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Terengganu State

1. History

Terengganu The Sultanate of Terengganu roots can be traced to 1726. The line originated from the Pahang Bendahara with Sultan Zainal Abidin I, the first Sultan of Terengganu. The Sultans has been sending tributes (gifts) to Siam every three years. This ended in 1090 with the Bangkok Agreement whereby Terengganu was handed over to the British. Sultan Zainal Abidin III refused to recognize this agreement. She refused to accept a British advisor but accepted an agent of the British Counsel. A British advisor was finally installed in 1919 with J.L. Humpreys. Terengganu was handed back to Siam during the Japanese occupation in 1941. In September 1945, Terengganu was placed under the British Military Administration. In October 1945, the British laid out the Malayan Union 

Terengganu was handed back to Siam durscheme before the British Parliament. Under the scheme, Pulau Pinang, Melaka and nine other Malay states were to be united under the Malayan Union. Sir Harold MacMicheal was then entrusted in obtaining the agreements from the Malay Rulers. ing the Japanese occupation in 1941. In September 1945, Terengganu was placed under the British Military Administration. In October 1945, the British laid out the Malayan Union scheme before the British Parliament. Under the scheme, Pulau Pinang, Melaka and nine other Malay states were to be united under the Malayan Union. Sir Harold MacMicheal was then entrusted in obtaining the agreements from the Malay Rulers. Malays opposition to the British plans to form the Malayan Union catalyst the movement for Independence. Sparked by national sentiments, Dato Onn Jaafar formed United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) on 11 May 1946. The Malay Federation was founded on 1 February 1948 and on 31 August 1957, Malaya achieved Independence.

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2. Geography

Terengganu is one of the three states on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It has a total area of 12,995 sq. km, and shares a border with Kelantan on the northwest, with Pahang on the southwest, and its east with the South China Sea. Terengganu has a strong tropical monsoon climate, with relatively uniform temperature within the 21°C to 32°C range. January till April, the weather is dry and warm, with humidity in the lowlands consistently high, between 82-86 percent annually. Terengganu's average rainfall is 2,032 mm to 2540 mm per year, with the most rain falling between November till January.

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3. Transportation 

Visitor will find most places in Terengganu easily accessible. There is a host of transportation modes that one can choose from, when travelling to and within Terengganu by air, road, buses and coaches, taxi.

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4. Air 

Malaysia Airlines and Pelangi Air operate daily services from Kuala Lumpur to Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu. From Kerteh Airport, flights to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Pulau Tioman are available.

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5. Road

Regular express buses operate daily from Kuala Lumpur and other major towns. Terengganu internal bus services operate from Kuala Terengganu to various small towns in the state. The main bus station is located at Jalan Masjid Abidin, Kuala Terengganu. Taxis are also available throughout the state and they serve all major towns in Peninsular Malaysia.

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6. Places to Eat / Food

Terengganu cuisine is distinctively memorable for its fresh ingredients, inimitable spices and unique flavours. There are many good restaurants in Kuala Terengganu serving Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes. Western cuisine can be found at larger hotels and restaurants in many towns. Nasi Dagang is glutinous rice, white or pinkish, cooked in coconut milk and served with fish curry, cucumber, pickle and coconut sambal. More recent accompanying items include chicken and seafood cooked in curry.

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7. Cultural Heritage

Terengganu cultural heritage is stored. Here, by arrangement tourists can see all types of cultural performances such as the Seni silat, traditional dances and wide selection of indigenous Malay games.

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8. Places of Interest

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9. Terengganu State Museum Complex

The Terengganu State Museum Complex consists of a main museum, a maritime museum, a fisheries museum, 4 traditional houses and botanic and herbs gardens. The main museum is built on 16 stilts, in accordance with the traditional architecture

of Terengganu. Its 4 block are adjoined, to represent a big family. There are 10 galleries showcasing textiles, crafts, historical, royal, nature, art, petroleum, Islamic, new generation and contemporary arts.

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10. Floating Mosque of the East

The Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah (Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque) which is situated about 4Km from Kuala Terengganu Centre, is built on a floating platform and is also known as the "The Floating Mosque of the East" due to its unique design that creates an illusion of itself as floating on water. This magnificent and unique Mosque are named after one of the matriarch in the Terengganu Royal house, the mosque are in perfect harmony with the natural ,was touched and designed by YM Raja Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Shah, a very well known Malaysian architect who himself a Prince coming from the Terengganu royal house.

The Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque cleverly infuses Terengganu‘s traditional Malay architecture with modern design, which symbolizes the mordernisation and urbanisation of Terengganu.The pristine white plain and unadorned the mosque is unpretentious architectural stament yet bold and strong in the same time are undoubt fully the most recognisable landmark for Kuala Terengganu and the state of Terengganu itself.

It is located in the outskirts of Kuala Terengganu, It is build on a lagoon by the mouth of Sungai Ibai that cleverly gives an illusion that it is floating on the water - the first ever of its kind in Malaysia before similar concept was adopted by Masjid Putra in Putrajaya. At night, the floating affect of the mosque looks even more interesting as the mosque will be brightly lighted and you can see its reflection on the water. Just like any other mosques, the mosque and its surrounding area is open to all. However, as usual proper attires are required especially if you plan to have a look inside the mosque - dress conservatively, no shorts, mini skirts or sleeveless. Avoid also visit during prayer times especially on Friday afternoons from noon till 3.00pm. Try visiting this mosque during the the evening when the setting sun shines on the mosque creating a lovely hue and scenic.

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11. Sutera Semai Centre 

Approximately 6 km south of Kuala Terengganu is Sutera Semai Centre at Chendering. It is Malaysia's pioneer silk weaving centre, where visitors can witness the painting of batik designs onto the fabrics, resulting in beautiful batik shirts, kaftans, scarves, handkerchiefs, etc.

Batik painting is an exquisite and delicate art which requires skill, patience and meticulousness. In batik painting brightly coloured floral motifs are painted in stages onto dyed cloths. Songket , a piece of dyed silk material weaved with gold and silver threads, is the clothing for royalties, and Malay brides and grooms at their weddings. It is also often worn during special ceremonies and occasions such as on Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. There are many Batik and Songket Centres in and around Kuala Terengganu which produce and sell batik and songket.

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12. Istana Maziah

Istana Maziah is believed to have been constructed during the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin III. It was built in1897 to replace the Istana Hijau which was burned down during world war II. Located next to Bukit Puteri, it is the venue for royal birthdays, wedding, conferment of titles and receptions for local and foreign dignitaries. A product of the blend between splendid modern and traditional architecture, it is also well-known as one of Malaysia's cultural attractions.

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13. The Central Market

The Central Market, or locally known as Pasar Payang which is located by the Terengganu River is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kuala Terengganu. Housed in a modern building complete with a shopping arcade and a car park, it offers visitors a variety of traditional handicrafts such as batik, silk, songket, brocade and brassware, other fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables and 'keropok lekor' which is a special local delicacy made from a mixture of fish and sago. Visitors to this market will have a delightful experience shopping in local fares at reasonable prices.

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14. Desa Craft

Desa Craft, formerly known as Usaha Desa, is an interesting handicraft centre which showcases songket, brassware, batik, souvenir items and also fashion wear of current batik designs. This centre was developed by the Terengganu State Economic Development Corporation as part of its effort to promote Kuala Terengganu a popular tourist destination.

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15. Handicraft Centre

Chendering, located approximately 6 km from Kuala Terengganu, is the site of the Malaysian Handicraft Centre. The centre offers visitors a wide variety of Malaysian handicraft and also an in sight into handicraft making. Some of the exquisite items which can be found here are songket, batik, vases, and mats, hats, wallets and bags made from pandanus leaves. Visitors will also get a chance to witness first hand the skills of local artisans in songket weaving, batik painting, basket weaving, etc.

