Johor Bahru Travel Guide

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Johor Bahru Things to Do

  • Istana Besar

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    If there's one thing we really appreciate in Johor is this museum, which houses a good collection of royal heirloom, impressive rare artefacts and a good record of the history of the States's Royal Family.

  • Sri Mariamman Temple

    There's not much to see in this neighborhood, so the splash of color from this temple is a welcome sight. It also serves as a useful reference point since many of the other buildings have a bland sameness to them.

  • Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

    4 out of 5 stars

    Johor's state mosque is possibly its finest building - a gleaming white blend of Victorian English and Islamic architecture that overlooks the straits to Singapore. It sits atop a small hill allowing you to catch a wisp of a breeze as you admire the building and the view. You are free to wander the grounds, and you should definitely head around the...


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Johor Bahru Restaurants

  • Chef's Table

    4 out of 5 stars

    It’s an unique homely design restaurant serves with Chinese & Europe dishes located along Jalan Adda, Taman Adda Height. Their Turkey Ham Carbonara Spaghetti is really Italian cooking for those who loves Italian dishes. We are indulgence in its Four Treasure Chicken Soup, the deliciousness of the soup is unique from others, the dishes here are...

  • Wawa Chicken

    (Oct 2015) I went to Wawa Chicken at the 3rd floor (inner city) of JB City Square with my wife after reading about its review at Johorkaki blog. Having tasted Four Fingers in SG, I must say that I am glad there's decent korean fried chicken in JB! The place is packed on that weekend so we decided to order takeaway. I would recommend the spicy...

  • Seven Oaks Bakery Cafe

    Seven Oaks is a bakery and cafe over two floors, with a few little reminders of life in Britain. The ground floor is the bakery, with the expected range of breads, cakes and pastries. Above is the cafe, which has nice burnished mirrors and an attractive layout (it actually looks like Pizza Express in Cambridge!). There is also a balcony over the...


Johor Bahru Nightlife

  • Best rock Bar in JB

    If you're itching for real rock..head on down to Lone star. Awesome band from the Philippines playing real rock and roll with Malaysian and Singaporean guest musicians .Caucasian friendly...Asian fights...priced average has karaoke upstairs but the main draw is Rock and Roll. No Justin Berber shot is super awesome. I can...

  • Night Life @ LIVE, Johor Bahru

    Live @ Sutera Utama, Skudai, Johor Bahru.Great Place to hang out and as well with great Live Band. Beer is cheap if you are there between 4pm to 6pm. (Beer Buffet)There are also VIP rooms for Karaoke at 3rd Floor. Casual, Jeans

  • A feel of old Malaya

    An old colonial bungalow along the seaside, converted into an art gallery and lounge. The deco is pre-independence Malaya. There is an art gallery depicting pictures of Malaysia. A small lounge on the first floor serves drinks (including beer) and light snacks. The ambience is relaxing and cozy. There is also a pool table. It makes a nice place for...


Johor Bahru Transportation

  • JB Sentral - trains to Singapore and...

    JB Sentral is the train station for JB to connect with the rest of Malaysia and also for the shuttle service to Singapore. It connects to the KOMTAR and City Square malls, and has a few snack and souvenir stalls to keep you busy while you wait for your train. The tourist information centre here is very well stocked with maps and leaflets, covering...

  • Train

    Johor is the last stop on the Singapore line from Kuala Lumpur. Because of Singapore's weird pricing system, which charges for tickets to Malaysia in Singapore Dollars, it's cheaper to buy for the same number of Ringgits over the border. So starting your journey in Johor can save you a lot of money. The train station is very modern and very well...

  • Express Bus To and From Singapore

    there are lots of Buses plysing the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur and vice Versa Route and it depens on the type of bus you want. Average Fares for economy sleeper seats is $ 20 and the trip usually lasts 5 hours with rest stops along the way.SINGAPORE - KUALA LUMPUR 9.00 AM, 12.00 PM,1.30 PM, 3.00 PM,6.30 PM, 7.00 PM, 7.30 PM (Fri Only) Address of the...


Johor Bahru Shopping

  • Newish mall opposite Legoland

    The oddly named Mall of Medini is a small, reasonably new (or at least very low occupancy) mall targeting the new development of Medini, around Legoland Malaysia. At the moment, it has a few chain restaurants and cafes, some newsagents, and some very weird art. It didn't exactly feel like this mall was going to improve any time soon, so I expect it...

  • Central Mall

    Johor has a brand new mall just outside the train station to take advantage of all the day trippers escaping Singapore's rapidly rising prices. It was still being worked on when I was there, with some empty shops and gaps of bare concrete, but it's already pretty impressive. There's obviously a lot of money pouring across the border. It's very...

  • Bus Stop Souvenir Stalls

    There are several big bus stops and terminals that also doubles as strip malls as they also have food courts and souvenir stalls and convenience stores inside to service the locals and tourists who ply the Singapore-Kuala Lumpure Route via the North-South Expressway of Malaysia and the last stop if coming from Kuala Lumpur is at Johore Bahru. These...


Johor Bahru Local Customs

  • Folk dances

    We spent only a couple of hours in Johor Bahru, time enough to bring a good impression of local hospitality. Of course, most of it was performed for tourists, in a commercial environment, but... being received with folk dancing is one of the best ways to touch me. They did, and... we bought something, of course.

