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Old 22-06-2007, 08:56   #1
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Just got back from a 3 week break in Malaysia doing a bit of recon as to whether or not we'd like to base ourselves loosely around the Langkawi/Penang area.

We got back in late last night, and my distast for the Australian Custom's department was re-enforced yet again, but hey,.......... Malaysia was fantastic.

Penang and Langkawi were great, and Caro has given us the green light to base ourselves up that neck of the wood's with the boat.

Penang was wonderful , the people friendly and everything was so cheap.

Langkawi was quiet, beautiful and even cheaper.

KL was busy, a madhouse and the touter's annoyed the hell out of us.

Found it hard to believe that we could rent a near new car for $15/dayAUD with no extra charges, buy fuel for .65c/l AUD, drink cold Tiger beer for .59c AUD a can and eat a 2 course meal for as little as .68c AUD at the markets and some restaurant's/cafe's we went to at Langkawi.

Caro got 2 new set's of glasses and new lenses in her old frames for $109 AUD total including the test and much better service and result than she got with her $300 set in Oz. She was getting massages for $8 Aud for 30 min's. We were being driven in leather upolstery and timber trim Limo's in Penang for $11 AUD per hour.

And the best bit for us are all these near empty marina's and bugger all boat's on the water, so we nearly get the place to ourselves.

It was Glassy calm the whole time we were there, so perfect for the powercat.

Yippee

Can't wait to get there for real,

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But be careful! Paradise can be hell at times.
Yep, I imagine anywhere can be hell at time's, the advantage here would be it's not far to run away if thing's go a bit pear shaped, though I don't see why it would.

They have a pretty good incentive scheme for expat's that we have been looking into, including being able to purchase property without attracting Capital Gain's Tax.

Staying in Penang - Malaysia My Second Home

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The property is increadibly cheap compared to Oz, so a few renter's could be had to suppliment the cruising income with tax free dollars, and even though i'd reckon we could just afford to retire in Oz now at 43,and live reasonably well, I know I can retire now in Malaysia and live much better than I ever could afford to in Australia, and with a lot less hassles from the "Man".


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