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Johor Travel TipsJohor Travel Tips (10 September, 2016)

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Johor Travel Tips provides useful information for the benefit of those planning a trip there. Johor Darul Takzim, commonly known simply as Johor, and also written as Johore, is the southernmost Malaysian state in Peninsular Malaysia. It covers an area of 19,984 sq km (7,715 sq mi) and has a population of 3.4 million people (2011 estimate).

For most people, Johor Bahru is the logical choice when exploring Johor. However, the city is located on the southernmost part of the state, so if you are planning elsewhere in Johor, it may be worth considering another town as your base destination. Be mindful that apart from Johor Bahru, the other towns are small and have limited amenities. Desaru, more a beach resort than a town, is included as well. The map below shows location of the base destinations.

Map of the towns in Johor

Major Towns in Johor

For a more comprehensive list, go to Towns in Johor.

  1. Johor Bahru (state capital) (GPS: 1.48848, 103.75762)
  2. Batu Pahat (GPS: 1.84808, 102.93352)
  3. Kluang (GPS: 2.02929, 103.3168)
  4. Kota Tinggi (GPS: 1.72877, 103.89911)
  5. Kulai (GPS: 1.66319, 103.59891)
  6. Mersing (GPS: 2.42862, 103.83178)
  7. Muar (GPS: 2.06361, 102.57659)
  8. Pasir Gudang (GPS: 1.47153, 103.9065)
  9. Pontian (GPS: 1.48873, 103.38843)
  10. Segamat (GPS: 2.50957, 102.8128)
  11. Yong Peng (GPS: 2.01094, 103.06443)

Categories of sights in Johor

  2. AEON Malls in Johor
  3. Beaches in Johor
  4. Bridges in Johor
  5. Cemeteries in Johor
  6. Chinese Temples in Johor
  7. Churches in Johor
  8. Country Clubs in Johor
  9. Districts of Johor
  10. Forest Parks in Johor
  11. Giant Hypermarkets in Johor
  12. Government Buildings in Johor
  13. Gurdwaras in Johor
  14. Highways in Johor
  15. Hindu Temples in Johor
  16. Historic Buildings in Johor
  17. Hospitals in Johor
  18. Hotels in Johor
  19. Islands in Johor
  20. Jetties in Johor
  21. Markets in Johor
  22. Mausoleums in Johor
  23. Mosques in Johor
  24. Museums in Johor
  25. Palaces in Johor
  26. Parks in Johor
  27. Rivers in Johor
  28. Schools in Johor
  29. Shopping Malls in Johor
  30. Skyscrapers in Johor
  31. Street Art in Johor
  32. Streets in Johor
  33. Supermarkets in Johor
  34. Tesco Stores in Johor
  35. Universities in Johor
  36. Waterfalls in Johor

Places of Interest in Johor

  1. Batu Layar Beach
  2. Desaru
  3. Endau-Rompin National Park *

  4. Kota Tinggi Waterfall
  5. Kukup Fishing Village
  6. Penyabong Beach
  7. Straits of Johor
  8. Tanjung Piai
  9. Tasik Sembrong

Marine Parks in Johor

  1. Johor Marine Park

Coast of Mersing, Johor
Coast of Mersing, Johor (30 December 2006)

About Johor

Johor is bordered by Pahang to the north, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan to the northwest, the Straits of Malacca to the west, the Straits of Johor to the south and the South china Sea to the east. Singapore is located across the Straits of Johor. Tanjung Piai, in the district of Pontian, is the most southerly point of mainland Asia.

Johor is one of the most developed states in Malaysia. The capital city and royal seat of Johor is Johor Bahru, formerly called Tanjung Puteri. The old state capital was at Johor Lama.

The name "Johor" is said to have come from the Arabic word Jauhar, meaning 'gem' or 'precious stone' . Before the name Johor was adopted, the area south of the Muar River to Singapore island was known as Ujung Tanah or 'land's end' in Malay, due to its location at the end of the Malay Peninsula. Located between the 1°20"N and 2°35"N latitudes, Johor is the most southerly point of the Asian continental mainland.

Johor is the 5th largest Malaysian state by land area and the third most populous, with a total land area and estimated population of 19,984 sq km and 3,300,000 respectively. The population comprises 54% Malays, 35% Chinese, 7% Indians and 4% others. It is the southernmost state in Peninsular Malaysia, and is . The highest point in Johor is Gunung Ledang (1276 m). Gunung Ledang is also known as Mount Ophir. Johor also has a 400 km coastline on both the East, South and the West coasts.

Its proximity to the equator means Johor has a wet equatorial climate. It experiences monsoon rain from November until February blowing from the South China Sea. The average annual rainfall is 1778 mm. Average temperatures ranging between 25.5°C (78°F) and 27.8°C (82°F). Humidity is between 82 and 86%.

Getting there

Johor can be reached by road as well as by air. The North South Expressway (E2) passes through Johor. The main airport for the state is Senai Airport in Johor Bahru.

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