The upcoming long weekend and falling currency rates makes a journey across the Causeway more attractive then ever! By Sharifah Nursyafiqah
You’ve probably made your share of trips to this city, but Johor Bahru, or JB, definitely has more to offer than cheap food, chewing gum and Legoland. Check out our list of recommendations the next time you decide to spend your weekend in this neighbouring country’s gem.
1. Stop for tea at Chaiwalla & Co.
Lot 2810, Tan Hiok Nee Street, 80000 Johor Bahru
This place is an Instagram favourite in the amazing JB cafe scene – no prizes for guessing why! Instead of getting coffee from Starbucks in City Square Mall, head over to this quirky container cafe located a short ride away. The cafe serves amazing flavoured coffee and tea from as low as RM4. We recommend their ice-cold Original Thai Milk Tea (RM5.80) that is guaranteed to hit the spot after a long drive.
2. Treat yourself to a Thai massage at King Spa & Massage
150 and 152, Jalan Sri Pelangi, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru
Who says you have to go to Bangkok to get an authentic Thai massage? From just RM53, get into the ultimate zen mode with a traditional Thai massage in King Spa & Massage. The masseuse delivers a super shiok massage that will melt all your stress away, and make you come back for more.
3. Grab bargains at Johor Premium Outlets
What is a day trip without some shopping, we say! If you have never been to Johor Premium Outlets, or if you are wondering if people still frequent the place, why not check it out for yourself? You’ll be surprised at the good buys you can get in this big space, from over 80 mid-range to high-end brands like Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo and Nike.
4. Take a boat tour at the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park
Jalan Kota Tinggi, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor
The waterfalls of Kota Tinggi have been a family favourite among many Singaporeans, but how many of you have been on a firefly boat tour? At the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park, you can strap on a lifejacket and take a boat ride to view these magical creatures in their element at nightfall. Our tip: Forget trying to capture the flitting and twinkling lights on camera and just savour the moment.
5. Have a seafood feast at Selera Senibong Seafood Restaurant
Jalan Persiaran Senibong, Johor Bahru
Amazingly fresh seafood by the lulling waves of the sea? Yes please! At Selera Senibong Seafood Restaurant, enjoy a variety of seafood options cooked in various delicious ways and sauces of your choosing, such as succulent black pepper crab or crispy cereal prawns. Best served with a side of good conversation and the company of your close friends.
6. Take a trek in Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest
Pekan Nanas, Johor
Located in Pontian, away from the bustling Johor Baru city center, this jungle mountain trail in Mount Pulai is perfect for those looking for adventure. Hike or take a mountain bike along the 10km trail, passing by streams and the waterfall, and be treated to a spectacular view from the summit.
7. Take in the nightlife at Pandan City
Suite 01, Level 1, Kangkar Tebrau, Johor, 81100 Johor Bharu
Located just south of Justco Tebrau City, this place only comes alive at nightfall, till the wee hours of the morning. Pandan City is a huge flea market offering everything from shirts, watches, perfumes, to all types of food in the hawker stalls, as well as various pubs and cafes.
8. Go on a self-guided tour along Johor Baru Heritage Trail
City trails are a great way to explore places that are full of culture and history, and Johor Baru is no exception! Fans of rich heritage would love exploring various significant places on foot, such as Sultan Ibrahim Building (the place where the Japanese planned their invasion of Singapore), Old Johor Bahru Railway Station, and one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia, that is the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque. Time to grab your walking shoes and trusty camera, and start exploring the city!