Have no idea what to do over the weekend? There are plenty of things to do in Johor Bahru (JB), just a short drive away from Singapore. From mouth-watering food, value-for-money entertainment to cheap(er!) shopping, we double confirm that you will have a great time with your friends or family. With the Singapore Dollar to Malaysian Ringgit exchange rates being so favourable, you wouldn’t want to miss this. Read on to find out what we have in store for you! 😉
What to Eat in JB
Banana Cakes at Hiap Joo Bakery
Picture credits to Explodingbelly
We’re sure you already know of the various Instagrammable cafes along the streets of Jalan Trus, just a stone’s throw away from Johor Bahru Checkpoint but have you heard of a traditional bakery operating since 1919? Famous for their freshly baked banana cakes and buns with fillings such as coconut and red bean, Hiap Joo Bakery is an old-time favourite amongst locals and tourists. Go early to avoid disappointment!
Address: 13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, 80000 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 7am – 6pm; Sun 9am – 1pm.
Kam Long Curry Fish Head
Picture credits to Burple
If you’re looking for some piping hot comfort food, be sure to try Kam Long Curry Fish Head, a popular eatery that sees snaking queues be it on weekdays or weekends. But why should you travel to JB for curry fish when Singapore has it too? Well, the curry packs a punch – the fish is fresh and tender, while the fried bean curd skin soaks up the flavourful curry, giving the dish an elevated texture. Most importantly, the food at Kam Long is super pocket-friendly. At just RM24 (~S$8) for the smallest portion of curry fish head, you can feed up to 4 people, an ultimate bang for your buck!
Address: 74, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily from 8am – 4pm
Lok Lok at KK Lut Lut
Picture credits to KK Lut Lut
Before unwinding for the night, end your travel adventures with some Lok Lok, which literally means “Boil Boil” in Cantonese. You will get to choose from a spread of “buffet” at a van with small snacks skewered on sticks and you can have them grilled or deep fried. The best Lok Lok van in Johor Bahru has to be KK Lut Lut, also known as the “doomz doomz van”, because it is complete with electronic dance music blasted by accompanying speakers in the van, making it a unique supper experience.
Address: Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (in front of Maybank)
Opening hours: 10pm – 4.30am (closed every third week of the month)
#JustSaying – While the food in JB is good and cheap, be mindful of your intake and don’t overeat and risk stomach problems (touch wood!)! Otherwise, make sure you’ve got travel insurance even if you are just visiting on a day trip. Tiq Travel Insurance covers medical expenses incurred in Singapore if you see a doctor within 48 hours of your return from overseas.
What to Do in JB
Paintball Games at Outdoor Learning and Adventure Park (AOV Paintball)
Picture Credits to AOV Paintball
This place is a one-stop destination for your sports adventures, especially for paintball enthusiasts! A two-hour game will cost you only RM115 (~S$39) per pax. With a 20-acres field for your enjoyment (or dodging from the pellets), paintball games allow you to have fun while shedding some calories after all that non-stop eating! 😉 If you’re new to the game, the staff at AOV Paintball will be more than happy to guide you.
Address: PTD 114143 Jalan Desa Tebrau Taman Desa Tebrau 81100 Johor Bahru Malaysia
Opening hours: till 6pm daily
Enjoy a horse-riding experience at Sinar Eco Resort
Picture credits to Sinar Eco Resort
For those who’re looking for a thrilling experience, why not try horse riding in the countryside of JB? Do not be intimidated, as these horse-riding classes cater to both beginners looking to ride for leisure and serious learners under professional guidance. Some places like Sinar Eco Resort even offer a 1-day package that includes return transfers, lunch and horse-riding lessons – a convenient option for those who do not drive. This is definitely an interesting activity to try out, apart from the usual shopping and eating!
Address: LOT 2346 GM 2535 MUKIM JERAM BATU, Pekan Nenas, 81500 Pontian District, Johor, Malaysia
Catch a show at Beanieplex, TGV Cinemas
Picture credits to TGV Cinemas
If a cineplex is a cinema, then a beanieplex would be… yes, you guessed it right, a beanieplex is a cinema with ultra-comfy bean bags. Does watching a movie while lying on beanbags sounds like a good idea? Then check out the Beanieplex at TGV Cinemas at AEON Bukit Indah, a 20-minute drive from JB checkpoint. Tickets are sold in pairs for RM50 (~S$17), making it a super good deal which works out to be only ~S$5.67 per person. Don’t say bojio!
Address: AEON Bukit Indah, 16, Jalan Indah 15/2, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
#JustSaying – Travelling overseas carries some form of risks – regardless of proximity to your home country. Don’t forget to buy travel insurance to cover your back.
Where to Shop in JB
Paradigm Mall JB
We probably don’t need to mention shopping when it comes to things to do in Johor Bahru, but in case you’re out of the loop, here are two places for the shopaholic in you! First up, Paradigm Mall JB is definitely a favourite haunt for many, with fashion brands such as SPAO and MIXXO from Korea that are not available in Singapore. It also offers recreational activities for the young and active ones such as an ice-skating rink spanning 20,000 square feet and an indoor climbing gym called Camp5. For those looking to bring some quality imported groceries home, visit Village Grocer, a premium supermarket with plenty of rare ingredients that can’t be found elsewhere. There is surely something for everyone in Johor Bahru’s largest mall.
Address: Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Taman Bukit Mewah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Picture credits to Capital 21 (Facebook)
Featuring cities from five continents of the world, Capital 21 is definitely an Instagrammer’s dream as you pose in different landscapes such as “America”. This largest thematic mall in JB, which is still at its soft launch stage, is said to contain the largest indoor theme park in Southeast Asia, with more than 1,600 retail stores and even daily circus performances!
While no air ticket is required to visit the ’21 countries’ at Capital 21, you will need travel insurance since you are across the borders. Don’t underestimate the importance of purchasing a travel insurance even for a short getaway to Johor Bahru.
Address: 83 Jalan Tampoi Bandar Baru Uda, Jalan Tampoi, Bandar Baru Uda, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: till 10pm daily
Now wouldn’t you wish for the weekend to come faster? We can’t wait to getaway on a weekend trip to JB, indulge in some self-pampering with yummy food, fun activities and retail therapy! Psst, don’t forget your travel insurance! While it might be a short weekend getaway, how can we end our list of things to do in Johor Bahru without your safety in our list? Besides, we have up to 60% off our ePROTECT travel plans, what’s there not love?
Information is correct as at 22 October 2018.