20 Best Things To Do In Johor Bahru, Malaysia

by Revati Tamboli Updated on 16 Oct 2018

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Johor Bahru (JB) was also called as Tanjung Puteri or Iskandar Puteri, located in the southernmost part of Malaysia. Contrary to popular belief, Johor Bahru houses plenty of attractions and activities beyond its legacy of shopping. From aesthetic mosques to petting ostriches, the city has plenty to offer to all the tourists who visit. Until the recent past, Johor Bahru was famous for being a 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.

You will come across enough spots of sightseeing attractions, cultural attraction, religious structures along with various things to do and see in JB on your trip to Johor Bahru. Find our best tourist guide for what to do in JB which covers all the best Johor Bahru attractions and activities.

Our list of what you can do in Johor Bahru (Content Index):

  1. Build your own Lego at Legoland Malaysia
  2. Danga Bay - one of the best things to do in Johor Bahru with kids
  3. Be in Awe of Splendour at the Istana Besar
  4. Let your kids make merry at the Angry Birds Theme Park
  5. Glance upon splendid architecture at Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple
  6. Enrich yourself with the culture at Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque
  7. Be one with the animals at Johor Zoo
  8. walk through history at the Chinese Heritage Museum
  9. Discover Chinese heritage Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Street
  10. Escape from the concrete life at Gunung Pulai Forest Reserve
  11. Pet a majestic bird at Desaru Ostrich Farm
  12. Eat to your heart’s content at Meldrum Night Market
  13. Get into dangerous encounters at the Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm
  14. Explore ancient tradition at Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple
  15. Appreciate the beauty of Istana Bukit Serene
  16. Bathe yourself in luxury at Princess Cove Johor Bahru
  17. Feast like a king at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee
  18. Eat authentically at Jalan Wong Ah Fook
  19. Wake your inner shopaholic at Johor Premium Outlets
  20. Shop at Komtar JBCC
  21. Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  22. What To Do in Johor Bahru: Day-Wise Ideas
  23. Top Johor Bahru Activities And Tours
  24. Types of Things To Do in Johor Bahru

Let's explore the best things to do in Johor Bahru:

1. Build your own Lego at Legoland Malaysia

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The first international theme park in Malaysia, Legoland is a children’s paradise. Located in Johor, the park has over 40 interactive rides and shows. Opened in 2012 by the Sultan Ibrahim Ismail, the park has since become a permanent feature on the city’s skyline. Head on here for a fulfilling day for the kids, with the perfect end at the Legoland hotel - a Lego-themed hotel, attached to the theme park. Get on the aerial monorail ride, perfect for adults accompanying their kids here. Finally, pick up something at the Lego store as a souvenir from your trip here.

  • Attraction Type: Amusement Park, Theme Park, Entertainment
  • Address: 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini, 79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm

2. Danga Bay - one of the best things to do in Johor Bahru with kids

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Counted as one of the best things to do in Johor Bahru, the Danga Bay recreational park is the largest, one of its kind attraction in the city. Along with featuring several rides, this attraction is also popular as an events’ venue. Kids, especially, are certain to have a great time here. A bunch of restaurants dotting the Danga Bay make this an ideal place to spend the evening at. Seafood is what you must try at most of the restaurants around the Danga Bay recreational park. Thus, if you are looking for places to try local food, rest assured you will find a gamut of options here.

  • Attraction Type: Waterfront, Park, Walking Area
  • Address: Skudai, 80200, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • Timings: 24-Hrs

3. Be in Awe of Splendour at the Istana Besar

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 Standing tall as an ode to brilliant architecture, Istana Besar is the palace built by Sultan Abu Bakar. Constructed in 1866, the palace has a beautiful view overlooking the Straits of Johor. Be sure to visit the Royal museum located inside the palace for a detailed history into the lifestyle of the royal family. The palace architecture is inspired by an Anglo-Malay style, with an artful dome of Malay design and a distinctive blue roof – indicatively of the Anglo influence.

