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Top Things to do in Johor Bahru – Border Town now Top Tourist Destination

Malaysia's border town, Johor Bahru has cleaned up its act! And what a town it has transformed into. It's one of the best places for loads of family fun, at prices that don't break the bank; do read on for a look at what you can do in Johor Bahru.


Go Explore Jalak Tan Hoik Nee

You will love the vintage lures of Johor Bahru's oldest neighbourhood; named after a founding father of the city, Jalak Tan Hoik is ideal for shopping and dining; both fall into the 'antique' and traditional category. For shopaholics, the place will turn out to be a treasure trove as you explore the many antique goods stores located along the streets, and when done, pop into one of the local cafes for a taste of some delicious traditional meals for which Johor Bahru is very famous.


Visit the Inhabitants of Johor Zoo

Dating back to 1928, this was one of the first zoos to be set-up in South-east Asia. Easy to reach from hotels in Johor Bahru the zoo boasts a collection of a hundred varied species of animals, comprising of lions, gorillas, elephants and pretty flamingos. The reptile and bird sectors too will turn out to be pretty impressive while a collection of cafes, make sure your hunger pangs are kept at bay. In fact, the zoo is perfect for a family outing and keeping the kids entertained, its conveniently located just 10 minutes from waterfront hotels such as the ones belonging to Berjaya Hotels and Resorts.


Check Out the Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple

The Johor Bahru Old Chines Temple dates back to the 19th century, the place is ideal for savouring old world charms and the exotic mysticism of Chinese beliefs. The temple is dedicated to five deities and held in high esteem amongst the town's Chinese community. The unique bright red and white colouring of the temple makes it easy to identify as it stands proud, as one of Johor Bahru's oldest buildings. A must-visit attraction, the temple acts as a kind of museum too, with displays enlightening visitors on the first Chinese migrants to Johor.


Pay a Visit to the Royal Palace

Istana Besar is the royal palace, which was the home of the Sultan of Johor way back in time. The architecture is one to marvel, bearing a mix of European and Malay styling's, it was commissioned by Sultan Abu Bakar and built in 1866. The most notable aspects of the building are the large dome and vibrant blue coloured roof which is its signature trademark. Make sure to tour the Royal Abu Bakar Museum displaying a fascinating collection of artefacts, heirlooms and antiques.


Be a Kid at Legoland

The very first Legoland in Asia is located in Johor Bahru, and really is the one place family travellers with kids and the young at heart should not miss! The place boasts a variety of about 40 thrilling rides, planes, bumper cars and a laser quest maze. Legoland is very popular and busy, try and go there on a weekday to avoid the rush.

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