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Desaru is developed into a beach resort with white sandy beaches for resting and relaxing. It is dangerous to swim in the sea as it is the South China sea with very strong waves, especially at the end of the year. Dun forget to bring your sunblock too! It can get really hot.
To get to Desaru, it is better to have a car for the convenience. Near Desaru, there's excellent and cheap seafood at Sungei Ringgit which is about 30km from Desaru. It is a small town with numerous seafood restaurant and some with views overlooking to Singapore.
Come to think about it, Desaru might be a place for surfers with the huge and strong waves. I am not a surfer, so I do not really know the dangers and requirements for surfing. I only know surfers want big waves. Desaru is a place popular with the locals only and surfing is not our usual sports. Maybe some surfers can check it out and tell me about it.
Updated Sep 8, 2003
Kukup is a very small fishing village. The house are built on stilts above the mangrove swamps. Life here is peaceful and relaxed. Do have a walk around the small village and see the houses built on stilts.
Most of these houses are for rent. Rentals are per person inclusive of seafood BBQ. The owners will usually stay in the house, however, they will move to somewhere else if someone is interested to rent for a day or two.
Written Jun 12, 2003
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.
Updated Jun 12, 2003
Pekan mean town, and nenas mean pineapple. There are many pineapple plantations there. Along the road, you can see many stalls selling fresh and sweet pineapples. The pineapple there is the best in Johor, very juicy, sweet and simply delicious.
There's a pineapple museum near the town. I have not been there, but passed by there. Seems interesting.
Remember to bargain while buying the pineapples.
Updated Apr 22, 2003
Planning of the Skudai campus was based on the concept of centralising the main activities of common interests around the mosque which is surrounded by other buildings within walking distance. This concept is in line with the university motto, "For God and Mankind".
Written Feb 25, 2003
Kota Tinggi is popular for the waterfall since many many many years ago. Go there and relax in the natural cooling water of the waterfall. For a more enjoyable day, bring some food there for a picnic beside the waterfall. It is nice in the hot weather.
It is better to drive there for the convenience.
Beware of the monsoon season when it is dangerous due to floods and rain.
Updated Jan 13, 2003
If you accidently driving around the Zone hotel area in the morning ,you will see people waiting at the boat side to get fresh fish of crab from local fisherman .its cheap and fresh
Written Apr 7, 2008
One hour drive from Johor Bahru city. Pekan Nanas means "pineapple town". A small town which produces the sweetest pineapples in Johor Bahru.
Written May 30, 2003
Have a picnic and dip in the Pulai waterfall. It is a popular place among the local for a dip in the cold water in this hot climate.
Updated May 23, 2003
Photo with 3rd years students from Faculty of Environment. Siti and Yeti spend the whole night guiding me around the world largest campus University Technology of Malaysia in Skudai.
Written Feb 25, 2003
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