4. Let your kids make merry at the Angry Birds Theme Park

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Located surprisingly within the famous Komplex Tun Abdul Razak mall in Johor Bahru, this theme park is at its unique best. A big hit with the children, this theme park is designed after the famous mobile game – Angry Birds. With plenty of eateries within the grounds (right near the entrance), the theme park visit can very easily be a whole day event. Get kids to try the many activities within the park such as the foam pit, the trampoline, and the exciting egg hunt.

5. Glance upon splendid architecture at Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

Built in 1922, Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Johor. A true display of Malaysian architectural prowess, this temple is unlike any other - earning it a Guinness world record. The temple’s key attraction is its reflective glass body which makes up 90% of the surface of the temple. The interior is covered with colourful mosaics, statues and murals, making it a beautiful picture backdrop. The temple is primarily open for religious activities but also permits tourists at specific hours.

  • Attraction Type: Religious Site, Temple, Tourist Center, Architecture
  • Address: No.22 Lorong Satu, Tebrau, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • Timings: 07:00 am - 10:00 pm

6. Enrich yourself with the culture at Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque

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 The sun setting over the horizon with the skyline of Johor Bahru on one side and the Straits of Johor on the other – this is the sight you will be rewarded with when visiting the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque. Known to be one of the oldest and most beautiful mosques in Malaysia, it can accommodate over 2000 worshippers at a time. The architecture – a mix of Victorian and Malaysian styles – is a sight for sore eyes. Listed as a protected heritage site by the Department of Museums and Antiquities, head over here to be culturally enriched.

7. Be one with the animals at Johor Zoo

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 Initially operated as a private safari park for the royal family, Johor Zoo is one of the first zoos to open in Asia. From the mighty prides of lions to our distant relatives - the gorillas, this zoo is home to hundreds of species of animals. First opened to the public in 1962, the zoo is located very close to another landmark in the city - the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque. Apart from animal-watching, the zoo also offers activities like paddle boating, horseback riding, or even feeding the animals.

  • Attraction Type: Outdoors, Wildlife Park, Zoo
  • Address: Jalan Gertak Merah, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm

8. Walk through history at the Chinese Heritage Museum

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Located in the heart of Chinatown, the museum provides a glimpse into how the Chinese people in Johor lived. For interesting insights on the history of the people of Singapore, get the informative audio tour. From mock-ups of the rooms to the many artefacts kept here, the tour lets you step back in time. If you are into the history and culture of a place, this museum is not to be missed!

  • Attraction Type: Museum, History Museum
  • Address: 42 Jalan Ibrahim, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm

9. Discover Chinese heritage Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Street

A perfect combination of old and news, the Tan Hiok Nee heritage street showcase the Chinese heritage through the architecture and buildings and adopts the new with the many modern cafes here. It highlights numerous food and retro bistros and old-fashioned shops. With its unique architectural design, it highlights old pilgrim structures which you can't miss against the modernity of the rest of the city. Pick from any of these famous bistros - Bev C, a boutique cafe, Drums Cafe, Amphawa Boat Noodle, Chaiwalla & Co container cafe, EHHE Art Café - for a great food experience.

10. Escape from the concrete life at Gunung Pulai Forest Reserve

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 If adventure is your calling, then the Gunung Pulai Forest Reserve is an ideal retreat for you. With beautiful trails for walking and cycling, this reserve is a hiker’s paradise. Although the entire length of the trails is only 10km, the picturesque view and the magical rainforest sounds, make up for the short distance. Being 700m above sea level, the reserve remains at a pleasant climate throughout. Cut off from concrete buildings and civilization, it is the perfect escape for adventure lovers.

11. Pet a majestic bird at Desaru Ostrich Farm

Has it been a dream to be within petting distance of a majestic bird like Ostrich? Then look no further than the Desaru Ostrich Farm as it gives you this very experience. With over two hundred ostriches in the farm, visitors can take pictures and even ride these powerful birds for a fee. There is also a well-stocked souvenir shop, where you can buy ornaments made from ostrich eggs, beaks, bones and even leather. If you are in the mood for an adventurous tasting, the in-house restaurant also offers ostrich meat, done a few different ways.

