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Johor covers an area of 19,984 square kilometer, is the third largest state in Malaysia with the population of two million people constitute a representative mix of Malaysia's three main ethnic communities, the Malays, Chinese, Indian and others. The state consisted of 8 districts namely, Johor Bahru, Batu Pahat, Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Muar, Pontian and Segamat. Johor is situated at the southern tip of the peninsula, just across the Straits of Johor from Singapore. Its capital is Johor Bahru. Johor possesses a wide range of attractions, from the exciting metropolitan atmosphere of Johor Bahru to the forests of Endau-Rompin Park.The village of Desaru and the remote and beautiful tropical islands in the South China Sea are favored by vacationers seeking a relaxed and natural holiday environment, while the state's commercial centres attract businessmen from all over the world. This southern gateway to Malaysia, has a number of prominent historical buildings too. The capital Johor Baru is linked to Singapore by road and railway and the newly completed tolled Second Link. The state offers picturesque scenes of rural kampongs, wildlife sanctuaries, and beautiful islands off the east coast. Johor’s ceramics and handicrafts are some of the most artistic and creative. Over the years, millions of visitors from all over the globe have visited Johor.

History of Johor

With the Portuguese capture of Malacca in 1511, the Malay kingdom re-established itself in Johor. For the next several centuries Johor played an important role in the regional power struggles, eventually allying itself with the Dutch in their successful capture of Malacca in 1641. Johor's modern history began with Dato' Temenggong Daing Ibrahim, the son of Temenggong Abdul Rahman, who was a descendant of Sultan Abdul Jalil IV of Johor. In 1855, under the terms of a treaty between the British in Singapore and Sultan Ali of Johor, control of the state was formally ceded to Dato` Temenggong Daing Ibrahim, who began to develop Johor. Land was opened to Chinese settlers, and the cultivation of pepper was initiated, bringing Johor its initial economic base. The Temenggong was succeeded by his son, Dato' Temenggong Abu Bakar, who was formally crowned Sultan of Johor in 1866. Sultan Abu Bakar gave Johor its constitution, developed its modern administrative system, and constructed the Istana Besar, the official residence of the Sultan. He is known today as the Father of Modern Johor.
The state continued to flourish throughout the 19th and 20th century. Today its economy continues to exhibit strong growth, with healthy industrial development and outstanding trade and business facilities.

Town & Cities in Johor

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is a vibrant and exciting commercial city, offering a host of sporting events, a pulsing nightlife, outstanding shopping and accommodations, and a wide array of fine restaurants. Johor Bahru is linked to Singapore via its 1,056-meter causeway, a dramatic road, rail, and pedestrian link across the Straits of Johor.


Mersing is a pleasant fishing town, known primarily as the departure point for some of the most beautiful tropical islands in the South China Sea, including the legendary Pulau Tioman.

Pontian and Kukup

These two tiny fishing villages along Johor's southwestern coast offer some of the best fresh seafood in the region. The houses, as well as the restaurants, are built in traditional style on stilts at the water's edge.


Muar is a picturesque town along the western peninsular coast. Also known as Bandar Maharani, Muar is in many ways a smaller version of Malacca, its more famous neighbor.

Tanjung Piai

Tanjung Piai, situated in the midst of an extensive area of mangrove forest, provides visitors with an glimpse of the richness of Malaysia's coastal fauna as well as an experience of traditional kampung life. Multi-coloured mangrove crabs, beady-eyed mudskippers, and crab-eating macaques abound here.


Accommodation facilities available for the state of Johor are Mutiara Johor Bahru and Grand Continental Johor Bahru for Johor Bahru and Rimba Resort on Sibu Island.

Places of Interest in Johor

Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

A famed landmark, this century-old mosque is said to be one of the most beautiful in Malaysia. It was completed in 1900, a few years after the death of the Sultan it is named after. It look eight years to build and can accommodate 2,000 worshippers.

The Grand Palace and Royal Abu Bakar Museum

The beautiful palace was commissioned by Sultan Abu Bakar, who laid the foundation stone in 1864. One of the oldest buildings in Johor, it has a cosmopolitan architecture with clear Anglo-Malay influence. Today the palace assumes an additional role as the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, displaying treasures of the royal collection.

Dataran Bandaraya

Dataran Bandaraya or City Square, was officially opened on 31 December 1993 by the Sultan of Johor. A much sought after venue for public events like parades and stage shows, this popular tourist attraction comprises a large stage, a minaret, a fountain and a clock tower reputed to be the biggest in the region. It also boasts of the tallest flag staff in the state. A mega video screen has been installed for visitors to view live transmissions

The Causeway

Entering Johor Bahru from Singapore involves travelling across the Causeway which links the two cities. Completed in 1924 after four years work, the Causeway is 1,056 metres long and extends to a depth of 23 metres below the water level.

Johor Art Gallery
Founded in 1910, the Johor Art Gallery houses all the discovered and historical items such as documents and cultural artifacts traditionally used by Malays, particularly from the State of Johor. Among the exhibits are clothings, weapons, currency, manuscripts and examples of calligraphy, ceramic objects and fine art.

