Johor offer you sandy beaches, exotic islands, virgin tropical rainforests, mist-shrouded mountains, culinary delights, and an enchanting cultural experience.
Johor is the third largest state and the most southern state of Malaysia. With eight districts, Johor offer you sandy beaches, exotic islands, virgin tropical rainforests, mist-shrouded mountains, culinary delights, and an enchanting cultural experience. Johor Bahru (JB) is the state capital and just across the causeway from Singapore, is a popular weekend getaway for many Singaporeans for the great food as well as cheap bargains.
If you are a golf lover, Johor also boasts the largest number of golf courses in Malaysia; some of the best golf courses are lined up within less than an hour drive of each other.
For beach and water sports lovers, Johor’s eastern coastline is lined with more than a dozen of sandy beaches and more than 50 islands in Johor waters. The magical islands of Johor (Pulau Rawa, Pulau Sibu, Pulau Aur, Pulau Besar and Pulau Pemanggil) are endowed with crystal clear waters, powdery white sand and colourful marine life. All these idyllic islands offer excellent scuba diving, snorkeling and other water activities.
Nature enthusiasts will find their sanctuary at Endau Rompin National Park situated in the north eastern border. It is also one of the few remaining lowland forest in Malaysia and possibly the oldest, with rock formations dating back some 248 million years. Pulau Kukup an island located South-west of Johor offshore is entirely covered by mangrove forest and surrounded by mudflats, is the second largest wetland sanctuary in the world, will amaze many with its richness in biological diversity.
Best Time to Visit
Generally, the best time to visit Malaysia and Johor Bahru is roughly from April to October, but you want to avoid the area when it’s monsoon season, roughly November through February.
Since the most popular time to travel to Malaysia is April through October, that’s also when hotel rates and airfares will be highest.
My to do List
Tanjung Piai-Johor National Park
Desaru: local beach resort on the east coast
Mount Lambak Recreational Forest
Endau-Rompin Johor National Park: hiking in ancient jungles
Teluk Buih Beach
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
Mount Lambak Recreational Forest
Kota Tinggi Waterfalls: popular waterfall location
Sibu Island: marine park island off the eastern coast, popular with divers
Kukup: interesting fishing village
Johor Bahru – the largest city and capital, a popular gateway to Singapore
Mersing – main port for ferries to Tioman and other islands
Stay Away From
Whilst crime rates are increasing, especially in state-capital Johor Bahru, the region is no more dangerous than most other cities or countries in South East Asia (or, indeed, any other continent).
Take care of your personal belongings whilst strolling along the streets, particularly when alone. Do not dress inappropriately (primarily out of respect for local customs and cultures) and do not show expensive jewellery or count large amounts of money in public places. Take the same common-sense precautions you would elsewhere.
here are several ways to enter Johor by road. The main ones are:
- Johor Causeway; 2nd link
- North South Expressway
- Federal Trunk Road (Route 1)
- East Coast Trunk Road (Route 3)
- West Coast Trunk Road Route 5)
The rail service is provided by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad.
To check the KTM interstate train schedule
- Direct entry is via the Sultan Ismail Airport (or locally known as the Senai Airport).
- It is located in the district of Johor Bahru about 34km from the capital city of Johor Bahru.
- Airport limousine services take you to various destinations at fares controlled by the government. There are also scheduled airport coach services to Johor Bahru city centre and Singapore.
The following are the sea entry points into Johor.
- Johor Bahru International Ferry Terminal (Johor Bahru district)
- Pasir Gudang (Johor Bahru district)
- Kukup (Pontian district)
- Muar (Muar district)
- Tanjung Belungkor (Kota Tinggi district)
- Tanjung Pengelih (Kota Tinggi district)