Must-Visit in Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru sits at the strategic — and sometimes uneasy — location between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Traditionally, it has been the fertile site for agriculture, electronics manufacturing and food processing, but in recent years Johor’s economy has increasingly come to rely on urban tourism and retail. As a result, the city is now one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Malaysia, which means you won’t be short of things to do here.
Red House building, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Not long by any stretch, this street is nevertheless worth your walk — if not for the coffee (lots of quaint boutique cafés), then for the heritage. Pre-independence buildings abound on both sides of the street, itself arched by a red and yellow sign that reads, in Mandarin, “Tan Hock Nee Cultural Street” – lest you miss it.
Legoland Theme Park Malaysia Resort
Even if you’ve been to the ones in New York, Dubai, and Florida, this one will still whip up a treat. The water park will excite the small kids, the crazy coasters will thrill the big kids, and the virtual reality roller coaster (say that again!) will remind the adults who are kids at heart that it’s never to late to let your hair down.
Bazar Karat, JB
This bazaar ups the game on pasar malams (night markets) everywhere by including independent clothing brands and live music. It’s more like Camden than Portobello, and a lot like Penang’s Batu Ferringhi walk. Browse and bargain while the band beats it out, and don’t forget to cross the bridge for yummy tummy fillers.
Desaru Fruit Farm, Durian Ripening on tree
If you like your durian (not the iced, creamed, powdered, dodol’d, or puffed versions), then come along to the Desaru Fruit Farm where you can find your first love hanging from a tree. If that sounds morbid, maybe the tropical fruit buffet will make up for the bad joke.
Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm
Want to feed a crocrodila? Not with yourself, of course. For RM20 ($5), you can feed the crocodiles a few tasty chicken pieces.
Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque Building
Whether you’re here for the view, the architecture, or God, this mosque is a must-see for all. Built between 1892 and 1990, this Victorian-Moorish design overlooks the Straits of Johor and can admit up to 2,000 worshippers at any given time.
Gunung Pulai- Hike & Swim!
Do you like nature, water and walking? If so, you’ll get your fill at the Pulai Waterfall. If you begin from the foot of the hill, it will take you about two hours to reach the base of the waterfall. It’s no Niagara Falls, but the water is clean and the area is shaded by thick tropical trees. Want to go for a swim? Bring your swimwear.
See what glitters at the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple
Thousands of glass pieces make up this glittering Hindu temple. The glass architecture was inspired by Guru Bhagawan Sittar’s visit to Bangkok, during which a brilliant light from two miles away caught his attention. The light turned out to be a temple made of glass artwork. Some 300,000 pieces of colored glass ornament the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple now, making it a dazzling — almost blinding — sight. Entrance costs RM10 (USD $2.50).