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Johor Bahru

located on the southern tip of the Malaysian Peninsula, with a causeway linking JB to Singapore, a little over 1000 metres away. There is a Customs Point here for people heading to or from Singapore so you need to present your passport or identity card.

Singaporeans come to JB to shop, eat in a favourite restaurant and just have a short trip out of Singapore for the day. Many commuters who work in Singapore also live in JB, as it has cheaper accommodation and costs of living.

While in past years, Singapore was a hive of light and heavy industry, most of this industry has also moved to Malaysia, and JB has developed as a city as a result, with a lot of industry re-located here.

In recent years, JB with more land available has recognized that it can also attract tourists, particularly Singaporeans to come to JB and there have been a number of developments created to attract them.

JB is not just a city, Population around 500,000, but it is also a State, and the Sultan of Johor lives here.

These are some of the places you might like to see if coming here –

  • Royal Abu Bakar Museum – (Jalan Ibrahim) built in 1866 as a Palace for the Sultan Abu Bakar, the Palace is now a vast museum with 52 acres of gardens. Tel: 60 7 223 0555. This could be the highlight of your trip to JB.
  • Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque – (Jalan Gertak Merah). Built between 1892 and 1900, this is a large mosque but not open to non-muslims.
  • Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim – (Bukit Timbalan) built in the late 1930's this large building was taken over by the Japanese during the Second World War. It then became the State Secretariat Building. See it just for the architecture.

Shopping Centres -

  • Aeon Tebrau City – 1 Jalan Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa.
  • Zon Duty Free Shops – Ferry Terminal, 88 Jalan Ibrahim Sultan. Five levels of duty free shopping.
  • Johor Premium Outlets - Jalan Premium Outlets, Indahpura. See www.premiumoutlets.com.my Tel: 60 7 661 8888.
  • Johor Bahru City Square – 108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook. See www.citysqjb.com
  • Sutera Mall – 1 Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, Taman Sutera Utama

THEME PARKS

  • Angry Bird Activity Park – Jalan Tun Abdul Razak. See www.angrybirdactivitypark.my
  • Legoland – 7 Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini. Hotel and water/theme park.
  • Sanrio Hello Kitty Town – Lubuh Laksamana (Puteri harbour)
  • Riders Lodge – (horse riding lodge and pathways) see www.riderslodge.com.my Also 27 rooms to stay over. Tel: 60 7 652 5331.
  • Johor Zoo – Jalan Gertak Merah. Tel: 60 7 223 0404.

In Johor Bahru there is an airport that links JB to KL, and you could also travel from JB to Kl in about 3 ½ hours of driving time, or catch a bus or train. There is also the Eastern and Oriental Express train that is a luxury option, the train heading all the way north to Bankok. See www.belmond.com . The North South Expressway (E2) is a fast highway all the way to KL, or if you are looking for a much longer drive through winding roads and past small villages, you could drive from JB up the east coast of the Peninsula, where there are far fewer people and tourists.

Happy Travelling!

Geoff Stuart

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