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16. Marang Fishing Villages

A very picturesque fishing village, Marang welcomes her visitors with tall swaying coconut trees, cool fresh air, an incredibly beautiful lagoon and a fleet of fishing trawlers. Any visitor to Marang will be easily captivated by its natural beauty and simplistic ambience.

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17. Chendering Fishing Villages

Besides being considered as the centre for handicraft and traditional textiles in Terengganu, Chendering is also the site for a national deep sea fishing project. Located 6 km south of Kuala Terengganu, Chendering has a long jetty which makes it an excellent site for fishing.

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18. Kijal Fishing Villages

Kijal is a small, quiet and quaint fishing village located north of the Kemaman town. For those who want some peace and solitude, head out for Kijal where you can just laze around while watching fishing fleets returning with the day's catch, fishermen mending their nets or attending to their boats, or just let the cool and invigorating air caress you to a state of tranquility.

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19. Waterfront of Kuala Terengganu 

Visitors to the Waterfront of Kuala Terengganu wand rest areas.

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20. LA Hot Springs 

There is a hot spring in Besut which is known as the LA Hot Springs with its water temperature ranging from 45-49 degrees celcius. The water contains natural sulphur, which is said to have healing properties. Visitors flock to this spring especially those who are afflicted with skin ailments.

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21. Sekayu Waterfall 

The Sekayu Waterfall is located within the Sekayu Recreational Forest in Kuala Berang. It was established in 1974 and officially launched in 1985.Seven cascades here with water-cut pools which become the natural swimming pools make it a famous retreat for visitors. In wet season, you can hear the sound of rushing water falling from a high altitude from far away as you trek up the hill towards the pool. It is a pleasure experience. Not much trekking to be done for lowest level of the waterfall except you have to climb the concrete stairs. Picnicking places and resting huts are along the way. Only when you are not satisfied with the lowest pool and intend to challenge the mountain, there the real trekking will take place. Even so, is not going to be a difficult one as the mountain is not steep. If you are an expert in trees perhaps you can name some of the names of the trees along your way up. Sekayu is rich with Dipterocarp species such as Meranti and Damar Hitam (Shorea Species), Keruing (Dipterocarpus species) etc.

Because of the long established history, the recreational park is well facilitated with public facilities such as shelters, changing room, chalets and rest house, providing for visitors’ convenience besides three units of fully furnished chalets with the price rated between Rm30 to Rm50 (prices are subject to change) a night. Sekayu Waterfall is said to be one of the most comprehensive picnicking and trekking area in the state. To offer more choices to the visitors, there is a fruit orchard, a mini zoo, a bird park and a flower garden. Because of the ease in access to this waterfall, during the weekends or holidays, people come here for picnic or camping (this is also partly because there are no restaurant at Sekayu, therefore you have to bring your own supply). It is no doubt why this recreational park has become one of the promoted agro-tourism destinations for the state.

The Sekayu camping site is a choice if you are interested in spending the night outdoor. It is advisable to arm yourself with mosquito repellents.

Getting there :
Sekayu waterfall can be accessed either through Kuala Berang (16 km) or Kuala Terengganu (56 km). there are buses and taxis from the main road to Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Berang then taxis from Kuala Berang to the waterfall. Along the way to the destination, you will pass through some traditional Malay villages. Padi fields, perhaps buffalos soaking themselves in the muddy water and villagers selling fresh corn by the road, giving you unspoiled country side scenery. RM 1.00 will be charged for each entry into the recreational forest.

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22. Bukit Belatan Waterfall

The waterfall is located 19 km from Jerteh. The waterfall offers delightful scenery of water falling over a series of immense rock shelves into a pool bordered by rock-walls.

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23. Islands

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24. Pulau Redang

Located 50 km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu is one of the most beautiful and exotic islands in Malaysia. Far from the hustle and bustle of a big town or city, Pulau Redang offers crystal clear water, pearly white shores, a colourful array of spectacular marine life, a breathtaking sunset and what could be the world's most mature coral gardens. This paradise-like island is perfect for swimming snorkelling, scuba diving, jungle trekking, fishing boating and canoeing. It takes about 2 hours by boat from the village of Merang. However, visitors have to abide by the Fisheries Act 1985, as Pulau Redang is one of the few marine parks in Malaysia. No fishing is allowed within a 3.2 km radius of the island, and the collection of coral and aquatic life is prohibited.

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25. Pulau Perhentian

Pulau Perhentian, situated 21 km off the coast of Terengganu, consists of two islands Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil. A trip to this lush and exotic tropical island is a must for all nature lovers and those who enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, swimming, wind surfing, sailing, boating and canoeing. Surrounded by a virgin jungle,
swaying palm trees, white sandy beaches, warm sapphire blue waters, and a colourful coral garden, Pulau Perhentian is renowned as one of Malaysia's marine paradise and part of the national marine park. Therefore, the same code applies here, as in Pulau Redang. The journey to this spectacular island takes about one and a half hours by boat from Kuala Besut.

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26. Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is an island renowned for its pure emerald water, white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, caves with swallows' nests, dazzling marine life and superb coral formation. Long kept a secret by lovers of the underwater world, this island offers many secluded areas, which are unspoiled and quiet. There are many activities, which can be undertaken here. Pulau Kapas is a haven for swimming, snorkelling, wind surfing, kayaking, boating or just lazing around. It is only 6 km or a 30 minutes boat ride from Marang.

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27. Pulau Duyung

Pulau Duyung is the most well-known boat building ground in Terengganu. There, you can see boats being made by skilled boat builders who implement skills which have been passed down from generation to generation. Boat building is an art form therefore the boat builders are unique, for they work entirely from their memory and experience and without any set plans. Pulau Duyung is also renowned for its dried and salted fish, and fish crackers industries. It is easily accessible by the Sultan Mahmud Bridge, or for those who enjoy using sea transportation, take a boat from the Kuala Terengganu waterfron

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28. Beaches 

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29. Malaysia's Longest Exotic Beach

Streching more that 244 kilometre the Terengganu Coastline is The Longest Exotic Beach in Malaysia also knows as Malaysia’s longest playground in the sun. Beachcombers and sunworshippers alike will find the Terengganu coastline to be one never-ending giant playground with the longest sandy coastline in the country.Terengganu offer an amazing collection of beaches that revealboth secluded palm fringed coves abd popular beachfront

The state of Terengganu, on the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia, is famous for its long stretch of white sandy and unpolluted beaches that span 244 kilometers from the northern district of Besut to the southern district of Kemaman. Which is The Longest Exotic Beach in Malaysia also knows as Malaysia’s longest playground in the sun. Facing the South China Sea, the amazing collection of beaches that reveal both secluded palm fringed coves and popular beachfront beaches are breathtaking and its offshore islands enchanting. A haven for those seeking a good time in the sun, sand and sea.

All these amazing beach are easily accessible via the scenic costal highway that even me and some tourist can’t resist the temptation to stop by the way to gave at the golden sunrise or have a picnic , Fishing. or buying the Famous Terengganu ‘s Delicacies  The “Keropok Lekor”,The aroma of the famous “Otak-Otak” and othe malay delecasie that can be found almost all place in the city or throughout the coastal highway.

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30. Rantau Abang

Another place that should be on every visitor's itinerary is Rantau Abang, 60 km south of Kuala Terengganu. There, visitors lay in wait quietly from midnight to dawn to watch giant leatherback turtles laying eggs. The turtles lumbering slowly on the white sandy beaches to lay eggs are a memorable sight. These giant turtles, up to 2.5 m in length and sometimes weighing more than 375 kg are indeed a phenomenal sight to behold. Rantau Abang is one of only six places in the world visited by these turtles, from the months of May to September.

Gently sloping sands and fairly shallow, sparkling water give Pindaric the ideal ambience and make it the perfect setting for sunbathers and fun seekers who want a quiet, serene vacation spot to while away the hours in uninterrupted bliss.

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31. Bukit Keluang

Approximately 140 km north of Kuala Terengganu and a few km from Besut, lays Bukit Keluang. The view in this area is one of the most breathtaking and magnificent in Malaysia. It is also an ideal site for swimming, snorkelling and wind surfing. Its distinctive features are caves, which are easily reached by walkways.

