Johor – the one of the most developed state that is located in the southernmost part of Peninsular Malaysia. Johor Barhu formerly known as Tanjung Puteri (Malay for Princess’s Cape) and Muar respectively are the state capital city and royal city of Johor. Its full name Johor Darul Ta’zim means “Abode of Dignity”, in Arabic honorific, while Johore is spelled in English.

Surrounded by Pahang to the north, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan to the northwest, and the Straits of Johor to the south which, Johor is situated very close by the famous Singapore.

Johor’s largeness in size land covers most of the rubber and oil palm plantations along with few historical attractions and natural wonders.

Cities in Johor

  • Johor Bahru – The largest city and capital, a popular gateway to Singapore
  • Batu Pahat – Famous district in the state of Johor
  • Kluang – A town and district located roughly in the middle of the state of Johor in Malaysia
  • Kota Tinggi – Located 42 kilometers north-east of Johor Bahru, towards Mersing.
  • Mersing – Main port for ferries to Tioman Island
  • Muar – One of a district in Johor
  • Pontian – A district in southwest Johor.
  • Segamat – A town and district located in the north of the state of Johor in Malaysia, bordering two other states of Malaysia.

Major Tourist Attractions in Johor

  • Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque- Built between 1892 and 1900
  • Tebrau – Famous for the world’s first Hindu glass temple known as Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple
  • Desaru – Famous for its beach resorts, beaches & golf courses along the South China Sea
  • Johor Bahru – Shopping, night market, colonial/royal district
  • Endau Rompin National Park – is known as the Johor’s largest National Park
  • Kota Tinggi – A rapidly expanding town which is away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • Kukup – Famous with a fishing village with seafood restaurants built over water
  • Muar – Well-known for its scenic riverside town
  • Seribuat Archipelago – A beautiful island with beautiful beaches and coral reefs
  • Tanjung Piai – The southernmost tip of mainland Asia
  • Danga Bay – The largest recreational park in the city of Johor Bahru
  • Pekan Air Panas – Famous for its hot springs, waterfall, local fruits available
  • Bandar Nusajaya – New administration of Johor Government
  • Bukit Indah – Famous for its shopping district such as Jusco, Tesco & Giant
  • Horizon Hills – Won the title of Best Asia pacific golf development 2009 by CNBC
  • Pulau Dayang – Major diving attraction, snorkelling, fishing spot
  • Gunung Ledang – The highest peak in South of Peninsula Malaysia and very famous for its mountain hiking
  • Ayer Panas Waterfall – Known as Malaysian “Jiu Zai Kou” with crystal clear water from the peak of Gunung Ledang
  • Tangkak – Famous with “Tangkak Beef Noodle”
  • Pulau Kukus – This island is close to Pulau Sibu Tengah and popular for snorkelling activity

Travel by bus

The central express bus terminal in Johor is known as the Larkin Bus Terminal and Kotaraya Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru. There are also other bus terminals such as Batu Pahat Express Bus Terminal, Mersing Express Bus Terminal, Kota Tinggi Express Bus Terminal, Segamat Express Bus Terminal, Muar Express Bus Terminal, Pontian Express Bus Terminal, Pasir Gudang Express Bus Terminal, Kulai Express Bus Terminal, Sungai Rengit Express Bus Terminal, Simpang Renggam Express Bus Terminal, Kluang Express Bus Terminal, Bandar Penawar Express Bus Terminal, Yong Peng Express Bus Terminal, Labis Express Bus Terminal and Tangkak Express Bus Terminal.

Few of the major coach operates that provides bus services to Johor such as Sri Maju, City Express, S&S International, Transnasional, Konsortium, Nice, Newsia and etc.

Hop in the bus

The local buses operate from several stops around town which makes it one of the most convenient stops in front of the post office on Jln Ibrahim. Taxis and buses are also few of the ways in getting around in Johor as there are no subways, tubes or metros here.