Johor is a Malaysian state, located in the southern portion of Peninsular Malaysia. It is one of the most developed states in Malaysia. The state capital city and royal city of Johor is Johor Bahru, formerly known as Tanjung Puteri (Malay for Princess' Cape). The old state capital is Johor Lama.
Johor is surrounded by Pahang to the north, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan to the northwest, and the Straits of Johor to the south which separates Johor and the Republic of Singapore.
Johor is also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Ta'zim, or "Abode of Dignity", and as Johore in English.
Major tourist attractions:
Among the popular tourist destinations in Johor are:
– beaches & golf courses along the South China
Johor Bahru – shopping, night market, colonial/royal district
– a fishing village with seafood restaurants built over water
Muar – picturesque riverside town
Seribuat Archipelago – islands with beautiful beaches, coral reefs
– new administration of Johor Government
Bukit Indah – new shopping district, Jusco, Tesco & Giant
Horizon Hills – best Asia pacific golf development 2009 by CNBC
Pulau Dayang – major diving attraction, snorkelling, fishing
Gunung Ledang – legendary mountain/highest peak in South of Peninsula Malaysia, famous of mountain hiking
Ayer Panas Waterfall – Malaysian "Jiu Zai Kou" with crystal clear water from the peak of Gunung Ledang
– hometown of famous "Tangkak Beef Noodle", shopping paradise for fabric, served best handmade noodle in the world
Pulau Kukus – This island is close to Pulau Sibu
Tengah and popular for snorkelling activity
Muniswaran Hindu Temple during Thaipusam
International theme parks
Legoland Malaysia – The first of its kind theme park in Asia and the first international park in Malaysia
Hello Kitty Town
National parks and forest reserves
Main article: National Parks and Forest Reserves of Johor
Johor is also noted for its national parks. Johor currently has five national parks, with a combined area of more than 700 km² and several smaller recreational forest. Almost all recreational parks are based around a mountain. Johor also has the third largest mangrove forest reserve in Peninsular Malaysia (167 km²).
Tanjung Piai National Park
– A natural wonderland at the southernmost tip of Asia, located 90km south of Johor Bahru's city centre
Endau Rompin National Park – The second National Park in Malaysia after Taman Negara
, it covers an area of approximately 80,000 hectares
Pulau Kukup Johor National Park
– One of the largest uninhabited mangroves in the world, Pulau Kukup has been granted the status of a 'Wetland of International Importance' (RAMSAR site) by the Geneva-based Ramsar Convention Bureau.
Islands and beaches:
– A pleasant hideaway with its lush tropical vegetation, endless stretches of golden beaches and clear blue waters
– Sixteen kilometres off the coast of Mersing
, the island is famed for its white coral sand, tall palm trees and coral reefs with neon-coloured fish and other exotic marine life
– Among the best beaches in Johor, the beach is clean, lined with casuarina trees and stretch 25 kilometres long
– Rated among the best diving destinations within the Johor Marine Park Area