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 famousĀ  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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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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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