Try to conjure up an image of a very peaceful village with beautiful wooden houses, innocent looking children playing games such as hopscotch or marbles, cows grazing in the field, swaying coconut trees, fresh cool breeze and a spectacular curve of white, sandy beach. This description describes Merang to a tee.

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32. Tanjung Jara Beach Resort

Tanjung Jara is located 60 km south of Kuala Terengganu. This enchanting beach resort is specially architecture and designed after an old Malay Palace. Visitors can go for sea-sports, turtle watching and an exciting organised River Safari on the Sungai Dungun.

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33. The Sungai Yak Yah's Firefly Sanctuary

The Glow fly has resided here for many-many year and its has been a major place for some Terengganu’ people, researcher and student to came here for study or firefly’s appreciation activities and marvel at the many Glow fly that habitat here. The glow fly sanctuary here was almost not known to any body except for the villager and fisherman in and near Kampung Ibok, Chukai Town at Kemaman district. Recently our Terengganu state government in 2006 had started promoting and selling the Firefly sanctuary as recommendation sight-seeing  and number one glow fly appreciation area inside the state after Sungai Penarik Firefly Sanctuary, near Kampung Penarik. 

The Sungai Yak Yah Firefly Sanctuary is the biggest fire sanctuary in Malaysia. Which is located about half an hour from the town of Chukai in Kemaman. The Yak Yah river is home to the biggest firefly colonies in Malaysia. But the sightseer whom visits this river every month is less than 100 and most of them are from Japan and a few from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur , Perak and etc, which leave the firefly sanctuary almost deserted because the local authority at Kemaman doesn’t paid much attention for the tourism industry until early 2006. When the local News paper like News Strait Time Press or (NSTP), The Sun, and Utusan Malaysia had highlight the concern and plead of the Kemaman people ,Villager of Kampung Sungai Ibok and tourism operators. When the Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh found out about the sanctuary ‘s problem Our MB Dato’ Idris then had direct the Kemaman ‘s DO or District Office to ensure the habitat of the fireflies was well protected , preserved and not disturbed. and like wise the State Government Tourism Action Council’ secretariat also had now started to promote Sungai Yak Yah as the state newest attraction and building the necessary amenities needed like a jetty , toilet  and etc.

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34. Natural

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35. Kenyir Lake

Tasik Kenyir is a great lake with great place for natural lover and photo enthusiasts and wild life observation. Since it is an protected area as it is part of the oldest rain forest in the world (130-million year old) with endless of abundance of nature diversity which is rich with ecosystem which remain protected even though it is open to the public as tourist attraction and resort. The lake itself is also a melting pot as a modest accommodation is also offer here for adventure, fun seeker and with many activities like, fishing, kayaking, rafting, jungle trekking and many more out door adventure which can be found all over Tasik Kenyir except at the Tanjung Mentong area in Tasik Kenyir which is a protected area and parts of Taman Negara Beside being a part of oldest rain forest in the world and being the one of the Best fishing spot in Malaysia, it is also the most unique gateway to the Taman Negara.

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36. Hutan Lipur Sungai Cemerung

Hutan Lipur Sungai Cemerung
or Recreational Forest of Cemerung River is the biggest Hutan Lipur and are located beside the river of the Forest Reserve of Pasir Raja, in Dungun. (District Dungun) .The forest reserve is a hill forest. The forest reserver are bless with abundant of are many unique of flora and fauna that can be found here .The forest reserver are rich with the meranti and keruing tree which create an interesting background to the Hutan Lipur.  Hutan Lipur Sungai Cemerung is one of the most famous Recreational Forest in Malaysia as uniquely, it is the home of The Highest Waterfall in Malaysia : the Cemerung Waterfall and the world two largest and oldest Cengal tree in the world and the most beautiful and scenic Recreational Forest in the whole peninsular Malaysia.

As you are approaching the recreational forest from far a way you will see along strict of white colour in the middle of the green valley.The closer you get to it you will see a towering white water gushing down from the valley like a stairway to heaven. The Cemerung Waterfall is an 305m high beautiful and magnificent waterfall which lay at the wall of East Coast Mountain Range, The 305 meters of gushing white water streaked down to the many beautiful steep rock faces before smashing into a cloud of spray all around the waterfall as is the whole place are still in the early morning mist. The Hutan Lipur Sungai Cemerung is the favourite resting spots in Malaysia and Terengganu with almost 2 thousand visitor almost every weekend or during the holiday season.The are a lot of ammenitis here that are prepared by the Forestry Department. The are many resting hut or “Wakaf” that are built around the place, a high observation tower can also be found here for the many nature lover who want to see the many animal that frequently visit the salt area here.

Visitor will enjoy the many recreational amenities that are prepared here at the park. To many visitor, the Hutan Lipur Sungai Cemerung is like a large water world as you can see many waterfall around here and wherever you go you will only see water and water. Many young children will enjoy very much here as you can swim ,bath and do almost anything except fishing. The inland is the where, the adventurers’ type can go on a jungle trekking activities or camping to hike your way up to the top of Cemerung Waterfall, where you will find your self with a magnificent view of the pristine forest from high above. Along the way you will see a lot of flora and fauna here that this place is like a heaven for photojournalist and bird watcher. A picnic trip at Hutan Lipur Sungai Cemerung is the most ideal thing to do here as this will bring and tighten the family and ease the body to relax from the stressful weeks of long hour works. Recreational Forest of Sungai Cemerung are located 30Km from the city of Al-Muktafibillah Shah (15-20 Minute drive), or 100 Km from Kuala Terengganu (1 Hour Drive)

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37. Hutan Lipur Lata Payung

Hutan Lipur Lata Payung or Recreational Forest of Lata Payung are located at The Forest Reserve of Gunung Tebu (Mount Tebu) ,in Daerah Besut (District Besut) and Setiu. The forest reserve is a dikprtokal hill forest with conifer forest at the top of Gunung Tebu. There are many unique and abundant of flora and fauna that can be found here. The Forest Reserve of Gunung Tebu is most famous for its Gunung Tebu, which is the main attraction to the many Malaysian and tourist who came here to see Mount Tebu or to hike it. For anyone who want a bit of  challenge or outdoor activities in Terengganu, then why not have a hike at Mount Tebu by following the trail up to the submit. The trail are prepare by the forestry department and trust me the hike here will test your mental strength and stamina. What fascinated me about Gunung Tebu is the large horde of student and college kid including some primary student who came just to hike Gunung Tebu (especially during school holiday, college, and University semesters breaks. Beside the Gunung Tebu the forest reserve is also famous to the many biologist, birdwatcher, researcher and scientists as this is the only place where many of the rare species of flora and fauna that are hard to find at in the many state of Malaysia can be found here in one place. 

Visitor can also enjoy some jungle trekking along the trek that are well organise by the Forestry Department to educated many simple layman of the many flora and fauna of the forest and its benefit and the important of conservation of the forest and its effect to human kind. The waterfall here are beautiful that you will enjoy having a dip in its cold and refreshing river that are so clear that many children will enjoy looking at the many little fish and little shrimp that can be found here. Visitor at the Recreational Forest of Lata Payung are allowed to camp here as they are many camping spot to be found here along the many scout member. Visitor can also bring they own food for picnic or have BBQ here using the BBQ stove here except for the tool to burn the Food and charcoal which you bring yourself. You can also can go for a leisure walk along jungle trail in the park to see the many wild life that can be seen here or you can go see the exhibitont of the forest which are prepare in the park where visitor can learn about herb, plant, tree and animal.

