Best Tourist Places to Visit in Johor, Malaysia, Asia
Johor is one of the fastest developing states in Malaysia situated on the southern point of the country and Johor Bahru being its capital city. Johor shares its boundaries with Pahang in the north, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan in northwest and Singapore towards south covers a total area of 19210 sq kms and coordinates with 1.29’ degree North Latitude and 103.46’ degree East Longitude.
Johor Meaning & History:
The word Johor was derived from Arabic word “Jauhar” referring to gem or a jewel. Johor was ruled by Sultanate of Johor during 16th century, until the Portuguese invaded the region around 1511 A.D. In the 18th century Johor was ruled by Bugis of Sulawesi, but in the 19th century a major rivalry between the two rulers dominated the scene. During the Second World War, Johor was the last city to fall prey in the hands of Japanese who attacked the region.
Places of interest in Johor:
Johor has some beautiful places of attractions like;
- The Little Big Club famous for amusement and theme parks.
- Puteri Harbour Satellite Clubhouse
- Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple
- Dataran Bandaraya (City Square)
- Grand Palace Park
- Danga Bay
- Johor Old Chinese Temple
- State Secretariat Building
- Johor Zoo
- Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
- Pulai Waterfall
- Pulau Kukup National Park
- Chinese Heritage Museum
- Johor Bahru State Place
- Johor Art Gallery
- Sungai Yong Waterfalls
- Zenxin Organic Park
- Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm
- Firefly Valley Leisure Park
- Desaru Beach
- Endau Rompin National Park
- Pekan Air Panas known for hot springs, waterfalls, fruits and vegetables.
- Pulau Dayang renowned for diving, scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing.
Climate, festivals and cuisines in Johor:
Johor experiences tropical rainforest climate conditions with average temperature ranging from 25 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius. The region also receives heavy rainfall and most of the time the place gets flooded due to severe rains lashing the state from November to February. Johor is also well known for folk songs, music and culture. The cuisines of Johor are blend of Arabic and South East Asia which consists of some of the rare delicacies that are not found anywhere in Malaysia. Some of the local delicacies are dried shrimp, rice noodles, fish, meat, Penganan Kacau keledek a dish prepared out of sweet potatoes containing eggs and fresh coconut milk. Mee rebus is another local menu made out of mixture of flour, salt and eggs. Satay is another popular dish from Johor made from marinated meat and chicken dipped in peanut sauce.
Connectivity to Johor in Malaysia:
Johor is well connected by road, air and sea transport. Johor is linked to Singapore through Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. Johor is also nicely connected by sea ports from where ferries, cruise ships and liners operate to various ports located in Malaysia. Johor is also connected by airport which is located approx 30 kms from the heart of the city which has direct flights to many worldwide destinations.
Hotels in Johor:
Johor has some best hotels that offer high amount of luxury and comfort to the tourists visiting the state from time to time. Hotels range from 1 star to 5 star offering hosts of world class amenities and facilities which are beyond the tourist imagination. Hotels in Johor also serve authentic Malay cuisines and have fine dining facilities. List of hotels located in Johor is as follows:
- Rimba Resort
- Bliss Boutique Hotel
- J Hotel
- Mutiara Johor Bahru Hotel
- Hotel Grand Paragon
- Thistle Johor Bahru
- M Suites Hotel
- The Fern Lodge
- Citrus Hotel Johor Bahru
- Swan Garden Hotel
- Grand Blue Wave Hotel Johor Bahru
- Zen Zeng Hotel