  • The Indian Influence

    There is a strong Indian influence in central JB. Apart from the Sri Mariamman temple, which looms large over the city, there are numerous shops, restaurants and traders. There were also rows of houses and buildings on the same block painted different colours, which added an Indian feel to the city. Apparently only 7% of the population of Johor...

  • Dining - the Chinese way.

    When dining in a Chinese restaurant or coffee shops, you can always ask for fork and spoons. Knife and fork are seldom used, except for our so-called "western food" such as chicken chop, fish and chips, etc. Usually, fork and spoons are for rice. Chopsticks and a spoon (like a small laddle) for the soup are used for eating noodles. However, you can...


Johor Bahru Warnings and Dangers

  • Singapore Customs

    Whether you are heading down from the north of Malaysia, or crossing over into Johor for a shopping trip, you need to be aware of customs. They are pretty relaxed on the Malaysian side, but Singapore customs are thorough, strict and have rules that are not the same as other customs agencies around the world. Of particular note are the taxes on...

  • A Little Seedy

    Johor Bahru has a bad reputation, but it didn't feel that bad, and better than Kuala Lumpur. I even managed to flag down a taxi that used the meter without having to be asked. That's a first for me in Malaysia. The people were friendly and helpful, but it felt like some of the streets were best avoided, especially at night. I wouldn't say I felt...

  • Daring Robbers

    I lived in Jb for a few years, and you really do have to watch your step!! We lived in an apartment block on the 15th floor, and one night I forgot to close a living room window,(well being 15 floors up I didnt think too much about it!) The next day I awoke to find that thieves had been in the apartment and robbed us, they had climbed up 15...


Johor Bahru Tourist Traps

  • Zon Duty Free - if you leave Malaysia!

    Zon duty free mall at Berjaya Waterfront sits among a square of bars. The duty free mall itself is 3 floors, but only the bottom floor has open shops. These are the duty free chocolate, alcohol and cigarette shops, along with a massage centre and a small mini mart selling snack food. The food court is closed, are most of the luxury goods shops. You...

  • Danga City Mall - Dawn of the Dead

    Danga city mall is on most of the road signs and is a local landmark, which features on tourist maps. I assumed therefore it would be somewhere to spend a bit of time and get a coffee. Actually, it's like something from a horror film. It's about 5 badly lit floors of shuttered up shops, with maybe 20 or so which are actually open, with a food court...

  • Duty free scam

    There is a shopping complex in the east of JB called ZON, which is advertised as the largest duty free shopping in Malaysia. You can even find it at google maps. We found the building is pretty run-down,and nothing more than a neighborhood mall except a few duty free shops selling liquor and tobaccos. The price is higher than what you can get at...


Johor Bahru What to Pack

  • In your backpack

    Deuber Camping Bag--MY favourite 2-3 T-shirts, one long-sleeve sweater, jeans, windbreaker, track suit, thick socks, good trekking shoes and gloves. Iodine, Salt, Ammonia Crystals, Plasters, Triangle Bandage, Chlorine Tablets, sulphur, paracetamol, nasal spray, insect repellent, cotton wool and talcum powder(dry bath) Anti-frost/mist...

  • Hot and humid climate all year.

    Sleeveless or short sleeved tee/shirts.Comfy walking shoes.Umbrella for the rain or sun. Any medicine prescribed by your doctors. There are many pharmacies around where you can buy common medications.Prepare some medications for diarrhoea. It will be useful if you are unlucky and plan to eat at roadside hawkers.

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Johor Bahru Off The Beaten Path

  • Duty Free Zone in JB

    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...

  • Buying fresh Fish from straits of tebrau

    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

  • Watch Singapore from the other side

    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....


Johor Bahru Sports & Outdoors

  • Impian Emas Golf & Country Club

    This is a 9-holes par-36 public course is designed byRonal Fream... The short course plays to 3,117m from the blue tees is challenging with its hugh but undulating fairways, greenside bunkers and large tricky greens... For those playing a full 18-holes, the second nine plays to 3,195m on the alternate blue tees... The club has a temprorary...

  • Poresia Country Club

    The Poresia Country Club is located within the development of Leisure Farm Resort... The course comprises a 36-hole golf course and clubhouse... Condominium-style accomodation (2-bedroom units at RM385nett per day) is available at the Resort... Other facilities are available at the Bale Club (including smimming pool, restaurants, conference centre,...

  • Palm Resort Golf & Country Club

    The course comprises of three 18-holes ie the Allamanda, Cempaka and Melati which are named after the flourishing flora in the area... All the three 18-holes are designed by the world-renowned Hiromasa Inagawa play to par 72... The Allamanda 18 play to 6,866 yds from the blue tees... The course features remarkable landscaping amidst breath-taking...


Johor Bahru General

  • Immigration To and From Malaysia to...

    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...

  • Car Wash

    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. Food, Friends & Families!

  • Taking Advantage of the Currency...

    Singaporians take advantage of the Sing Dollar, and move into this weekend getaway into Malaysia for shopping, dining, relaxation.l 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.


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  • May 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Recently made a trip to JB and stayed there for a night. Had dinner at this wonderful place by the name of Hiang Kee Seafood. Seriously delectable stuff. You can read my review at :) Anyone can recommend any other seafood places in JB for me to try out? Do comment on my blogpost if possible!

  • May 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Recently made a trip to JB and stayed there for a night. Had dinner at this wonderful place by the name of Hiang Kee Seafood. Seriously delectable stuff. You can read my review at :) Anyone can recommend any other seafood places in JB for me to try out? Do comment on my blogpost if possible!

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