When you are out holidaying in Malaysia, you are sure never to fall short of attractions. Johor Bahru is no different and has its own set of attractions and alluring places that are ready to blow your mind. Irrespective of what you are looking for, you will find them lurking somewhere around you in the city.
Through this article, we aim to help plan your trip to Johor Bahru better by listing 10 attractions that you cannot miss while holidaying in the region.
So, let us explore what you can do in Johor Bahru.
1. Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park
Located in the Mt. Austin area, Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park is a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike. You can buy tickets for several adventures like the Jump Street trampoline park, the ice skating rink, the rope course or the Adventure Park, and the Drift Go-kart sessions. All of it can be bought individually or in a package.
What drives in most crowds is the water park. There are several zones in it, some of which are for adults and some of which are for kids. You can experience the Splash World, which is for children, consisting of small slides, or you can try the Yellow Wall, which is the highest point in the park.
2. Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Street at Johor Bahru
Once you are at Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Street, you will hardly see any modern architecture other than some shops that have stretched their wings in recent years.
On the other hand, what you will see is a street guarded by pre-independence buildings on both sides. To top it off, you will get coffee houses, restaurants, and antique shops to tingle every sensation that you own.
The street is named after one of JB’s founding fathers and is amongst the oldest neighborhood in the city.
If you search the net using the name of the street, you will probably stumble upon a building sitting at the convergence of two streets; it is the Red House which houses several pre-WWII shophouses and looks ravishing on the outside.
3. Palau Kukup National Park
Established in 1997, the Palau Kukup National Park protects one of the most extensive mangroves in the world. Spread over 647 hectares, it gives refuge to numerous rare and endangered species of plants and animals.
If you are planning a visit there, you can embark on a broadway enclosed by mangroves on both sides, or you can board on a multi-level observation tower, specially built for visitors.
While you are on the run, you can come across some of the rarest and some not-so-rare species like flying foxes, otters, bearded pigs, mudskippers, and so much more. If you are around in the migratory season, you may also come across some migrating birds from Russia and North Asia.
When we talk of attractions, we seldom forget kids and their emotions in the mix. Instead of doing it the traditional way, we have decided to include children’s attractions in today’s list.
Fanpekka is an indoor theme park in the Aeon Tebrau City of Johor Bahru. It has a Finnish design and resembles a Nordic town. Not only the design, but it also follows the Finnish pattern of studying i.e., learning by doing and not by mugging.
There are several puzzles and other problems that allow children to learn and improve their communication skills. Some of them also require creativity and imagination to complete.
Your child can be a part of a survival mission in the Lesten Ocean or help the shopkeepers in the Leikkimokki town to build their stalls. It is a one-of-a-kind experience which you ought not to miss at any cost.
5. Pasar Malam, Johor Bahru
Even though you won’t think about night markets in JB, Pasar Malam (which means ‘night market’ in Malay) is worth a try. In Johor Bahru, it opens at Tapak Pasar Malam after the evening sets at a location, which is usually a parking space during the rest of the day.
If you are looking for some cheap local delicacies to soothe your taste buds, it is the place you must visit. Here you will find vendors selling food, groceries, clothing, fruits, and whatnot. To our surprise, you can also find Indian and Malaysian Chinese dishes while on the Walk.
6. Walea Spa & Retreat
After some hectic days, your mind and your body call for a spa to rejuvenate. When in JB, the best place to fill your energy bars is Walea Spa & Retreat.
When you enter their premises, a front desk will greet you with the welcome talk and then move on to the spa area. Their menu changes every month to suit the weather and to ensure that you give your body the right therapy to be at its best.
Before you get on with the spa, the masseurs will debrief you about what to expect and how they will proceed. You can request changes according to your taste, and they will oblige. All in all, it is worth a visit when you are in Johor Bahru.
7. LOST IN JB
When you are out on an adventure, why not treat yourself with a different kind of experience? Well, LOST IN JB will undoubtedly give you that and will leave you baffled with what it has on offer.
LOST IN JB is an escape room concept founded by a group of fun-loving individuals who believe that generic puzzles are old school, and you deserve something new.
They promise an immersive experience due to an enthralling storytelling experience, authentic surroundings, and special effects that blow your mind. It boasts of owning gameplay ideas that surprise not only the newcomers but also the more experienced ones.
8. Visit Taman Merdeka in Johor Bahru
A recreational park, Taman Merdeka, is dedicated to Malaysia’s struggles in gaining independence. Be it morning strolls or night walks; you can give it a visit without any particular purpose too. It was opened in the year 2011 and is spread over 31 acres of land.
The park divides itself into 9 Laman or lawns, each of which shares a different phase of the fight for independence. It serves much more than just history; you can enjoy aerobics, jogging, sightseeing, rock climbing, or sit and relax. Along with the lush green meadow, you will see several human-made structures along the way to make your visit more enjoyable.
9. Explore the Hakka Heritage Gallery
Hakka Heritage Gallery is dedicated to the Hakka community in Malaysia. If you have no clue about them, they originated from the Hakka-speaking provinces in Mainland China. They are the second-largest subgroup of the ethnic Chinese population you will find in Malaysia.
It hosts some vintage household appliances, toys, trinkets, farming tools, and so much more from the Hakka people of the past. There are two storeys all full of things which will fascinate you to learn more about the people who used them in their everyday lives.
10. Paradigm Mall
A 10-minute drive from JB City Centre, Paradigm Mall first opened for public on 28th November 2017. The seven-storey building is one of the largest malls in the whole of the southern region and houses 500 retail shops. All of it operates on 1.3 million sq. ft. retail space and 4200 covered carpark bays.
The mall also houses a massive 20000 sq. feet ice skating rink along with a 16-screen state-of-the-art cinema hall for the movie buffs. You get the option to rock climb, and when you complete it, several restaurants serve some lip-smacking delicacies within the purview of the mall.
JB is an attraction in every sense, be it for the tourists or locals. You get to enjoy the authentic Malay food, see how Chinese influence the Malaysians not only in the food department but also in the day-to-day lives.
Add to that, the presence of several national parks, some breathtaking recreational spaces, museums housing antiques, and a great atmosphere, the trip to Johor Bahru is undoubtedly worth the time and the money you spend on it.