Until recent past, Johor Bahru was famous for being gateway to Singapore. However, with the growth in tourism, this city in Malaysia has achieved its share of stardom with glittering skyscrapers and entertaining amusement parks. Its nightlife beams with lights and attracts a lot of tourists to its vicinity. Legoland Malaysia, Johor zoo, Angry birds Activity park, are some of the things to do in Johor Bahru that will draw a lot of families with kids here.
There is no dearth of cultural attractions in Johor Bahru, some of them are Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, Old Chinese Temple, Chinese Heritage Museum, Kuso Trick Art Gallery and others that lend an introduction to the religious structures of the city and the nation. Danga bay, Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest are some of the places where you can retreat in the lap of nature and replenish your tired souls. For those who want to shop, KSL city mall is one of the best options.
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7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini, 79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Malaysia’s first international theme park, the Legoland® Malaysia Resort was opened in the year 2012 and has since then attracted thousands of visitors. A fun filled family holiday destination, the theme park has more than 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions. Popular attractions within the park include:
Land of Adventure
LEGOLAND Water Park
LEGO Wave Pool and many more.
A must visit if you are in town with your kids or if you want to explore the child in you!
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Jalan Gertak Merah, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Overlooking the Straits of Johor and the neighbouring Singapore, the magnificent Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is one of the most beautiful old mosques in Malaysia. Boasting of Victorian Architecture, the mosque was constructed between the years 1892 and 1900. Commissioned by the ‘Father of Modern Johor’, the late Sultan Abu Bakar, the mosque can accommodate 2,000 worshippers at any given time.
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80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru is the main city square of Johor Bahru. The square was built in January 1994 following the declaration of Johor Bahru as a city. Surrounded by many boutiques, restaurants, food stalls, souvenir shops, shopping malls, hotels and accommodations and cafes, the main attraction at the square is the Tower Clock. Head over to Dataran Bandaraya for a shopping spree or to quench your hunger pangs.
Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru is the main city square of Johor Bahru. The square was built in January 1994 following the declaration of Johor Bahru as a city. Surrounded by many boutiques, restaurants, food stalls, souvenir shops, shopping malls, hotels and accommodations and cafes, the main attraction at the square is the Tower Clock. Head over to Dataran Bandaraya for a shopping spree or to quench your hunger pangs. If you really wish to enjoy the lovely vibe of this place, you should visit it during night when multiple vans set up their shop here, attracting locals and tourists to enjoy their steamboat dinner. Apart from the local restaurants here, you will also be able to locate international chain of eatouts such as Mc Donalds. During festivals, this square gets enlivened by crowds who come here to enjoy and have fun. A visit to this place is the perfect way to enjoy the spirit of Johor Bahru in every sense.
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Skudai, 80200, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Danga Bay is considered to be the biggest recreational park in Johor Bahru. It offers a lot of activities with a touch of luxury and glamour! It houses high end retail outlets, designer boutiques and fine dines restaurants along with a beautiful Danga Bay Park.
Trivia: Danga Bay is Johor Bahru’s first and largest mixed residential-commercial development. Stretching across 25 kilometres along a scenic waterfront, the bay covers an area of approximately 450 acres.
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No.22 Lorong Satu, Tebrau, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
07:00 am - 10:00 pm
A popular tourist attraction of Johor Bahru, the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is a sight to behold! The oldest temple in Tebrau, the temple has been listed in the Malaysian Book of Records. A creation of Guru Sri Sinnathamby Sivasamy, this unique temple is embellished with 300,000 pieces of red, blue, yellow, green, purple and white glass, including its floors, pillars and walls. You will also find crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.
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80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
One of the busiest main streets in Johor Bahru, Jalan Wong Ah Fook is a must visit while in town. Lining this street are many shops, cafes, restaurants and food stalls. If you are a foodie, do stroll down to Hiap Joo Bakery and Biscuit factory situated on Jalan Tan Hiok Nee and snack on their banana cakes.
Trivia: The Street is named after Wong Ah Fook, one of the founders of the town of Johor Bahru.
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Jalan Gertak Merah, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Established in the year 1928 by the late Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar, Johor Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country. Head over to the Johor zoo with your family and engage in activities like -
catching a glimpse of lions
play with the elephants
observe the crocodiles
admire the aquatic birds or stroll around the lake
Endangered species here include, gorillas, elephants, flamingos, horses, lions and much more. A visit to Johor zoo is a perfect way to unwind and make your children happy, entertained and educated about animals.