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38. Hutan Lipur seri Amar

Hutan Lipur Seri Amar
or Recreational Forest of Seri Amar are located in the forest reserve of Hulu Nerus which is just 18 Km from Permaisuri city ,59Km form Kuala Terengganu City.have an assortment of flora and fauna enthough it is close to the city.This small Recreational forest was created to cater the need of the local community in Bandar Permaisuri. The Recreational forest here, have a very beautiful river, where the water that flow here are crystal clear and refreshing. The recreational forest here are the perfect spot for a picnic with the family. Without going trough the long hour just to be close with nature. There are many modest convenience that are prepare here by the forestry department and the local government like public amnesties like phone, toilet and changing room with rest house ,hut, and camping site that are prepare here for visitor who wish to spend overnight.

The area offer an a small assortment of activities that can be done here like picnicking, swimming, bathing, camping in the wild or trekking. Here visitor can enjoy taking a pleasure walk on the pavement along the park or go for a jungle trekking where visitor may see small wild animal that frequently appear at the trail at the small but modest park. Being near to the suburban this place make its an idea place for a family gathering and occasion like BBQ with colleague and friend.

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39. Agrotourism

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40. Setiu Agro Resort

Seven km from Bandar Permaisuri is the popular Setiu Agro Resort, which has been conceived with the noble agrotourism concept in mind. This is the state government's effort to preserve the environment and at the same time offer healthy recreational activities while providing camping facilities and basic amenities for visitors. The park is a natural laboratory for the study of nature with the names of trees and plants labelled accordingly. It promotes the importance of care and concern for the environment and enhances civic consciousness among the state's populace and visitors.

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41. Shopping

Terengganu is a paradise for bargain hunters and souvenir collectors. There is ample opportunity to buy batik cloth, songket, traditional woodcarvings, local handicrafts, woven hats and baskets, clothing, intricate filigree silverware, gleaming brassware and decorative wall pieces as well as a staggering variety of dried and fresh food. Another special feature for shoppers are the fascinating bustling weekend markets found in practically avery town.

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42. Accommodation

Kuala Terangganu Primula Park Royal
Jalan Persingahan Off Jalan Sultan Mahmud
Tel: 09-6222100 / 623722
Fax: 09-6233360

Permai Park Inn International
Jalan Sultan Mahmud
Tel: 09-6222122 / 625002
Fax: 09-6222121

Seri Malaysia
Lot 1640, Jalan Hiliran
Tel: 09-6236454
Fax: 09-6238344

Motel Desa
Bukit Pak Apil, 20100 Kuala Terengganu
Tel: 09-6223033 / 6223488
Fax: 09-6203751

Sri Hoover Hotel
49, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Tel: 09-6233823 / 6233863
Fax: 09-6228888

K.T Mutiara Hotel
67, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Tel: 09-6222655 / 6222653
Fax: 09-6236931

Grand Paradise
Jalan Tok Lam
Tel: 09-6228888
Fax: 09-6238899

Seaview Hotel
18A, Jalan Masjid Abidin
Tel: 09-6221911
Fax: 09-6221911

Terengganu Hotel
12, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Tel: 09-6222009
Fax: 09-6222906

K.T Travellers Inn
Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin
Tel: 09-6223666 / 6220308
Fax: 09-6232692

Sri Indah Resort
898, Jalan Haji Busu Pantai Batu Burok
Tel: 09-62215998 / 1564
Fax: 09-6248548

Batu Burok Beach Resort
Jalan Pantai Batu Burok
Tel: 09-6221410 / 6237366
Fax: 09-6232904

Qurata Riverside
Lot 175-19, Kuala Ibai, 20400 Kuala Terengganu
Tel: 09-6175500
Fax: 09-6175511

Awi's Yellow House
3576 Kampong Duyong Besar, Kuala Terengganu
H/p: 017-8829564

Bidong view Beach Resort
Lot 1906, Kampong Mengabang Lekor Batu Rakit,
21020 Kuala Terengganu.
Tel: 09-6696711

Gem Beach Resort
Lot 2135 Mukim Batu Rakit
Tel: 09-6695910
Fax: 09-6695920

Kenangan Hotel
65, Jalan Sultan Ismail 20200 Kuala Terengganu
Tel: 09-6222688 / 342
Fax: 09-6233268

Hotel Grand Continental
Jalan sultan Zainal Abidin, 20000 Kuala Terengganu
Tel: 09-6251888
Fax: 09-6230089

Asrama Tepian Gelangang
Jalan Pasir Panjang, Kuala Terengganu
Tel: 09-6222529
Fax: 09-6240850

Ping Anchorage Travellers Homestays
77A, 1st & 2nd floor
Jalan Dato' Isaac, Kuala Terengganu
Tel: 09-6220851

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Johor State

  1. 1. History
  2. 2. Economy
  3. 3. Transportation
  4. 4. By Air
  5. 5. By Road
  6. 6. By Rail
  7. 7. By Ferry
  8. 8. Places to Eat
  9. 9. Culture
  10. 10. Place of Interest
  11. 11. Royal Abu Bakar Museum
  12. 12. State Secretariat Building
  13. 13. Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
  14. 14. Dataran Bandar raya (City Square)
  15. 15. The Causeway
  16. 16. Johor Art Gallery
  17. 17. Malaysia Legoland
  18. 18. Tropical Village Resort
  19. 19. Johor Zoo
  20. 20. Tanjung Balau
  21. 21. Mawar House (handicraft centres)
  22. 22. JOTIC (Johor Tourist Information Centre)
  23. 23. The Royal Mausoleum
  24. 24. Serene Hill Palace
  25. 25. Sultan Abu Bakar Monument
  26. 26. Pasir Gudang Racing Circuit
  27. 27. Johor lama
  28. 28. Mersing
  29. 29. Pontian
  30. 30. Ayer Hitam
  31. 31. Muar
  32. 32. Kukup
  33. 33. Natural Attractions
  34. 34. Sebana Cove
  35. 35. Endau Rompin National Park
  36. 36. Gunung Pulai Recreational forest
  37. 37. Ledang Mountain Recreational Forest
  38. 38. Gunung Arong Recreational Forest
  39. 39. Gunung Lambak Recreational Forest
  40. 40. Gunung Belumut Recreational Forest
  41. 41. Gunung Panti Recreational Forest
  42. 42. Kota Tinggi Waterfalls
  43. 43. Islands
  44. 44. Pulau Tioman (Tioman Island)
  45. 45. Pulau Rawa (Rawa Island)
  46. 46. Pulau Besar (Besar Island)
  47. 47. Pulau Sibu (Sibu Island)
  48. 48. Pulau sibu Tengah (Sibu Tengah Island)
  49. 49. Pulau Tinggi (Tinggi Island)
  50. 50. Pulau Pemanggil (Pemanggil Island)
  51. 51. Pulau Aur (Aur Island)
  52. 52. Other Islands
  53. 53. Beaches
  54. 54. Lido Beach
  55. 55. Desaru
  56. 56. Agrotourism
  57. 57. Shopping
  58. 58. Plaza Pelangi
  59. 59. The Holiday Plaza
  60. 60. Tun Abd. Razak Complex
  61. 61. Plaza Kota Raya
  62. 62. Pasir Gudang Town Centre Complex
  63. 63. Complex Lien Hoe
  64. 64. Golf Club, Courses & Association
  65. 65. Hotels
  66. 66. Johor State Tourism Department
  67. 67. Travel Bureaus


Johor was founded in the early 16th century by the son of Sultan Mahmud Shah, the last Sultan of Melaka when the capital was captured by the Portuguese. At its peak, the Johor empire stretched to the Riau Archipelago. In the 18th century, the Bugis of Celebes and the Minangkabaus of Sumatra controlled the political powers in the Johor-Riau empire, but in the early 19th century, Malay and Bugis rivalry dominated the scene. Even today, Johor, and Riau lie on the strategic sea route passing from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, through the Straits of Malacca.

In 1819, Stamford Raffles capitalised on their inter-faction rivalry to acquire Singapore for the British. As a result, the Johor-Riau empire was broken into mainland Johor, controlled by the Temenggong, and the Sultanate of Riau-Lingga, controlled by the Bugis. In 1886, Temenggong Abu Bakar elevated himself to Sultan. He was succeeded by his son, Sultan Ibrahim. In 1914, the British Adviser to administer Johor until the Japanese Occupation in 1945. In 1957, Johor joined the federation of Malaya.

