[Updated 16 July 2021]
Situated in the southern tip of peninsular Malaysia, there's so much to love about Johor Bahru (JB, in short)
, also known as the capital city of Johor. Surrounded by delicious halal food
, charming cities, and amazing theme parks, it's also no surprise to find many things to do in JB. If you're planning a road trip to this destination soon, check out these awesome things to do in Johor Bahru to make your holiday worthwhile!
1. Savour delicious halal food in Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru (also known as JB) is a vibrant city filled with a variety of attractions, shopping hotspots and a little bit of history. But in between all these, lies an amazing food scene catering to almost every level of taste buds!
So, if you're planning a food trip, make sure to check out this list for the best halal food in Johor Bahru
! From hearty biryani at Roslin Beriani House to teh tarik madu at Ads Corner, remember to save some room for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
2. Plan a cafe-hopping adventure in Johor Bahru
Street food scene and delicious laksa aren't the only things that Johor Bahru is known for. Truth be told, it's pretty hard not to talk about their thriving indie cafe
scene that's longing to be on your Instagram feed.
If you're heading down to JB, you absolutely have to set aside a day for a cafe-hopping adventure using this list of halal cafes in Johor Bahru
! From Thai milk tea at Chaiwalla & Co to yummy cakes at August Cafe, it's going to be a day to remember!
3. Hike to this secret blue lake in Johor
Just a 15-minute drive from Johor Premium Outlets, plan a morning hike to see Tasik Biru, Kangkar Pulai. Situated in Johor Bahru, this scenic lake is an abandoned mine filled with water that turned bright blue. While this lake is not safe for swimming, the locals can take a short hike to catch a glimpse of it.
If you come on a clear day, you can capture the reflection of the surrounding limestone formation, adding a mirror-like depth to your Instagram photo. Do note that the weather gets really hot and sunny in the afternoon, so it's best to come in the morning or evening. You can read more about Tasik Biru Kangkar Pulai here
4. Get new books from this Instagram-worthy bookstore in Johor
Say hello to one of the newest BookXcess store at Sunway Big Box! Situated in Nusajaya, Sunway Big Box is the first hybrid retail park that
opened in February 2020. Besides having a warehouse-style branded store, dining options and kid-friendly play area, it comes with a brand new bookstore too.
Packed with one million titles, ranging from self-help and autobiographies to non-fiction and children's book, the well-illuminated bookshelves are a sight to behold and it's hard to resist taking a photo for the 'gram. You can read more about BookXcess Sunway Big Box here
5. Take snapshots at the Desaru Sky Mirror
The Desaru Sky Mirror has attracted its fair share of visitors as it's a great place to snap picture-perfect photos 😍 You can spice up your pictures with some jump shots or bring a prop to create that "illusion" shot. Visiting the sky mirror is also a great idea, whether you're on a trip with your friends or family. You can read more about Desaru Sky Mirror here
6. Plan a beach vacation in Desaru Coast
There's a reason why a weekend getaway in Desaru is favoured by some city travellers
. Landscaped by the serenity of the South China Sea and white sandy beaches, it's a great way to escape the city grind and step into absolute solitude.
Since there are a number of top beach resorts in Desaruyou can stay in, we've sorted out the
accommodations according to budget. Whether you're planning a fun family getaway or a romantic retreat, there's a resort out there that's perfect for you to spend the night.
7. Savour fresh seafood in Johor Bahru
Explore a medley of the finest that the ocean has to offer in Johor Bahru! Crabs, cockles, mussels, fishes of numerous varieties and other seafood all make for a scrumptious meal and what better way to enjoy such delectable food than with your loved ones?
So gather your family and friends, and show them this list of halal seafood restaurants in Johor Bahru
for an irresistible feast the next time you're in town
8. Feel like a kid again in these theme parks in Johor Bahru
Luckily for us, there are plenty of theme parks in Malaysia that are within driving distances from main cities, making it an ideal short getaway for family vacations 😉 And when in JB, you can visit Asia's very first Legoland in Johor Bahru and splash about at Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park.
From exciting theme parks to delicious halal food, there are many awesome things to do in Johor Bahru! For more activities across Malaysia, check out our recommended reads!