I stayed right by China Town and the Central Market and was close to everything a tourist might want to see. I went to look at the towers and got lost going through a wonderful park just beside the towers and which led to a residential area that was purported to be the most expensive in Asia. When I asked a guy walking his dog who lived there he said banking guys,oil guys ( although they are a lot fewer now) and expats of various sizes and stripes. It was close to Bukit so quite nice. When I walked through the Bukit area there were loaded with restaurants and markets which were upbeat and interesting. The people, with the exception of a cab driver who never said a word to me and dropped me off on the other side of the street from the hotel, were unfailing polite. Frankly it was very much like Singapore and I was quite surprised at the friendliness.
The next day I took a bus to Penang, a rouristy island similar to Phuket but bigger. I was also impressed with the colonial feel of the buildings and you could not mistake the British architecture of the court house or the Anglican church across the street. So many people were riding bicycles in inverse proportion to their age.. I love the feel of the island and spent the day just walking around.
If you want to travel and work in Asia, I am quite confident that there would be loads of teaching jobs in Malaysia since every second person seemed to be an expat and if you look at some of my earlier posts you can see exactly where you can find many many jobs. If you like the heat and street food, you would be hard pressed to find anything nicer than Malaysia.