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Johor's economy is based on a mix of agriculture, manufacturing, commerce, and tourism. It is the nation's major producer of palm oil, rubber pineapples, and bananas. Bauxite is mined in Pengerang, and Pasir Gudang is growing into an important international port. Many industrial estates are found in and around Johor Bahru and other major towns. Here, the factories produce electrical appliances, furniture, textiles and petrochemical products.

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By Air 

Regular flight from Johor Bahru’s Senai Airport connect the state capital with Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. The airport also connects Johor Bahru to Bayan Lepas International Airport in Penang. Booking can be arranged through the office of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS – Tel: 07-334 1003, 334 4701). Taxis operating at the airport charge RM25.00 per person to the city centre. Air-conditioned coaches operate a shuttle service from MAS office in Johor Bahru to Senai airport at RM4.00 per person.

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By Road

By the trunk road, Johor Bahru is 368 km from Kuala Lumpur. However, travelling by the North-South Highway reduces the distance to 220 km.. A causeway carrying a road and railway connects the capital Johor Bahru to Singapura. A second bridge links Tanjung Kupang, 30 km south-west of Johor Bahru, to Tuas in Singapura. It can accommodate 200,000 cars, four times more than the traffic volume at the causeway. Taxis are a popular and cheap means of transport. All urban taxis are fitted with meters. An additional 50% is charged between the hours of 12 am to 6 am. It also possible to hire an outstation taxi on a shared or individual basis to travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Kuantan (capital state of Pahang) and Kota Bahru (capital state of Kelantan). Johor bahru is also well served by express buses offering comfortable rides at reasonable fares from all major cities and towns in Peninsular Malaysia.

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By Rail

Johor Bahru Railway Station

Keretapi tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM) offers numerous train services connecting Singapore and other states through the Johor Bahru Railway Station.`

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By Ferry

The Tanjung Belungkor-Changi Ferry Terminal completes a vital link in SIJORI (Singapore-Johor-Riau) tourism triangle, where tourists can also enter Johor from the Riau Island. Facilities at the terminal include customs and immigration checkpoints, tourist information counter, taxis and buses, restaurants, snack counters and money-changers. The ferries can each accommodate 400 passengers, 70 cars and makes 4 trips daily. For reservations and further informations:

Tel: (0207)-2517407 Fax: (0207)-2517414 (Malaysia)
Tel: (65)-5453600 Fax: (65)-5455040

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Places to Eat

Food wide variety

Eating out in Johor Bahru is always enjoyable because you can obtain a wide variety of western and Asian dishes at reasonable prices. All the Major hotels in Johor Bahru offer good Western food. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of western-style fast food outlets. But the visitor is more likely to want to taste local dishes. The ethnic mix in Johor is such that cooking styles have been influenced by a variety of cultural traditions. Apart from Malay, Chinese and Indian foods, there are also local variations which have evolved from traditional Javanese methods and the innovations of the locally-born Nyonya Chinese.

Road side stale

The local habit of eating out (especially in the evenings) also works in favor of the visitor. Roadside stalls are numerous and offer an almost endless variety of dishes to choose from. The two main places where you will find large numbers of food stalls are the Tepian Tebrau Stalls in Jalan Skudai (Skudai Road) along the seafront and the stalls next to the Central Market.

The State capital is noted for its fresh seafood, especially oyters, prawns, fried cuttlefish, chili crab and steamed crab. The more adventurous might also like to try sea cucumber. The laksa Johor (rice noodle) and Lontong (rice cubes), both served in spicy coconut milk gravy are two well-known Johor specialities –definitely not to be missed.

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Kuda kepang

For the cultural treat, be spellbound by the ‘Kuda Kepang Dance’ of the War Horses performed in trance also ‘ghazal’ (a kind of traditional music). International class hotels occasionally hold cultural performances. Chinese, Indians and other races do have their fare share of exciting traditional dances. Chinese opera, lion dances and dragon dances are occassionally held, especially during major religious festivals. Many cultural centres are found in major towns all over the state.

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Place of Interest

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Royal Abu Bakar Museum, grand Palace, Johor

Royal Abu Bakar Museum

The imposing palace along Jalan Tun Dr. Ismail (Tun Dr. Ismail Road) was built by the late Sultan Abu Bakar, Father of Modern Johor. It houses an impressive collection of many rare and beautiful treasures from all over the world. Within the palace grounds is the Mawar Gift Shop-souvenir shop where visitors may purchase a variety of items as mementoes.
Entrance fee: Depending on price changes

Adult -US$7.00
Children (below the age of 12) -US$3.00

Adults -RM5.00
Children (below the age of 12) -RM1.00
Schoolchildren in uniform -RM1.00
Open: 10 am to 6 pm (daily-except on Friday)
Tel: 07-223 0555, 223 0222

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State Secretariat Building (Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim)

Sultan Ibrahim building

The building was built in 1940 and is located on a hill called Bukit Timbalan (Timbalan Hill). Despite the appearance of highrise buildings in recent years, the square tower of the massive building still dominates the Johor Bahru skyline. It houses the state secretariat as well as the other departments of the state government. Visitors may find the grand hall of particular interest.

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Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar (Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque)

Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

This mosque, said to be one of the most beautiful in Malaysia, was completed in 1900, a few years after the death of the sultan it named after. The mosque, which took eight years to build, can accommodate 2,000 worshippers. It is located on spacious grounds not far from the Istana Besar (Besar Castle) overlooking the Tebrau Straits. 

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Dataran Bandar raya (City Square)

It was officially opened on 31 December 1993 by the Sultan of Johor. A much sought after venue for public events like parades and stage shows, this popular tourist attraction comprises a large stage, a minaret, a fountain ans a clock tower reputed to be the biggest in the region. It also boasts of the tallest flag in the state. A mega video screen has been installed for visitors to view live transmissions.

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The Causeway

Johor-Singapore causeway

Entering Johor Bahru from Singapore involves travelling across the Causeway which links the two cities. Completed in 1924 after four years work, the causeway is 1,056 metres long and extends to a depth of 23 metres below the water level. In January 1942, the British Army demolished part of it as invading Japanese forces prepare to attack Singapore from the north. The Japanese soon effected repairs and the Causeway resumed its role as an important road, railway and general communications link. The crossing includes a pedestrian walkway for the energetic. Singapore gets a good deal of water supply from large water pipes which have been laid across the Causeway from Johor

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Johor Art Gallery

Johor Art Gallery

The Johor Art Gallery was built in 1910 and houses all discovered and historical items such as documents and cultural artifacts traditionally used by Malays, particularly from the State of Johor. Among the exhibits are clothings, weapons, currency, manuscripts and examples of calligraphy, ceramic objects and fine art. 

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Malaysia Legoland


Legoland Malaysia is a theme park that has opened in Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia on September 15, 2012 with over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions. It is the first Legoland theme park in Asia upon its establishment. The official opening of Legoland Malaysia was made by Sultan Ibrahim Ismail, Sultan of Johor on September 22, 2012.[2] It is the centrepiece of a 5,500,000 sq ft (510,000 m2) integrated complex in the Nusa Cemerlang industrial park, within the Iskandar Malaysia economic region, consisting of a lifestyle retail centre, offices, hotels, service apartments and residential units. Besides the Legoland Malaysia, other Lego-themed attractions nearby will open sometime. The first one will be a Lego-themed water theme park opening in mid-2013 and the other one is The Legoland Hotel, a Lego-themed hotel located at the theme park and also the first to open in Southeast Asia which will open in the first half of 2014. The hotel is built under a management agreement between the company and LL Themed Hotel Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture company owned by Destination Resorts and Hotels Sdn Bhd and Iskandar Harta Holdings Sdn Bhd. The cost of Legoland Malaysia and the water theme park is RM720 million, while The Legoland Hotel costs RM190 million. Only halal-certified food served at the Market Restaurant of Legoland Malaysia. This includes local and foreign delicacies. Legoland Malaysia targets 1.5 million visitors when it opens its doors and generate more than RM100 million in the first year of its operation.
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Tropical Village Resort

It is the premier theme park in Johor. Replicas of more than thirty world-famouslandmarks can be found here such as the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Statue of Liberty and others. In addition, there is a huge variety of bougainvilleas and more than 80 tropical fruit species. Experience the fascinating and exhilarating life while rowing in the wide pool or look at yourself in the Magic Mirror Hall, others can feel the winding dinasour train to discover the cave of Tropical Village. To those who love the outdoor and challenges, horse ride and the Haunted House awaits you.
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Johor Zoo

Situated on sprawling grounds at Jalan Gertak Merah is the Johor Zoo. It houses some of the most fascinating collection of animals. Include it in your itinerary for a few hours of fun. Opening from 8 am to 6 pm daily. 

