Johor Lama Ayer Hitam Kota Tinggi
Waterfall Air Papan
The Tropical Village Mini-World Theme Park Pontian Kukup Muar Desaru
Pasir Gudang Racing Circuit Tanjung Piah
(Old Johor) is a quiet village 19 kilometers from Kota Tinggi on the banks
of the Johor River. However, after the fall of Melaka, it became the Royal
Capital of the Sultans of Johor until the final destruction of the town
fort by the Portuguese in 1587.
Ayer Hitam which literally means Black Water. It is also known as "the
town that never sleeps' because of the number of cars and people passing
through on their way north and south. Here one can almost purchase
anything made from ceramic ranging from vases and jars, home decorative
pieces, flowerpots and ready-made customised souvenirs.
This is also a good place to sample some local tidbits. Prawn crackers,
tapioca chips, steamed corn and the famous "otak-otak" which is steamed
coconut based fish cake, are all up for grabs as is freash, prepacked
produce. The many plush toys of many different shapes and sizes are sure
to delight children and at their reasonable prices, are a good bargain.
The town is a popular for visitors stopping on their way to Johor Bahru or
The Tropical Village Mini-World Theme Park
A 12 metre kuda kepang will greet you at thre entrance. It features
miniture world wonders and other interesting attractions.
Location: Old trunk road from Johor
Bahru towards Ayer Hitam - about two
and half hour drive
Kota Tinggi Waterfall is 34 meters high and has been a popular spot with
both local and foreign tourists for many years. Those who feel the need
for a change from the tropical heat may like to try swimming in the cool
waters at the base of the falls. A few chalets have been built near the
falls for visitors wishing to spend the night and to be rejuvenated by the
fresh mountain air. A restaurant serves both Chinese and Western food and
other food stalls. A camping site has also been opened for the young and
adventurous. Located 3 km before the Kota Tinggi Waterfalls is the Kota
Rainforest Resort. Requiring a drive of only 45 minutes from Johor Bahru
the resort gives you 'a back to nature retreat' with its wooden designed
The beach is a popular picnic area. The annual "Pesta Air Papan"
celebrated on 1st May draws thousands of people. There are chalets for
rental. You may spend your night here and laze the beach before proceeding
to the islands off the coast.
Location: about 15 minutes
from Mersing town
The countryside is well cultivated with pineapples. The fishing village
has a settlement living on stilts by the shore. The town is also the
Staging point for visitors going to Gunung Pulai for waterfall picnics,
jungle trekking or mountain climbing.
Kukup is a fishing village with houses on stilts at the water's edge.
There are numerous restaurants on stilts serving delicious seafood.
Handicraft and delicacies such as keropok, belacan and cencaluk are
available at Kukup.
Muar is a picturesque town popular for the delicious and inexpensive foods
served by food stalls and restaurants. Also known as Bandar Maharani, the
bears a striking resemblance to Malacca geographically, culturally and in
terms of their inter-connecting historical and commercial roles. Take a
stroll along the tree-lined riverside at Tanjong. There is also a hot
spring at Sungai Balang on the way to Batu Pahat.
A village of casuarinas situated on 20km stretch of untouched beach in the
SE corner of the peninsula. The place is Ideal for swimming, boating,
canoeing, fishing, snorkeling or jungle trekking. Golf enthusiasts can
also play on an international 18 hole course. More isolated beaches are at
Teluk Ramunia 10km south of Desaru.
Location: 18km NE of
Pasir Gudang Racing Circuit
Circuit is of international standard and is open to any motorsport
enthusiasts to sample the thrill of high speed bike riding.
Tanjung Piah, which is situated in Mukim Serkat, Pontian, is
geographically the southern most tip of the Asian mainland. It offers a
very scenic view of the Straits of Malacca. Fishing is still the
livelihood for many of its inhabitants and the area is surrounded by one
of the largest mangrove swamp lands in Asia, home to the fascinating
tree-climbing and scavenging macaque monkeys.
Tanjung Piah is also home to one of natures seldom seen spectacular
phenomena, the fireflies. When certain conditions prevail, these fireflies
will swarm and transform the mangrove swamp into a twinkling wonderland.