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As Port Klang, which is the largest of Malaysia's federal ports, is only about 6km from the town of Klang, the opportunities in the area are plentiful for foreigners. Its proximity to the Greater Klang Valley makes Klang a key area in the government's economic development plans and, as the former capital of the state, has a rich cultural heritage.

Klang is also developing as a popular tourist destination. In 2017 the Klang Municipal Council stepped up efforts to clean up the royal town, and is serious about making Klang one of the cleanest towns in the country.

Given that Klang is developing into a critical economical hub, many housing units have recently been constructed and the rental market is booming, so expats shouldn't have a problem finding accommodation in Klang. However, in spite of rapid development, there are still a few areas that are well preserved, and this preservation of the local heritage serves to add to its charm and further encourage tourism.

Where to live in Klang

As Klang is only about a 40-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur, some expatriates with children choose to live in areas of Kuala Lumpur where there are top international schools and commute to Klang for work. However, for those who wish to settle in Klang, there are a variety of good options.

Klang is divided by the Klang River into two areas, known as Klang North and Klang South. Many new, million-dollar housing developments, such as Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Bandar Botanic, Glenmarie Cove, Kota Bayuemas, Bandar Puteri, lie in Klang South, and are where many expatriates choose to settle. Most major government and private healthcare facilities, as well as Port Klang, are also located in Klang South, which can explain the attraction for expatriates to this part of town.

The KSL City Mall 2 Project, which is set to be the largest mall in Klang, will be located in an integrated development called Canary Garden in Bandar Bestari, which aims to cater to an expanding population in Klang. This project serves to highlight the rapid development in the area and how the landscape of Klang is changing.

Cost of rent in Klang

The cost of living in Klang is much cheaper than in the rest of the Klang Valley. A three-bedroom apartment in the city centre can cost you about RM1,600 per month, and if you opt to live outside of the city centre, you can expect to pay about RM900 on average. As a result of its affordability, most foreigners tend to live in their own condominiums or serviced apartments, rather than share accommodation.

Find accommodation in Klang

Don't underestimate the power of the internet in your search for accommodation in Klang, as there are several housing websites on which you can filter your requirements and find suitable options.

It is also worth contacting an estate agent to help you in your search, as they will be familiar with the town and will be able to find you a property that matches your criteria.

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