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Tanjung Balau

Located about eight kilometres north of Desaru, 98 km from Johor Bahru, 2 hours drive from Singapura via Kota Tinggi is the Fishermen’s Museum. Its exhibits include fish traps, fishing equipment, and paraphernalia from the fishing trade. Tourist are privileged to experience the authenic simple lifestyles of Malay fisherman, their traditional and hospitality in this village. Nelayan Resort yang terdapat di sini menyediakan 96 rooms double dengan cafetaria, seminar room, swimming pool dan multi-purpose hall (250 person).

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Mawar House (handicraft centres)

Handicraft Centres

Located within the Mawar Complex, this building was painstakingly restored at great cost to preserve a part of the rich traditional heritage of Johor. Today it houses the exhibition and sales centre of KARYANEKA, offering a variety of traditional and contemporary handicrafts ranging from batik, hand woven textiles, silverware, basketry, woodcarving and pottery. The Johor Are Rehabilitation Organization (JARO) maintains a shop in Jalan Sungai Cat (Cat River Road) where visitors can purchase a wide variety of goods such as baskets, soft dolls and other handicrafts made by handicapped persons.

In addition, the Johor Crafttown Handicraft Centre at Jalan Skudai Road, off Jalan Abu Bakar Abu Bakar Road, offers hand-drawn batik cloths, batik paintings, straw mats and other goods for sale. A one-stop handicraft centre destined to be Johor’s leading tourist attraction, the village is the place for a fascinating demonstration of traditional songket weaving, batik silk painting and the art of fine pottery. Tourist can pick up interesting performances while dining at the Johorcraft Restaurant. Johorcraft Sdn. Bhd., located at Jalan Johor Bahru-Kota Toffers fine rural crafts and high quality ceramic items of various colours, shapes and sizes to meet the disceming tasters of both local and overseas markets.
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JOTIC (Johor Tourist Information Centre)


JOTIC is one-stop centre for visitors to get a better understanding of Johor. Besides the availability of informative print materials like brochures on Johor, there are shops selling various types of handicrafts which are mostly Johor’s very own. Occasionally, visitors are entertained with live cultural performances. Traditional food can also be savoured at the centre’s food court.

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The Royal Mausoleum

Royal Mausoleum

The Royal Mausoleum has been the final resting place for Royalty of Johor. The mausoleum is situated along Jalan Mahmoodiah. An area where one can’t help but appreciate the serene and tranquil atmosphere befitting a resting place for eternity. The mausoleum’s architecture is one of a fine, unique and aesthetic design.

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Serene Hill Palace

Serene Hill Palace

His majesty The Sultan of Johor residens in this palace. Perched on high ground with a 350 m tower, the palace is a landmark to travellers coming from the north. It contains one of the most beautiful gardens in Johor and a private zoo.

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Sultan Abu Bakar Monument

Sultan Abu Bakar Monument

This monument, created in the seafront opposite the courthouse commemorates Sultan Abu Bakar (1864-1895), as the architect of moden Johor. A bronze replica of the Johor crown surmounts the monument.

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Pasir Gudang Racing Circuit

Pasir Gudang Circuit

The Federation International Motorcycle (FIM) has given the honour to this circuit to host one of the legs of World Motorcycle Championship in 1998. It is one of only two legs to be held in Asia. Despite its international status, this circuit is open to any motorsport enthusiasts to sample the thrill and spill of high speed adventure.

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Johor lama

Johor Lama

A small village in Johor Lama was the seat of the Johor Sultanate after the fall of Malacca till the final destruction of the fort in 1587. The earth mount fort has since been restored. Johor Lama, historically holds many secrets of the past,particularly since it was once the capital of the Johor Sultanate. The capital was later moved to what is now known as Johor Bahru. Historical sites can be found along the Johor river such as Panchor, Kampung johor Lama, Batu sawar, Kampung Makam and Kota Seberang. There are also kelongs which are made of wooden poles topped by small shacks located near the river mouth.

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The town of Mersing, 135 km from Johor Bahru City is one of the staging points to the islands of Pulau tioman, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Besar, Pulau Sibu, Pulau Sibu Tengah and Pulau Tinggi. Visitors normally stay overnight at one of the hotels in this fishing port to catch the ferry services to the islands as the high tide is usually at 9.00 am

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Pontian fishing village

The Johor countryside is well cultivated with pineapples. Just an hour’s drive from Johor Bahru City, the fishing village has a settlement of fishermen living on stilts by shore. The town is also the staging point for visitors going to Gunung Pulai for waterfall picnics, jungle trekking or mountain climbing.

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Ayer Hitam

Ayer Hitam

Lovers of ceramic art will find Ayer Hitam a haven for potteries, porcelain and stoneware. The town is a popular transit point for visitors stopping for lunch or dinner on their way to Johor Bahru or Kuala Lumpur

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This picturesque town is well-known for its delicious and inexpensive foodstalls and restaurants. The tree-lined Tanjung is ideal for evening strolls. The waterfalls at the foot of Mount Ophir ( Ledang) is accessible from Muar.

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Kukup fishing village

Kukup is a fishing village with houses on stilts at the water’s edge. There are numerous restaurants on stilts serving delicious seafood. Handicraft and delicacies such as keropok, belacan and cencaluk are available at Kukup.

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Natural Attractions  

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Sebana Cove

Sebana Cove

Its an integrated golf, marina and holiday destination within an eco-setting. View the spectacular sunset at the marina, spend a lazy afternoon fishing or enjoy a game of golf. Numerous sports facilities and delicious food and beverage outlets make this place an ideal retreat for family getaways or corporate retreats. Destined to be Asia’s foremost international yachting, golfing and holiday destination, Sebana cove’s claims are fast becoming a reality in the heart of the region’s fastest growing tourism belt. Sebana Cove is sprawled on 1,200 acres amidst the emerald panorama of tropical rainforests and mangrove. This total resort concept is the only development that parcels an international standard residential marina, a 27 hole membership golf courses, luxurious waterfront properties and a 300 room resort hotel.

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Endau Rompin National Park

Covering about 49,000 hectares, straddles the Johor-Pahang border. It’s the one of the few remaining lowland forests. Many insects and wildlife as well as various endermic varieties of plants have been discovered within the centuries-old forest.Drained by Sungai Marong (Marong River), Sungai Jasin (Jasin River) and Sungai Endau (Endau River) and their tributaries, the park is inhabited by the Asian rhinoceros, seladang, wild pig, tiger and birds like the hornbill, babler and cuckoo.

You also can found spectacular 30 metres wide and 40 metres high waterfall at ‘Buaya Sangkut’. Two other smaller waterfalls terdapat di ‘Batu Hampar’ and ‘Upih Guling’. Toilets, dormitories, and camping sites are found at the base of the waterfalls. Trekking, swimming and bird-watching are some of the activities that could be arranged. Further information, please contact National Park (Johor) Corporation, Tel: 07-2237471/2.

