Living in Malaysia for a year...

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1. Posted by JodieLee (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey there! :)

I'm new to this community and was wondering if there is anyone travelling to Sarawak between September this year and June/July next year...
I'm going to be working in Sarawak General Hospital during this time... So I'll be staying in Kuching. Does anyone have any tips for places to stay (especially apartments and shared houses) on a long term basis, or even places to see, where to eat and people to meet with?
Any help would be fantastic, as this is my first time in another country on my own - I'm getting a bit nervous! But I know it's gonna be cool :D

Thanks for any help, it's much appreciated!!


2. Posted by janeyee (Full Member 38 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jodie,

A very warm welcome to Malaysia.
I am from Penang, the other side of Malaysia and have not been to Kuching, therefore can't give you any tips.. but you do not need to worry because Malaysians are warm and helpful people. If you reach out to them, you'll have lots of wonderful time!

Enjoy your stay!! ;)


3. Posted by SpaceCadet (Full Member 71 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jodie,

SGH is located about 10 mins drive from the center. Around the area, there are plenty of housing estates and apartments to stay. I am sorry I do not know anyone who happens to be renting out a place in the vicinity. Nevertheless, I will keep that in mind and will let you know if anything came up.

I am sorry I do not have a good website advertising them either. Kuching is so small that grapevine does the job for most of the time.

Areas to consider:
a. Green Road area ( Poh Kwong Park, Sky Garden )
b. Rock Road area
c. Housing area opposite Saberkas (a shopping complex) BEST CHOICE!
Sorry, I can't recall the name.
d. Batu Lintang area

Basically, you can stay anyway in the town, as SGH will still remain the center point. Are you planning to get a transport? Bike is sufficient, bicycle is even better, cost saving and environment friendly although we hardly see them on the road. Car is good for traveling further away ... to drive and to get lost, making the journey all the more interesting.

The local newspapers have a lot of advertisement on house for let in the classified but only in their printed version.
The online site is : . Try writing to them, they might just help you out. Another newspaper is Borneo Post. Check that one out too.

Feel free to write to me if you need more details.

It is interesting how you can end up working in a tiny place like Kuching. Nevertheless, Jane is right. As long as you're ready to open up, the locals are more than ready to treat you as one of their own. It works that way in every part of this world, no?

I was borned and bred in Kuching. At present, I am studying in West M’sia. Kuching is where my heart is, still. It’s such a lovely place. It might get a bit slow and boring at times though, this is when you get out of town and explore Sarawak. Be it a visit to the national park (plenty to choose from) , discovering the amazing Mulu or Niah caves, to the longhouses in the interiors or travel distance into the rainforest and come face to face with the indigenous tribes (ie: the headhunters). Please do not fret, they have outgrown that practice, at last check


4. Posted by JodieLee (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Awww... :) Thanks for all the pointers!
Janeyee - A friend has already been to Kuching and has told me that I'm going to the most fastastic, friendly place So in that respect, I can't wait!

Spacecadet - Thanks for all the ideas for places to stay, I'm surprised that there is no website offering apartments (cheap ones) also... One of the big apartment complexes is offering studios/1 bedroom apartments for RM3500, that's over £640 per month! :( There's no way I can afford that... I'm going to be living there for the year with about £3000 or RM16200, do you think that'll be okay?
I won't be getting paid at the hospital as it's part of a Uni course here in England.
I was thinking about buying a bicycle (I cycle loads over here already!) although I might wait until I'm acclimatised first!
I'll be working 9:00 until 4:00 Mon-Sat, but hopefully I'll be able to get time off so that I can soak up some of the local area Either that or I'll have to run away for a bit...

You've both been really helpful, thanks again! Oh, and good luck with the studying!

:) Jodie :)

5. Posted by SpaceCadet (Full Member 71 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jodie,

You should only pay about RM 200 - 450 ( 30£ - 64£) for a decent room in Kuching. Anything above that is a ripoff. Note that, that's the rental price for a month. So hon, with the money that you have, you can be sure that you'll be living in comfort zone for the whole year!

Exchange rate is almost 7.0 now !! Arrrghhhhhh

Cycling is safe since it's a slow pace town and everyone drives really slow. The only drawback that I can think of is the weather. It's really hot and humid all year round. By the time you get to the hosp., you'll be drenched in sweat.

Start packing up for a wonderful year ahead!