Johor possesses a wide range of attractions, from the exciting metropolitan atmosphere of Johor Bahru to the forests of Endau-Rompin Park. The village of Desaru and the remote and beautiful islands in the South China Sea are favored by vacationers seeking a relaxed and natural holiday environment, while the state’s commercial centres attract businessmen from all over the world.
Johor is the third largest (19,984 sq km) and one of the most developed states in Peninsular Malaysia. It is situated at the southern tip of the peninsula, just across the Straits of Johor from Singapore (with which it is connected by a road and rail causeway). Johor’s population exceeds two million people, comprising an ethnic mix of Malays, Chinese, Indians, and other groups. Its capital is Johor Bahru.
If the ultra-modern architecture and forward-looking citizens of Kuala Lumpur symbolize Malaysia’s hopes for the future, then the quiet, seaside city of Malacca, about 150 kilometers to the south, is the guardian charged with the reflective task of preserving its past. Five hundred years ago, an extraordinary empire rose and fell here, its power and dreams suddenly caught off-gaurd by the dawn of the Colonial Era.
The city was so coveted by the European powers that the Portuguese writer Barbarosa wrote “Whoever is Lord in Malacca has his hand on the throat of Venice.” It was a major port along the spice-route, and its harbor bristled with the sails and masts of Chinese junks and spice-laden vessels from all over the hemisphere. Because the city was originally built of wood, there are no crumbling and stately reminders of the power once wielded by the Malaccan Sultanate, but along shores of the Malacca River the scene has probably changed little.
Negeri Sembilan translated literally means “Nine States,” so named because it comprises a federation of nine states. It is located on the south-west corner of Peninsular Malaysia and encompasses an area of 6,645 sq km including a 48-km gentle coastline. Seremban, the capital of Negeri Sembilan, is 64 km south of Kuala Lumpur.
Johor Holiday Attractions
Muar is a picturesque town along the western peninsular coast. Also known as Bandar Maharani, Muar is in many ways a smaller version of Malacca, its more famous neighbor. Muar is particularly renowned for its outstanding cuisine, with many restaurants as well as food stalls serving irresistible local delicacies. Perfect for a Malaysia golf holiday.
Mersing is a pleasant fishing town, known primarily as the departure point for some of the most beautiful islands in the South China Sea–including the legendary Pulau Tioman.
The legendary beauty of Mount Ophir has made it one of Johor’s most popular attractions for hikers and birdwatchers. The mountain offers several nature trails to its summit, some lovely waterfalls, and modern facilities for camping and picnicking.
Pontian and Kukup, two tiny fishing villages along Johor’s southwestern coast offer some of the best fresh seafood in the region. The houses, as well as the restaurants, are built in traditional style on stilts at the water’s edge.
Tanjung Piai, situated in the midst of an extensive area of mangrove forest, provides visitors with an glimpse of the richness of Malaysia’s coastal fauna as well as an experience of traditional kampung life. Multi-coloured mangrove crabs, beady-eyed mudskippers, and crab-eating macaques abound here.
Malacca Holiday Attractions
Air Keroh Recreational Forest Fifteen kilometers east of Malacca is Air Keroh, a vast tract of diverse tropical forest with excellent camping facilities, nature trails, and picnic spots. Visitors can lodge in cabins or enjoy a night in a treetop house.
The open-habitat zoo sprawls over 22 hectares and has been rated as one of the best in Malaysia. It is home to the rare and endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros as well as many other animals indigenous to Southeast Asia.
The traditional houses at Mini Malaysia exemplify the architectural styles of each of the thirteen states of Malaysia. Each of the houses was constructed by a master builder and is furnished with elements characteristic of the culture of each state. Attractions include weekly cultural shows and traditional games.
A unique theme park conceived as a summary of the prominent cultural elements of the countries that make up ASEAN (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Brunei).
One of the world’s most comprehensive butterfly and insect farms, with well over two hundred local species, including the rare Raja Brooke and Birdwing butterflies. The farm also possesses an extensive collection of insect specimens.
Try them all on your Malaysia golf holiday or Golf package in South Malaysia