Selamat Datang ke Subang Jaya! Located just 13 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya is one of Malaysia’s busiest cities. Famous for its great schools, it is a great alternative for expat families who don’t want to live in the hustle and bustle of the capital city. There is no shortage of shopping malls in Subang Jaya, and the Sunway Pyramid shopping complex is one of the largest in the world. Expats who find living in Subang Jaya a bit fast-paced need not fear, for they are not far from some of the most beautiful and relaxing natural scenery in Malaysia. The white sandy beaches of Pulau Lumut and Pulau Klang, for example, are just half an hour’s drive away. And for a moment of city center tranquility, visit the Subang Ria Park, which features a beautiful 30-acre lake.
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Subang Jaya is a particularly well connected city, so expatriates moving to Subang Jaya will find it easy to get there as well as explore Malaysia and the rest of South East Asia during their stay in Subang Jaya. There are regular train links to Kuala Lumpur and nearby cities such as Shah Alam, and a local airport which serves domestic locations and popular holiday resorts such as Penang. Plus, the enormous Kuala Lumpur International Airport is just 35 miles away. Malaysia generally enjoys a warm and humid climate, but expats living in Subang Jaya also need to be prepared to get very wet. During the rainy season of August to May, more than 200mm of rain falls on average each month. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen every day you are in Subang Jaya, despite the rainfall the temperatures tend to stay very hot. For more information on relocating to Malaysia, and living in a wet, tropical climate, sign up on InterNations and speak to fellow expats in our forums or through the private messages system.
Expatriates have been coming to work on the Malay Peninsular for many years. Malaysia’s situation in South East Asia means there are a lot of Thai, Indonesian, Australian, Chinese and Indian expats working in cities like Subang Jaya. Despite its diversity, Malay is the national language and it is important that any expatriate working in Subang Jaya makes an effort to learn at least a few phrases. Mandarin Chinese is widely spoken in Kuala Lumpur, and English is used frequently in business. Malaysia is a Muslim country, so expats moving to Subang Jaya to work should be aware of Muslim traditions and customs. The working day may be interrupted by the calls to prayer, and women should dress modestly at all times. For advice on adapting to life in a new country or simply for socializing and networking opportunities, join the globa InterNations expat community and speak directly to seasoned expatriates.