Cost of living in Georgetown (Penang), Malaysia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM13
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM8
12 eggs, large RM5.42
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.61
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM27
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.26
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM61
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM3.70
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.19
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM1,983
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,153
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM221
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM1,690
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM849
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM167
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM137
40” flat screen TV RM2,051
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM552
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM22
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM24
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM249
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM120
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM297
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM257
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM149,344
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.31
Monthly ticket public transport RM82
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM34
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM16
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM28
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM46
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM17
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM14
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.26
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM25
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM57
2 tickets to the movies RM27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM60
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM118
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM27
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM18
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RM2,374
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.35
1 month of gym membership in business district RM152
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 471 prices entered by 40 different people.
Latest price update: December 15, 2017.

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