about her expat experience in Malaysia.

Michel Chan-Thomson - An American expat living in Malaysia

Lakshmipriya Somasundaram was an HR professional in a former life, although nowdays she is a multitasking mom to two little girls, skilled business writer, flawless hostess, professional voice talent, occasional culinary coach and incurable decor addict. Read about her experiences of expat life in Malaysia.

Katrina, a Scottish expat living in Malaysia, pays the bills by advising foreigners on the finer points of life in Malaysia. As the online editor for ExpatKL.com, she's perfectly prepared to share the insight she's gleaned from her expat experience in Malaysia.

Ann Kaufman is an American expat living in Kuala Lumpur. This self-proclaimed 'International Lady of Leisure' moved to Malaysia with her husband, and has been blessed with the arrival of a baby boy since their relocation. Read about her experiences of expat life in Malaysia.

US Expat in Malaysia

Johanna Leahy is a freelance writer on the cusp of completing her first novel. She is from Ireland but has lived a peripatetic life abroad since 1993, most recently settling in Malaysia. She is married to a Dane and is a mother to three children. Read about her insightful experience of life as an expat in Kuala Lumpur.

Bill and Randee Duncan, a Canadian couple living in Malaysia, turned a tiny stint abroad into over two decades of living and learning. Randee wrangles in fellow expats as the Membership Director for the Canadian Association of Malaysia (CAM) while Bill puts in his time at a major oil and gas company. Read what they have to say about expat life in Malaysia.

Canadians in Malaysia