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Johor Bahru - also spelled Johor Baru or Johore Baharu - is the capital of the state of Johor in Malaysia, just across the Causeway from Singapore. A bustling city but one with little of interest for the casual tourist, it is a significant regional transport hub and manufacturing hub.
Things to see
• Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque. A Mosque built in the royal British architecture style, that is a reminder that Malaysia was once a British colony.
• Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum. Located on Jalan Skudai, it has a sea frontage. Built in the mid 19th century it served as a Grand Palace until Johor's present day ruler, Sultan Iskandar converted it into a museum. Housed within its compound includes the many treasures of the Johor Sultanate.
• Foon Yew High School. The largest private chinese school outside China. Located on 59-C, Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, it has a sea frontage face to Johor Straits. The oldest building build in 1912. The school compound includes many historical document and building of the Earlier Johor Bahru. It is also one of the symbol of Johor Bahru Chinese.
• Danga Bayv. The latest addition to Johor Bahru's tourist attraction. Located at Lido beach, along Jalan Skudai, it has fine dinings to modern food court to even the street side hawkers vendors. It has a new shopping mall located within its confine. Its grand masterplan would include a marina, future housing residential developments, hotels and a theme park.
• Johor Zoo. Located across from the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque. A run down zoo that provides a dismal diversion to western tourists.
• Saleng Zoo. Located in Kulai along the way from Jalan Skudai all the way past Senai town, this is a private zoo which surprisingly has been reasonably well maintained.
• Orchid Valley. Located in the Pulai area along Jalan Johor-Pontian road, it has been relatively run down.
Things to do
Johor Bahru is reasonably well known for its golf courses. During the height of the country's boom, there is almost a golf course planned every 3 months. Here are some of the best in Johor Bahru.
• Royal Johor Country Club probably the most expensive club in Johor Bahru. It is also the first course in this city.
• Tanjung Puteri Resort one of the largest courses in Johor Bahru and boasts of many awards. Very well designed courses and attracts a fair amount of visitors.
• Leisure Farm easily accesible by Singaporeans via the second link.
• Pulai Spring Resort partly owned by a Singapore company and hence a popular joint among the Singaporeans.
• Danga Bay. There have been some addition recently to Danga Bay. You can rent a paddle boat to explore the area.
• Stulang Laut. You can find some windsurfing activities around this area.
• Dan's Nasty Frogmen Dive Base at Sea Gypsy Village on Pulau Sibu. There are boat dives & Try Scuba Dives daily, morning & afternoon. Scuba diving is taught from the age of 8 years starting with Scuba Rangers. There are also morning & afternoon snorkeling excursions to uninhabited islands. Sailing is availble using Solsa sail boats plus paddle skis, kayaks & boogie boards for hire. Taxis to Tanjong Leman are easily available, depart at 7am for the 9am boat. You can depart Pulau Sibu at 5.30pm or 8.30pm, the resort will order a taxi to Johor Bahru for your return trip. Sea Gypsy Village operate a bus service from Johor Bahru daily at midday to connect with their 2pm boat, guests are on the island by 2.30pm.
There are three major cinemas in Johor Bahru, Tanjung Golden Village located in Jusco Tebrau City, Golden Screen Cinemas in Pelangi Leisure Mall and Mega Pavillion located in City Square, Johor Bahru.
• The Johor Society for the Performing Arts (JSPA), tel. +61-12-7179388. A non-commercial Society dedicated to the advancement,promotion and development of the performing arts in JB. The 3rd Johor Arts Festival 2006 is scheduled to run from 12th August to 26th August.
• Massage Gallery Home Spa, Taman Perling (dial 07-2352369 or 019-7292369. A transformed single storey terrace house with two small but clean and comfortable massage rooms and a semi-open body scrubbing area. Male masseurs only.