Tourist’s guide to Johor Bahru – Malaysia’s transit city en route to Singapore

Johor Bahru (Malaysia) is one of the largest cities in the Asian country and the capital of the Malay state of Johor. Lost in population only Kuala Lumpur, one and a half million Johor Bahru (Johor Bahru, abbreviated JB) attracts a well-developed infrastructure and various sights.

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Located in the south of Malaysia, the city receives a huge number of visitors and transit tourists who want to get to Singapore by land. Johor Bahru is called the main gate that opens the way on land from the mainland to the island. And so that land transport could go back and forth, two bridges were built across the Strait of Malacca: the Johor-Singapore Causeway road and rail and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link road. Most often, Singaporeans move along the bridge, making regular shopping or relaxing for the weekend in JB (colloquial expression of Johor Bahru among locals). Here, prices are lower than in Singapore, and there is more choice of goods.

Johor-Singapore Causeway Road and Rail Bridge
Johor-Singapore Causeway

An alternative transport to Singapore or to the other islands of the South China Sea is a ferry that regularly leaves from the seaport of the capital of Johor Sultanate.

Being, first of all, a transit point for those wishing to get from Thailand and Malaysia to Singapore, the capital of the state of Johor is hospitable and friendly. Not a resort, but a modern and industrially developed center of Malaysia invites you to visit various entertainment and shopping centers, explore sights or relax on the beaches of the mainland or nearby islands.

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Attractions JB

Once at least a day in Johor Bahru, the sights of this city seen will certainly leave good memories.

Legoland malaysia

Foreigners and residents of Malaysia traveling with children do not disregard this fascinating place to relax. Malay Legoland is one of the most interesting theme parks for families with more than 70 attractions, a variety of entertainment shows, a water park and a hotel for overnight.

Legoland malaysia
Hotel LEGOLAND Hotel in Johor Bahru

Created from Lego bricks, the designs introduce visitors to the famous sights of Asia. Children with their parents can not only ride the rides, but also build figures with their own hands. Of particular note is the Legoland theme hotel, whose “sisters” are three more located in Denmark, California and the UK.

Visitors to Malay Legoland are attracted by the lack of lines at the rides and the spacious water park. To get to Legoland Malaysia from Johor Bahru, you can use the city bus or taxi.

In Legoland Malaysia
  • The ticket price for adults and children over 12 years old is 200 ringtit, for children 3-11 years old – 160 ringit. You can buy a ticket only to the water park, in which case the price will be 104 and 88 MYR, respectively.
  • The park is open from 10am to 6pm.
  • Address: 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini, Johor Bahru 79250, Malaysia.

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Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

Fans of various historical and architectural structures will enjoy an excursion to the state mosque, named after Sultan Abu Bakar. The temple is located on a hilltop and is the pride of the Malaysian city.

The construction of the mosque for 8 years was led by the sultan himself, choosing the Moorish and only a little Victorian as the main style. Next to the mosque, a building that once served as a palace for the royal couple glistens with luxury. In the Royal Museum located right there, you can see collections of gold coins, works of art, antiques, weapons and numerous valuables that once belonged to the Sultan’s family. The courtyard of the palace and mosque is adorned with the Japanese Garden, which delights every visitor with its picturesqueness.

Hindu temple Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple
Hindu temple Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

In the list of main attractions of Johor Bahru, the Hindu temple of Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman occupies a worthy place. Its interior is made of pieces of mirrors and colored glasses. It looks unusual and definitely worth it to come see. This temple is unique and one of a kind in all of Malaysia.

To visit the temple you need to look in the appropriate way: nikahih mini skirts and short shorts.

  • For the entrance to the temple are asked to donate 10 MYR.
  • Address: No.22 Lorong Satu, Tebrau, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Indau Rompin National Park
Indau Rompin National Park

Known not only within Malaysia, the Indau Rompin National Park is located on the border of two states – Johor and Pahang. Rainforests and various exotic plants grow on 870 square kilometers, the Indau and Rompin rivers (which gave the name to the reserve) flow, wild boars, Sumatran rhinos, Malay tigers, Asian elephants, amazing white-headed gibbons and binturongs live. From the feathered inhabitants of the park you can see a rhino bird and pheasant-argus. Indau Rompin, unlike other parks in Johor Bahru, is the least civilized. For walks, you need a guide or an organized excursion, and for a lodging only chalets with a dormitory are allowed.

Those who want to go around every corner of the Indau Rompin park can get a tour package. It will take at least 3 days to explore the main attractions.

Beach vacation

Desaru Beach

Johor Bahru is not a resort – there are simply no beaches here. But those who want to soak up the sun and swim, visit the Desaru beach closest to the city. Drive 88 kilometers from JB – and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy water skiing, canoeing or catamarans.

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If you are going on vacation or duty-free shopping in Johor Bahru (Malaysia), you should pay attention to weather conditions. In order not to fall into the rainy season, it is better to go from May to October or choose the period January-February, when rainfall is minimal.

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