Johor Premium Outlets
The Johor Premium Outlets is located in the outskirts of Johor Bahru City , near Kulai or Senai airport.Took about an hour to reach by taxi to this two storey Outlet building .
Its location was in the middle of nowhere ,in the middle of palm plantation.
They have a website ,so you can check the latest happenings on the Outlet.http://www.premiumoutlets.com.my/center-information
There's many exciting branded shops here like Armani ,Burberry ,Coach, Nike ,Guess ,etc, offering huge discounts as far as 70 %.At some stores, like the Coach , we have to Q to get inside. Stuffs here usually were stocks from the last season ,and not the newest arrival.
Some restaurants are lined between the shops ,reasonably priced.
Worth a visit.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
Garden in the City
Hutan Bandar (Johor Bahru, Malaysia) in Malay means “Jungle in the City”. Open daily with free admission, Hutan Bandar is located a 5 minutes drive from Larkin Bus Terminal (or a 20 minutes drive from the City Center). It is a popular spot for family and school excursions. In addition, young people come here for picnic, camping, a game of basketball as well as wedding photo shoots.
Most of the walking trails are man-made and should not pose a challenging to most people. There are presence of lakes, playgrounds, a basketball court and resting area.. and, it makes a romatic setting for wedding proposals (for those who wants it simple only! Not for brides-to-be who prefers a candlelight dinner at an Italian resturant, with a violin dedication.. big diamond ring yada yada..)Related to:
- National/State Park
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Overlooking the Johor Straits towards Singapore, the Istana Garden (Sultan Garden) in Johor Bahru (Johor Baru, Johore Bahru, Johor Baharu) is open to public everyday from 7am to 7pm. The Sultan Palace, owned by the Sultan of Johor, consist of several scattered buildings that sits just besides the garden. These buildings are closed to public.
With plenty of free parking lots available, the Istana garden is both accessible and a frequent hunt for family outings. Most people come here for jogging, leisure walk or a game of badminton at an open area in the park. It is also common see couples having their outdoor wedding photos taken here as well. It may get a little crowded during weekends but there are plenty of space for you to run about. A jog round the full garden trail is about 2.5km. Some trails lead up a knoll for more strenuous exercise routine.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- National/State Park
The Johor State Library has newly-opened in Johor Bahru. The book collection is new though modest. The library itself is a quaint, comfortable place to spend a few hours of reading. Unlike most other libraries in Malaysia, the atmosphere is relaxed without too much rules on food/drinks, dressing etc. The ambience if good.
Meldrum Walk is a pedesterian walkway in the middle of Johor Bahru city center. Along this stretch of road, are shops selling DVDs, bags, clothes as well as restaurants serving typical local fare. Also found here are money changers with some of the best rates in town.
However, the area is frequented more by foreign workers than locals. Beware of pickpockets and do not wander off into quiet and dark lanes.
Street of Harmony
The Street of Harmony is JB's hidden treasure of a harmonious and delicated balance region that is manifested by the juxtaposition of places of worship (mosques, temples and churches) and the proximity of its old charms and modern attraction...
The street of harmony covers several streets in the city centre around Jalan Trus and Jalan Wong Ah Fook... The starting point is the Sultan Ibrahim Building... There are interesting features or trades like the old bakery, barber, antiques, charcoal making and Chinese paper figuring... Pewters, fresh flowers, pubs, bookstores, second-hand magazines and books and a host of other products are found along this harmonious path... Local coffee, tea and food are also available in the many coffee shops and modern restaurants lining the street...
Indonesian Jamu And Cosmetics
Tri Andara is one of the biggest Jamu shop at Pasar Borong Pandan that sell a lot of Indonesian Jamu and cosmetics. Local herbs or medicines are also available here. If you are one of the users you can get the Indonesian Jamu or cosmetics even when you are in M'sia but the price is slightly more of course! There are shops at Komtar and other shopping center that sell this Indonesian Jamu too.
N.B:‘Indonesian Jamu’ are medicines or cosmetics that were made mostly from herbs.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
Playground of JB - Danga Bay
A popular place to be for locals and tourists is Danga Bay.
Whether you want to take a boat ride, train tram or ride a bicycle or enjoy a stroll, this coastal public park with adequate car parks and no admission fees is the ideal place.
It can be hot during the day but in the evening with the cool breeze, it is ideal for family time or couples for the night out. There are many different eating places from cafes, restaurants to street style stalls.
There is also a night market to buy souvenir, bargains and trinkets.
JB Landmark Clock Tower
Overlooking the Tebrau Straits is another of JB famous landmark - the Clock Tower.
It is another Anglo-Victorian-Moorish style building.
In the eveninng, it is lighted up and a welcoming sight to all visitors to JB.
Walking around JB Downtown
JB downtown is relative small, the roads are narrow and with all the traffic crowding to cross the causeway to clear immigration to get to Singapore, it is better to park your car and walk around.
There are many private as departmental store security car parks right at JB downtown.
You can explore the many street stalls and eating places and supermarkets.
Beware of personal security especially at night. There have been cases of snatch thieves riding on motorcycles.
As well as the busy traffic day or night. Remember where you park as it is easy to lose your orientation.
Small Villages around JB
JB is a much poorer area than Singapore, but if you can get outside of the city you will see much, much poorer areas yet. I spent just a few minutes in a village where the people lived in small shacks built on stilts over the water. As you can see from the photos, this is just minutes from the city's tall apartment buildings full of middle-class families.
The Grand Palace and Sultan Abu Bakar Museum
This beautiful building on the water facing Singapore is the Istana Besar, or the Grand Palace of JB. It was built in 1866 and is used mainly for ceremonies and official functions today. Sultan Abu Bakar oversaw much of the construction by a European architect, he ordered the furniture from England, and he directed the placement of the gardens.
Since 1982 the Grand Palace has housed a fine museum with many historic pieces. Its features are the throne room, the treasure rooms, and the hunting room. Exhibits include coins, stamps, guns, stuffed wildlife, pottery ceramics, The cost is US $7 if you are foreign and only about US $ .50 if you are Malaysian.
The gardens are now a large, peaceful public park.
The Museum is open 9am to 5pm Saturday through Thursday.
The Central Market area is just about 1 km north of the border checkpoint. It is somewhat run down, but busy and full of people. This area has a McDonald's and several other restaurants, as well as a few shopping centers.
Many people from Singapore shop in JB for the bargains. I have been told that JB prices are about 1/3 the price of the same item in Singapore.
Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Mausoleum
The Sultan's Mausoleum houses the tombs of the Sultans and their families. It's large gray structure sits in the middle of a common cemetery in town. This is a very quiet, peaceful area filled with rows of neatly aligned trees. Cars and pedestrians are welcome. The cemetery is open 8am to 6pm Monday through Sunday.
The old waterfront area, immediately across the border from Singapore, boast s unique architecture, a few restaurants and banks, and little else. Near the Sultan Abu Baker Museum is an area called Waterfront City. It was opened in 2000 as a shopping center but was quickly abandoned before it could reach its full potential and scrapped in 2003. This area is now being re-redeveloped into a 10 acre "tourist, commercial and recreational spot." I think that's marketing language for tourist trap.
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