12. Eat to your heart’s content at Meldrum Night Market

A must-visit for all foodies, the Meldrum night market is just a short distance away from JB Sentral. Hidden away in a back alley behind two famous food streets - Jalan Wong Ah Fook and Jalan Meldrum, this market has a variety of culinary treats for all who visit. From Singapore delights like Char Kway Teoh to the Malay version of pancakes (Apam Balik), this market offers street food at its best. If ambiance and fancy seating is not a matter of prime importance for you, then head on here for the best food experience!

13. Get into dangerous encounters at the Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm

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If you are looking for a kick of adrenalin from close encounters with dangerous animals, then look no further. Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm allows the visitors to touch crocodiles with their bare hands. A conservatory and tourist centre in one - the farm also gives visitors the chance to observe baby crocodiles, watch and feed in the hundreds of more crocodiles they have. Also head to their restaurant to try some herbal concoctions aimed at relieving cold and other ailments. If you do visit, don’t forget to see the legendary 130-year-old toothless crocodile.

14. Explore ancient tradition at Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple

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One of the oldest structures in Johor Bahru, this Chinese temple stands out against the modern skyscrapers that make up the city’s skyline. Still open as a place of worship as well as a tourist spot, the temple is said to be built in the 19th century. The temple stands testament as a symbol of unity among five Chinese dialect groups - Teochew, Hoklo (Hokkien), Cantonese, Hakka and Hainan. Although it has been renovated to make it more structurally sound, the cultural aura of the temple has been preserved.

15. Appreciate the beauty of Istana Bukit Serene

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Also known as Laman Mahkota, the Istana Bukit Serene is the official residence of the Sultan of Johor. It is regarded as one of the most famous landmarks in Johor with a majestic palace within. Although entry to the palace isn’t allowed, visitors an still take photographs with the artistic palace in the backdrop. The garden in front of the palace hosts many events and celebrations by the royal family. The most distinct feature is the ornate and artfully carved crown that is placed before the palace as a gift from the Sultan to his people.

16. Bathe yourself in luxury at Princess Cove Johor Bahru

If experiencing the royal life is on your bucket list then there is no better place to go than Princess Cove. The many hotels, offices and malls here are the most aesthetically pleasing built right against the marina, meant for the lifestyle of royals. From fine dining experiences to shopping at the most expensive boutiques, the line-up of luxury is endless here.

17. Feast like a king at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee

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Named after one of the founding fathers of Johor Bahru, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee is a road in the more established segment of the city. It highlights numerous food and retro bistros and old-fashioned shops. With its unique architectural design, it highlights old pilgrim structures which you can't miss against the modernity of the rest of the city. Don’t forget to try the famous food trail with authentic Malaysian cuisine, open-air karaoke, and play Chinese chess right on the road!

18. Eat authentically at Jalan Wong Ah Fook

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Yet another one for the foodie in you - Jalan Wong Ah Fook is one of the busiest one-way roads in Johor Bahru bustling with the most delicious street foods. From Malaysian finger foods to spicy Singapore noodles, from satays to western pasta, this street is all about satisfying your food cravings. Located within a 10-minute walk from the city square, this street can be combined with city square shopping, making it the ultimate gratification day.

19. Wake your inner shopaholic at Johor Premium Outlets

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Draw out the shopaholic in you at Johor Premium Outlets. As the principal premium-brand outlet in Southeast Asia, you'll be able to discover extravagant brands at affordable prices. As big as more 30 football fields consolidated, Johor Premium Outlets houses 130 designer stores from Calvin Klein to Burberry. Rebates are throughout the entire year, in some cases going as high as 90%! Add some food to your shopping experience, in the many restaurants and cafes available here right from Baskin Robins to Starbucks and from Pizza Hut to Subway.

20. Shop at Komtar JBCC

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Komtar JBCC, one of the biggest malls in Malaysia. Find a huge collection of brands of your choice at affordable prices. Linked to the Central and City Square with a bridge, Komtar has everything you need to spend an entire day here. It houses designer stores from Calvin Klein to Burberry, Bath and Body work to Marc Jacobs. Add some food to your shopping experience, in the many restaurants and cafes available here right from Tony Roma's and Earle Swenson's.

