JB Central Hotel

Merlin Tower, Jalan Meldrum, Johor Bahru, Johor, 80000, Malaysia
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I'm planning to visit Malaysia with my family this December.
During my visit, I also want to go to Singapore. Our stay is 4 nights in total. Can you please provide my the following informations;

1) what's the travel time between Malaysia & Singspore by ROAD?
2) What are the best places to visit to Malaysia & Singapore?
) Please recommend few few hotels in Malaysia & Singapore?

Thank you



by muratkorman

If you are travelling with your own car, it takes half an hour in between the customs - JB and Singapore during non-peak hours in weekdays. In weekends you will be stuck in jam most probably so don't pass borders on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. For JB, you can enjoy food, but nothing much to see. If you go up north in Malaysia, there are plenty of places. If you have only 4 days, you may lose a lot of time during travel. Singapore offers a lot for a few days and maybe you can focus on that. Check my Singapore page for details.


by Waiheke

You will be pushing it to see very much if you only have 4 days in total.

Malaysia is a lot cheaper to visit than Singapore, and in my opinion more interesting. Sigapore is a big, clean and attractive city but realy just a city. If you are there the Night Safari is worth a visit. Plenty of hotels but I find quite expensive.

If you are only going to visit KL in Malaysia just do the standard tourist things, book a city tour, visit the night markets, for great food eat from stalls, safe and tasty. For accommodation it is all there from 5 star at 5 star prices to my current favourite Tune Hotels about MYR40 double. Cheaper if you watch their web site for specials. I have not stayed in the KL city one but have used the KL airport one and the Penang one with no problems.

Have a good trip


by lynnehamman

What age are your children, and what is your budget regarding hotels?

Travel Tips for Johor Bahru

Night scene.

by A2002

This picture is taken downtown JB, across the customs from Singapore. There are not much to see here at night cos all the ofices and attractions are closed. It is a very busy road during peak hours (morning, daytime, and evening).

The Indian Influence

by Hewer

There is a strong Indian influence in central JB. Apart from the Sri Mariamman temple, which looms large over the city, there are numerous shops, restaurants and traders. There were also rows of houses and buildings on the same block painted different colours, which added an Indian feel to the city.

Apparently only 7% of the population of Johor Bahru is of Indian descent. This surprised me, as they seem to be a much more prominent part of the community (at least numerically). For most of them, their ancestors arrived in JB late in the 19th and early in the 20th century to work as traders and labourers. My wife is a Trinidadian of Indian descent and for me personally, there is something comfortable and familiar about smelling all the delicious curries and seeing the sights. The only thing missing was cricket...

Austin Hills: Golf Driving Range

by Aidy_p

I'm no Tiger Woods and I own no golf clubs and shoes, but what a kick I got at the driving range. No pun intended, but I'd be totally handicapped if I'd gone on the green. So the driving range at Austin Hills allowed me to imagine that within me is a professional golfer...NOT!

Fact: This is one golf course that is just 20 minutes drive from the Singapore-Johore causeway. Lovely lovely green, even for the driving range. Costing just RM8 for 100 balls, you can really shoot till your hearts content.

Poresia Country Club

by chiabh

The Poresia Country Club is located within the development of Leisure Farm Resort... The course comprises a 36-hole golf course and clubhouse... Condominium-style accomodation (2-bedroom units at RM385nett per day) is available at the Resort... Other facilities are available at the Bale Club (including smimming pool, restaurants, conference centre, spa as well as an equestrian and stable facilities)...

There are 4 nines viz Hibiscus Nine, Orchid Nine, Sakura Nine and Bougainvillea Nine... All the nines are carved out of an oil palm plantation... The courses are designed by noted American golf course designer Pete Dye... Both the par-36 Hibiscus and Orchid play to 3,529yds from the blue tees... The par-36 Sakura plays to 3,475yds while the par-35 Bougainvillea plays to 3,242yds... All the nines are rather flat with palm trees lining the fairway... The courses have its fair share of water hazards... It is a comparatively easy course to play and enjoy... Promotion rates for golfing are as follows:
Monday afternoon - RM69.30 (buggy + green fees)
Tuesday ~ Friday morning - RM92.40 (buggy + green fees + lunch)
Tuesday ~ Friday afternoon - RM104.00 (buggy + green fees + lunch)
Saturday n Sunday morning - green fee RM170 (guests) n RM260 (visitors)
Sunday afternoon - RM120 green fees...
Buggy charges for Saturday n Sunday is RM36 per golfer...

Seafood at Kukup.

by A2002

Many Singaporeans and locals like to go to Kukup for seafood. Kukup is a small fishing village along the Straits of Johor. There are several seafood restaurants there serving fresh seafood. Some of the restaurants are built on stilts, and the human waste go into the sea directly. Do walk around first to choose which restaurant to try.
Nowadays, I do not go to Kukup for seafood often, cos it is getting a bit expensive due to tourism, and it's far from where I live.
But going there is interesting and educational to have a walk on those "kelongs" - houses built from wood on stilts above the mangrove swamp.

My most recent trip to Kukup for seafood has been very disappointing. The water seems to be more murky than before, and more rubbish seen during low tides. When I was there in April 2003, business does not seem to be good there. The restaurant that I went to served me a coconut drink that has turned sour :-(. Seafood not as delicious. Not worth the trip.


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