Ipoh is considered as one of the best places to retire in a recent report by leading American news magazine, U.S. News and World Report. It is ranked third behind Nha Trang, Vietnam and Chiang Rai, Thailand.
In an article published on April 16, Ipoh is said to be an increasingly popular retirement haven among Malaysians, which claims its fresh air, clean water and relaxing lifestyle not only improve the quality of life but also promote longevity. Foreign retirees are beginning to take note.
Ipoh is reported to have the feel of a small town despite a population of over half a million people. Retirees can expect a first-world healthcare service with a modern infrastructure and a city centre devoid of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings. The friendly nature of its people coupled with a high percentage of English speakers make it easy for foreigners to assimilate.
The writer, Kathleen Peddicord, who has had more than 28 years’ experience covering this beat under her belt, said that retirees can sustain a comfortable lifestyle in Ipoh with a monthly budget of USD897 (RM2,960). Lenient immigration policies also make Malaysia an easy country to live full or part time.
City Councillor, Hang Tuah bin Din during the Council’s Full Board Meeting recently cited the article as an achievement for the city. Ipohites, he said, should be proud of this acknowledgement and hope the city would grow in its own unique way.
Other cities listed in the report are Dumaguete in the Philippines, Loja, Cayo and Granada in the Americas and Tralee and Carcassonne in Europe.