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Brief Background

 

Johor is the only state on Peninsular Malaysia that straddles both the east coast and the west coast. Consequently, Johor is able to take advantage of both the economic development associated with the West coast as well as the beautiful beaches and off-shore islands characteristic of the east coast. Johor has a long and proud history and was ruled by the Malacca Sultans after the fall of the Malacca Sultanate in 1511. The father of modern Johor, Sultan Abu Bakar, who introduced western methods of administration and gave it the first constitution ever presented a MalayState, was a close friend of Queen Victoria.

 

Places of Interest

 

JohorBahru, the capital, is the southern gateway to Peninsular Malaysia. Linked to Singapore by a causeway carry both road and rail traffic, Johor Bahru is a major stopping and transit point for a substantial number of businessmen as well as leisure travelers all year round. It is no surprise therefore that JohorBahru is well equipped with first class hotel accommodation, food and shopping facilities.

 

Offshore Islands:

PulauRawa is one of the most developed among the islands off Mersing. It is quite tiny and only 10 km off shore. Chalets built on stilts in the old Malay style offer accommodation only a few metres from the beach. Marine life flourishes in the clear water. Skin diving, scuba diving, fishing, collecting shells and hunting lobster are some of the exciting things to do on this gem of an island.

PulauSibuBesar is an island that offers endless stretches of golden beaches and its lush green tropical vegetation makes it a refreshing island resort.

 

Desaru is a beach resort approximately 96 km to the north-east of JohorBahru. Desaru has more than 25 km of unspoilt beaches. All kinds of sports, from snorkeling, swimming and canoeing to jungle trekking can be enjoyed here. For those who enjoy golfing, there is an 18 hole golf course.

 

EndauRompinState Park is located on the border between Johor and Pahang. This park would appeal to nature lovers who feel they would enjoy an adventurous journey into mangrove swamps and mudflats and the unspoilt beauty of the jungle beyond the headwaters of the EndauRiver.

 

GunungLedang (MountOphir) is located near Tangkak. It is a popular hiking destination in Johor. From Muar, visitors can go to the waterfalls at the foot of GunungLedang.

 

Sourced: Tourism Malaysia