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Author: Revati Tamboli
Raised in an unconventional and feminist family, Revati believes in hope and love more than anything else in the world. She was still waiting for her Hogwarts letter or a spider to bite her while pursuing engineering, so that she could become a wizar...

Must see places in Johor Bahru ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Johor Bahru and point of interests to visit.

  1. # 1 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 16774 times in trip plans
    Legoland Malaysia

    Tags: Outdoors, Amusement Park, Theme Park, Entertainment

    Address: 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini, 79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

    Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    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 destinati...Read more

  2. # 2 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 13310 times in trip plans
    Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru

    Tags: Outdoors, Cafe, Restaurant, Entertainment

    Address: 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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, resta...Read more

  3. # 3 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 13145 times in trip plans
    Danga Bay

    Tags: Waterfront, Park, Walking Area, Restaurant

    Address: Skudai, 80200, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 ...Read more

  4. # 4 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 1346 times in trip plans
    Sanrio Hello Kitty Town

    Tags: Theme Park

    Address: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Sanrio Hello Kitty Town is a Hello Kitty style interactive theme park in Iskandar Puteri. Decorated in a prominent pink theme, the Sanrio Hello Kitty Town represents the home of Hello Kitty where you ...Read more

  5. # 5 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 7040 times in trip plans
    Ksl City Mall

    Tags: Hotel, Entertainment, Mall, Shopping Center

    Address: 33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

    Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    KSL City & Hotel is an integrated development which comprises of 500 retail outlets, 868 hotel rooms, 602 condominiums and 2800 car parks. It houses popular brands such as: ST3P BODY GLOVE Guardi...Read more

  6. # 6 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 8311 times in trip plans
    Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Tourist Center, Architecture

    Address: No.22 Lorong Satu, Tebrau, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

    Timings: 07:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    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....Read more

  7. # 7 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 7076 times in trip plans
    Jalan Wong Ah Fook

    Tags: Cafe, Restaurant, Entertainment, Shopping Center

    Address: 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 ...Read more

  8. # 8 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 6694 times in trip plans
    Johor Zoo

    Tags: Outdoors, Wildlife Park, Zoo

    Address: Jalan Gertak Merah, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Johor Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country. Zoo johor bahru established in the year 1928 by the late Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar. Head over to the Johor zoo with your family ...Read more

  9. # 9 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 7424 times in trip plans
    Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: Jalan Gertak Merah, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

    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 m...Read more

  10. # 10 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 5202 times in trip plans
    Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Museum, Historical Site

    Address: Lot 653, Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia

    Timings: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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 t...Read more

  11. # 11 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 4938 times in trip plans
    Angry Birds Activity Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Park, Entertainment

    Address: Level 3, KOMTAR JBCC, Johor Bahru City Centre, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

    Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    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 o...Read more

  12. # 12 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 2094 times in trip plans
    Dinosaurs Alive Water Park

    Tags: Amusement Park, Park, Water Park

    Address: 7th Floor KSL Hotel & Resort, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

    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 place...Read more

  13. # 13 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 1594 times in trip plans
    Walea Spa And Retreat

    Tags: Leisure, Spa

    Address: 6 Jalan Balau, Taman Melodies, Johor Bahru80250, Malaysia

    Timings: 11:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    To rejuvenate your senses, head over to the Walea Spa & Retreat. Trained professionals, lovely ambience, specialized spa treatments and a soothing experience awaits you.

  14. # 14 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 2572 times in trip plans
    Chinese Heritage Museum

    Tags: Museum, History Museum

    Address: 42 Jalan Ibrahim, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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 artefac...Read more

  15. # 15 of 106 Things To Do in Johor Bahru | Added 2629 times in trip plans
    Spa Manja

    Tags: Leisure, Spa

    Address: 162, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, JOHOR, Malaysia

    Timings: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    Discover an oasis of calm and serenity at Spa Manja. Treat your body, mind and soul with bliss and peace. Services include: Pampering foot spa Full body Javanese massage Body scrubs Facials Signature...Read more

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