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Johor Tourist Attraction

 

 

Johor derived its name from Jauhar, an Arabic word that means precious stones. The southern gateway to Malaysia, Johor is linked to Singapore via the Causeway and encompasses an area of 18,986 sq km. It is also where the southernmost tip of Asia, Tanjung Piai, is located.

 

The state has long enthralled visitors with its diverse range of attractions. Ancient rainforests, pristine islands, world-renowned golf courses and shopping establishments – with so many to choose from, you will definitely be spoilt for choice. The state capital, Johor Bahru, is famous for its historical building and impressive architecture.

 

Endau-Rompin National Park

Mersing

 

 

The 92,000-hectare Endau-Rompin National Park straddles across two states, on the south of Pahang and north of Johor, taking up about 48,905ha of land Rich in flora and fauna, this lowland dipterocarp forest shelters wildlife such as the endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros, elephants, tapirs, tigers, wild boars, deer, monkeys, gibbons, sun bears, civets and binturong as well as the rare fan-palm (livistona endauensis). There are some 26km of jungle trails within the park, the most popular being the grueling 16km trail from Kuala Jasin to Batu Hampar and Buaya Sangkut.

Must do:

  • Go jungle trekking camping, bird watching in the rainforest

  • Enjoy picnics by the waterfall

  • Embark on a 4 x 4 off road adventure

  • Savour the beauty of nature as you go on a river safari or white-water rafting trips

  • Visit the friendly orang asli (indigenous people)

 

Sibu Group of Island

 

 

Escape to the tropical paradise at the Sibu group of islands. Comprising the Sibu Besar Tengah, Sibu Kukus and Sibu Hujung islands, they are a beach lover’s fream come true. Spend a relaxing day by the seaside or take part in watersports activities such as snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. You can also visit the nearby kelong or fishing platform where anchovies are caught or head for the villages to see how the locals live.

 

Gunung Ledang National Park

Ledang

 

 

Those with a spirit of adventure should head for the district to Muar and scale the 1,275m Gunung Ledang or Mount Ophir. During the two-day trek, you will be greeted by view of beautiful flora and fauna and spectacular waterfalls. On a dear day, you might even be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Straits of Malacca and the Sumatran coastline.

Must do:

  • Learn more about nature at the Gunung Ledang Legendary park

  • Picnic by cascading waterfalls and flowing strams

~ Legend has it that a beautiful fairy princess once lived at the peak of Gunung Ledang

 

Pasir Gudang Kite Museum

Pasir Gudang

 

 

The first of its kind in Malaysia, the museum is dedicated to the traditional Malay kite known as the wau. Here, you can view a collection of more than 200 traditional and modern kites in various colours and designs. Pasir Gudang is the venue for the grand, annual World Kite Festival.

Must do:

  • Create your own wau-making workshop

  • Learn about the origin of wau and the various techniques of making as well as flying it

Opening Hours

: Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm

 

: Friday 9.30am - 12.00pm - 5.00pm. Open daily

 

Danga Bay

Johor Bahru

 

 

Danga Bay is an up-and-coming waterfront development located along the popular Lido Beach. It is the ideal destination for youth groups, couples and families as well as businessmen and corporate executive. It offers an amazing variety of attraction as well a 150-berth marina, making any visit a memorable experience.

Must do:

  • Sample a mouth-watering range of Asian and European cuisine available at the International Marina Club

  • Enjoy a dinner cruise along the waterfront with live entertainment and Karaoke

  • Board a water taxi for a scenic view of the city skyline and visit fish farms

  • Choose from a wide variety of activities and attractions that include over 20 different rides at Danga World, a fun-filled mini theme park

  • Get close to over 180 species of birds, reptiles, insects and animals at the Petting Zoo

 

Sungai Lebam, Fireflies

Kota Tinggi

 

 

As dusk falls, charter a boat and go on an excursion along the Lebam River. Keep your eyes on the bank and watch as it is gradually illuminated by colonies of fireflies. These unique creatures feed and live on the berembang trees that grow by riverbanks. You can witness this rare natural phenomena in Kota Tinggi as well as a few other places in the country.

~ Tropical fireflies in Malaysia are believed to have the unique ability to synchronies their flashes within large groups.

 

Desaru

Kota Tinggi

 

 

Desaru offers 26km of idyllic coastline fringed by casuarinas. Located in the district of Kota Tinggi, the southeastern corner of Johor, the waters here are perfect for a relaxing swim, canoeing, water-skiing and catamaran sailing. Alternatively, you can play a round of golf, learn how to fly an ultra-light aircraft or take part in a go-cart race. Other recreational activities include jungle trekking, horseback riding, archery and 4x4 off-road adventures.

