There’s more to Johor Bahru than meets the eye. From the wondrous heritage town filled with historical landmarks, trendy cafés and fine art galleries to world-famous theme parks. Come unravel all the intriguing secrets of Johor with these ten attractions you won’t want to miss on your upcoming stay at Amari Johor Bahru!
1. Coronation Avenue
Colourful, mural-covered walls, heritage buildings and trendy cafés: Coronation Avenue is full of these fresh sights and flavours. If you’re into street photography, exploring historical attractions or are a huge foodie, you’ll absolutely love this part of town. Even better, it’s less than a 10-minute stroll from Amari Johor Bahru.
2. Hiap Joo Bakery
Probably the oldest bakery in Johor, Hiap Joo Bakery has been around since 1919 and is now run by the third generation of the founding family. The shop still practices the original baking method of using a wood-fired oven… it’s banana cake and coconut buns are the best, guaranteed!
3. Flowers in the Window
With all the new cafe openings in Johor, Flowers in the Window stood out with its unique and whimsical vibe along with the cosy and homey setting. This 2-storey café is artfully decorated with antiques and floral plants and features a menu of classic coffee, refreshing drinks and scrumptious à la carte dishes.
4. Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam Temple
Located in the core area of Little India and only a 15-minute walk from the hotel, Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Johor. Based on the Dravidian architecture of Southern India, you will see beautiful Hindu art and carvings on the walls, while the main pyramid tower called the Gopuram, is painted in a light pastel cream tone with colourful deities surrounding each of the five tiers.
5. Pasar Karat Night Market
Not far from the Heritage Trail is the famous Pasar Karat Night Market, where street vendors come out after sundown to sell clothes, accessories, toys, fresh fruits and much more! The bazaar usually opens from around 19:00 onwards so you can stroll along the Coronation Avenue beforehand.
6. Komtar JBCC Mall
Want to do some shopping too? Hop into Komtar JBCC Mall, the most prominent mall in Johor, which has more than 150 stores and plenty of eateries.
Spend your evening at the newly opened Skyscape, the first aerial entertainment space in Johor. Come conquer your fear of heights by walking on its glass-floored Sky Bridge situated 149 metres above the ground!
8. Angry Birds Activity Park
There is no better place for kids (and grown-ups) to have fun than the Angry Birds Activity Park located within the Komtar JBCC Mall, just opposite the hotel. This indoor theme park is the first of its kind in South East Asia and features an array of fun Angry Bird-themed attractions and a huge indoor soft play area.
9. LEGOLAND Malaysia
Reserve at least half a day to enjoy a fun-filled experience at LEGOLAND Malaysia, only a 30-minute drive from downtown Johor! A theme park for fans of all ages of colourful Lego models, there are many zones to enjoy, such as the Land of Adventure, Mini Land, a HUGE water park and so much more!
10. SEA LIFE Malaysia
Located on the same grounds as LEGOLAND, SEA LIFE Malaysia offers an intimate underwater experience with 11 uniquely themed zones and a chance to come face-to-face with hundreds of amazing sea creatures.
Amari Johor Bahru
Stay right in the heart of Johor at Amari Johor Bahru! Set in the heritage town and surrounded by shopping malls, it is an ideal destination hotel for the young and families looking to escape and explore the hidden secrets of this charming destination.