A culturally rich and diverse country, Malaysia is politically stable and safe. Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) is the national language but English is very widely spoken. There are excellent communications both within the country and with other parts of Asia and Australia. For those who enjoy travelling, Malaysia is an excellent hub with relatively low-cost airfares (particularly by Air Asia) to all parts of South East Asia and beyond. Within the country, the National Parks provide the world’s oldest surviving tropical rain forests whilst the coast and off-shore islands provide excellent beaches and some spectacular diving locations.

Kuala Lumpur – A Modern Metropolis 

Kuala Lumpur itself is a very modern city with international standard facilities. The city centre is some thirty minutes drive from the school in Setia Eco Park, Shah Alam. There are excellent shopping facilities varying from the many large shopping malls with international retailers such as IKEA, Marks & Spencer, H&M and Tesco, to local morning and night markets where fresh produce can be bought very cheaply. The cost of living is generally much lower than that of Europe. 

Setia Eco Park is renowned for its scenic landscape, a fantastic environment for one to appreciate nature. Some 25% of the land area has been allocated for the creation of waterways, lakes, creeks, landscape themed parks, lush walkways, and forest park. The school is located in a prime location within this residential estate. 

Websites that could be of interest:

Tourism Malaysia

Expat Go Malaysia

Ipoh – The City Surrounded by Hills

One of the safest cities in Malaysia, these days Ipoh is perhaps best known for its excellent and affordable food. Ipoh developed into one of Malaysia’s main cities due to the booming tin mining industry around the turn of the 19th century.

Ipoh is the most centrally-located city in Malaysia. It takes less than two hours for one to travel to Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Pangkor Island, Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands. The city is surrounded by some of the most impressive limestone hills in South-East Asia.

Known for its rich heritage, with a population of 650,000 people spread over some 650 square kilometres, Ipoh does not have many high rise buildings, with housing development mainly in the suburbs. The population density is therefore low and traffic jams are almost non-existent. Ipoh provides a relaxed and peaceful style of life, relatively free of pollution and the usual stress of city life. However it also provides the essentials of contemporary living with modern shopping malls, good sports facilities and restaurants.

Websites that could be of interest: 

Perak Tourism

ipohWorld (Heritage of Ipoh)

Ipoh Echo (Ipoh’s Community Newspaper)

Penang – Pearl of the Orient

Penang is an island off the north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Penang is best known for its beautiful beaches and its rich multicultural history which is full of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences.

Penang is also well-known for being the "food paradise" of Malaysia.  Penang hosts the second largest expatriate community in Malaysia, attracting residents with its slower pace of life and beachside lifestyle. With a considerable number of multinational corporations and a strong international vibe, there are many expatriate societies, groups and associations that cater well to expatriates.

Tenby Schools Penang moved to its current purpose-built facilities in Tanjung Bungah in August 2011.  Located about 15-minutes from the city centre, Tanjung Bungah is one of the most established residential areas in Penang.

Websites that could be of interest:

Tourism Penang

Visit Penang

ExpatGo (Living in Penang)

Miri – The Gateway to Borneo

Miri is a city in northern Sarawak, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It is the second largest city in Sarawak with a population of about 300,000. This city thrives on its vibrant oil and gas industry; hence it is one of the most prosperous cities in Borneo. 

The first oil well was drilled by Shell in 1910 (the Grand Old Lady), and is now a state monument and one of Miri’s tourist attractions. Since then, Miri has grown phenomenally and the industry has positively influenced the social and economic development of Sarawak. 

Apart from the oil and gas industry, Miri’s natural landscape is also an attraction to the steady stream of tourists visiting the city. It is located very close to the world famous Niah National Park, where the Niah Caves, which contain some of the oldest evidence of human habitation in Southeast Asia can be found.  With its rich bio-diversity amidst primary rainforests, the national park offers those who are adventurous an exhilarating cave and rainforest experience, possibly unmatched anywhere else on Earth. There are excellent jungle treks and mountain hikes in the park. 

Miri’s proximity to the best diving sites in Borneo like Sipadan and Layang-layang is a constant pull to international dive enthusiasts. Its coastline has a healthy patch reef system, largely undiscovered and undisturbed by commercial development and use. According to some marine scientists that have documented the area, the Miri reefs are among the healthiest in the whole of Malaysia, housing over 400 species of corals. 

Shopping and getting around the city is relatively easy and Brunei is just about 35 minutes drive away. Regular flights to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching are available from the Miri International Airport, just 10 minutes away (by car) from the city centre. 

Websites that could be of interest:

Sarawak Tourism

Sarawak State Government Official Portal

Johor Bahru – The Southern Gateway to Malaysia

The capital city of Johor, Johor Bahru (or JB) is perhaps best known as a transit city between Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. It is very easy to travel across the Causeway to Singapore where shopping, dining and sightseeing options are aplenty. It is also very convenient to fly in and out of JB as well as via Singapore.

JB itself is a vibrant centre of activities, and this is further enhanced with the rapid development of Iskandar Malaysia.  The school is located within the Iskandar region hence one can easily access the amenities of modern living in the surrounding areas.

The latest attractions in JB are none other than the Danish-run Legoland, a family theme park, and the Johor Premium Outlet, where designer goods can be obtained with great discounts.  If these are not to your liking, Desaru, a popular beach destination or Tioman Island offer great diving sites for enthusiasts. Meanwhile there are also the Endau-Rompin National Park and the Gunung Ledang Recreational Forest for those who prefer hiking and jungle trekking. 

Websites that could be of interest:

Johor Tourism

Iskandar Malaysia

ExpatGo (Living in JB)