JB as they call it
Johor Bahru, (Baru means "New" in the Malay language) AKA JB, is the capital city of Johor in southern Malaysia.
It is within walking distance from Singapore, and receives more than 60% of the country's annual 16 million foreign tourists via its 2 bridges and road links to Singapore.
It is one of the largest cities in Malaysia. With a population of approximately 876,000 in the city, 1.73 million in the greater metropolitan area and 5.49 million in the Singapore-Johor Bahru conurbation the city is an important industrial, tourism and commercial hub for southern Malaysia and is part of one of Southeast Asia's most populous urban areas.
The population growth rate of Johor Bahru is also among the highest in Malaysia. Johor Bahru also has a highly developed industrial base which has made the city one of the biggest industrial centers of the country.
ohor Bahru is a city consisting of a diverse ethnic mix of races, JB offers the visitor heritage attractions, colourful culture, delectable local cuisine, shopping excitement, pulsing nightlife and exhilarating recreational activities.
Popular with local and foreign tourists alike, JB boasts a myriad of landmarks, such as The Grand Palace or Royal Abu Bakar Museum with its distinct Anglo-Malay architecture. Recognised as one of the finest in the world, it was built by the late Sultan Abu Bakar and houses a splendid array of priceless treasures, antiques and heirlooms of the Royal Collection.
The "Ghazal" music, which is unique to Johor, is usually performed during cultural shows and weddings. Another famous performance distinctly Johorean is the "Kuda Kepang" dance, which is spun from tales of Islamic heroes. Dancers imitate the movement of horses to the music of a traditional orchestra.
The infrastructures linking the city of Johor Bahru are modern and varied and many Singaporeans make a bee-line for the southern city on a daily basis either for business or for leisure.
There are many things to do.
Johor has over 30 outlying islands in the South China Sea, many untouched and rich in marine life, to pander to the needs of avid scuba-divers and marine lovers. One notable island must surely be the Sibu Island Resort which is easily accessed through Mersing, a town located on the eastern coast of the state and about 2 and a half hours’ drive from the city centre. Mersing is also the common platform from where to embark onto boats leading to other islands off the state’s shores such as Pulau Tengah, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Aur, Pulau Rawa, Pulai Babi Besar and Pulau Kukup.
If you love the sights of simply sand, sea and sun and do not wish to make a boat-trip to cross the sea to the islands, then Desaru Beach located at the south-eastern part of the State will be the perfect getaway at only 1 and three-quarter hours’ drive from Johor Bahru’s City Centre. The 17 km shoreline is breath-taking with many sea-sport activities in the offing; also golf, fruit farm and ostrich farm visits, fishing villages and resort hotels for accommodation for a truly memorable break.
Not too far from Desaru is the Kota Tinggi Waterfall, where its height of 34km offers an awesome sight. Climb the steps to the top level where the waters are cool and the depth is satisfying for keen swimmers. It is a popular picnic spot with basic recreational facilities.