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Five Hidden Gem Destinations in Johor That Are Worth Discovering – Lesser Known Places in the City

The southern-most state of the Malaysian Peninsular, Johor is just one kilometre apart from Singapore, making it an easy-to-reach destination for many who pass through Singapore. Johor is also loved for its pretty beaches and lush green forests which hides many places that take one's breath away.


Firefly Valley Leisure Park

For those who are slightly romantic at heart and believe in twinkling stars and fireflies, the mesmerising Firefly Valley Leisure Park in Johor would offer a breathtaking adventure. There aren't many places in the country where colonies of fireflies light up whole areas, transforming them into a scene from a fairytale. This park, which is located in Kota Tinggi, would enchant you with its surreal quality and magical ambience. One of the best experiences at this place would be the firefly cruise offered by the park, which lasts for about one hour, basking in the stardust-strewn atmosphere of the Johor River.


Desaru Ostrich Farm

A beach and resort area in Kota Tinggi, Desaru has many attractions alongside many of the beach resorts in Malaysia. Located within a driving distance from Johor, Desaru boasts of an ostrich farm, which lets you have an immersive experience with the world's largest birds. From watching these big birds of the wild interacting with each other to experiencing the incubation process of their eggs, visitors of this farm can have an educational journey at this place. You can even purchase some green leaves and plants at the entrance to feed these magnificent birds- just be sure to watch out for your fingers, and always listen to the guide.


Pulau Rawa Island

About 16 kilometres off the coast of Mersing town in Johor lies a strikingly beautiful island called the Pulau Rawa. The very fact that this island hasn't grabbed the attention of many tourists is proof that Johor, Malaysia hides more than it meets the eye. The gorgeous white sandy beaches, the tranquil ambience, the glistening blue waters and the soothing sea breezes seem to scream "paradise" at this stunning location. January to April and July to October are considered the best times to visit this island as these times provide ideal conditions for a refreshing dip in the ocean or an ethereal diving experience among its vibrant marine life.


Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Street

Located in the heart of Johor, Tan Hiok Nee is a street which has been declared a heritage row where its buildings are preserved with its ancient charm intact. It is a place where one can taste the delicious local cuisine. At this place, the old shophouses stand side by side with the modern buildings creating an intriguing atmosphere. With many points of interest such as the Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum and mobile art centres that are created to increase the awareness of the Chinese traditions and culture, this place greets its visitor with the promise of a fantastic experience. Jalan Tan Hiok isn't just another heritage site. Its fascinating charm and stories that is ebbed in the streets make it all the more mysterious and alluring.


Kampung Sungai Melayu

Located within a driving distance to many properties such as Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, the eco-tourism village in Kampung Sungai Melayu, is truly a hidden gem in Johor, Malaysia. It is also a paradise for bird watchers as the village is a haven for a myriad of local and migratory birds. One of the main highlights of this village is the trip to a floating mussel farm, after which you'd get to cruise through a serene mangrove forest and learn about its rich biodiversity. You can even arrange to spend a night at this scenic village and learn about the interesting architecture of the traditional Kampung house.