This Is The Only Guide To JB You’ll Ever Need


Aishah •  Feb 08, 2018

Your first time in JB and you don't know where to go? Or perhaps it is your umpteenth time but you're looking for more new and exciting things to discover in this charming and bustling capital of Johor?

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Well, fret not, my fellow travelers, for your woes have been heard! Read on as we present to you the only guide you'll ever need when you're in Johor Bahru?

Getting Around in JB

  1. Having your own transport is the best and most convenient way to get around in JB as the distance from one place to another might be a bit far. You can also opt for renting a car.
  2. Other options would be to take Uber or Grabcar and maybe perhaps taxi though the first two are a more popular pick these days due to its easy accessibility and cheaper price.

Where to Stay

1. Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel

5-star elegance and service await you at the luxury Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel! Strategically located near JB city centre and must-visit attractions in JB, you are in for a treat of a lifetime at this high class hotel.

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The hotel and its rooms are elegant and upscale - guests would also have access to their amenities of outdoor pool, fitness center, and a sauna. Oh and if you're driving, parking is provided and free! So there's no need to worry about expensive parking fees?

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They also have an amazing selection of breakfast buffet comprise of both local and Western food. Nasi lemak, scramble eggs, roti canai, cereals, dim sum - you'll be spoilt for choice!

Address: No. 2, Jalan Permas 11, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, Johor Bahru, 81750, Johor

Contact: 07-381 3333 | Facebook

Price: From USD90

Book here now!

2. Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, by Shangri-La

If you're bringing kids along with then we suggest staying at the Hotel Kitty themed rooms at Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour. Just a 1 minute walk from Sanrio Hello Kitty, you and your little ones will have a full and fun-tastic Hello Kitty experience to last a lifetime!

Featuring a wide selection of Hello Kitty themes to suit the different tastes and personalities of their guests, each room comes with exclusive Hello Kitty stationery and tailor-made Hello Kitty welcome amenities. That's not all! The rooms also have a splendid view of the beautiful harbour?

Address: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

Contact: 07-560 8888 | Website

Price: From USD105

Book here now!

3. Mood Hotel

Traveling on a budget and in search of an affordable yet comfy place to stay while in JB? Then look no further than the contemporary boutique Mood Hotel!

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Conveniently located near major attractions in JB, this hotel are well-equipped with basic facilities and amenities of toiletries, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, pantry and a modern lounge. It's definitely value for money! And if you'd like a bit more space and a touch of luxury, go for their suites which are also as affordable☺️

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Address: 2, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor

Contact: 07-558 6606, 019-754 760 | Website

Price: From USD27

Book here now!

Must-Visit Attractions

1. Legoland

A fun-filled and awesome adventure awaits you here at Legoland, Malaysia's first international theme park. A great place for family outings where there's plenty for both the adults and the children to enjoy. Legoland has two main parks to conquer - the dry Theme Park and the Water Park so be sure to set aside a full day just for this!

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You can now relive your dream of becoming a ninja at their much-loved Lego Ninjago or go on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride aboard their Dragons' Apprentice (or do both!). A fan of Star Wars? Then their newly-added attractions of a Star Wars mini-movie and incredible Lego installations of the franchise memorable scenes will most definitely put a joyful grin to your face.

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Have a splash-tastic time sliding down the amazing slides and riding the waves at their Water Park. Don't forget to bring an extra set of clothes and a proper swimming gear.

#HHWT Tip: If you're on a budget, pack some food to bring along with you as the food here can be quite expensive. Also, do check their website regularly for ticket promotions!

Contact: Website

Address: 7 Jalan Legoland, Medini, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm

Admission: 1 Day Combo Ticket for Theme Park and Water Park: Adults - RM200, Children (3-11) & Senior (60+) - RM160

2. Danga Bay

A favourite hangout for both locals and tourists alike, Danga Bay is a scenic and breathtaking waterfront located just outside of JB city centre?

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Stretching some 25km along the Straits of Johor, Danga Bay offers a lot of attractive activities for all ages, especially so as a romantic spot thanks to its beautiful night view overlooking the sea and the countless fine dining restaurants.

There is also a mini outdoor theme park known as the Danga World Mini Theme Park. A more budget-friendly alternative to the pricier Legoland, the rides at its fun fair are a bit more tame and child-friendly. The rides include many crowd favourites such as the merry-go-round, spinning teacup, and bumper cars?

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#HHWT Tip: Though the place is open from morning, we suggest you come at night to enjoy the dazzling light show against the dark sky coupled with the soothing night sea breeze and lively atmosphere.

