Johor Bahru or J-B, (as the locals call it), is the second most important Malay city and, in addition, the most southern city of Eurasia. This charming and cheerful capital of the southern state of Johor is a noisy and lively tourist center with up-to-date shopping complexes, entertainment venues, numerous international restaurants and hotels. However, the special flavor of Johor Bahru lies in its unusual rhythm of life. Thanks to the incredibly successful combination of its own well-being and neighborhood with Singapore, there are a lot of foreigners in the city, both business people and tourists. As the majority of the city’s guests are Singaporeans, the multi-lane route that connects Johor Bahru with this country, is always filled with motorcycles, buses and cars. You should bear it in mind if you rent a car at Johor Bahru International airport. Here is some more useful information for your comfortable holiday in Johor Bahru.
When you come to an unfamiliar country, it is important to know what the weather is like there.
This locality refers to the equatorial climate of the tropical type. Therefore, the weather here is constantly hot and humid. The average temperature of the air is about 26-30 degrees Celsius and it never changes significantly. Downpours in this area are warm and they end quickly. Throughout the year, the hot sun is constantly shining. But still, the most attractive time for a holiday in this area is from November to February.
If you are interested in shopping, visit the “City Square Johor Bahru” shopping center.
You will not miss this shopping center in the heart of the city, because it is located on the main city square, near the JB Sentral railway station, close to the Johor-Singapore bridge (probably, therefore, there are many residents of this city-state).
To date, it is one of the best shopping centers in Johor Bahru. The center offers about 270 outlets, as well as a cinema, a food court, a massage room and free Wi-Fi. The shopping center runs every day from 10:00 to 22:00.
Location: Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 106-108
‘Pasar Malam’ night market will charm you with its color!
The visit to this night market should be the main point of your trip – simply because this place is very interesting. By the way, small night markets run in different parts of the city, every night, except Sunday.
However, the most popular among tourists and locals extends from the ‘Grand Paragon Hotel’ to the ‘KSL City Mall’ every Monday evening. Be prepared to needle your way through the crowd – the market is popular! Unlike the night market in Singapore, the variety of goods there is more extended and unusual. It is better to come to the market a bit hungry, as a whole bunch of grocery stores offers different Asian food. For those, who have never been to the Asian markets, this place may seem a little chaotic. However, you will definitely like the charm of Pasar Malam.
Don’t miss a chance to visit the Hindu temple Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman.
This covered with glass, temple, is not only the first in Malaysia, but also all over the world. It was raised in 1922, but the glass coating was planned to be made only in 2008, and this kind of reconstruction lasted about a year. On May 12, 2010, this event was decided to be perpetuated and the temple of Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman was put in the ‘Book of Records of Malaysia’. After all, it was the first and only glass temple in the country, which is for 90% composed of a multicolored glass mosaic. There, you can see pieces of white, purple, green, red, blue and yellow glass. There are about half a million of them.
The temple is opened for tourists every day from 13.00 to 17.00 (except Monday). At the entrance to the temple, it is necessary to remove the shoes and leave them in a special basket for shoes.
Important safety measures.
Despite its busy life and a large number of guests, Johor Bahru is a fairly calm and safe city. You can walk along its streets during both the day and night. As a rule, the most serious trouble, occurring with tourists is pocket theft. That is why, in crowded places, for example, in shopping centers, you should be more careful. Also recently, the fraudsters in Malaysia are actively mastering frauds with credit cards, so it is recommended to use the cards only in reliable establishments.
It is better to make a prophylaxis of hepatitis A and B, as well as poliomyelitis and typhus, before the trip. To use tap water is not advisable- it is safer to give preference to boiled or bottled water. Women are recommended to dress modestly when they are walking around the city. At the entrance to the temples, visitors must necessarily take off their shoes, but clothing should cover hands and feet.