Johor Bahru Off The Beaten Path

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    Pasar Borong Pandan

    by imran8852 Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    If you want to know more about the locals and their lifestyle... Visit Pasar Borong Pandan.
    Here the locals get their groceries and some daily necessities.
    Prices of fish and poultry are relatively much more cheaper here compared to the supermarket. Some S’porean also shops here.
    Pasar Borong Pandan is a wholesale market that opens in the evening till around 2.00a.m.
    If you want to go to Pasar Borong Pandan you will have to take the road to Kota Tinggi if you are coming from J.B Town via Woodlands Checkpoint.
    You will reach Pasar Borong Pandan before you reach Carrefour.

    Fish & Poultry Are Much Cheaper Here View Of Pasar Borong Pandan
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    Pasir Gudang.

    by A2002 Updated May 31, 2004

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    Pasir Gudang is not a place for tourism. It is an industrial area with some major oil and gas companies, huge production plants and a port.

    There is also a very very big golf course with much greenery around. Beautiful grounds indeed.

    If you happen to be in Pasir Gudang, there's a "Orang Asli" settlement with several seafood restaurants along the coast. Best of all, all the restaurants are built on stilts above the sea water. "Orang Asli" are the natives of Malaysia and they have their own language. They live in houses built from wood along the coast. Some of them have their houses floating on the sea.

    Seafood here is relatively cheap. To get there, one will have to pass through an oil palm plantation along a muddy path. The drive would be quite dark and I think one will not go if not familiar. Furthermore, there's a stretch of bumpy, unkept path to get there. Maybe you might give up getting there at night if you have never been there before.

    At the restaurants here, do not expect superb service. These are just family run restaurants. Sometimes you can will have to wait for quite some time for your food to be served if there are too many people.

    Here, you choose the fish, prawns, etc from ponds built on the sea (not fish tanks). Quite interesting to people from the city. The seafood here are very fresh and delicious. Best of all, still quite cheap (May2004).

    Seafood.
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    Seafood at Kukup.

    by A2002 Updated Jun 12, 2003

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    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.

    At the restaurant built on stilts.
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    Trip to Desaru.

    by A2002 Updated Sep 8, 2003

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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.

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    Watch Singapore from the other side

    by beetlebummer Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    Tucked along the waterfront and camouflaged by semi-detached houses and condominiums, is Kampung Senibong. It is a vllage in Permas Jaya, Johor Bahru. This area has may seafood restaurants. Looking across the waters, is Singapore. The view at night is beautiful. This place is very secluded however. The roads that lead to it are small and narrow. Best way through is by car, I reckoned.

    The view Singapore, viewed from Senibong Singapore, viewed from Senibong Senibong seafood restaurants The restaurants' ambience
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    Kota Tinggi.

    by A2002 Updated Jan 13, 2003

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    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.

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    Kukup fishing village.

    by A2002 Written Jun 12, 2003

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    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.

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    Pekan Nenas.

    by A2002 Updated Apr 22, 2003

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    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.

    Buying pineapples at a stall.
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    Duty Free Zone in JB

    by daryll Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Duty Free Zone (JB) is located at the designated duty free zone on the south-eastern coast of Johor Bahru, Malaysia...just 2km from Johor Bahru - Singapore Causeway... Strategically positioned within the Singapore- Johor- Riau Islands Growth Triangle (SIJORI).

    EDEN GARDEN HOTEL this 16-storey hotel is part of the Duty Free Zone (JB) in Stulang Laut which is surely making headway in the country’s tourism industry, emerging as a one-stop shopping, dining, entertainment and convention centre.

    The Duty Free Zone (JB), situated along the coastline of Johor Bahru, boasts of not just Eden Garden Hotel but also a supermarket and departmental store, the Eden Floating Palace, boutique shop lots, fast food outlets, a food court, an international ferry terminal, entertainment outlets and an open air hawker place called the Stulang Laut Seafront.Travelling From Singapore...
    Public buses, a daily bus service to and from the Duty Free Zone (JB) to Singapore is available.

    From Singapore you can ride buses number 170 which will route you to Larkin Terminal and from there, take any buses that route you to the city centre. Change your bus at the Post Office at the city centre or at the city bus exchange point at Komtar Shopping Complex and from there, you can take either bus number 123, 11 or 10 to go to Duty Free Zone (JB). It will take you about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the traffic flow of the day.

    If you come over to zone from Singapore, you can take the buses number 170 at Rochor Road where it will ferry you across the causeway and the last stop will be at Larkin Terminal which will take you about 30 to 45 minutes of ride to reach to Larkin.

    Duty Free Zone JB
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    Asia Continent Southern Most Tip

    by Chai_Eric Updated Apr 4, 2007

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    Usually when people who travel to Kukup for seafood or durian little to they know that there is a place, Tg Piai, which is the southern most tip of the Asia Continent. The local or tourism board of Malaysia try to promote it but guess not very successful. It is like many mangrove areas in Malaysia coast line if you are a nature lover you might spend half a day for bird watching or enjoy the calmness of the mangrove breeze.

    Monkey that snap away my son's tibits Munument of Soutern most tip of the Asia Continent Signboard Directional at the end of the long bridge Long bridge extened from mangrove
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    A Yo Yo Asam Manis

    by snuggie Written Feb 18, 2006

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    This store located in JB is well known for it cuttlefish snacks,it sells everything related to sotong or cuttlefish,don't forget to drop by for some.

    Address: 15 Jln Sutera Satu,Tmn Sentosa,80150 JB,Hohor Malaysia

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    The Johor Old Temple

    by ngcsc Written Mar 6, 2005

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    Being the oldest Chinese Temple in Johor Bahru, Johor Old Temple has been the most popular temple for the prayers in southern Malaysia or even Singapore for years.

    Despite the religion issues, the architecture of the temple itself is one of the attractions which worth for visit.

    The temple is located at Jalan Trus, the old street of Johor Bahru, close to Kotaraya

    The entrance of the temple

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  • War Memorial Monument

    by asnidd Written Nov 5, 2004

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    maybe you has visited Lido Beach.. did anyone mentioned you about this monument? if you don't.. it's okey.. most of the local also did not aware of this monument. This obelisk commemorates martyred servicemen of the First and Second World Wars, and the Emergency (confrontation with Indonesia in 1962).

    War Memorial, Jalan Abu Bakar, Johor Bahru.
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    Alternative Water Activity

    by ngcsc Written Dec 5, 2004

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    What are they doing?? Treasure Hunt???

    May be you are right, they are hunting for clam. There are people catching clam at Stulang Laut seaside sometime in the late afternoon.

    You can join them if you think it is interesting. What you need is just a short and net.

    Treasure Hunting

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    An Evening Walk

    by ngcsc Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Take a short walk at Stulang Laut (Jalan Ibrahim Sultan), enjoy the breezy evening.

    You might have some local food at the local restaurant or some street vendor, you might see someone enjoying water sport or alternative water activities, and you might some student after the school hour during the school day..... this is the lifely experience of Johor local life.

    Boardwalk along Stulang Laut

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