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Gunung Pulai Recreational forest 

Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest

This 8 hectare forest reserve is a catchment area, unique flora and fauna sanctuary and a fascinating recreational haven. There are several waterfalls with pools at its bottom. Apart from being an ideal picnic spot, the forest is a venue for seminars, workcamp and jungle trekking to the summit of Gunung Pulai.

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Ledang Mountain Recreational Forest

Ledang Mountain Recreational Forest

It is a recreational forest, the site of Johor’s highest mountain, Gunung Ledang (Ledang Mountain). Trekkers can climb to the summit of the mountain and camp at the Sagil Waterfall. According to legend, Gunung Ledang was the homes of a Johor princess who was wooed by the Sultan of Melaka in 15th century.

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Gunung Arong Recreational Forest

This forest of towering and shady trees and natural setting offer a refreshing retreat for visitors. There are popular picnic spots by the riverside, a garden and a well equipped playground. Other facilities include rest shades, dressing room, toilet and tree-top huts. Jungle trails are also provided for the more adventurous visitors.

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Gunung Lambak Recreational Forest

Located at the foothill of Gunung Lambak, this recreational forest is a favourite retreat for picnics, bathing and mountain-climbing. The 510 m high Gunung Lambak is accessible by footpaths provided. Facilities including car park, benches, rest shade, dressing room, toilets and bridge leading to camp sites are provided.

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Gunung Belumut Recreational Forest

Gunung Belumut Recreational Forest

Lush greenery and ravishing wilderness await visitors. It is a haven for camping, picnics and mountain climbing. Gunung Belumut promises exotic vegetation and breathtaking waterfalls. 

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Gunung Panti Recreational Forest

This recreational forest is a haven for those who like to camp. Facilities including camp sites and temporary accommodation are provided for visitors. Rare species of flora and fauna can be found here. 

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Kota Tinggi Waterfalls

Kota Tinggi Waterfall

The waterfalls are favourite spot for picnics and relaxation. The water cascades 34 m down into a pool deep enough for swimming. The Kota Tinggi Waterfalls for years have been renowned, not only for its continuous rush of cascading cool waters that run down the slopes originating from Gunung Panti, but also for its beautiful, tropical surroundings of flora and fauna. Fully furnished chalets complete with cooking facilities are available for booking.

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Johor’s islands are located a few nautical miles off the Mersing Coast, like a handful of jewels flug into the South China Sea.

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1. Pulau Tioman (Tioman Island)

Tioman Island

Located off Mersing, is the perfect island for those seeking tranquility and retreat. Its beaches are refreshingly unspoilt, being devoid of the usual commercial trappings. It is the perfect island in the sun, with reefs for diving and clear water for swimming and snorkelling. The island has an international class hotel besides its many beach chalets.

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2. Pulau Rawa (Rawa Island)

Rawa Island

This is a beautiful coral island covered with white coral sand and tall palm trees. Rawa has many caves foe exploration and offshore coral reefs rich with marine life. It is a haven for fishing, skin-diving, scuba diving, shell collecting, lobster-hunting and underwater photography. Chalet accommodation are available.

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3. Pulau Besar (Besar Island)

Besar Island

Lying close to Pulau rawa, Pulau Besar has been developed into an island resort, with chalets and restaurants. The glistening beaches, crystal blue waters and spectacular coral reefs are enchanting attractions.

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4. Pulau Sibu (Sibu Island)

Sibu Island

It is the nearest island with accommodation, just two and a half hours by boat from Mersing, or two hours from Tanjung Leman (Leman Bay), 20 km south of Mersing. This tropical paradise has clean white beaches, clear blue waters and rich in marine life. One can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, windsurfing and boating.

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5. Pulau sibu Tengah (Sibu Tengah Island)

Sibu Tengah Island

Covering about eight hectares. The coral-rich waters of the island is a haven for snorkellers and scuba divers. The many beaches of soft powdey sands permit utmost privacy. Its lush vegetation supports small amphibians. Kemudahan chalets turut ditawarkan daripada superior chalets to two-room executive chalets. Anda dapat memenuhi masa lapang dengan aktivities seperti water skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and fishing. Restoran turut disediakan dengan hidangan yang pasti memenuhi citarasa anda. This island also offers visitors a 20 acre resort retreat that’s exclusively private for both business and leisure. This island was gazzeted as a Marine Park due to the abundant marine life and rare species of fish and coral. Giant leatherback turtles come ashore to lay eggs yearly. Spacious and comfortable cottages are available for booking.

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6. Pulau Tinggi (Tinggi Island)

Tinggi Island

Pulau tinggi is a large uninhabited island. It has a long coastline and white sandy beaches dotted with caves. The seas around it are teeming with coral, fish and reef making it a photographic haven.

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7. Pulau Pemanggil (Pemanggil Island)

Pemanggil Island

This magical island of sandy white beaches, hilly terrain and rich marine life is irresistable. There are chalets and long houses for visitors wishing to stay on the island.

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8. Pulau Aur (Aur Island)

Aur Island

This is another beautiful island with secluded lagoons and offshore pool perfect for bathing and a host of water sport activities. A long house on the island provides basic accommodation

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9. Other Islands

Other Islands

Pulau Hujung and Pulau Tengah has no accommodation is available. In addition to the aforementioned usland, there are 50 other uninhabited islets waiting to be explored. Month of May and October usually suitable when underwater visibility is at its best.

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Lido Beach

Lido beach

This sundrenched beach of Johor Bahru, stretching over 7 km provides city tourists a variety of water adventures from canoeing, sailingto cruising.

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Desaru beach

Located 98 km northeast of Johor Bahru, covers a 26 km stretch of beach. All kinds of sports, from snorkelling, swimming and canoeing, jungle-trekking to golfing can be enjoyed here. Three top-class hotels are already established at Desaru, offering impressive resort facilities for the above activities. Desaru offers almost every type of accommodation to travellers, from low-budget campsites for the more adventurous travellers, chalets for families to luxurious hotel rooms.

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Is fast expanding in Johor, offering an unique experience varying from savouring local fruits in an orchard and to soaking up the tranquil ambiance of a local village, introduce the traditional Malay way of life.Also watch how rubber is tapped and tried by yourself. You can stays with a local family for day visits or long stays with a local family in the Homestay programme where you can participate in harvesting or pickings, and watch the process of palm oil involved. Its becoming increasingly popular among foreign and local tourist alike.

Ayer Hitam Animal Breeding Centre- Offering chalet, animal farm, equestrian, boating, camping/ BBQ, animal museum, dairy

Air Papan Village- Offering homestay, farm trip, padi fields, karaoke, chalet, prawn & crab breeding, hiking track.

Bumbun Village- Offering fruits, fishing, handicraft, commercial farm and village cuisine. 

Kangkar Merlimau Village- Offering jungle expedition, river expedition/ fishing, traditional house/ cuisine, traditional medice, agriculture activity/ handicraft and tropical fruits.

Mardi Kluang Station- Offering chalet, farm visit, bird sanctuary, water sport activity (kayak and boat), camping, exotic garden and fishing.

Maju Jaya Village- Offering Gunung Pulai (Pulai Mount), fishing, pineapple farm, fruits, Pontian Kecil town, Pineapple Museum and village industry. 

Olak Sepam Village- Offering Muar River Panorama & Recreational Park, historical landmark, NASOHA Rempah Ratus (spice) farm and traditional orchard.

Sungai Sarang Buaya Village- Offering homestay, camping, small industry, hot spring, recreation ground, seafood, aquaculture, mangrove forest tracking and river cruise
Seri Gunung Pulai Village- Offering homestay, snacks, orchards, hydroponics, handicraft, rubber estate, fish pond, camping, reserve forest, waterfall

Tanjung Piai Village- Offering homestay, camping, small industry, fruits, floating resort, bee farm, seafood, fishing, mangrove forest tracking, ‘land’s end’ expedition and large marine fishtrap

Further info: Department of Agriculture Johor, P.O. Box 772, Jalan Taruka, 80350 Larkin, Johor Bahru, Johor.
Tel: 07-235 5506/ 5507/ 5508/ 5509
Fax: 07-235 5512/ 5513

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Shopping in Johor can be fun and also less of a strain on the budget. The various handicraft centres provide an interesting and tempting variety of items to choose from as sounenirs or gifts. Shops in the modern shopping complexes are equally competitive and offer irresistible bargains. If you are interested in pottery items, then the Aw Pottery factory and showroom in Air Itam is the place for you.