 

Desaru Fruit Farm

Kota Tinggi

 

 

Over 100 varieties of tropical fruits and 10 plant species are cultivated at the 100-acre Desaru Fruit Farm. Savour delicious seasonal fruits like durian, rambutan, mangosteen and pulasan or non-seasonal fruits like cempedak, jackfruit, kedondong, ciku, jambu air, pineapple, mango and guava.

Must do:

  • Go for a tour of the fruit orchard

Opening Hours: Open daily 8.30am – 6.00pm

 

UK Farm Agrro Resort

Kluang

 

 

Come and experience modern farm life at the 100-acre UK Farm. With a breeding capacity of 4,000, it is believed to be the largest goat and sheep farm in Malaysia. As it is located within a resort, it provides facilities such as a restaurant, farm mart, conference room, chalet, dormitory, barbeque area, open stage, campsite and karaoke. Activities here include guided tours of the farm and visits to the Jakun Village, Herb Sanctuary, Passion fruit factory, ostrich park, mushroom and vegetable farm as well as the Mini Zoo.

Opening Hours: Open daily 9.00am – 6.00pm (Monday – Sunday)

 

Zenxin Organic Park

Kluang

 

 

At the Zenxin Organic Park, you get to see for yourself how organic vegetables are grown. Apart from that, you can also take part in recreational activities such as cycling, walking tours around the park or simply feed fish at the pond. There is a park café, a flower nursery and a farm mart, which is a one-stop organic food shop stocked with a full range of products.

Opening Hours: Open daily 8.30am – 6.30pm

 

Kota Iskandar

Nusajaya

 

 

Nicknamed ‘Johor’s Living Legacy’, Kota Iskandar is an iconic development which serves as the state’s administration centre. It is also a notable new tourism destination with a multitude of world-class attractions including Legoland Malaysia and Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park. Embracing Islamic design philosophy, kota Iskandar harmonises humanity with Johor’s rich history, culture, heritage and nature. A guided tour is available to take you around this fascinating township to marvel at its beautiful architecture, from the Sultan Ismail Building to the Johor State Parliament, Malaysia’s first experiential parliament opened to visitors.

 

Hutan Bandar MBJB

Johor Bahru

 

 

This verdant 20-hectare park is located in Johor Bahru, a mere distance of 2km from the city centre. Its recreational facilities blend with the natural surroundings, offering urban dwellers a tranquil sanctuary to indulge in outdoor pursuits. Attractions in the park include the Jazz Corner at the Tembusu Courtyard, Orchid Garden, Sevem Lakes and the Ecology Park

Must do:

  • Go for a jog stroll around the park

  • Let your kids splash around the wading pool

Opening Hours: 7.00am - 7.00pm

 

There's Much More in Johor

  • After visiting top tourists attraction in Johor Bahru and Kota Tinggi, head for other districts as well as islands off the coast of Johor discover its hidden gems.

  • Johor Bahru

  • Bukit Timbalan Suktan Ibrahim Building

  • JB Bazaar

  • Kampung Sinaran Baru Homestay

  • MAWAR Gallery

  • PERSADA International Convention Centre

  • Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

  • Stulang Laut

  • Johor Bahru Visitor Centre (MBJB Gallery)

  • Iskandar Malaysia Information Centre (IMIC)

  • Kampung Perigi Acheh Homestay

 

Kota Tinggi

  • Kampung Temenin Baru Homestay

  • kota Tinggi Waterfalls

  • Sebana Golf and Marina Resort

  • Semenchu Homestay

  • Kampung Felcra Sungai Ara Homestay

  • Kampung Lukut Homestay

 

Batu Pahat

  • Wet World Batu Pahat

  • Kampung Parit Tengah Homestay

 

Kluang

  • Gunung Belumut

  • Gunung Lambak

  • Kahang Organic Rice Eco Farm (KOREF)

 

Mersing

  • Air Papan Beach

  • Island of Mersing

  • Kampung Air Papan Homestay

 

Pontian

  • Kukup Island National Park

  • Tanjung Piai National Park

  • Tanjung Piai Homestay

  • Pineapple Museum

  • Kampung Tanjung Piai Homestay

  • Kampung Puteri Menangis Homestay

 

Segamat

  • Selai Endau-Rompin National Park

  • Labis Hot Springs

 

Kulaijaya

  • Johor Premium Outlets

  • Legend Gold and Country Resort

  • Riders Lodge

  • Kampung Sri Paya Homestay

  • Kampung Sri Gunung Pulai Homestay

 

Islands

  • Pulau Pemanggil, Pulau Aur, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Besar, Pulau dayang and Pulau Sibu

 

Ledang

  • Everlasting Food Industries (brown rice)

  • Tangkak (Textile Town)

 

Nusajay

  • Legoland Malaysia

  • Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park

  • The Ledang Urban Retreat

 

Shopping & Dining

 

Shopping

Johor is one of the best places in the country to shop Shopping complexes, duty-free outlets, handicraft stores, hypermarkets, bazaars and night markets abound in Johor Bahru as well as other towns. You can select from a huge variety of local and imported products ranging from designer lables, fashion accessories, electrical appliances to ceramics and handicrafts.

