Welcome to Johor Bahru, let’s get to exploring JB


The second stop of our 5-stop destination was Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Hello Johor Bahru. Time to take the plane from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru. Let’s see how JB will welcome us.

It is an 1 hour flying from KL to JB. We choose for this, because believe or not, at that moment it was the cheapest option. We could have gone by train, that was our first thought, and maybe we will do this the next time. Cause you will see more of Malaysia. With the train, better known as KTM Intercity. You will have to go from KL to Gemas, and from Gemas to JB. This will take around 8 hours total. And by car it will take you around 3 hours and 30 to get from KL to JB. So yeah the fastest, and again at that moment, the cheapest way to go from KL to JB was by plane.

As we landed at  Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru. Okay we really didn’t know to expect, from JB, so let’s just wait and see what #JohorBahruMalaysia has to offer.

From the #SenaiInternationalAirport we took a GRAB to DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru. And as you have read in some of our previous blog, we mostly use booking.com for booking our accommodation.

Before we even arrived at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru we had already received an email to let us know that the swimming pool was under maintenance, they compromise with a bigger room for us. At that time it was all fine with us, we just wanted to #ExploreJohorBahru anyways.

So when we arrived at #DoubleTreebyHiltonJohorBahru the receptionist ask us in a polite way: What the reason was for staying in JB? We said that we wanted to explore JB. The friendly receptionist looked at us like: are you for real? So he explained to us that normally they only receive guests whom stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru were there for business purposes or only to shop. Because JB is close to Singapore. A lot of Singaporeans stay in JB for shopping, the prices are much lower in JB than Singapore. So that’s why the receptionist was surprised that we wanted to stay there only to explore Johor Bahru.

He offered us a day card for DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru so we could make use of all the facilities, exception swimming pool, and get breakfast, lunch and dinner. The receptionist could make an package deal for all the full days we would be staying. So thoughtful of him, but thanks we just want the included breakfast and the rest of the day we will use for exploring #JB.

Okay the couples of days of exploring JB was a bit of a rollercoaster ride of experiences. Like on the first night we went to the night market, Bazaar Karat (Rusty Market). That was really a great experience. Crowded at the time, lots of bargains to get, and even more food. We had or late dinner there. So a really must go #wheninJB.

The second day we started with a #damntasty breakfast buffet at Makan Kitchen in DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru. And why damn tasty, well you can choose between a western continental kitchen – Original Chinese kitchen – Authentic Malay kitchen – Colorful Indian kitchen.

And after this great breakfast we strolled around for a bit in the area we were staying. There are a lot of big shopping malls in the area, as the receptionist told us already. But also a lot of medical clinics. We heard also from the receptionist that it is a lot cheaper in JB to get medical treatments, for example cosmetical treatments or IVF treatment, than in Singapore.

But to go back to the strolling around on the second day #exploringJB. We headed to the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple. This is Malaysia’s first and only glass temple. From the outside to the inside. The entire temple is covered in a mosaic of 300,000 multicolored pieces of glass, adorned with hundreds of thousands of glass beads, and contains statues of Gautama Buddha and Mother Teresa among others.

Only thing about Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple is , you had to pay admission to get inside. Now Anthony wasn’t fond about paying admission. Donating money for maintenance, that would be different. But sorry, that’s a no go. So we decided to continuing our exploring adventure through Johor Bahru.

While strolling around we noticed that at some crossroads they had these royal crowns as decoration. Right in de middle of the crossroad, well actually up in de air. Still don’t know the meaning of this, so if you one of you know. Please tell us what the story is behind these royal crowns in the comment section. Thanks in advance.

Okay we decided that we going to explore Danga Bay. Because we had already done some research #DangaBay Johor Bahru, we just had to see it with our own eyes. We walked from Jalan Wong Ah Fook near Foh Chong Group building (this is where we took the photo of the replica royal crown at the crossroad), all the way too Danga Bay. Well we couldn’t walk all the way, because there was literally no sidewalk anymore. So we used GRAB for the final part.

Okay finally Danga Bay Johor Bahru. But really we didn’t expect to see this. It was so quiet that we even thought that everything was closed. We had seen photo’s online, that this on of the touristic hotspots in Johor Bahru. Guess we were there on the wrong day or time. And the saddest part was, everything was closed or the were just closing it.

We wanted to look at the sunset, well that was actually our own fault cause we were just too late for sunset. But also Danga Bay parc was closed. So we walked back to see what else we could do. But we got only more disappointing when even Tikibala Bar Danga Bay was also quiet. Looked even like they closing up for the night. It was around 7pm or something.

So I guess we could just walk around this area and try to enjoy Danga Bay for what is was worth. We did walk along the boardwalk of Danga Bay. So yeah hopefully the next time when we visit Johor Bahru, we also hope that Danga Bay will be more crowded. Well if only the scenery was electrifying, that would have been enough for us.

Guess we will head back to DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, to enjoy a good shower. And the upgrade we were given. Hopefully the next couple of days we will find some great touristic hotspots nearby to explore and enjoy.

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