Johor is the southern gateway into Peninsular Malaysia and is linked to Singapore by road and rail. Its vast landscape is characterized by plantations of pineapple, rubber, coconut, and oil palm on the fringes of which nestle tranquil kampungs and quaint fishing villages. Retaining much of its natural splendors, the state has miles of golden sand beaches and beautiful offshore islands with clear waters, which are excellent for diving. The state is also endowed with several forest reserves.
Places of Interest
Endau Rompin National Park
The Endau Rompin National Park is located at the Johor - Pahang border. It's a rich tropical rainforest with a wide variety of flora and fauna and is home to endangered species like the Sumatran rhinoceros. Permits are required and can be obtained at the District Office, just beside the Police Department in Kuala Rompin. Trekkers are guided by forest rangers to ensure safety at all times. Advanced bookings are required for the use of chalets and traditional huts.
Getting there: Only accessible by 4WD; packages can be booked with the National Park (Johor) Corporation. Pick up will be in Keluang town.
Gunung Ledang is a mystical mountain. According to legend, it was home to a princess who captivated the heart of the 15th century Sultan of Melaka. It is popular for its walking and climbing trails as well as the Sagil Waterfall at the base of the mountain.
|Getting there: The entry to the mountain is near Sagil along the Tangkak - Segamat trunk road. Take the Muar-Segamat bus and alight at Sagil. By car, head for Tangkak in Muar, or Segamat town.|
Kota Tinggi Waterfalls
Getting there: From Johor Bahru, take a local bus to Kota Tinggi town.
Lovers of ceramic art will find Ayer Hitam a haven for potteries, earthenware, porcelain and stoneware. The town is a popular transit point for visitors stopping for lunch or dinner on their way to Johor Bahru or Kuala Lumpur.
Royal Abu Bakar Museum
The grand building is an architectural wonder that was completed in 1866. The original furniture of the palace was made in England and ordered by Sultan Abu Bakar in 1866. Built in the Renaissance style by local artisans, the palace became the Royal Abu Bakar Museum in 1982, but today, it is still used for state ceremonies and official functions.
State Secretariat Building
Located on a hill called Bukit Timbalan, the building was erected in 1940 to symbolize Johor's progress during that time. It was built by local craftsmen under the supervision of a European architect; the building blends the cosmopolitan architecture of Renaissance style with an overlay of Anglo-Malay influence. The square tower of the massive building continues to dominate the Johor Bahru skyline. It houses the State Secretariat as well as the other departments of the State Government.