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Shopping and dinning in Johor

Johor is like Kuala Lumpur, a place full of shopping and entertainment. Shopping malls like City Square and Plaza Pelangi are easily accessible and offer a varieties of retails shops, branded goods and cinemas for entertainment. Recently, I’ve found Jusco Tebrau City being one of the popular places for hanging around. It has got almost everything you can imagine.

As for dinning and supper, you will often see crowds of people all over the place at Taman Sentosa, Orang Asli Seafood Village and Kukup, which are famous  places for seafood and local cuisine. Don’t forget to sample the mouth-watering spread of delicacies such as laksa johor, nasi briyani gam, lontong and mee bandung. You can dine alfresco at street stalls or head for the numerous air-conditioned food courts and fine dinning restaurants, which also offer other local and international cuisine.

Sports and Golfing in Johor

You can also find a good variety of sports here. Golfing, water sports, hiking at Gunung Ledang and kite flying are some popular sports.

Apart from Selangor which offer a lot of golf courses, Johor too has won the hearts of many golfers from Singapore due to its location. Johor has at least 25 different golf and country clubs you can chose from. Some are close to the beach where you can bring the whole family for a weekend to enjoy the different activities caters to each member of the family.

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johor-off-shore-islandsThe eastern coast of Johor has string of beautiful islands fit for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Pulau Sibu is one island that is easily accessible by boat from Mersing. There is a faster way if you take the boat from Tanjung Leman which is about 20 km south of Mersing.

Besides Pulau Sibu, the other islands with basic accommodation are Pulau Rawa, Pulau Pemanggil, Pulau Besar, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Dayang, Pulau Sibu Tengah and Pulau Aur. Closer to the shore, Pulau Hujung and Pulau Tenggah are visited mostly by day-trippers as no accommodation is available.

In addition, there are 50 other uninhabited islets waiting to be explored. May to October is the best period for a visit as underwater visibility is at the best- about ten metres.

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Desaru – Land of Casuarinas

desaru-beach80 km by road from Johor Bahru, Desaru is fringed with casuarinas, International class accomodation, facilities for water sports, and an 18-hole golf course are available.

At the Desaru Impian Resort, there is a theme park which offers carnival rides, water slides, free form pools and kiddie go-karts. Children can indulge in special programes at the kitty’s club, meet and feed animals, cuddle furry creatures and catch animal shows at Wildlife Encounters, or go for horse riding on the beach.

The beach is a good place for windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling and canoeing.
Golf  has lately been the centre of attraction for visitors, if you are coming from Singapore it is easily accessible by ferry for just one and a half hour. You can also take your vehicle along with the ferry at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore.

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Gunung Ledang Recreation Forest

gunung-ledangFor back to nature experiences, one can venture to serveral recreational forests around the state. The post popular is the Gunung redang Recreational Forest, the site of Johor highest mountain, Gunung Redang.

Peaks at 1267 meters, it is a favorite spot for the locals and tourists. Challenging treks to the summit of the mountain and overnight stays at the impressive Sagil Waterfall are main activities here. At the base of the waterfall are camping sites, changing rooms, and the Gunung Ledang Resort.

According to legend, Gunung Ledang was the home of a Johor Princess who was wooed by the Sultan of Melaka in the 15th Century.

If you are thinking trekking up, this will take aboutfive hours. To get there by driving, you will have to drive Tangkak in Muar. The entry point along the way of Tangkak at the Segamat trunk road.

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Endau Rompin National Park

eco-tourismThe Prime destination in Johor for nature lovers is the Endau Rompin National Park. Guarded and well protected, this national park is proclaimed as the second national park of Malaysia.

Covering a vast area of about 49,000 hectares of land at the northern part of Johor next to the state of Pahang, the National State Park is home to many species of birds, insects and wild animals. There is also diversity in species of the plants and trees to be found here such as indigenous fan palm (Livistona Endauensis). Colorful toads, tree frogs, wild pigs, gibbons and bird like the cuckoo, hornbill and babler are common sighting.