The Royal Mausoleum

The Royal Mausoleum has been the final place for Royalty of Johor. The mausoleum is situated along Jalan Mahmoodiah.

Lido Beach

This sundrenched beach of Johor Bahru, stretching over 7 km provides city tourists a variety of water adventures from canoeing, sailing to cruising.

Mount Ophir

The legendary beauty of Mount Ophir has made it one of Johor's most popular attractions for hikers and birdwatchers. The mountain offers several nature trails to its summit, some lovely waterfalls, and modern facilities for camping and picnicking.

Other Places of Interest in Johor are Endau Rompin National Park, Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest, Gunung Ledang Recreational Forest, Gunung Arong Recreational Forest, Gunung Lambak Recreational Forests, Gunung Belumut Recreational Forest, Gunung Panti Recreational Forests, Johor Lama, Ayer Hitam, The Tropical Village Mini-World Theme Park, Kota Tinggi Waterfall, Ayer Papan, Desaru, Pasir Gudang Racing Circuit, Tanjung Piai,
Tropical Islands of Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Sibu, Pulau Lima, Pulau Tengah, Pulau Pemanggil, Pulau Aur, Pulau Besar and the renown Pulau Tioman.

Malaysia Hotels Dot CC, brings you some of the best hotels in the state of Johor. We have Mutiara Johor Bahru and Grand Continental Johor Bahru for Johor Bahru and Rimba Resort on Sibu Island. We present them here comprehensively with factual information on all our participating hotels and resorts in the state of Johor.

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Situated by the Southern east coast of Kuala Rompin along Hiburan beach, Rompin Beach Resort offers wonderful sea views , private pristine beaches, and many activities. CLICK HERE

Summerset Colonial Hotel & Villas aptly briefed as “Summerset” with an eco-themed environment is the first operating 4-star deluxe resort facility at “Summerset at Rompin” an integrated resort, leisure, recreation, adventure park and holiday home. CLICK HERE


Welcome to Johor Bahru, the state capital of Johor and southern gateway to Malaysia . Johor has it all to make your holiday an exciting and enjoyable adventure. The majestic 330-room Mutiara Johor Bahru is beautifully located in the heart of Johor Bahru city. Elegant and luxurious, it graces the azure sky, yet comfortable away from the hustle and bustle of the city. CLICK HERE

Luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, Selesa Hotel Johor Bahru is the tallest hotel in Johor Bahru city. With this exceptional height, our guest wil be able to enjoy sweeping views of the city, and also across the Straits of Tebrau to Singapore. Selesa Hotel Johor Bahru which is located along Jalan Tebrau, sits at the heart of Johor Bahru city's commercial and entertainment area. CLICK HERE

Crystal Crown Hotel is strategically located in Johor Bahru only a half-hour drive from Senai Airport, and a short drive from the Singapore Causeway and the North South Highway. Crystal Crown Hotel features 250 rooms all equipped with cable TV. For recreation, Crystal Crown Hotel offers a well-equipped health and fitness center and a sauna, spa and swimming pool. CLICK HERE

A luxurious and prestigious property situated in a privileged location between Johor Bahru City Centre and the Eastern Gate Development Zone of Iskandar Malaysia, Dorsett Johor Hotel is a mere 10-minutes drive from the North-South Highway, less than 20-minutes drive to Johor Bahru City Centre and with very close proximity to the Sultan Ismail International Airport. The Hotel, offers a collection of 252 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, has been gracefully designed to reflect a subtle elegance that will render a timeless charm and comfort to corporate, business and leisure travelers, alike. CLICK HERE

New York Hotel is a Business Class Hotel with 413 well appointed rooms & suites - the ideal stop-over for all leisure and business travelers. Conveniently and strategically located in commercial district and is only 10 minutes drive to Johor Bahru-Singapore Causeway and 20 minutes drive to North-South Highway and 30 minutes drive to Sultan Ismail International Airport. CLICK HERE

Situated at the border of the Straits of Johor overlooking Singapore, M Suites Hotel Johor is a mere 15-minute drive from the Johor-Singapore Causeway. This Johor hotel is also strategically located with easy access to Johor Bahru's business and shopping centres making it an ideal hotel destination for leisure and business travellers. CLICK HERE

Grand Hallmark Hotel Johor Bahru is strategically located in the heart of the banking hub in Taman Molek, Johor Bahru, also famously known as the southern gateway to Malaysia by being neighbours with the business and commercial hub that is Singapore, offering easy commute to neighbouring Singapore without the prohibitive living costs often associated with it. CLICK HERE


Aseania Resort Pulau Besar is famous for it part as the location and accommodation for filming of Expedition Robinson and European Survivor Series. The Island is located within a marine park with crystal water which is ideal for snorkeling, diving, water sports activities and indeed the paradise with its fine and white sandy beach. CLICK HERE

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