Ayer Itam is a small town famous for its ceramic, pottery and porcelain crafts. Ceramic vases, crockery and the delicate porcelain here make attractive and expensive gifts. The bazar-like atmosphere appeals to visitors.
Tanjung Piai-Johor National Park
Dubbed the southernmost tip of mainland Asia, Tanjung Piai is a haven for a diverse species of flora and fauna and a hot spot for birdwatchers to visit during the migratory seasons, which falls around September and March.
Gunung Ledang's breathtaking Puteri Waterfall, is a popular picnic spot, especially on weekends and public holidays. The view from the summit of the mountain lures thrill seekers to scale it peak.
Mount Lambak Recreational Forest
Located at the foothill of Mount Lambak, this recreational forest is perfect for picnics, swimming and mountain climbing.
Pulau Aur (Aur Island) is located 65km east of Mersing on the east coast of Johor. This island is rated by divers as on eof the best scuba diving destinations within the Johor Marine Park area.
Twenty-five kilometres of white, sandy beach and lush tropical greenerymakes up Dasaru - the most popular beach in Johor. Dearu is also known as the ' Village Of Casuarina '.
Pemanggil Island is a fisherman's best kept secret. It is well known for deep sea fishing and angling for marlins - black one if you are fortunate, and mackerels.
Kukup, is a well known fishing village with most of its houses built on stilts. With a farming and fishing population mainly of Bugis descent, it is famous for its fish farms and restaurants.
Since its official opening, many state events and cultural performance have taken place here. The clock tower overlooks a beautiful fountain, and a wide open green lawn, making it a great vanue for outdoor performance and events.
Endau-Rompin Johor National Park
Tel: +607-702 1100
This National Park, encompasses the rivers Endau and Rompin, from which it derives its name. It contains rich flora and fauna.
Teluk Ramunia has several beach resorts that cater to the needs of budget travellers as well as those seek a bit more comfort at reasonable price. A sea sports centre here rents out various water sports equipment.
Danga Bay stretches for about 3km, and is actually the waterfront of Johor Bahru. To view the causeway that links Johor to Singapore, try a dinner cruise that is available.
Pulau Tinggi or Tinggi Island is one of the many captivating tropical islands that nestless the eastcoast of Johor. Its white, sandy beach surrounded by alluring blue waters make it a perfect haven.
Air Papan Beach
Air Papan is synonymous with Pesta Air Papan (Air Papan Festival), which is held annually on May 1. Each year, the events draws a huge number of local tourists to join in the fun and games.
Visiting Hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm
Tel: +607-527 1122
Orchid Valley is reputedly the largest tropical orchid farm in the world. It has beautiful and exotic orchids from over 80 varieties. It is also internationally recognised, with some hybrids registered with the World Orchid Society in London.
Renowned for its spotless stretch of white coral sand beach, and offshore coral reefs, Rawa Island is unmatched by other islands off Mersing.
The island's calm and quiet ambience is the perfect choice for those who dream of a relaxing and laid back vacation. The coral reef encircling the island is home to many colourful and exotic fish and marine life, making it haven for scuba divers.
The beach has many attractions and activities for visitors, which includes boating, canoeing, fishing, camping and jungle treking at a nearby forest. You can also visit Malay villages here, take an island excursion or visit a kelong (fish farm) on the way back.
The town of Tangkak is known as the "Textile Town" of Malaysia, offering prices that are lower than those in the cities. The range of fabrics and upholstery are endless, with some produced locally and others, imported from Asian countries and Europe.
Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Museum
Tel: +607-223 0222
Opening Hours: 9.00am - 4.00pm
The museum occupies the Istana Besar (Grand Palace) which was specially commissioned in 1864 by the father of modern Johor Sultan Abu Bakar
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
Tel: +607-223 4935
The mosque on a hill top cpmbines neo-classical western and Islamic architecture.
Johor Baru Duty Free Zone
Opening Hours: 10.00am - 10.00pm
Johor Bahru Duty Free Zone is the largest duty-free complex in Malaysia strategically sited on a 17 acre of prime land at the end of Jalan Ibrahim Sultan in Stulang, Johor Bahru. The zone comprises of shopping area and a 503 room international class hotel above the shopping complex.
The Mawar House Handicraft Centre
The cebtre offers hand-drawn and dyed batik cloths, batik paintings, straw mats and other goods for sale, making it a one-stop handicraft centre destined to be one of Johor's leading tourist attractions. There are also demonstration of traditional songket weaving, batik silk painting and the art of fine pottery.
This is a 32-acre theme park that features replicas of the world's famous structures within its grounds.
Surrounded by mythical stories, Gunung Ledang is located near Tangkak and is surrounded by lush protected rainforests.
Equipped with a children's adventure park, an orchid garden, seven lakes, campsite, chalets and food court, this park, located in the heart of the city, is an ideal haunt for urbanites.
Kota Tinggi Waterfall
One of Johor's noted natural attraction, the Kota Tinggi Waterfall is a favourite among the locals and visitors. Originating from Guning Panti, the waterfall cascades down a rock face some 34m into a small pool below.
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