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Plaza Pelangi

Its, Johor Bahru’s most exciting shopping mall, has a multitude of stores which offer a wide array of value-for-money quality merchandise from handicraft itmes and souvenirs to a large selection of fashion apparel, accessories and trendy footwear. If hunger gnaws, head for the local eateries, patissererie or fast food outlets. The shooping mall is a mere 10-minute’s drive away from the causeway and is well served by taxis and regular bus services.

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The Holiday Plaza

Holiday Plaza

This modern shooping complex in Jalan Dato’ Sulaiman, Century Garden, has a unique design. Almost every tenant on its three floors has prime space opening out onto the pedestrian mall or the road. The complex also includes a large cinema, a medical centre, a night club, banks, a children’s playground, a hawker’s centre and a number of fast food outlets catering to shoppers.

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Tun Abd. Razak Complex

Tun Abdul Razak Complex

The Tun Abd. Razak Complex is another modern shopping centre and is located along Jalan Wong Ah Fook in downtown Johor Bahru. It is the focus of activity for both shopping and business and houses a food court, shops, a supermarket and a snooker lounge.

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Plaza Kota Raya

Plaza Kota Raya

This extensive office and hotel complex covering an eleven acre sites is in the heart of Johor Bahru. This mammoth project is undertaken by the Johor State Economic Development Corporation and is considered to be a significant enhancement toward Johor’s economic growth and as an important business centre in the southern region of the country.
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Pasir Gudang Town Centre Complex

Built in 1986, this complex is located in the hub of the Pasir Gudang town centre. Retail outlets within the complex offer a wide variety of clothing, leather products, stationery, opticals, electrical appliances and computers. Restaurants and food stalls on the third level serve a wide variety of local and western cuisine. Located about 32 km east of Johor Bahru, the complex is about 25 minutes drive from Johor Bahru. 

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Complex Lien Hoe

Approximately 5 km north of Johor Bahru, just off Jalan Tebrau, this well-knownbudget shopping centre houses department stores, retail outlets, furniture showrooms and restaurants aplenty. A regular bazaar on the ground floor concourse offers a wide range of apparel, shoes, handbags, handicrafts and household items at bargain prices. The food court on the first floor offers food stalls with a wide variety of local cuisine.

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Golf Club, Courses & Association

Outside the Klang Valley, Johor has the largest number of golf courses. Until 1992, there were barely 10 courses and most of them are 9 hole courses. Today Johor have nearly 30 courses – 3 of the golf courses have 54 holes while another 3 golf courses also offer night golfing. Compared to the neighbouring countries, the Green fees are definitely cheap.
Austin Hills Country Resort
Tel: 07-352 4300

Bukit Banang Golf & Country
(Banang Hill Golf & Country)
Tel: 07-428 6001

Daiman 18 Golf Resort
Tel: 07-351 6813

Desaru Golf & Country Resort
Tel: 07-822 2333
Fax: 07-822 1855

Dunlop Club Paya Lang
Tel: 07-949 9170

Guthrie Golf & Country Club
Tel: 07-752 7107

Kluang Golf Club
Tel: 07-771 8840

Kota Tinggi Golf Resort
Tel: 07-883 1162

Kukup Golf Resort
Tel: 07-696 0952

Mersing Resort
Tel: 07-799 1307

Nam Heng Country Club Ulu Tiram.
Tel: 07-863 0103

Octville Golf & Country Club
Tel: 07-387 3000

Palm Resort golf & Country Club
Tel: 07-599 6222

Ponderosa Golf & Country Resort Bhd.
Tel: 07-354 9999

Pulai Springs Resort
Tel: 07-521 2121

Royal Johor Country Club
Tel: 07-223 3322

Segama Country Club
Tel: 07-943 5968

St. Rhodes Club
Tel: 07-926 1209

Starhill Golf Resort
Tel: 07-556 6325

Tanjong Emas Golf Club
Tel: 07-952 1550
Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort
Tel: 07-271 1490

Tesoro (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-353 8048

The Batu Pahat Golf Club
Tel: 07-432 9221

The Legends Golf & Country Resort
Tel: 07-652 4388

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Johor is well served with hotels to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. Visitors will also be pleasantly surprised to find that high class hotels in Johor Bahru are competitively priced compared to those of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Those who wish to stay in Johor Bahru may choose to stay at one of the city’s luxury hotels such as the Puteri Pan Pacific Hotel, Holiday Inn, Tropical Inn, Merlin Tower, Johor Bahru Merlin, Rasa Syang Hotel and Crystal Crown Hotel. For the budget conscious traveller, there are government rest houses, youth hostels and simple lodgings. Although simplistic, they do provide airconditioned rooms with a host of basic facilities.

The other major towns to the north such as Batu pahat, Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Segamat, Muar and Mersing also have a range of good hotels. The beach resort of Desaru offers visitors a choice between the luxurious Desaru View hotels and the popular Desaru Golf Hotel and more rustic chalets and camping facilities. There is also chalet accommodation on many of the islands off the east coast.

Accommodation / Hotel by District of Johor

Johor Baharu 
Batu Pahat
Kota Tinggi
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@@@@@Johor State Tourism Department

Suite 5-4 JOTIC Building
2 Jalan Ayer Molek 80000
Johor Bahru
Tel: 07-2234933, 224 9960, 224 1432
Fax: 07-223 7554

Johor Tourist Association
Tel: 07-332 3800

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@@@@@Travel Bureaus

Airlandsea Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd.
195B-1 Bt. 4 ½ Jln Skudai
Tampoi 81200
Johor Bahru
Tel: 07-234 6166

Amza Travel Centre Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-334 8071

Asian Dynasty Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-333 7333

ASM Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 011-719680

B & T Holiday Tours Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-224 5609

Bens Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-222 9888

Chia Sin Travel Service Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-772 5115

Chiu Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-431 5797

CK Vacations Sdn. Bhd.
44-A1 Pusat Perdagangan
Jalan Bandar 81700 Pasir Gudang.
Tel: 07-252 6300
Fax: 07-252 6200

CNL Vacation Limousine Service Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-226 1621

Commonwealth Travel Service Corperation Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-224 2898

Concord tours & Travel sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-235 8270

Deluxe Tours (Johor) sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-331 0718

East Coast Adventure Travel & Tour Sdn. Bhd.
07-224 2505

Executive Travel & Tour (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-224 0063

Fond Guan Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-434 7923

Hock Sang Travel Ctr. (M) Sdn. Bhd.Tel: 07-222 3311

Holiday Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-333 0061

Hong Yi Holidays Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-882 2998

Huxton Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-224 9280

IK Chin Travel Service Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-223 3859

Jamilah Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-883 8653

Kaiho Travel Coach Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-236 4208

Lim Cheng Boon Tourist Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-431 5004

Mado’s Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-334 4001

Mansfield Orchid Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-224 9511

Masrina Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-237 0585

MBTS Tour (Johor) Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-334 7666

Mersing Waterworld Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-799 6188

MNG Travel & Tour Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-223 1493

Overseas Express (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-224 6611

Pelancongan Seri Utama (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 773 6800

Perdasia Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-331 1331

PPNJ Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-235 9002

SS Holidays Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-251 1577

Satria Wangsa Holiday Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-556 2054

Sin Chung Tours Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-335 5860

Sin Thai Mah Travel & Express Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-223 8427

T.A. Holidays Services
Tel: 07-799 2309

Tiram Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-224 4533

Top-One Travel Service
Corporation (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-223 7995

Warita Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 07-222 8951
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