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10 Must-Visit Attractions in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Picture of Michelle Leong
Updated: 28 April 2018
Johor isn’t just your stopover from Malaysia to Singapore, and it’s more than laksa and a progressive sultan.

Legoland

Amusement Park
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Legoland Theme Park Malaysia Resort
Legoland Theme Park Malaysia Resort | © MajestiX B/Shutterstock

Even if you’ve been to the ones in New York, Dubai, and Florida, this one will still whip up a treat. The water park will excite the small kids, the crazy coasters will thrill the big kids, and the virtual reality roller coaster (say that again!) will remind the adults who are kids at heart that it’s never to late to let your hair down.

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Mon - Fri:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - None:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun - None:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Outdoors

Desaru Beach

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Desaru, Malaysia
Desaru, Malaysia | © AhXiong/Shutterstock

This is the reason Singaporeans travel the Causeway to the Land of the Free. Okay, we’re kidding, but they do come here for the sunrise, sunset, and the jet skis in between. Don’t expect the sea to be snorkel-worthy, but the sand is fine and soft like baby hair. If you stay at Tunamaya Resort, you’ll even get a less crowded experience of beach life.

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Mon - Sun:
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Rentals

Atmosphere:

White Sand, Peaceful, Outdoors

Desaru Fruit Farm

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Durian
Durian | © JA Series/Shutterstock

If you like your durian (not the iced, creamed, powdered, dodol’d, or puffed versions), then come along to the Desaru Fruit Farm where you can find your first love hanging from a tree. If that sounds morbid, maybe the tropical fruit buffet will make up for the bad joke.

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Mon - Sun:
8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee, Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Scenic, Touristy

Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm

Zoo
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Want to feed a crocodile? Not with yourself, of course. For RM20 ($5), you can feed the crocodiles a few tasty chicken pieces. Beware not to overexcite them though — if they can bite the tails off each other, they can probably bite more off you.

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Mon - Sun:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Touristy

Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Street

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Red House building, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Red House building, Johor Bahru, Malaysia | © HitManSnr/Shutterstock
Not long by any stretch, this street is nevertheless worth your walk — if not for the coffee (lots of quaint boutique cafés), then for the heritage. Pre-independence buildings abound on both sides of the street, itself arched by a red and yellow sign that reads, in Mandarin, “Tan Hock Nee Cultural Street” – lest you miss it.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Architectural Landmark

Pasar Karat

Bazaar
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Johor Bahru, Malaysia | © andythyro / Shutterstock

This bazaar ups the game on pasar malams (night markets) everywhere by including independent clothing brands and live music. It’s more like Camden than Portobello, and a lot like Penang’s Batu Ferringhi walk. Browse and bargain while the band beats it out, and don’t forget to cross the bridge for yummy tummy fillers.

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Mon - Fri:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun:
7:30 pm - 12:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Local

Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque

Mosque
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Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque Building in Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque Building in Johor Bahru, Malaysia | © Jay Nong/Shutterstock
Whether you’re here for the view, the architecture, or God, this mosque is a must-see for all. Built between 1892 and 1990, this Victorian-Moorish design overlooks the Straits of Johor and can admit up to 2,000 worshippers at any given time.
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Sanrio Hello Kitty Town

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Girl Hello Kitty pajamas
Girl Hello Kitty pajamas | © Photosite/Shutterstock
Did you grow up in the 90s? If so, come reminisce with (or without) your young one here, where you can dress up (or down), make button badges, decorate Hello Kitty cookies, and win prizes. Young ’uns and those young at heart will enjoy this one- to two-hour experience.
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Mon - None:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Sun:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Kid Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Photo Opportunity

Johor Art Gallery

Art Gallery
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Johor Art Gallery
Johor Art Gallery | © Wikimedia Commons

This gallery brings Johor’s colorful history to the fore. Built in 1910, this building has been a Japanese military base during World War II, an official residence for a Johorian chief minister, and now a state gallery where visitors can enjoy illustrious paintings and sculptures by local artists.

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Sun - Thu:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

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Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors

Sultan Ibrahim Building

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Sultan Ibrahim Building
Sultan Ibrahim Building | © Wikimedia Commons

Once the tallest building in pre-independence Malaya, this former state secretariat office combines the best of British colonial and Malay architecture, with elements of Saracenic design. While you cannot enter the building, you can still walk around the grounds, take a selfie with the tower, and enjoy the hilltop view.

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Mon - Sun:
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Outdoors