3. Istana Bukit Serene (Laman Mahkota)

While you're at Danga Bay, make your way to Istana Bukit Serene - the royal palace and official residence of the Sultan of Johor! It's one of the famous landmarks here in JB and has a long history since its construction in 1939.

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Though the palace is not open to the public, you can still admire its beauty as you stroll through the beautiful and well-kept public park located in front of the palace. A famous photo spot, you can't leave JB without taking a picture with the spectacular crown arch in front of the palace!

4. Sanrio Hello Kitty Town

Visit the home of a much-loved cartoon character, Hello Kitty, here at Sanrio Hello Kitty Town! Just a mere 20 minutes drive from central JB, this indoor theme park is sure to bring much fun and joy for both you and your little ones?

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Plenty of activities await you as soon as you step into the Town! Take an enjoyable teacup ride with your kids, take loads of pictures inside the adorable house of Hello Kitty, engross yourself in the many games and activities available and catch Hello Kitty live on stage with her fellow friends at the Purrfect Stage.

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Complete your one-of- a-kind Hello Kitty experience by dining at their halal-certified Hello Kitty themed cafe - the Red

Bow Cafe! Serving a variety of cakes, pastries, and savoury dishes, you'll definitely fall in love with

their gorgeous plating of adorable Hello Kitty themed dishes?

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#HHWT Tip: Admission is SGD28.70 per person for adults or children if you purchase the pass online at their website. However, you can save by purchasing passes for both their parks (Thomas Town - another theme park is within the same building)! It's only SGD22.30 for both their parks on Klook!

Contact: Website | 07-291 3535

Address: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor

Opening Hours: Daily 10am - 6pm

5. JB Old Town

Explore what JB has to offer by taking a stroll around the old part of the city which is along the famous Jalan Tan Hiok Nee and the neighbouring Jalan Dhoby. This area is known among the locals as JB Old Town because of its vintage historic buildings from the old days!

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Evident in town is the influence of Chinese and Indian heritage from the architecture as well as the decors around this old part of the district. The area is also known for its colorful and unique murals akin to those in Penang. A must-do while in JB is to take a picture with one of the murals! It'll be a lovely addition to your Instagram grid?

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If you're a cafe hopper, then this place is right up your alley as there are many hipster and trendy cafes lining up across the streets for you to explore! You'd need this for your next cafe-hopping adventure?

Must-do Activities

1. Paintball (AOV Paintball)

In search of an exciting outdoor activity that you can enjoy with a large group of friends? Then the competitive team shooting sport of paintball is your answer! Experience a heart-thumping battle akin to  a real-life warfare at one of the many paintball parks here in JB.

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If you can't withstand the pain of the paintball, then consider the super fun bubble soccer that AOV has! It'll definitely give you a run for the ball ?

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You'd probably have to set aside an entire day here as they also have the ATV for the ultimate thrill of a time!

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Contact: +607 3500 437, +65 9104 8793, +6016 7606 184 | Website

Opening Hours: Daily 9am - 6pm

Address: PTD 114143 Jalan Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

2. Go-karting (Permas Go-kart Club)

Another exciting activity you can do while in JB is the exhilarating go-karting! Satisfy your need for speed as you race across one of the longest go kart tracks in Malaysia at Permas Go-kart Club, also known as the Plentong International Karting Circuit.

Tucked away inside the plantations of Plentong, Permas Go-kart provides go-kart rentals suitable for all ages, be it from the tame 3.5 horsepower kart for kids to the 13 horsepower ones for adults. Feel the rush of adrenaline running through your blood as you speed through their track while maneuvering the many sharp challenging turns.

Note: You will be required to sign an indemnity form before going on the circuit.

#HHWT Tip: It's an off-course road to Permas, so we recommend going while it's still bright out!

Contact: 019-711 1733, 018-3944 733 | Website

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday from 10am to 6:30pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 6:30pm

Address: Lot 1195, Jalan Bunga Matahari, Taman Plentong Baru, 81750 Johor Bahru

3. Laser Tag (Laser Battle)

Have a thrilling and super fun time at Laser Battle - the ultimate laser tag arena in Malaysia. And good news, it is located right next to SG-JB Causeway - inside JB City Square so it's super accessible from Singapore!

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Laser Battle prided itself on using the finest and latest gaming technology available within the laser tag scene. Highly visible and super fast laser blaster, extra-sensitive vests, wonderfully designed gaming arena that is full of bright LED colours and EDM music - you and your friends are sure to have an immersive and super fun laser tag experience at Laser Battle.

Contact: 07-207 0179 | Website

Address: Lot MS-11, Johor Bahru City Square, 108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru, 80000, Johor

Opening Hours: Daily 10am - 10 pm

Where to Shop

1. Johor Premium Outlets

No trip to JB (and Malaysia) is complete without going for a shopping spree at one of the many shopping malls here in Johor Bahru. At this outdoor outlet mall, you can find luxury branded items at lower prices than you would normally find outside.

