Johor Bahru Vacations

Johor Bahru is the second largest city in Malaysia, and the southernmost city on the Eurasian continent. It is a major manufacturing and transportation hub and a bustling metropolis. It does not, however, have much to offer for casual tourists. The city was very undeveloped until quite recently, and offers a stark contrast to nearby Singapore. ... Read more
Visitors will enjoy visiting the many interesting sites within the city, including mosques, historical sites and zoological parks, as well as the low prices on just about everything for sale. One of JB’s (a local nickname) best attributes is its diverse dining options. Restaurants offering traditional Malay and other Asian foods abound, but your best bet (especially if you’re on a budget) are the hawker centers (Pusat Penjaja), collections of stalls and mobile food carts that serve fresh, traditional dishes including ikan bakar (grilled fish) and roti canai (fried dough with curry). The city’s lack of tourist destinations (except for popular Legoland)is made up for by the opportunity to see how typical Malaysians live and to join them in their routine.

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Milano, Italia

Johor Barhu, is a quickly growing city at the border with Singapore. The historical center is little and not particularly interesting, people come here mainly for busines, do shopping or visiting Lego land or Angry birds parks.

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Cape Town, South Africa

I spend in Johor Bahru just one day and it was my last stop in Malaysia. The city doesn't seem nice as it's big, smoggy and dirty.

Klang, Malaysia

Johor Bahru is the state capital of Johor. The visitors commonly head for Johor Bahru's royal palaces and lively night markets, considered as some of the state's best attractions.

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Have an open mind. JB is so large. Explore into inner JB known as Iskandar where huge malls & hyper marts sells almost anything u want so cheaply. Eateries& restaurents lined every road & streets. Very nice & tasty. Importantly, they still serve customers unlike Sg! Portions are bigger & value for money. Be 2prepared to spend a whole day indeed!

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A cowboy town. Not much changes for decades. Dirty unswept areas along most places. Don't feel safe as I was almost extorted at the KTM railway station.

Nairobi, Kenya

An instant and stark difference to the antiseptic Singapore. A grundgy town on the wrong side of the border, with some notable old mosques, and cheap food.

Panama City, Panama

If you like adventures, 20 minutes from Singapore, a bustling city, eating is fun with lots of varieties.

Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia

beautiful view we can see along the journey to Johor Bahru city in Johor Bahru highway

Portland, Oregon, USA

Johor is a part of Malaysia, nearest to Singapore. You can have a short day trip there do do some shopping or try the Malaysian cuisine. Johor is not so well maintained so dont get a culture shock when you enter It through the Woodlands Checkpoint (in Singapore) and notice the stark contrast of the quality of the living.
It can be grimy and dirty but things here are very cheap. Many Singaporeans head down to Johor to have cheaper versions of restaurants back home, cheaper goods (like groceries) and now defunct restaurants in Singapore like A&W!
They have many street food vendors but I wouldn't recommend it if you have a weak stomache. Best to stick with the restaurants available in the shopping centres (ie: City Square)

If you have time in Singapore and want to venture out for a while, Johor might be for you. But only if you are in safe company because as many inexpensive cities are, the crime rates are also quite high :(

Must try: Ayam Perchik (only if you have the stomache for street food)


JB is a 20 min drive from Singapore. It's a good place to go for a fresh seafood dinner, at half of singapore's prices. Make sure you bring your passport with you as this is already Malaysia.