Johor Darul Takzim is also known as the Southern Gateway of Malaysia and strategically situated at the south of Malaysia. Johor Darul Takzim has much to offer travelers with its rich history, colourful culture, shopping and entertainment attractions. The state capital of Johor, Johor Bahru city, which is connected to Singapore by road and rail, has a wide range of shopping attractions. Its proximity to Singapore makes Johor Bahru an ideal place for Singaporeans to shop. All of which will make ones’ holiday in Johor an exhilarating and pleasurable adventure. The 12 icons of Johor are among other interesting places that the state can offer for visitors and holiday makers.
1) Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim
Sultan Ibrahim Building is former Johor’s state secretariat building, where state government departments are housed. It is located at Bukit Timbalan in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The building was constructed between 1936 and 1939. It was officially opened by the late Sultan Ibrahim of Johor a year later. In 1942, when the Japanese occupied Malaya, its Japanese Imperial Army used it as a fotress and a command centre to spy on the British activities in Singapore which was attacked days later. The building was also partly damaged during the Japanese invasion. The damaged part is still visible today. Its architecture combines colonial and Malay architecture with its design and tower making it a landmark in Johor Bahru. The building was designed by the renowned British architecture firm, which was also responsible for designing the Johor Bahru General Hospital now known as Hospital Sultanah Aminah as well as several prominent landmarks in Singapore.
2) Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Museum
The sights in Johor Bahru are few, but there is an interesting museum inside the old Palace. The Royal Abu Bakar Museum, also called the Istana Bakar, is a gorgeous royal palace built by Sultan Abu Bakar in 1866.
Today it houses the royal collection of international treasures, costumes, historical documents, fine art from the family collection, and relics of the sultanate
3) Johor State New Administrative Centre, Nusajaya
Nusajaya is a regional city and when completed will be the new administration centre of Johor, Malaysia. The town is currently under construction with some housing phases already completed and launched. It is located west of Johor Bahru, near the town of Gelang Patah. When completed, it will be a fully integrated city catering for business, living and leisure.
4) Tanjung Piai
Tanjung Piai is a cape in Johor which is the southernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia and thus the most southern point of mainland Asia.
The skyline of Singapore is visible across the Johor Strait from the point.
It features seafood restaurants, perched on wooden jetties that are surrounded by a rugged and rarefied coastline of unspoiled mangrove forests
5) Rawa Island, Mersing
Rawa Island is a coral island off the east coast of Johor, Malaysia, 16 km by boat from Mersing town.
It is popular with tourists from Malaysia and Singapore, who come to enjoy its relatively unspoiled white sand beaches, snorkelling and scuba diving.
One side of the island is a beach covered with white sand, while the other side has a rocky vertical cliff. The water is clear. There are many sea and land creatures such as fishes, squids, jellyfish, octopuses, Malayan sea eagles, and reptiles. Also sharks Blacktip reef sharks can be found feeding in the sea off rawa. Rawa’s waters are home to an abundance of corals. there are 2 resorts on the island ( Rawa Safaris and Club Rawa )
Pulau Rawa is approximately 30 minutes boat ride from Mersing, a small port within Johor Bahru.
6) Sibu Island
Pulau Sibu is a small island off Malaysia’s eastern coast, facing the South China Sea.
Made up of several islands namely Sibu Besar Island, Sibu Tengah Island, Sibu Kukus Island and Sibu Hujung Island.
Sibu Besar, the main island, is approximately 6 km long and 1 km wide and for the most part covered by tropical vegetation.
On the southern end there is a small fishing village called Kampong Duku with a population of fewer than a hundred people (about 40 families).
The main leisure activities on the island are watersports such as snorkeling and diving – not surprising since the area was designated a Marine Park in 1993 and numerous coral reefs are close to hand.
7) Danga bay
Danga Bay is Malaysia’s premier waterfront city and the recreational park in the city of Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Besides being a rustic waterfront gateway, it’s also a great place to hang out, shop and eat till you drop.
8) Endau Rompin
Set on the borders of Pahang and Johor in Southeast Malaysia, Endau-Rompin National Park is made up of a lush, pristine tropical rainforest. Covering an area of 48,905 hectares (800 sq. km), it is the second largest national park in Peninsula Malaysia after Taman Negara and has been upgraded to a national park in 1980s. With rock formations dating back some 248 million years, Endau-Rompin is mostly hilly with some prominent sandstone plateaus. It also happens to be the watershed of several rivers such as Endau River, Selai River and Jasin River.
Taman Negara Endau Rompin is the lesser known national park in Peninsular Malaysia, overshadowed by the more famous Taman Negara in Pahang. Located south in Johor, Taman Negara Endau Rompin is no less magnificent and some say, even more pristine and beautiful. However, it is far less accessible as conventional vehicles will find it tough to traverse the dirt tracks needed to reach the entrance.
The legendary beauty of Mount Ophir (Gunung Ledang) has made it one of Johor’s most popular attractions for hikers and birdwatchers.
There two known ways of reaching the summit. One is from Sagil, a town in Johor, the other is through Asahan, Melaka. The shorter route is from Asahan. Gunung Ledang ( or Mount Ophir as it is otherwise better known ) is the most visited mountain in Malaysia. It is not peculiar to find people who has climb the mountain more than 10 times.
The reason being, the place is easily accessible and suitable for beginners who wants to feel what mountains in Malaysia are really like. Some groups are using this mountain as a training ground for other challenging venues.
The Ledang trail starts from Gunung Ledang resort, near Sagil village is close to the Malacca and Johor border.
The other way of reaching the summit is through Asahan trail in Melaka, an easier route.
The paved road starts besides the river leading and leads towards a few staircases till an open gate, where the real climbing begins.
DESARU located on the eastern tip of the peninsula has clean sandy white beaches and is popular with tourists as well as locals.
It is a village of casuarinas with 25km of unspoiled beaches and lush tropical forest.
The numerous resorts and hotels here cater to the budget traveller as well as families seeking fun in the sun. Among some of the many activities include golfing, horseback riding, tennis, canoeing, swimming, boating, fishing, snorkelling, jungle trekking, theme park and other sea sports.
The beach is quite unique as the sand is quite grayish but you can walk nearly 50 meters into the sea and still the depth is approximately 4 feet deep).
Desaru has one of the best beach in the mainland of Johor.
Kukup is a small fishing village located about 40 kilometres southwest of Johor Bahru, in the district of Pontian, Johor, on the Strait of Malacca in Malaysia.
It is famous for its open-air seafood restaurants built on stilts over the water. Some of the restaurants are geared for tour groups, and it is particularly popular with tourists from Singapore. Regularly scheduled ferries connect Kukup with Tanjung Balai in Indonesia.
12) Kluang Railway Station
Kluang is a town and district located roughly in the middle of the state of Johor in Malaysia. There’s an area known with Machap (on the road between Simpang Renggam and Air Hitam) is well known for its pottery and porcelain.
There’s an authentic coffee shop located in no. 56, Jalan Lambak by the name of Tong Fong Cafe (a.k.a. Eastern Cafe) which was very popular with the British soldiers during the heyday when Malaya was still under British rule.
Gunung lambak and gunung belumut are popular with jungle trekkers. Gunung Lambak is the most popular mountain in Kluang where you can easily climb to the top in 2 hrs. There is a resort & playground at the foot of the mountain.
Gunung Belumut is located within Gunung Belumut Recreation Forest, which is about 30km north-east of the town of Kluang. Due to its close proximity to the town, there are playgrounds at the foothill. During the weekends, it is common to see locals trekking on the hill as a family.