Johor Travel Guide

Johor is one of the most developed states in Malaysia and hosts the southernmost tip of mainland Asia, Tanjung Piai. The highest point in Johor is Gunung Ledang (1,276m), also known as Mount Ophir. The Straits of Johor in the south are the border between Malaysia and Singapore.

Johor Bahru is the capital of the state and was formerly known as Tanjung Puteri. It is nicknamed ‘JB’ and sits opposite Singapore, accessible by the Causeway, on foot or by car. It is a bustling city but it still has interesting attractions: shopping areas, a night market and a colonial/royal district. The main highlights are the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque and the Royal Palace Museum (the former residence of the Sultan of Johor).

Attractions in the state are numerous and include Desaru beaches and golf courses along the South China Sea, the Endau Rompin National Park (protected tropical rainforest hosting Sumatran rhinoceros), the Kota Tinggi waterfall (40kms/25 miles northeast of Johor Bahru).

A visit to Kukup village and Muar town will give an overview of traditional life in Malaysia. In addition, Johor has many opportunities for those who want to go snorkeling or diving thanks to many islands, such as the Seribuat archipelago or Pulau Dayang island.

The state has three major ports and is easily reached from anywhere in Asia thanks to Johor International Airport. Trips in Johor are easy by road or by train and accommodation and restaurants are good and cater well to the needs of travelers.