Johor Bharu Malaysia an amazing destination for a family holidays

Johor Bharu makes an ideal location for a family holiday because of its unique location at a driving distance from Singapore. With easy access to East Coast island, Johor Bharu can be your base to explore plenty of places in the region. Legoland stays one of the major attractions for family travellers which attracts thousands of visitors every year. The south-most point of mainland Malaysia, JB offers over ten theme parks across the city which makes it an ideal place for an extended stay if you are travelling with children. JB is home to over ten theme parks spread across the city. 

Legoland Malaysia near Johor Bharu

Legoland Malaysia is a world unto itself! Legoland has a theme park and a water park, it is also home to the world’s first VR roller coaster. Ninjago the ride, is a 4D interactive ride where you can defeat the enemy using hand gestures! Racing cars are age-specific with smaller ones for kids (3-5yrs) and bigger cars and a realistic road experience for older kids- they will learn hand-eye coordination and hold their own driver’s license by the end.

Legoland combines learning opportunities with absolute fun and play. Take a robotics workshop at Lego Academy or enter Duplo Play Town for kids too young to take the rides. Little children can also join Rescue Academy and polish their firefighting skills.

If that is not enough there is a Star Wars mini-land with important structures of the star wars series made entirely of Lego blocks. There is also a mainland with several mini landmarks of South East Asia. May the force be with you when you go atop the observation tower for a panoramic view of the almost fairylike Legoland.

The water park offers a whole lot of water slides with varying difficulties and other activities where the whole family can enjoy some water thrashing fun.

Legoland offers various entertainment venues including Legoland Park, Legoland Water Park, Sealife Aquarium and Legoland Hotel.

{fas fa-info-circle fa-2x color=rgb(0,136,204)}  Useful Information: If you are planning a day trip to the Park make sure to leave early and buy your tickets online to save time and avoid long queues. The park is very busy during school holidays and public holidays. 

Whether you have kids or want to get in touch with a sense of wonder, Legoland Malaysia is the place for you.

{fas fa-ticket-alt fa-2x color=rgb(0,136,204)} The passes are available as follows:

1 Day Theme Park Adult 231RM Children 185RM
1 Day Water Park Adult 157RM Children128RM
1 Day Theme Park/ Water Park Adult 278RM Children 221RM
2 Day Theme Park/ Water Park Adult 336RM Children 279RM

Where is Legoland Located in Johor Bharu?

Legoland is located in Iskander Puteri (Nusajaya). It is very close to Tanjung Pelepas (10min) and Senai International Airport (20 mins). You can stay at Legoland hotel for around 1381 RM for a 5 person room (10 RM on all foreign travellers per night). If you don’t want to spend your life savings on a hotel stay, you can pick D elegance hotel in Nusajaya/Puteri for around 110 RM.  

An Express bus from KL leaves for Legoland Malaysia at 7 am and reaches at 11:30 am for 57RM. You will be picked from Swiss-Garden Hotel and dropped at the Mall of Medini (10 min walk from Legoland). From JB you can take the Coastal Highway to Puteri via a taxi/rent a car.

Amusement Parks and National Park in Johor Bharu

There is also an Angry Birds Theme Park with amusement arcades and live performances of Angry Birds characters. Don’t forget to visit the Hello Kitty theme park nearby.

Johor Bharu Zoo is yet another place for the little ones to enjoy. The zoo also has a bird and reptile house.

Austin Heights Water Park in Johor Bharu

A combination of a waterpark with water slides, splash pools and a thrilling adventure park that offers zipline adventure is an ideal place to enjoy a full day of fun at Johor Bharu. In addition, there is a trampoline park and some other attractions for children of all age groups. One ticket for the park provides access to all the facilities in the park.

The activities in the park are designed for various skill levels and age groups.  However, the thrill rides offer a challenge and adrenalin rush to all the visitors. Tickets around. RM 60. Book in advance with Klook to get the best offer for this park.  

Endau Rompin National Park– the second largest park of peninsular Malaysia provides waterfalls, camping, jungle trekking opportunities. You will need a permit from the Johor National Park Corporation.

