Hugging the southern end of Peninsular Malaysia, Johor encompasses vibrant cities, forested national parks and idyllic islands. It shows cultural influences from its early trade with Funan and the Malaccan Empire, as well as the Portuguese and the Dutch East India Company.
Things to do in Johor
Whether you want to discover the architectural landmarks of Johor Bahru, wildlife spot in riverside forests or escape to Sibu Island, Johor offers something for everyone.
Sightsee in Johor Bahru. Located just a stone’s throw from Singapore, Johor Bahru is a lively city home to heritage museums, historic neighbourhoods and elaborate religious landmarks. Gaze up at the four minarets of the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque and marvel at the glittering decorations of the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple before wandering between the traditional Chinese shopfronts of Jalan Tan Hoik Nee.
Go diving on Sibu Island. Located off the east coast of Johor is Sibu Island, a designated marine park renowned for its exceptional snorkelling and scuba diving. In addition to exploring the majestic coral reefs with one of the local dive operators, you can relax on the island’s white sandy beaches or trek through the tropical forest to spot monitor lizards.
Go hiking in Endau Rompin National Park. Encompassing a tract of tropical rainforest in the Tenasserim Hills is Endau Rompin National Park, which was one of the first national parks to be designated in Peninsular Malaysia. It is named after the two rivers that flow through its heart and provides a spectacular setting for jungle trekking, with impressive rock formations dating back 248 million years. In addition to more than 250 species of recorded birds, the park is home to endangered Sumatran rhinos, white-handed gibbons and clouded leopards.
Getting around Johor
Senai International Airport is a 40-minute drive from Johor Bahru and has flights to destinations across Malaysia. Trains connect from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru while buses travel across the border from Singapore. Buses are the main means of getting around Johor while private boats offer access to Sibu Island.