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Johor

Country
Malaysia
State
Johor
City
Johor
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

This is the third largest and one of the most developed states in Peninsular Malaysia. It is situated at the sudden tip of the peninsula, just across the Strait of Johor from Singapore. Its capital is Johor Bahru. Johor possesses a wide range of attractions-metropolitan culture of Johor Bahru, forests of Endau-Rompin Park, village of Desaru, picturesque islands in the South China Sea-and has something to offer to tourist of every hue.



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How to Reach

By Air

Regular flights from Johor Bahru's Senai Airport connect the state capital with Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Kuching, and Kuala Lumpur.

By Rail

Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) offers numerous train services connecting Singapore and other states through the Johor Bahru Railway Station.

By Sea

A ferry link provides a new way to travel between Singapore and Malaysia. It operates daily between Changi Point near the Singapore International Airport and Tanjung Belungkor in Johor.

By Road

Taxis are a popular and cheap mode of transportation. All urban taxis are fitted with meters. It is also possible to hire an outstation taxi on a shared or individual basis to travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Kuantan, and Kota Bahru. Johor Bahru is also well served by express buses offering comfortable rides at reasonable fares from all major cities and towns in Peninsular Malaysia.

Key places to visit
Endau - Rompin National Park, Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, Pulau Rawa, Gunung Ledang/Mount Ophir


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Places to Visit

Endau - Rompin National Park

Endau Rompin, straddling the Johor/Pahang border, is the second National Park, after Taman Negara. It covers an area of approximately 80,000 hectares of rich and exotic flora and fauna, encompassing the watershed of the rivers Endau and Rompin, from which it derives its name. In other words, this place is huge.

The park is home to a vast range of species of birds, mammals, frogs, insects and exotic varieties of orchids, herbs, medicinal plants and trees. It seems that every time a scientific expedition returns from Endau - Rompin, they discover a new species!

Regular treks through the jungle will give adventurers sightings of leaf monkeys, long-tail macaques, white-handed gibbons, elephants, deer, tapirs and the occasional tiger and leopard. For adventure lovers and river trekkers, there are exhilarating rapids and fairly substantial waterfalls.

To protect the pristine environment, only limited areas of the park are open for ecotourism. Entry to the park requires a special permit from the Johor National Park Corporation.

Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

On top of a hill in downtown Johor Bahru, overlooking the Straits of Johor and neighbouring Singapore, stands the magnificent Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, one of the most beautiful old mosques in Malaysia.

The construction of the mosque marked the start of the Johor's modernisation process in 1892, which was commissioned by the "Father of Modern Johor", Sultan Abu Bakar. It took eight years to build and was completed in 1900. The mosque can accommodate 2000 worshippers

The mosque is a mix of architectural styles, but principally Victorian! It is said that the minarets look like British watch towers.

Pulau Rawa

Sixteen kilometres off the coast of Mersing is Pulau Rawa. Famed for its white coral sand, tall palm trees and coral reefs with neon-coloured fish and other exotic marine life.

This quiet island only has 2 choices of accommodation on it. The wooden chalets nestled amongst coconut groves complement the island's reputation as a quaint hideaway.

Gunung Ledang/Mount Ophir

Shrouded in mystical legends and folklore, Gunung Ledang continues to charm and intrigue locals and visitors alike. According to the legend of the Princess of Gunung Ledang, the Sultan of Melaka wanted the Princess' hand in marriage and she, not wanting to marry him, demanded that the Sultan present her with seven jars of women's tears, seven trays of mosquitoes' hearts and seven bowls of the sultan's son's blood. After he was unable to meet these impossible requests, she fled to the mountain and continues to live in a hidden cave, to this day.

The mountain is ideal for a myriad of outdoor activities with challenging mountain trails, icy waterfalls, and exotic flora and fauna, including many species of birds. At the relatively flat summit, which is 1,276m above sea level, a panoramic view of the Straits of Melaka and even the Sumatran coastline can been seen on a clear day. Also, Sagil Waterfall is a popular picnic spot at the base of the mountain.

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