Night Skyline of George Town

Night Skyline of George Town

With sunny weather, affordability, English-speaking locals, and the Malaysia My Second Home residency programme, George Town, Malaysia is ranked the third best place to retire by Live and Invest Overseas in its 2014 Retire Overseas Index.

Named after Britain’s King George III, George Town is the capital of the state of Penang and was listed by UNESCO in 2008 as a World Heritage Site for its colonial charm. With a population of around 740,000, it is small enough that it’s easy to make friends and meet people, yet big enough for health care that meets international standards and easy availability to goods and services.

Moreover, this is a paradise for food lovers and, all things considered, one of the most livable cities in Southeast Asia.

Aside from this, Portugal’s Algarve was named as the best place to retire followed by the colonial city of Cuenca in Ecuador. Chiang Mai in Thailand and Dumaguete in Philippines took the fourth and fifth spot respectively.

Obtaining back to back Thailand holiday visa will not be easy.

The days of freewheeling foreigners staying in Thailand without proper visas are over. Those without proper long-stay visas have for some time been able to take advantage of the border run system, exiting the country at an official border point and re-entering the same day. This would usually give them another 15 or 30 days in the country, depending on their nationality.

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By Dennis Chong (AFP)

Hong Kong  - At a glitzy show stall for a new residential development in Hong Kong, property agents with loudspeakers are promoting the latest trend in the overcrowded city — high-end “micro-flats” which still come with an eye-watering price tag.

Hong Kong Skyline

Growth-hungry investors have sent Hong Kong property prices skyward in the last few years [Photo: Wikimedia]

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