Located at the southern tip of the
Peninsula, Johor Bahru is the state capital of Johor.
Johor Bahru sits right next to the
national boundary between two inseparably linked countries (Malaysia
and Singapore) and has all the blessings and blemishes to show
for it. Nowhere else in Malaysia better displays the differences
between two intertwining streams of history. Today, the city becomes
known as a 'half-price bazaar' for everything from groceries to golf
to thousands of Singaporeans, enriched by a strong currency.
Connected to Singapore by road and rail
via a modern causeway, JB is also the Peninsula's southern gateway.
Consisting of a diverse ethnic mix of races, JB offers the visitor
heritage attractions, colorful culture, delectable local cuisine,
and exciting recreational activities.
Shopping opportunities abound in JB.
Modern malls, arcades, handicraft centers, bazaars and markets
offering international and local products all vie for attention.
Local craftwork is sure to catch the eye and they do make lovely
souvenirs of a trip here. Furthermore, there is the JB Duty Free
Complex located at the JB International Ferry Terminal. Known as
"ZON", it is a large duty free department store and supermarket
encompassing 163 retail outlets, a hypermarket, and 30,000 feet of
shopping area. The complex offers a variety of goods such as branded
designer wear from London, Paris, New York and the likes. Glassware,
confectionery, and other items are also offered.
Another interesting side of JB can be
experienced when night falls over the city. A sumptuous array of
food stalls and vendors appear (as if by magic) and the adventurous
tourist should delight in trying out the taste of popular local
dishes such as the famous Laksa Johor, flake fish and gravy cooked
with coconut milk and served with noodles and