What’s cheap, colorful, and may or may not be wet? No, it’s not your kid’s paint brushes. It’s a pasar (bazaar) in Johor Bahru!
Get cheap stuff while tucking into crispy shrimp cake and sea coconut drinks. Electronics, clothes, perfumes, costume jewelry, household items, and children’s toys are all part of the fare here.
The only morning market on this list, Taman Pelangi is also the wettest, and for good reason; this is where you’ll find pink-raw meat, freshly caught seafood, and vegetables still dewy from the farms. Potted plants are also a thing.
You won’t have completed your tour of Johor Bahru without a trip to this night market. Bargain items, pre-loved goods, scarves, handbags, decorative artifacts, and even vintage plaques are all displayed under blue canopies with fluorescent lights — all the better to see and buy. A live band is sometimes featured.
The usual round of bargain-worthy items are for sale here, and Johor Jaya is particularly known for its pastry stalls and roast duck. Food doesn’t cost more than a happy RM5 note ($1.25).
With over 100 stalls selling — well — everything, this is a place for the whole family. Bond with your kids over classic night market foods like fried squid, grilled corn on the cob, and steamed peanuts.
Drop by for all the C’s — clothes, ceramics, children’s toys, and lots of chicken. This is the most popular night market on Saturday, and it’s where all who have been tired and weary from the week come to recharge.
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