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Lot 653, Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
07:00 am - 05:00 pm
Located downtown, the Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple is a quaint place of worship. Although there are no records to confirm when exactly the temple was built, an old plaque on the temple wall states that the temple was functional even in the year 1870. There are 3 prayer halls in the temple, all beautifully designed. A major attraction within the temple is the huge bronze bell. You will also find a small museum in the temple premises. On display are idols of various gods, photos of the temple and many temple antiques.
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Level 3, KOMTAR JBCC, Johor Bahru City Centre, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
A fun place to visit, the Angry Birds Activity Park has a lot of interesting games and zones designed around the popular game of Angry Birds. The state of the art activity park offers a wide variety of games and attractions suitable for toddlers, kids and parents alike.
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7th Floor KSL Hotel & Resort, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
12:01 am - 12:00 am
A fun place for kids, the Dinosaurs Alive Water Park is situated with the KSL Hotel and Resort premises. Having a quirky swimming pool, life size replicas of Dinosaurs can be found strategically places around the pool. These statues range in size from the 2-foot long Compsognathus to the 85-foot long Brachiosaurus!
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42 Jalan Ibrahim, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Chinese Heritage Museum tells the history of the Chinese community in Johor Bahru. Museum’s collection includes documents, photos, old coins, porcelain, musical instruments and other artefacts. Spread across 4 storeys, the ground floor houses historical documents while the second and third floors showcase artefacts used by Chinese immigrants in the 1800s and 1900s. The 4th floor is dedicated to temporary exhibitions.
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Istana Besar AKA the Grand Place is the royal residence of the King of Johor. Having Anglo- Malay architecture, the palace houses the Royal Abu Bakar Museum. On display are royal heirloom, rare artefacts and records of the history of the state's royal family.
Often surpassed as a dirty, small border city in Southern Malaysia, the capital of the Johor state can surprise you. Today, the city serves as a quick halt for a night or two bore travelers who like the eccentric. An eclectic and beaming Johor Bahru nightlife is what you can look forward to on your stay here. There are several pubs you can head out to for good music, dancing and interesting drinks. Places like the Bongo Pub, Whisky House Johor Bahru, Rooftop bar and the Bierhaus Sentosa are some of the most popular nightclubs in Johor Bahru. If you are not too keen on nightlife you could resort to some blissfully rejuvenating therapies at the Spa Manja Johor Bahru. As you begin to explore the city you will realize that you don’t have to think much about where to go in JB at night.
Owing to the number of honeymooners, Malaysia visits, Johor Bahru is steadily catching up as one place that can be considered for romance. It is far from the conventionally touristy locales of Malaysia; plus, given its development rate it is still to be struck by commercialization. So, you can actually have quite an interesting, romantic time in JB. There are a lot of entertainment opportunities here, one of them being the very popular Legoland Theme Park. Secondly, given the number of romantic cafes and restaurants here, you will never have to contemplate what to eat in Johor Bahru, given their diverse menus. Special events like the World Kite Festival too, can be a cute thing to along with your partner.
There are interesting romantic places to put up at too, if you are up for forgoing the conventional hotels, albeit cashing in on an unparalleled comfort. The Canopy Tribes at Ulu Sungai is a lovely experience, where you get to stay in a lavish, very comfortable tent; complete with a barbeque right outside! Firefly Valley Leisure Park Johor is another amazingly dreamy place that you can go to with your lover. There are several organic and ostrich farms that are a good romantic idea.
Interesting places in Johor to visit
On a JB day trip itinerary you can manage to visit some super interesting places like the Johor zoo and the Johor Bahru old Chinese temple among many other. The Johor Zoo has a very substantial entrance fee, with limited animals’ variety yet making for an interesting place if you are fond of animals. It is a good place to go with your family and kids. The best time to visit this zoo would ideally be mornings as the afternoons can get unbearably hot. The Johor Bahru old Chinese temple is one of the most interesting place of JB for more reasons than one. Firstly, it is the oldest Chinese temple in town, and if you happen to be around on the New Year’s Eve you are for a very delightful celebration ceremony. The heritage and history of JB, very well preserved that too, can be experienced here.
One of the most luxurious and happening places of Malaysia the Danga Bay is a brilliant place if you wish to spend a day outside JB. Several luxury resorts fringe the bay, offering world-class facilities, amenities and entertainment options. Many spas and restaurants serving delectable food along with a good dose of water sports are another highlight of the Johor Bahru Danga bay.
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