Besides, the 248 million years old rock formation and the legendary waterfalls are also something you shouldn’t.t miss. You can also do some rewarding trekking but you will have to apply for permit at the District Office in Kuala Rompin. You may also call the Johor National Park Corporation at Tel: 07-2237471 or 07-2232525 for more information.

Tanjung Piai National Park

Tanjung Piai is a large wetland area famous for its mangrove swamplands. Filled with peace and tranquility, the place is covered with aquatic life as well as marshland birds.

Most tourists like to come here when they are in Johor, because it is at the extreme of the southernmost end of West Malaysia. Don.t forget to take a walk down the 200 meters jetty for a clear view of the place.

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Interesting Places

Johor-BahruA sprawling city, Johor Bahru has cramp streets in its centre and modern buildings in its western coastline.

  • The Johor Temple – Situated at Jalan Terus, this is the oldest Chinese temple in Johor Bahru which was built about 120 years ago.
  • The Sri Mariamman Temple – Located at Jalan Wong Ah Fook, this temple displays dieties from the Hindu pantheon.
  • Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque – Perch atop a hill at Jalan Masjid, this magnificent mosque overlooking the Tebrau Straits.
  • Istana Besar – With its white wall and blue roof, this majestic building was the former residence of the Johor Royal Family.
  • Royal Abu Bakar Museum – It houses an impressive collection of beautiful rare treasures, particularly gifts from foreign dignitaries.
  • Johor Art Gallery – Situated at Jalan Mariamah, this museum exhibits historical costumes, weapons, currency, manuscripts, ceramics and objects of fine art.
  • Dataran Bandaraya – This City Square comprises a large stage, a minaret, a fountain and a clock tower. This square is a popular venue for public events like parades. A popular place to watch sunsets or eveing strolls in Tebrau Beach where you can enjoy some local street foods.
  • Johor Bahru Duty Free Zone – Visitors can indulge in a shopping orgy in its five level podium. The complex also house a hotel and convention centre, immigration facilities and ferry link to Singapore.

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Hotels in Kluang

Anika Hotels Kluang (88 Rooms)
1,3 &5 Jalan Dato’ Abd Rauf, PO Box65, Kluang, Johor
Tel: 07-7724977

Negara Inn (66 Rooms)
3, Jalan Intan 1/1, Taman Intan.86000 Kluang, Johor
Tel: 07-7739999

Prime City Hotel (126 Rooms)
22, Jalan Bakawili, 86000 Kluang, Johor
Tel: 07-771111

Hotel in Kota Tinggi

Myres Hotel (85 Rooms)
Tingkat 8, Menara Kota, No.9, Jalan Tun Habab, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor
Tel: 07-8839099

Hotel In Masai

T.S Hotel (92 Rooms)
7,9 &11, Jalan Sena 2, Taman Rinting, 81750 Masai, Johor
Tel: 07-3861588

Hotels In Mersing

Nadia’s Inn Tropical Resort (94 Rooms)
P.O.Box 28, 86800 Mersing, Johor
Tel: 07-7995582

Seri Malaysia Mersing ((93 Rooms)
Lot PBT 641, Jalan Ismail, 86800 Mersing, Johor
Tel: 07-7991876

Timotel Hotel (44 Rooms)
839, Jalan Endau, 86800 Mersing, Johor
Tel: 07-7995888

Hotel in Muar

Sri Pelangi Hotel (82 Rooms)
Wisma Hock hai, 79, Jalan Sisi, 84000 Muar, Johor
Tel: 06-9518088

Hotels Pasir Gudang

Hotel Selesa PAsir Gudang (180 rooms)
Jalan Bandar, 81700 Pasir Gudang, Johor
Tel: 07-2518899

Tanjong Puteri Golf (177 Rooms)
PTD 101446 Jalan Mukim of Plentong, 81707 Pasir Gudang, Johor
Tel: 07-2711888

Hotel in Pontian

Hotel Pontian (68 Rooms)
Pusat Perdagangan Pontian, Jalan Delima 82000 Pontian, Johor
Tel: 07-6861000

Hotels in Senai

Dragon Court Hotel (30 Rooms)
140 & 141, Wisma HSH, Jalan Senai Utama, Taman Senai Utama, 81400 Johor
Tel: 07-5985000

