Johor Bahru (Malaysia)

Johor Bahru Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Singapore's more vibrant neighbour

Johor Bahru is the nearest Malaysian city to SingaporeOtherwise not a tremendous amount of things to do
Has a bad reputation for being high-crime and dirty but has cleaned up its act
Loads of shopping malls, excellent restaurants and hawker centers and Legoland nearby

Really though, Johor Bahru is quite the contrast with Singapore. Go to JB to shop and eat but mind your wallets and your bags while there, is the advice you are likely to hear from Singaporeans across the Causeway if you're considering a visit from there. But really though, that is a pretty outdated way of thinking as in recent years the state capital of Johor in southern (peninsular) Malaysia has cleaned up very nicely indeed.

In comparison to Singapore, which is often seen as a bit of a sterile place, Johor is indeed a more vibrant and unpredictable city. Like the friendly next door neighbours alluded to, for shopping and eating you can't go wrong. There are a good number of large malls with friendlier prices than across the water, and with a population that is predominantly mixed Malay, Chinese and Indian, you know the food is going to pretty awesome too. The hawker centers are the best places to check that out - unless you are in the know, go where the queues are!

Malaysian Legoland lies a bit further away (about 35km from the Causeway), but inside of town you have a number of temples and mosques as well as the appealing waterfront development Danga Bay to check out. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Johor Bahru is a city in Malaysia's region of Johor. It has a population of 1,700,000, is situated at an altitude of 151ft and the best airport to fly into is JHB (Sultan Ismail International, Johor Bahru)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in Malaysia is the Malaysian ringgit (MYR)

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Johor Bahru Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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More Johor Bahru travel resources

Where's Sharon goes into detail about what to do in JB with kids, while Cooler Insights plays on the themes we mentioned: eating, playing and shopping. At Wikitravel you will find a lot of information while Johor Travel gives you 7 reasons to come over and show your face here.

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