5 Things You Can Do Within A Day in Johor Bahru19 November, 2015
If you have got an entire day to spare and is looking for something interesting to do, Johor Bahru (JB) might just be the place for you! Situated just across the Causeway, here is a list of some of the interesting activities it has to offer.
1. Explore JB Town
If you are a fan of Haji Lane, you will enjoy taking a walk around JB Town. Apart from its huge malls, you can also find stretches of quaint shophouses that have been conserved and painted in all sorts of interesting designs. Expect to find shops selling items ranging from clothing to art pieces, as well as many little cafes and restaurants! A note to avid ‘Instagrammers’, this is one place that has the perfect background to capture a #ootd.
The easiest way to get to JB Town is to take a bus from Singapore to Larkin Terminal (Johor Bahru) and transfer buses from there to JB Town. You can easily hop onto SBS bus 170 at a cost of $2.50 from Queen Street (Near Bugis). However, do note that the bus goes through 60 stops from Queen Street to Larkin Terminal, which is a journey worth 34km.
Alternatively, there are non-stop bus services, Causeway Link CW1 and CW2, which are available from Kranji Mrt Station and Queen Street if you aren’t keen on going through a 34km journey to get to JB. It would cost you $1.30 if you decide to take CW1, and $2.50 for bus CW2.
Upon alighting at Larkin Terminal from your buses, you’re able to choose from a couple of different buses that would take you into JB Town, or you can simply hail a taxi that would take you there for another RM10-18.
If you’re in a rush and looking for the fastest way to get to JB Town from Singapore, you can hail a Malaysian Taxi from City Square Mall Singapore. This would cost an average of RM45, based on the meter.
Other than traveling by bus or taxi, you can also hop onto a train from Woodlands Train Checkpoint to JB Sentral Train Station for $5. From the Train Station, you can either hail a taxi that would get you into JB Town in less than 20 minutes for RM15-20 or take a bus there.
Read here for more on what I thought of the train ride from Woodlands to JB Train Station.
Do not be surprised when I say Cafe Hopping! Within JB Town, expect to be spoilt for choice by the tons of cafes popping up at every corner. Treat yourself to a hearty brunch and do remember to leave room for dessert as well. With the current exchange rate, an entire meal is likely to cost you only about half the price of what you would pay in Singapore. It will definitely be a meal that is value-for-money; your wallet will thank you 😉
3. Traditional Batik Painting
Got a strong urge to release your inner Picasso? Or are you curious at how batik painting is done? At the Malaysia Cultural Kampong, there is a batik workshop where you can learn and have a hands-on experience of how these intricate designs are painted. You can even have your very own masterpiece taken home as a souvenir after. If not, there are also completed pieces on sale to buy. This is definitely an interesting bit of culture that dates back to the 13th century.
Malaysian Cultural Kampong, Traditional Batik Painting
27 Jalan Mohd Amin Kampong Mohd Amin 80100
4. Pewter Molding Demonstration
The Pewter Molding Demonstration is another activity you can experience at the Malaysia Cultural Kampong Village. Watch a live demo of how a pewter goblet is made while enjoying a cooling beverage from a pewter shot glass!
This is definitely an eye-opening experience worth checking out.
Pewter Museum and Factory Demonstration
27 Jalan Mohd Amin Kampong Mohd Amin 80100
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
Lastly, take some time to explore several historical sites and places of worship whilst appreciating the amazing architecture of these buildings. Similar to Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple and the Old Johor Chinese Temple boast hundred of years of heritage in JB. Visiting them can be an enriching experience as you learn more about the history of the buildings.
Old Johor Chinese Temple
Jalan Trus, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Overall, spending the day in JB can be a fun and unique experience. Being just a stone’s throw away from the causeway, there really isn’t anything to hold you back if you would like a quick and pocket-friendly getaway from Singapore!
If you are planning to stay in JB for more than a day, consider staying at the luxurious Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel. My take on the hotel can be found here.