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Best Things to Do in Johor Bahru - Top Activities to Enjoy in Johor Bahru

Nestled between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Johor Bahru just may be Malaysia's best-kept secret. Here are some of the most exciting and relaxing things to do on a tour of the area.


Tour the Hakka Heritage Gallery

Often regarded as one of the best cultural points of interest in the area, touring the Hakka Heritage Gallery is a rite of passage for all first-time visitors due to the history of the Hakka community found within the walls of this institution. Hailing from China, the Hakkas are an ethnic Chinese minority that had a great influence on the area. Displays at the museum include ancient rattan furnishings, farming utensils and typewriters. Charging a nominal entrance fee, visitors should ideally call ahead before visiting the Hakka Heritage Gallery.


Witness the Fireflies

Renowned as the Firefly Valley Leisure Park, Kota Tinggi is a nature lover's dream come true in Johor Bahru. Occupying pride of place on the coastline, the area not only encompasses an extensive mangrove forest but also an opportunity to witness hundreds of fireflies during moonlight when the creatures are luminous due to the moon's rays reflecting off their bodies.


Marvel at Istana Bukit Serene

As the official residence and resplendent palace of the Sultan of Johor, catching a glimpse of this iconic landmark is one of the true pleasures of a holiday in Johor Bahru. Surrounded by sprawling hardens with water fountains and manicured lawns, the impressive and stately residence of the sultan is best viewed from the Skudai freeway if one is unable to visit the venue in person. Those who are fortunate enough to walk the grounds of this iconic building, however, can also enjoy captivating views of Singapore nearby.


Discover Gunung Pulai Johor

Travellers in search of hiking adventures with the sight of a spectacular waterfall also thrown in the mix will find no finer alternative to the trip to Pulai Waterfall in Johor Bahru. Tucked away in an area forested with tropical trees and plants, the pool at the base of the cascade also offers travellers the chance to cool off with a swim after their hike up to the location.


Stroll around Puteri Harbour

Tipped to be one of the most romantic things to do in Johor Bahru, a relaxing evening stroll along Puteri Harbour is arguably one of the best ways to experience the seaside beauty of the area as well as the many vessels docked along the shores of the harbour. With the sea breeze blowing in from every direction, visitors can walk hand in hand along the oceanfront promenade before stepping into one of the many restaurants lining the walkway. Other points of interest along the harbour include shopping hotspots and Sanrio Hello Kitty World. In fact, those based at the Berjaya Waterfront Hotel or any other hotel at Johor Bahru will find that it is the best location to unwind in after a day of sightseeing.


Enjoy a Cafe Tour

Coffee fanatics holidaying in Johor Bahru are in for a treat as cafe hopping is not only an option in the area but a must for all tourists who love a cup of steaming hot coffee. Some of the most fashionable cafes in the area include My Liberica Coffee which is famed for its lattes and waffles while the Faculty of Caffeine, The Brew Orchestra and the Cats Cafe are equally cosy coffee nooks to enjoy.

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