Popular Shopping Spots:

  • AEON Bukit Indah

  • AEON Tebrau City

  • Carrefour

  • City Square

  • Festive street Mall, Dangan Bay

  • Glant

  • Holiday Plaza

  • Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (JARO)

  • Johor Premium Outlets

  • KSL City

  • Lien Hoe Complex

  • Mini Kelantan

  • Pelangi Leisure Mall

  • Plaza Angsana

  • Plaza Kotaraya

  • Plaza Pelangi

  • TESCO

  • The ZON Johor Bahru

  • Danga City Mall

  • Sutera Mall

  • Skudai Mall

  • Water Parade, Muar

  • Summit Parade, Batu Pahat

 

Dining

Don't forget to sample the mouth-watering spread of delicacies such as laksa johor, nasi biryani gam, lontong and mee bandung. other Johorean specialities not to be missed include mee rebus, kacang pool and otak-otak", Seafood lovers should head for Kukup, a 10 minutes\ drive fron Tanjung Piai, the southernmost ti[ of mainland Asia.

 

Authentic local favourites:

Laksa Johor

This scrumptious blend of spaghetti, fish curry gravy as well as vegetable is a Johor specialty. It is garnished with pickled white radish, onions, bean sprouts, mint leaves, coriander, cucumber, and added with dash of lime juice with some sambal belacan (chilli paste) on the side.

Nasi Briyani Gam

Unlike other varieties, the nasi biryani gam is cooked by sealing both the rice and meat in a pot using starch or gam so that the meat juices infuse the rice grains. It is then eaten with vegetable dalca, pickles and chutney. This rice dish originates from Batu Pahat.

Mee Bandung

Another Johor speciality is mee bandung a noodle dish that is eaten with beef slices, prawns, dried shrimps, tomatoes, a boiled egg and a sprinkle of crushed peanuts.

Lontong

First time visitors should try unique dish - rice cubes easten with rich vegetable gravy. The gravy is of coconut milk base and contains a generous assortment of vegetables, soybean cake and anchovies. The wholesome meal is complemented by flavoursome chilli paste.

Seafood

Kukup is famous for its fresh and tasty Chinese as well as Malay seafood. Select from an assortment of fish, crab or cockles and have them grilled, steamed or fried. Have your meal while enjoying a scenic view of the sea. Nearby is Kukup Island, the world's second largest mangrove island.

 

 

Transportation

 

Johor, the southernmost state, ranks among the country's main transportation hubs. It is 368km from Kuala Lumpur and borders Singapore. You can fly, drive or take the train or ferry here as it is connected by a comprehensive transportation network.

Getting Here

By Air

Apart from Kuala Lumpur and other parts of the peninsula, Johor is also accessible from Sabah and sarawak by air. You can fly from Johor to several destinations in Malaysia from the Sultan Ismall Airport in Senai, 32km from Johor Bahru.

By Road

Johor Bahru is 330km or a four-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur via the North-South Expressway. Both the Johor-Singapore Causeway and the Second Link Expressway connect Singapore to Johor as well as the rest of the peninsula. Bus services from major cities and towns in the peninsula to Johor Bahru are available throughout the day.

By Rail

Malayan Railway or Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) the national train service, not only connects Johor to other states but also Singapore. There are several railway stations within the state.

By Sea

You can get to Tanjung Belungkor, which is near Desaru, by ferry from Changi Point in Singapore. Ferry services are also available from Batam and Tanjung Pinang in Indonesia to the Johor Nahru International Terminal.

Getting Around

Taxis and Rental Cars

You can get a taxi at the Larkin Taxi Station, bus stations, hotels and shopping complexes. It is advisable to request that the taxi meter be switched on or agree on the fare before you begin the ride. Alternatively, you can rent a car from car rental companies at the airport and bus stations.

Buses

Most buses to various destinations in Johor as well as the peninsula are available at the Larkin Bus Terminal as well as other bus stations.

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