Visiting another country for holidays might be a luxury that most working adults are deprived of due to time and budget constraints, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t get away! Located just a 45-minute car journey away from Singapore is Malaysian city Johor Bahru, where a paradise of heavenly street food and unbelievably cheap retail therapy deals await.
From shopping at Johor Bahru City Square, eating at Meldrum Night Market to the various transportation methods available, here is a brief guide on a Day Trip to Johor Bahru.
WHAT TO DO IN JOHOR BAHRU
Johor Bahru City Square
Johor Bahru City Square’s sheer number of retail and dining options – and their massive discounted prices – has attracted groups of Singaporeans on a daily basis to come forth and do their shopping.
Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Darul Ta’zim, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Tel: +60 7-226 3668
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Legoland Malaysia theme park is the perfect playground for your little ones. But who said the park is only meant for kids? Adults are too seen reliving their childhood memories at Legoland Malaysia. There are over 40 rides to keep you and your loved ones entertained throughout the day.
7, Jalan Legoland, Medini, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +60 7-597 8888
Daily: 10am – 6pm
If you ever find yourself in Johor Bahru – a land where a truckload of delicious street food and shopping haven awaits – here are 10 Amazing Malaysian Street Food that you should try.
Wang Zu Bu Luo
There are plenty of massage parlours across Johor Bahru and Wang Zu Bu Luo is quite a reputable spa chain amongst Singaporeans and Malaysians alike. Their professional services range from ear candling, meridian massages to cupping.
38, Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Baru, Malaysia
WHAT TO EAT IN JOHOR BAHRU
Walking through Meldrum Night Market is virtually akin to time travel. Located just a stone’s throw away from Johor Bahru City Square, the rundown back alley is lined with vendors selling an exhaustive array of Malaysian delicacies. From Apam Balik Pancakes to Mee Hoon Kueh, there is so much food to sample.
Salahuddin Bakery that has touched the hearts of generations with its freshly baked curry puffs and wood-fired bread loaves since 1937. Despite the convenience and availability of modern electrical and gas ovens, Saladhuddin insists to bake breads with their age-old wood fire oven to keep things original.
From specialty coffee shop Faculty Of Caffeine to Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe, here is a Guide to 10 Cafes in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Specialty coffee shop and patisserie Vanilla Bean is a pretty new face in Johor Bahru’s luxurious integrated marina, Senibong Cove. The intimate third-wave café boasts Asian-inspired waffles, espresso beverages, artisanal cakes and a splendid selection of all-day brunch items. P.s. Order their Teh Tarik Waffles!
HOW TO GET TO JOHOR BAHRU FROM SINGAPORE
Bus – Take bus 170 from Kranji MRT and it will take you to JB Sentral. A trip costs between S$1.50 to S$2.
Car – Drive through Causeway Woodlands Checkpoint or Second Link Tuas Checkpoint. Do ensure that your Singapore car’s petrol tank must be at least filled three quarters – or risk being fined a hefty amount of S$500. Toll charges do apply.
Train – Take a train from Woodlands Train Checkpoint and you will arrive JB Sentral within minutes. Tickets start from S$5 for a one-way journey.