Things to do in Johor


Things to do in Johor is a list complied for all those who seek entertainment in the southern most state of Malaysia. In the last couple of years, the Iskandar Malaysia project was conceptualized for future urban development and included were a number of theme parks and entertainment zones especially in the Nusajaya and Medini area of Johor. Within the next few years, you will see a whole new development as it is undergoing massive restructuring and construction currently. 

The best possible way to see all these places would be to self-drive here. Everything is within the Iskandar area so public transport would be a little difficult at the moment. At most, from one attraction to the other will only take you 20-30 minutes drive. Here are a number of things to do in Johor in no particular order.


1. Legoland Malaysia

Opened in September 2012,  Legoland is Malaysia's first ever international theme park. This park measuring 76-acre (31 hectare) is brought together by IDR Resorts and UK based Merlin Entertainment costing a whopping RM750 million. Till date, there have been over 100,000 visitors to the park and the number is rising. A must-visit if you have kids and prepare to spend at least half a day there. Just before entering the park, there is the Medini Mall where you can find various restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and even a general store. If not, you can also try the many restaurants inside Legoland Malaysia.

The entrance fees covers all the rides inside the park, you only pay for the food and souvenirs. Currently, the park is also building the Legoland Water Park which will open  in 2013 and the Legoland Hotel in 2014. You can also see some of my Legoland opening pictures.


2. Hello Kitty Town Malaysia

Sanrio Kello Kitty Town is an indoor theme park that is housed in the Puteri Harbour building in Nusajaya which recently opened at the end of October 2012. Suitable for children and all those who love the cute pink Japanese kitten, the Hello Kitty Town is located on the first floor of the Puteri Harbor building.

Hello Kitty Town is also located just 10-15 minutes from Legoland so you can visit both places in one day. I would suggest visiting Hello Kitty Land after Legoland as it is fully air conditioned here. There are restaurants, cafes, rides and a large souvenir shop. The attraction is also about 20-30 minutes drive from Singapore. For more pictures, directions and ticket prices, read this article on Hello Kitty Town Johor.


3. Puteri Harbor 

Puteri Harbour is a 60,000 square feet indoor facility and is one of the 5 flagship zones in Iskandar Malaysia. The entertainment hub will comprise of The Little Big Club that is designed around HIT Entertainment's popular characters namely Thomas & Friends™, Bob the Builder™, Angelina Ballerina™; Barney & Friends™ and Pingu™ apart from the most popular attraction here, Hello Kitty Town.

A unique themed family restaurant by popular local Malaysian cartoonist, Lat is also one of the attractions here where you can savor local Malaysian delight apart from experiencing the place therefore there will be a total of 3 attractions under one roof here. Puteri Harbour is also about 10 minutes from Legoland and about 20 minutes from Singapore.

Puteri Harbor attractions


4. Danga Bay

Danga Bay in Johor is well known as one of the first projects after the Iskandar Malaysia launching. Called Teluk Danga in Malay, it is also the premier waterfront city and the largest recreational park in the city of Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The entire bay area is spread over 1,8000 acres of land with 25km of waterfront shoreline dotted with residential projects, upmarket condominiums, restaurants, mini theme parks and modern office buildings.

In the vicinity, there are a number of hotels and business developments too. One of the prominent hotels is the Tune Hotels Danga Bay which is at the main junction of the highways here. As for me, I stayed at this hotel because it was convenient to move around the area. Danga Bay is also about 10-15 minutes away from the main CIQ causeway to Singapore.


5. JPO or Johor Premium Outlets

Johor Premium Outlets are a must visit for any family who is visiting the state. This is also Malaysia's first international factory outlet store which caters to many branded and top brands. Shopping enthusiast will find that this factory outlet offers up to 70% discounts on many branded items. The Johor Premium Outlet is also located about 20 minutes from Legoland and Hello Kitty Town and about 30 minutes from Singapore. For more pictures, listing and directions, please see this JPO article.

For those Malaysians heading south for these attractions, I would also recommend you dedicate an extra day to also cover the Universal Studios Singapore as it is a short drive across the border. There are a few other things to do in Johor but these are currently the most popular attractions. There are also museums, parks, beaches scattered around the state which I have not put in and will do so in my next article so I hope you enjoy this list of things to do in Johor.

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