Experience the best of Johor’s state capital with unique dining experiences, adrenaline filled theme-parks, and traditional cultural practices.
1. Explore a LEGO wonderland
Malaysia’s first international theme park LEGOLAND is a great destination for the entire family. Consisting of a theme park and a waterpark, the lively establishment is packed with entertaining rides and on-stage shows. For an even more unique experience, opt to stay the night in the adjoining LEGO themed resort.
2. Try your hand at batik painting
Book in at Causeway Holidays (aka Mykampung Heritage) for a traditional Malay experience. For only US$5 (RM20), individuals can create their own batik (a technique of wax-resist dyeing painting) artwork before enjoying a Malay cultural dance performance, along with refreshments. Book at least one day in advance.
3. Have an island getaway
Rimba Resort is nestled in a natural bay at the top of Pulau Sibu off the coastline of Johor, and a mere 20-minute speed boat ride from Tanjung Leman. Ideal for a weekend getaway, the resort boasts idyllic beaches for relaxing and clear waters for snorkeling.
4. Get certified at Dive Johor
Dive Johor offers PADI approved dive certification courses and breathtakingly beautiful dive trips to explore the underwater world. Located at Johor Jaya, the dive shop aims to teach scuba diving on a personal basis, focusing on safety and comfort. Doing their part for the environment, Dive Johor is also actively involved in marine conservation projects.
5. Buy local handicrafts for a good cause
Johor Area Rehabilitation Organization (JARO) provides hands-on training for people with disabilities specializing in custom local handicrafts. The workplace gives rehabilitees a sense of independence and initiative. You can purchase items such as cane furniture, specialty dyed items, silk fabrics, and more, with proceeds going to their cause.
6. Shop until you drop at Johor Premium Outlets
Johor Premium Outlets is a luxury premium brand outlet where you will find impressive savings on high-end brands. With brands like Adidas, Armani, Calvin Klein, Coach, DKNY, Gucci, Lacoste, Nike, and more, you probably won’t leave empty handed.
7. Visit the Glass Temple
The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is a Hindu temple in Johor. Travelers will find themselves in awe at the vividly colored exterior, as well as the shimmering mirrored glass walls within. Consider this temple a peaceful place of reverence to experience on your next journey.
Address: No.22 Lorong Satu | Tebrau, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
8. Enjoy waterfront dining
Situated on the marina, Puteri Harbor offers waterfront dining options with a striking view. The Sky Bar, a stunning rooftop pool bar, is a popular place to sip on cocktails in the company of your loved ones. If you’re after something active, bikes are also available to hire for a ride along the scenic walkways.
9. Take your little ones to the amusement parks
Your little ones will be delighted at Hello Kitty World and Thomas Town, two amusement parks which can be visited with a combined admission pass. The former is an ode to the adorable Sanrio character and comes with a playground, craft activities, and live entertainment; while the latter comes with fun rides like Bertie the Bus and Harold’s Helitours.
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10. Go karting
If you’re craving for a dose of adrenaline, why not get down and dirty with Go Karting in Johor? Go-Kart Club Sdn Bhd is a hot spot for thrill seekers who fancy competitive racing as well as amateurs who’d like to experience Mario Kart in real life. With two types of go-karts to choose from, all ages can experience this activity.