Johor is a southern state of Malaysia that is linked to Singapore by causeways. And with the recent currency exchange rates S$1 to RM3 , many enjoyed travelling over for a short gateway and one or two days trip. Johor Bahru city has its own beauty places that many have yet to explore. Even I have yet to explore every part of the state. Thus, grab your bag and book here to stay over the weekend to explore the southern city of Malaysia.
Here is a list of interesting activities to do and see like locals:
1. LOCAL FOODS #JIAKLOCAL
Bak Kut Teh, wanton noodles, chicken rice, Chendol and many more local foods are not to miss when you travel to Johor Bahru. Every state of Malaysia has its own version of dish. For example, the laksa in Johor and laksa in Penang has different taste. Even the char kway teow in Johor Bahru tasted differently from Penang version. So, be sure you check out the local delicacies in Johor Bahru. So many locals foods to introduce to you guys. I will do a separate post on the local foods to explore in Johor Bahru soon.
2. NIGHT MARKET / PASAR MALAM
Pasar Malam or commonly known as night markets are popular among locals and tourists. The whole stretch of the streets is filled with stalls to explore, see, eat and buy at the same time. You can have a taste of local delicacies at reasonable prices. There are several pasar malam to explore in different parts of Johor Bahru. If you wish to explore the Pasar Malam at KSL Mall, be sure that you are in town on Monday because it is only available on every Mondays. Most of the stalls are run by Chinese that sells local Chinese delicacies. There are also daily necessities and apparels stalls as well.
Or you can take a walk at the night market in the centre of Johor Bahru along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Jalan Sengget which is known locally as ‘Pasar Karat’. It is happening every night after 7pm. The stalls are mainly run by Muslim thus only non-halal foods are available. Having said that, get your hands on the Malay delicacies such as sup kambing and kuihs while exploring the open-air stalls.
3. CAFÉ HOPPING
For hipsters, café hopping is one of the activities to be included in the list when you cross the causeway. Café scene in Johor Bahru is picking up and there are so many cafes at almost every part of Johor Bahru. Jalan Dhoby is one of the most well-known for the hipster cafes where you can hop to few cafes at one time.
Read more on the list of the cafes along Jalan Dhoby here.
Another recommended popular area in Johor Bahru is called Mount Austin. Mount Austin is one stop place to explore cafes and eateries where there are so many shop houses at the whole stretch. So many shops that I think you need more than a day to explore and eat.
Read more on the list of the Mount Austin Cafes here.
4. LEGOLAND JOHOR BAHRU
Legoland Johor Bahru is the first Southeast Asia that opened in September 2012. The theme park offers over 70 rides and attractions and also Water Park. This is best for family outings and bonding. And the most interesting part is that Legoland is consistently organizing events such as Star Wars Day to attract the kids and adults to participate and join the fun. Kids will never get bored here in the theme park. There are hotels available around Legoland other than Legoland Hotel for families to stay after a long day in the theme park. You can book your accommodation here. It’s a truly interactive experience here in Legoland for the kids and parents I would say.
Official Website: http://www.legoland.com.my/
5. SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN
Hello kitty lovers would love this place, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town. This is a place where families with young children can have a wonderful play time and the adults can have photography session. Sanrio Hello Kitty Town has its playground, rides and live show performances to entertain the kids all day.Kids can hands on with cookie-decorating and nail salon at the Wishful Studio. It is definitely a fun playtime for them. And, there are also photo opportunities at Dream Photo Garden.
After a long day at Sanrio Hello Kitty Town,book an accommodation for the night to explore Puteri Harbour before heading back to Singapore.
Official Website: http://www.puteriharbour.com/play/sanrio-hello-kitty/
6. AUSTIN HEIGHTS WATER & ADVENTURE PARK
Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park is the latest addition water park in Johor Bahru since 19 December 2015. The water park is located near Austin Heights Golf & Hotel Resort and of course the rows of eateries and cafes around the area. This family entertainment complex housing water theme park consists of adventure course, ice-skating rink, trampoline park and drifting track. The kids can play at the splash pool, lazy pool and wave pool while the adults can explore more adventurous pool activities. There is also forest adventure to explore within the park. If you are thinking water sport activities for the kids, this would be an option for you.
Official Website: www.funtime.my
7. DANGA BAY
Danga Bay is the premier waterfront city in Johor Bahru located near to Jalan Skudai. Danga Bay is considered as the biggest recreation park in Johor Bahru where there are many activities line up for all ages. There are Danga Park which is suitable for children, retails and restaurants to fill your tummy and even Danga City Mall for some shopping spree. Couples can also take a stroll along the park here in Danga Bay or even rent a bicycle to go around the park. As the night falls, you can enjoy the awesome night view from the park.
Official Website: http://www.dangabay.com/
I hope your next trip to Johor Bahru isn’t only shopping and massage but exploring the places above with new adventures. Meanwhile, check out Traveloka Great Sale for greater fares, fast and easy booking. They are having promotion till 12 September 2016 only. Great travel deals to various destinations.