Visit Johor Bahru - Best of Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, commonly referred to as JB, is the southernmost city in Malaysia. One of the largest cities in the country, Johor Bahru tourism boasts of about 16 million tourists annually! Connected to Singapore by two bridges, it is calculated that over 3, 00,000 of the city’s residents work in Singapore. Bet this is information your Johor Bahru travel guide did not tell you! The same is the case with Singaporeans. Many of the country’s residents go to Johor Bahru to shop. Talk about loving thy neighbour!

Once known as a dirty, chaotic border town, Johor Bahru has completely turned around and in now known for its clean streets, bustling markets and malls and a booming economy. There are plenty of places to visit and things to do in Johor Bahru. The city has been the capital of the Sultanate of Johor since 1899. Hence you will find a couple of beautiful palaces in Johor Bahru.

If you are planning a trip to this vivacious city, here’s all the travel information you will need to plan a perfect Johor Bahru travel itinerary- from when to visit to where to stay to what to see.

Johor Bahru Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Johor Bahru tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC/GMT +8 hours. No daylight saving time is observed.
  • Currency: The Currency operational in Malaysia is Ringgit
  • Electricity: Electrical sockets (outlets) in Malaysia are the "Type G " British BS-1363 type. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in.
  • Internet: Some of the Internet providers in Malaysia are: TM Net, Maxis Broadband, Time Dotcom, etc.
  • Language: Malay is the predominant language spoken in Malaysia.
  • Emergency Contacts: Police & Ambulance : 999, Tourism Headquarters : 03-2693-5188
  • Tipping: Not mandatory, but appreciated.

Customs and Safety tips:

  • Do not kiss in public. Malaysians refrain from displaying any personal affection in public.
  • Beware of snatch thieves.
  • Avoid travelling alone at night, stay indoors instead.
  • Always take the RED taxis, the BLUE taxis are overpriced.
  • Do not drink tap water.
  • There are strict laws against the usage of drugs in Malaysia.
  • Remove your shoes before entering a Malaysian home, a temple or a Mosque.
  • Do convert most of your currency in Malaysia only, since the country does not allow a huge number of Ringgit in or out of country.

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Facts and Stats for Johor Bahru*

  • Pollution Statistics in Johor Bahru

    Know the pollution level of Johor Bahru before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 58.93 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 48.08 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 55.77 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 55.77 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 67.86 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 53.85 (Moderate)
  • Johor Bahru: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Johor Bahru for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Johor Bahru.

    • Burglary and Theft 64.38 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 61.88 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 60.8 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 70.19 (High)
    • Car Stealing 65.12 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 66.98 (High)
    • Attacks 52.47 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 50.31 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 54.69 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 28.44 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.9 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 38.58 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 67.81 (High)
  • Living in Johor Bahru - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Johor Bahru is 113.4 (High)

    • Safety Index 40.28 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 64.46 (High)
    • Pollution Index 65.75 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.5 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 43.37 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 63.16 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.54 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 57.43 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Johor Bahru

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Johor Bahru

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.73 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 24.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 69.81 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 57.43 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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