Redang Island and Desaru Beach

Redang island on the east coast of Malay Peninsula -part of the protected Terengganu Marine Park provides amazing snorkelling and diving opportunities for around 90 RM each. The island is a hot spot for Resorts and Spas and is a famous 1-2 day destination tour from JB.

The Island because of its location and access by speedboats is not recommended for a day trip. Most tour operators offer 1-2 night stays in 3-5 Star resorts along with a breakfast and meals package. The tour packages also include snorkelling, kayaking and Island Tours based on your Itinerary. 

{fas fa-info-circle fa-2x color=rgb(10,171,174)} It is recommended to book well in advance if you plan to travel during the public holiday or school holiday season. 

Pulau Radang a haven for trekkers as well. Track from Jalan Pasir Panjang village leads to wildlife and unique plants and the one from Pasir Panjang to Teluk Dalam affords a bit of challenge.   

Be sure to indulge in the Malaysian food experience at Redang Laguna Food Court at an affordable price.

You can fly from Senai Airport to Kuala Terengganu (500-3000 RM), take a taxi to Syahbandar Jetty (55-70RM) and finally board a ferry to Redang Island (207RM). You will reach in about 7 hours. The least expensive option is by bus/ferry; take a bus to Kuala Terengganu, walk to Syahbandar Jetty (15min) and board a ferry to Redang. It will cost you around 380 RM in about 12 hours. Stay at Redang Island Resort for 194 RM or Taraas Beach and Spa Resort for 724 RM.

Desaru beach near JB is worth a visit for some laid back family fun. Be sure to visit the Fruit Farm and pick fresh Durian and Starfruit or pay a visit to the Ostrich Wonderland and even ride one. Alternatively, enjoy golf at Desaru Golf and Country Club or a jet ski/banana boat adventure.

The architecture of Johor Bharu

Johor Bharu (JB) is a melting pot of architectural influences. Find structures where Moorish, Victorian and Malay architecture intertwine like Sultan Abu Bakr State Mosque and Istana Besar (old royal palace). While Istana Bukit Serene– the current royal palace with its arch of the blue crown is not to be missed. The palace gardens are open to the public with manicured lawns, fountains and stunning light displays.

The remarkable Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, built with millions of geometric glass pieces, is a sight to behold even from afar. It houses statues of both Budha and Christ- a testament to cultural amalgamation.

Walk along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee and admire old Chinese style shop houses and explore dining options and antique shops.  

Food, Nightlife and Shopping at Johor Bharu

Johor Bharu has lately become a foodie paradise with plenty of modern and fusion food outlets offering a wide range of international cuisine to the diverse population of the city. 

The Whiskey House is about more than just whiskey; the cozy ambience, nice food and live bands make it ideal for a friend to hang out with. Munchen Bistro and Café is another one to relax with a cold beer. For something racy, visit one of the clubs where the music never dies and the party never stops. At Aquasonic you can enjoy pool parties, dance performances and throbbing music. Movement Ultimate Club at Jalan Ibrahim Sultan is also worth visiting.

Pasar Malam- night market is a must for gifts, clothes, children’s toys, jewellery, electronics and even some of the best Malaysian food on Mondays (5 pm to 10 pm). Sample the renowned Kam Long Fish Head Curry.

JB offers a variety of shopping options. Empty your pockets and bank accounts at the Johor Premium Outlets housing local and international brands or you can visit the newly opened, Mall, Midvalley, Southkey.

Accommodation and Transport in Johor Bharu

If you stay in central Johor Bharu, you will have to rely on taxis as it is not planned for walking excursions. A good option for staying can be at Puteri Harbour if you are with children as this place is closer to children’s attractions like Legoland.

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Haistar Homestay will charge around 58RM for a room where Legoland is at a distance of 14 miles. Hotel Jen, Puteri Harbour offers poolside fun and spas yet it charges a steep 330RM.

How to get to Johor Bharu from Kuala Lumpur?

Catch a bus from KL to Johor Bharu it takes about 4 hours and costs 35 RM. Within Johor Bharu, it’s easy to use local buses and taxis. Download and install GRAB ridesharing app. which is quite helpful in commute around the city.