The fact that Johor Bahru has a low cost of living compare to Singapore is enough to explain why many foreign people, especially Singaporeans, often go to JB. If you haven’t been to Johor Bahru yet want to uncover its hidden gems, you’re lucky to have found the right page as we are about to list down some of the must-do things which will definitely complete your trip to JB!
1. Taste the special cuisine of Johor — Laksa Johor
Unlike the usual laksa dish, Laksa Johor does not use the normal yellow noodles but pasta. This home-cooked dish has originated in the royal family of Johor. According to the legend, Sultan Abu Bakar (the Sultan King of Johor from 1886 to 1895) was in Europe on an official mission when he fell in love with Bolognese spaghetti. After returning to Johor, the Sultan ordered the royal chef to make laksa using spaghetti, and so the Laksa Johor was born.
2. Get your taste buds dancing with Kway Tiao Kia
When it comes to food, one of the dishes you must not miss to try is kuey tiao kia. And by this, we mean swinging by Restoran Woon Kiang for an ultimate kuey teow kia experience!
3. Go cafe-hopping with your friends
If you love cafes, Johor Bahru has myriads of beautiful cafes where you can not only enjoy great food and drinks but also perfect spots to take some of your IG-worthy photos! So don’t be surprised there are lots of young people taking photos of the hot spots.
4. Have a taste of the hundred-year-old banana cake
This bakery brags about the delicious banana cake which has been pleasuring the taste buds of many for the span of a hundred years. Aside from the famous banana cake, there is also coconut bread that deserves to be tried.
Hiap Joop Bakery & Biscuit Factory
5. Participate in the ancient temples of Johor
Every first day of the lunar calendar, Johor Bahru holds a festival where you can witness the floating parade, dance performances, dragon dances, and more.
6. Experience a day trip to Singapore by bus
If you plan to go abroad, why not take a bus trip to Singapore. From Johor Bahru, you can take a bus directly to Singapore’s famous shopping paradise Bugis or the super popular tourist destination — Sentosa. In order to save on expensive accommodations in Singapore, you can return back to Johor Bahru at night.
7. Have fun in the first Legoland in Asia
Legoland, the world’s sixth amusement park with Lego theme and the first Lego theme park in Asia, offers a variety of recreational facilities in the park that are perfect for the whole family. Included in a variety of theme attractions are Cyclone Ninja World, Mini Park, Fantasy Park, Discovery Land and Water Park, etc.
8. Go shopping at the Johor Premium Outlet (JPO)
If you’re looking for a great place to shop for new clothes, bags, shoes, etc. Johor Premium Outlet is a nice choice. It offers more than 70 well-known brands including Prada, Gucci, Coach, Salvatore Ferragamo, Nike, Adidas, Levis, and more. The good thing is you can enjoy some items at a discounted price!
9. Don’t miss the roadside dining car to eat loklok
Since Johor Bahru people love to eat loklok, don’t miss this stall offering a wide variety of loklok that starts only from RM0.80!