Places To Visit Near Johor

Here are some suggestions of excursions and nearby places that you can visit when you are in Johor. For attractions within Johor, take a look at the top attractions in Johor.

Pulau Tioman

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Tioman Island is listed in five most beautiful island in the world. It lies off the east coast of Pahang in the South China Sea. It is only a few kilometers away from Johor. The jetty that connects the island via boats is located in Mersing, Johor. The island is a nature reserve, ringed by lots of beaches. It is famous for its dive sites, which have corals, sea fans and sea sponges, as well as shipwrecks. The island is also covered in tropical rain forests, home to butterflies, lizards and monkeys. There is also a turtle sanctuary set up on the island.

Endau-Rompin National Park

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Endau-Rompin National Park is located between the south of Pahang and the northeast of Johor. It is the second-largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia after Taman Negara. The park gets its name from the Endau and Rompin rivers that flow through the park. The park is one of the oldest tropical forest in the world. The carbon dated gathered from the rock marking the formation from 248 million years ago. It used to be the habitat for the threatened Northern Sumatran rhinoceros species but they are now extinct. The park is also the habitat for The Gollum's toad, which can only be found there.

Bera Lake

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Bera Lake is a natural freshwater lake system. It is located in southwest Pahang. It is also the largest freshwater swamp in Peninsular Malaysia. It is surrounded by a patchwork of dry lowland dipterocarp forests and the peat swamp forests. The lake provides the ecosystem that supports a diversity of animal and plant life. It also sustains the livelihood of the Semelai branch of the aborigine people inhabiting the wetlands. It has been protected under the Ramsar Convention since November 1994, which allows traditional use of the area such as traditional hunting, fishing and herbs to continue.

Bandar Melaka

Malacca City is the capital city Melaka state. Melaka is Johor's northwest neighbour. The highlight of the city is its center called Jonker Street. It is located in Chinatown and is known for its antique shops and night market. The site has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Malacca city offers lots of historical sites and buildings, especially from the Portuguese and Dutch era. Malacca used to be colonized by these two colonial powers before it was taken over by the British. There are also other attractions like the cultural village, crocodile farm and many more.

Batam

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Batam is a small island in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago in the South China Sea. A short boat ride from Singapore, it’s a free trade zone with multiple busy ports. It’s also known for its beaches, nightlife and malls offering duty-free shopping. Bustling Nagoya is Batam’s main city. Upscale resorts in the shoreline area of Nongsa offer golf courses and water sports, including windsurfing, parasailing and jet skiing.

Singapore

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Singapore is an island country located at the south of Johor. Despite being the most developed country in South East Asia, Singapore still retains most of its heritage buildings. Singapore also has several museums to visit. There are plenty of skyscrapers and contemporary designed modern buildings all over Singapore. The most famous building is Marina Bay Sands Sky Park at the height of 200 meters. There are also Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street that offers various cultural items and trinkets.