There are two separate Immigration Areas at the end of the Johore Bahru-Singapore Causeway and when you are travelling via bus from johore or from kuala lumpur like us, the bus will drop you off the building of malaysian immigration area where you take an elevator to the second floor and have your luggages screened by an x-ray machine then present your passports to Malaysian Immigration and then you will walk along a long corridor with duty free shops along the way then to Singapore immigration counters where you will again present your passports and after clearing the immigration, then have you luggages again screen and finally go down an escalator to a big bus waiting area and then board your bus and it then goes to the causeway and into the bukit timah expressway to Singapore.
Fondest memory: the seemless and efficient transition from Malaysia to Singapore and vice versa.
After a long drive you probably will be too tired to wash your car, and yet you just can't stand to see how bad it was…Not to worry, just sent your car for a car wash. There are abundance of these services not just in Johore Bahru but all over M'sia.
Fondest memory: Food, Friends & Families!
Singaporians take advantage of the Sing Dollar, and move into this weekend getaway into Malaysia for shopping, dining, relaxation.
Fondest memory: Have the best of Malaysian Food, Shop in the semi swanky Malls (compared to Singapore) and Have aperfect getaway from the cosmopoliton rush of Singapore.
Step out of the giant air conditioned mall called Singapore and experience some of the "down to earth-ness" of this friendly country.
Shopping is everywhere and you can get most anything pretty cheaply. Life isn't so hurried and it's just small jump Singapore.
You can rent a limo from Changyi for only about 80 Singaporean dollars which will take you right in.
This is the picture of the New Custom, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) in Johore Baru taken from the newly built bridge that was part of the Southern Integrated Gateway, but still not operational yet.The CIQ will be largest of its kind in Malaysia…it occupies an area of 232,237 square metres.
I gather this information at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Integrated_Gateway
For those who are interested to know more please visit the link above.
Fondest memory: Food, Friends & Families!
Look at the bus stop...It has no sign, so you better make sure where you want to go or which bus you want to take! The good thing is that the bus driver will always let you alight somewhere to take another bus if you make the wrong choice...A sincere appologies and a thank's from the heart will always go a loooong way!
Fondest memory: Friends And Family
Cigarettes price in S'pore are killing the smokers even before the cigarettes does…So most smokers that come to M'sia especially J.B wouldn't want to miss the chance to buy the cigarettes even just for a packet or so.
Fondest memory: For Smokers... Cheap Cigarettes Of Course!
Not all S'porean go to J.B just to shop but some go to J.B to visit their families or relatives there. Some even bought a house in J.B to stay. We love J.B because the feeling of kampong life is there.
Some S’porean married to M’sian and prefers to stay in J.B or vice versa…Anyway Singapore was under Malaysia once!
Fondest memory: My Friends, Relatives And The Food Of Course!
During the month of Ramadhan a lot of place in J.B will have bazaar that sell clothing and Malay's Kueh for Hari Raya…If you are around any of this bazaar take the advantage to buy some of the Malay's Kueh (Mostly biscuits). Some of these Malay's delicacies are so hard to find except in the month of Ramadhan and most people regardless of their races will take the advantage to buy it.
Fondest memory: Families, Friends And Food
All non citizen need to complete the Immigration Card (white Card) when we clear the customs.
The white card may be obtained at the customs counter. Just approach any of the staff at the counter and they will give youu a stack of white cards.
Do check that your white card and passport has been stamped.
If you have problem with filling up the immigration card, just pay the old man for this service.
Earning Singapore Dollars is the top main purpose and why exist of Johor Baharu, many crossed the border daily to work in Singapore for its higher currency, why, because Malaysia's economy dropped badly from 1:1 in currency exchange in 70s to nearly 2.5:1 today year 2006.
On the border custom, I saw thousands of pedestrians, cars and bikes queuing up with extreme helpless facial expressions. The moment I entered, I read in newspaper about many housewives travelling 200+ kilometers (one way) from Kluang daily by bus to work in Singapore, why? Because they earn RM500+ monthly in Malaysia, but can earn 4 times more over the next border. But I don't want to talk too much in this, some peoples cannot accept criticism, they might want to send email to re-educate me.
What is the best place for money changer in Johor Bahru? Jalan Wong Ah Fook, is the answer from 9 out of 10.
Jalan Wong Ah Fook is the famous money changer street especially for Singapore Dallor - Malaysian Ringgit exchange.
Why? It is close to the Johor Bahru Checkpoint. Just about 5 minutes walk, you will see lots of money changer along the street.
The immigration and customs at the causeway operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Therefore, not to worry about getting across to JB if it's late at night. During the weekends, it is not surprising that there will be a traffic jam at the causeway even past 12 midnite!
There are lanes for the cars and a small terminal for passengers.
The only problems for passengers is that the public bus service to cross the causeway will end slightly before 12 midnite. Else you will have to walk across the causeway. It would not be easy if you are lugging some luggages.
Malaysian money is called the Ringgit. It is valued at about 2.22 Ringgit to the Singapore Dollar. After exiting customs, and walking through the pedestrian underpass towards central JB, you will find a well-marked money exchange in a small shop on the main road. As you might expect, it is surrounded by taxis and cons, like sharks circling an injured swimmer...
This is one of the only money exchanges I saw, but there were a few ATMs in the waterfront area and the central market area.
JB is famous in S'pore as being very inexpensive, so it's a popular destination for a day-trip for shopping.
There's a Johor Tourist Information Center, JOTIC in short, situated just across the road from the Abu Bakar Museum.
From there, one can get information of where to go and some brochures.
There's also some cultural performances mainly for the tourists. Be amazed at the unique musical instruments that they use.