Discover the Top Things to Do in Johor Bahru - A Local's Guide

By Deidre Casandra M. | 19, Jan, 2023
Discover the Top Things to Do in Johor Bahru - A Local's Guide

Johor Bahru is the southernmost state in Peninsular Malaysia and shares a border with Singapore. It is one of the most developed states in Malaysia and home to many popular tourist attractions. Do you know that apart from Singapore being the hyperclean, one of the cities in Johor called Muar has been awarded as the cleanest tourist city in the Asean region? Johor has also been ranked as one of the safest states in Malaysia, so it's an excellent place for you to travel with your friends or your family.

Here are five exciting things you can do in Johor Bahru:

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Try Local Delicacies
Pasar Malam or Night Market in JB

Johor Bahru Street Food Scenes. Image Credit: Lhu Shi Hui on Unsplash

There are so many delicious foods in Johor Bahru that you'll need help deciding which ones to try first. Lepat loi, burasak, and ketupat are some of the traditional delicacies you can find at Selera Tradisi Catering, one of Johor's traditional local shops that serve one of the best Pontian traditional tastes in Johor. However, if you fancy Johor street food, you must try mee Bandung, otak-otak, asam pedas, and satay, which can be found at almost all Mamak restaurants in the city.

Or you can check out B5 Johor Street Market. Read it on our blog here!


Visit Popular Attractions
Legoland Malaysia Johor Bahru

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There are a lot of popular sites you can visit while you're in Johor Bahru and one of them is Legoland Malaysia. The theme park was opened in 2011 and is located in Nusajaya, just a short distance from downtown Johor Bahru. It's the first of its kind in Malaysia and residents from all over the country flock to this new theme park. Another popular site one will want to go to is Danga Bay Park. The Danga Bay Park is the largest recreational park in Johor; that has a fascinating bay that any tourist would love to visit. For a relaxing experience, visit the Kota Tinggi Firefly River Park, an evening amusement park featuring a tranquil riverboard ride for you to see thousands of fireflies sparkling. It is spectacular for individuals who want to enjoy a quiet evening surrounded by fireflies and in the company of that special someone.


Nature Escapade
Tanjong Piai Johor Bahru

Tanjung Piai Mangrove Scenic Walk. Image Credit: Intan Yuhanis on Unsplash

Take a break from all the hustle and bustle of Johor Bahru by heading out for some fresh air to some of the famous nature escapades in the state. One of them is Gunung Ledang Waterfall which has a height of about 50 meters. It has a small pond at the bottom of its fall called Puteri Waterfall, making it look intriguingly beautiful from below and above. According to folklore, during the old time, the Puteri Waterfall was said to be the place where Puteri Gunung Ledang took a bath with her maids when the moon appeared. Legend says if you visit the pond when the moon appears, you may have the chance to see the area with flowering trees and the princess with her maids bathing there.

But if you're into other more adventurous attractions, do plan a visit to National Park Endau Rompin Selai in Bekok, Johor, Malaysia's oldest national park. Here you can enjoy water tubing along the rivers, trekking, and camping. Another popular nature escapade in Johor Bahru that you should visit is Tanjung Piai. A place famous for its seafood and vast, untouched mangrove with a view.


Blend in the culture & heritage
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

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Johor Bahru is a beautiful city with a rich history and culture and is a multiracial and multicultural city, there are a lot of things to do and see, so whether you're on holiday or just passing through, there's something for everyone. One of the places you can visit is the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, a state mosque that features a colonial English Victorian design mixed with Moorish and Malay architecture.

Another site you can visit is the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Temple. Here, you will be amazed by the unique feature of this magnificent temple. The historic building was built in 1922 and is one of the oldest temples in Johor Bahru; that has been certified as The World's First Glass Temple where 95% of its walls, ceiling, and pillars are covered with stained glass mirrors. Another rich historic temple called Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple is also one of the oldest temples in Johor, built in the 19th century. The temple is a place of worship and burial and a symbol of unity between the five ethnic Chinese in Johor Bahru today.


We hope we have shared with you some exciting travel experiences via this article. Check out Halaltrip for more info like this.

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