TOWNS AND CITY
Johor Bahru is the State Capital, built in 1855
by the late Sultan Abu Bakar. The city is the southern gateway to Peninsular
Malaysia and is connected to Singapore by road and rail via a causeway to
Tanjong Pagar and a second road link to Tuas in the republic.
Small village in Johor Lama was the seat Johor Sultanate after the fall Malacca
till the final destruction of the fort in 1587. The earth mount fort has since
Desaru-The Village of casuarinas is 8 km northeast of Johor Bahru and situated
on a 20 km stretch of untouched beach in the southeast corner of the Peninsular.
Ideal for swimming, boating, canoeing, fishing, snorkelling or jungle trekking.
Golf enthusiasts can also play on an international 18-hole course.
The town of Mersing, 135 km from Johor Bahru City is one of the staging points
to the islands of Pulau Tioman, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Besar, Pulau Sibu, Pulau Sibu
Tengah and Pulau Tinggi. Visitors normally stay overnight at one of the hotels
in this fishing port to catch the ferry services to the islands as the high tide
is usually at 9.00 am.
The Beach is a popular picnic area. The annual “Pesta Air Papan” celebrated
on 1st May draws thousands of people 15 minutes from Mersing town,
you may spend your night here and laze the beach before proceeding to the
islands off the coast.
The Johor countryside is well cultivated with pineapples. Just an hour’s drive
from Johor Bahru City, the fishing village has a settlement of fishermen living
on stilts by shore. The town is also the staging point for visitors going to
Gunung Pulai for waterfall picnics, jungle trekking for mountain climbing.
This picturesque town is well-known for this delicious and inexpensive food
stalls and restaurants. The tree-lined Tanjung is ideal for evening strolls. The
waterfalls at the foot of Mount Ophir (Gunung Ledang) is accessible from Muar.
Kukup is fishing village with houses on stilts at the water’s edge. There are
numerous restaurants on stilts serving delicious seafood. Handicraft and
delicacies such as keropok, belacan and cencaluk are available at Kukup.