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Just take your pick from the many branded labels of Kate Spade, Burberry, Coach, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo, Armani Exchange and more ?

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Contact: +607 661 8888 | Website

Address: Jalan Premium Outlets, Indahpura, 81000 Kulai, Johor Darul Takzim

2. Paradigm Mall

Looking for more malls to explore for more options to do your shopping? Then head on over to the recently opened Paradigm Mall situated right next to the Skudai highway!

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Hailed as the biggest shopping centre in Johor Bahru, this retail heaven has more than 500 outlets to offer to its patrons. Parkson, H&M, FOS, Padini, Uniqlo, Giordano, Cotton On, Levi's, the list goes on and on. With such an astounding amount and selection of retailers, be prepared to shop till you drop!

Besides shopping, there are also a few activities you can do here with your fellow friends and family such as going to the cinema to watch the latest blockbuster. If you're up for it, test your skating skills at their indoor ice skating rink!

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While you're there, you have to check out these 3 irresistible hipster snacks you can only find in JB's Paradigm Mall!

Contact: +60 7-231 3888 | Website

Address: Jalan Skudai, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

3. Pasar Karat

If you love vintage, quirky stuffs and love scavenging through old items in search of valuable treasures, then you cannot miss going to Pasar Karat JB. Located right in the heart of the city, the market is only open at night, transforming the streets of JB into a happening night bazaar!

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Get your walking shoes on as there'll be quite a lot of walking. And remember to bargain for the lowest price you can offer if there are items that catch your interest! That's the whole beauty of night market after all?

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Address: Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 6pm - 12am, Saturday and Sunday 7:30pm - 12pm

4. Kilang Bateri

An urban hangout that is a favourite amongst the youngsters, Kilang Bateri is a must-go if you're looking to experience night life in Johor.

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Once a dry cell battery factory (as the name implies), this place has turned into its current hipster haven for foodies and shoppers alike. Feast your eyes and splurge your money on the many trendy clothing boutiques in the vicinity. In search of gifts for your loved ones? The Joho Concept Store has all the funky and cool-looking items you need to bring home as souvenirs?

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There are also lots of unique cafes to be found here such as Cupchai, Voltage, Fulltank, Cooper Clubman, Let's Get Cereal so do come here with an empty stomach! Lively and full of life, you will have a fun and lovely time at Kilang Bateri.

Contact: +60 7-232 5121

Address: No, 83, Jalan Tampoi, Kawasan Perindustrian Tampoi, 81200 Johor Bahru, 81200, Malaysia

Must-Visit Eateries

1. Salahuddin Bakery (Muslim-owned)

Ask any Johorians and among the top of the lists of places to eat in JB has to be at Salahudin Bakery. One of the oldest bakeries in town, this family-run business still maintains the old ways of baking - using a nearly century old wood fired oven?

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Freshly-baked daily, they have a wide selection of pastries, puffs, and breads to choose from. If you need a helping hand in choosing what to buy, then go for their famous mutton puffs and cream pastry. You won't be disappointed with its generous filling and the pastry's soft texture!

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Address: 26, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30pm, closed on Fridays

Contact: 012-766 8380

2. Senibong Seafood Village

Satiate your seafood craving at Senibong Seafood Village! A seafood heaven for all you seafood lovers, this fishing village is known for its restaurants which serve only the freshest catch of the day. The more popular ones are Selera Senibong Seafood and Anjung Senibong Seafood?

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From large family gatherings to date nights, dine to your heart's content together with your loved ones while you enjoy the breathtaking view of the sea! It'll be a moment to remember indeed☺️

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Address: Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Masai, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 4:00PM – 2:00AM, Sunday 4:00PM – 12:00AM

3. Restoran Kacang Pool Haji

A mandatory food to try here when you visit JB, kacang pool is pretty much synonymous with Johor and one the best places in town for a bowl of this delicious goodness is at Restoran Kacang Pool Haji!

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This iconic Middle Eastern-inspired dish is made from fava beans and mince meat for its soup base which is topped with a fried egg and a sprinkle of red onion. Plus, it's served with a perfectly toasted bread for you to dip. Complete your meal with a plate otak-otak - another Johor specialty food!

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Address: Jalan Sabar, Taman Dato Onn, 80350 Johor Bahru, Johor

Contact:017-741 6843

Opening Hours: Daily 7am - 11pm

We have now come to the end of our journey. But of course, there are always more attractions to visit, more places to shop, and more eateries to try so comment down below if you have any more suggestions?