Sofitel Palm Resoert & Golf (330 Rooms)
Jalan Persiaran Golf, Off Jalan Jumbo, 81250 Senai, Johor
Tel: 07-5996000

Hotel In Tangkak (60 Rooms)
Bt.28, Jalan Segamat, 84020 Sagil Tangkak, Johor
Tel: 06-9772888

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A’Vista Melati Hotel (119 Rooms)
16, Jaln Staton 80000 Johor Baru, Johor
Tel: 07-2222888

Century Plaza Hotel (80 Rooms)
94, Jalan Harimau Tarum, Off Jalan Pelanduk Century Garden, 80250 Johor Baru, Johor
Tel: 07-3333300

Compact Hotel Johor Bahru (109 Rooms)
18, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Baru, Johor
Tel: 07-2213000

Cosmo Inn Hotel (125 Rooms)
No. 10 Jalan Bukit Meldrum, 83000 Johor Baru, Johor
Tel: 07-2765522

Crystal Crown Hotel (245 Rooms)
117, Jalan Harimau Tarum, Century Garden, 80250 Johor Baru, Johor
Tel: 07-3334422

Goodhope Hotel (180 Rooms)
No.1 Jalan Ronggeng 5, Taman Skudai Baru, 81300 Johor Baru, Johor
Tel: 07-5572828

Grand Bluewave Hotel ( 184 Rooms)
No.9R Jalan Bukit Meldrum, 80300 Johor Baru, Johor
Tel: 07-2216666

Hotel Selesa Johor Bahru (285 Rooms)
Jalan Dato” Abdullah Tahir/Jalan Tebrau, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-3323999

Hotel Rasa Sayang (90 Rooms)
10 Jalan Dato” Dalam, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-2248600

Hyatt Regency Johor Bahru (429 Rooms)
Jalan Singai Chat, P.O Box 222, 80720 Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-2221234

M-Suites Hotel, Johor Bahru (126 Rooms)
No.16, Jalan Skudai, Straits View, 80200 Jphor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-2211000

Mutiara Hotel Johor Bahru (330 Rooms)
Jalan Dato” Sulaiman, Century Garden, K.B,No.77980250, Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-3323800

Naza Hotel Johor Bahru (140 Rooms)
No.17, Jalan Tenteram, Tanjung Puteri, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-2227788

New York Hotel (413 Rooms)
22, Jalan Dato’ Abdullah Tahir, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-3311588

Sri Malaysia Johor Bahru (188 Rooms)
Lot PBT 17648, Jalan Langkasuka, 80350 Larkin, Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-2211002

Straits View Hotel (30 Rooms)
1-D Jalan Skudai, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-2241400

The Putri Pacific Hotel (476 Rooms)
The Kotaraya, P.O Box 293, Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim 80730, Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-2233333

The Zone Regency Hotel By The Sea (400 Rooms)
Kompleks Bebas Cukai JB, No.88 Jalan Ibrahim Sultan Stulang Laut, 80720 Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-2219999

Tropical Inn (158 Rooms)
15 Jalan Gereja, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-2247888

Zen Zeng Budget Hotel (64 Rooms)
2,4,6 & 8 Jalan Tun AbdulRazak, Susur 1/1, 80000 Johor Bahru, Jojor
Tel: 07-2212333

Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia

Carnival hotels Batu Pahat (60 rooms)
No.2 Jalan Fatima, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor
Tel: 07-4315122/431949/4312959
Crystal Inn (63 Rooms)
36, Zabedah, 83000 Batu Pahat Johor
Tel: 07-4315222
Garden Hotels (85 Rooms)
29, Jalan Jenang, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor
Tel: 07-4315999
Novo Park Hotel (55 Rooms)
7, Jalan Zabedah, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor
Pelican Hotel (74 rooms)
181 Jalan Rugayah, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor
Tel: 07-4328111
The Katerina Hotel ((188 Rooms)
8, Jalan Zubedah, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor
Tel: 07-4337111
The Landmark Hotel (52 Rooms)
1 Jalan Omor, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor
Tel: 07-4320001