Johor Bahru, also known as JB, is a rapidly growing Malaysian town that is in very close proximity to Singapore. It is an industrial and manufacturing hub which may not seem ideal to the casual tourist at first. Though Johor Bahru may have not yet earned its reputation as a full-blown tourist city, it does have a lot to offer to the adventurous traveler, especially in terms of shopping, bars, and the street food scene. In terms of attractions, it will appeal to the history buff, with its range of historical and cultural sites, many of which date right back to the British colonial era. If you’re traveling as a couple and are looking to spend a day or two in this city with absolutely no idea on what to do and where to go, we’ve got you covered! Even if you’re simply looking for the best hotels for a staycation, read on to find out more about the best romantic places in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, ‘cause you will surely find something worthy to visit!
1. Walea Spa & Retreat
There’s nothing more relaxing than spending an afternoon getting pampered in the company of your partner at the Walea Spa & Retreat. Indulge in any of the hour-long professional service packages such as a foot wash, body scrub, body wrap or even an aromatic tension relief massage in the couple’s suite followed by a restful soak in the private and romantic hot tub for two. Their services are sure to exceed your expectations and give you your money’s worth, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated. It is essential to book an appointment in advance, which is as simple as dropping in a service request via Whatsapp or Facebook messenger!
Walea Spa & Retreat
Address: 6, Jalan Balau, Taman Melodies, Johor Bahru
Website: Walea Spa & Retreat
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Wednesdays Closed
Price: 7 USD for a 1 year membership
2. Gunung Lambak Water Park
Gunung Lambak Water Park is situated at the foot of a mountain and it is a good way to pass some time with a quick dip in the pool. If you and your beau are in a mood for some adventure, you can even choose to hike up the various mountain trails in the area and catch some amazing views of the city from the summit.
Gunung Lambak Water Park
Address: Kampung Dato Abdul Rahman Yassin, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Price: 1.23 USD
Tip from Trip101 local expert
The best place for weekend picnics is right in my own backyard 😃
Adda Heights Town Park in Johor Bahru, the southernmost state of Malaysia, is popular among locals looking for a place to jog, cycle, play and picnic. My family loves to go catch-and-release fishing in the massive lake. It's tilapia and catfish heaven! Next, my friends and I set up the picnic mat, enjoy the munchies and catch up (read: gossip) under the shady willow trees.
Just be prepared to meet the geese, birds, turtles, iguanas, froggies and monkeys who come up to say "Hello!"
3. Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum
Take a step back in time with your partner and learn some interesting historical facts about this town. The Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum is a tribute to the Chinese community which first migrated to JB in the 14th century at the time of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The museum is aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of the Johor Bahru Chinese. It has four stories which feature old coins, porcelain ware, musical instruments, documents, photos and other artifacts dating back to ancient times.
Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum
Address: 42, Jalan Ibrahim, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Website: Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday Closed
Price: 1.23 USD
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4. Danga City Mall
The Danga City Mall is located right in the center of Johor Bahru, known for its expos and networking events pertaining to industrial products such as metals, ores, equipment, and machinery. Apart from this, the mall also has various entertainment options such as a bowling alley and shopping available in its huge space.
Danga City Mall
Address: Malaysia, Johor, Johor Bahru, L4-20, Jalan Tun Abdul RazakDanga City Mall 80000
Website: Danga City Mall
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
5. Art 52 Gallery
Art 52 Gallery is a great find in Johor Bahru for the art and coffee enthusiast couple! The gallery is two stories high and it has a coffee shop tucked in a corner on the second floor. The walls of the cafe are adorned with paintings by local artists and the coffee here is just delicious.
Art 52 Gallery
Address: No. 52, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Website: Art 52 Gallery
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Sat 10:30 AM - 9:30 PM, Monday Closed
6. Forest City
Forest City is a man-made phenomenon which consists of four islands and it was built with the vision of being a combination of both a futuristic as well as a green city. The city is a great place for loads of activities such as golf, shopping, and beachside recreation. You could also go fly-boarding or choose to relax in an infinity pool in one of the luxury hotels.
Address: Jalan Forest City 1, Forest City, Pulau Satu, 81500 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Website: Forest City
Opening hours: Daily 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7. Sky Bar @ Hotel Jen
Truly, one of the best places to have a date in Johor Bahru is at Sky Bar. Go on a romantic date at this over-the-top, fine dining restaurant located next to an infinity pool and overlooking Puteri Harbour. Enjoy a glass of quality wine along with fresh seafood, while you gaze at the sunset with your favorite person!
Sky Bar @ Hotel Jen
Address: Block 3, Level 4, Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Website: Sky Bar @ Hotel Jen
Opening hours: Daily 12 noon - Midnight
Price: 40 USD
8. Johor Zoo
Johor Zoo is a great idea for a day out to watch animals. The zoo also allows buying vegetables inside, to feed the animals. It is reasonably priced as well, which makes it a good option as opposed to going to a shopping mall! You may be wondering why a zoo is on this list, but if you’re looking for unique dating places in Johor Bahru, give it a try!
Address: Jalan Gertak Merah, Taman Istana, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Website: Johor Zoo
Opening hours: Daily 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Price: 0.74 USD
Tip from Trip101 local expert
"Kota Tinggi Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Johor, Malaysia. Just a short drive away from the city centre, this is the go-to place for waterfall picnics, hikes or just splashing around the cool pools. Cascading from a height of 34 metres, the falling waters are like nature’s spa. Wade carefully out to the smaller rocky areas and let the mini-falls massage your shoulders and back.
During a scorching day, take a dip in the shallow pools, soak in the sunshine and you’ll emerge refreshed. I have attempted climbing up the surrounding paths to reach the top of the waterfalls. Be careful as the rocks may be slippery. Sandals with a good grip are recommended.
Take note entrance fees apply. Parking and washroom facilities are available. Exercise caution on rainy days."
9. Merdeka Park
Merdeka Park is a spacious city park with jogging trails, a dancing fountain, a lake, and an English tea room. It is a well-managed park where you can spend time cycling, walking or practising yoga with your partner. The place also has a big pond in the middle with loads of fish. Simply sitting by the pond and feeding the fish is relaxing in itself! Due to its beautiful landscape, the park is also one of the best places in Johor Bahru for couples’ photography.
Address: Jln Datin Halimah, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10. Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park
Looking for a day filled with adventure and fun with your better half? Head to the Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park for a guaranteed good time. It provides a good alternative to theme parks. Enjoy sliding down the racer bowl or have a thrilling experience balancing yourself on a suspended rope obstacle course. They also have an ice-skating rink, drift kart zone, and an indoor trampoline center to maximize the fun!
Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park
Address: 71, Jalan Austin Heights 8/1, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Price: Adult 22 USD, Child (below 3 years) 3 USD
Stop by Johor Bahru for a fun-filled day
Johor Bahru has a range of activities to choose from, to make the time spent with your loved one even more enjoyable. Be it a peaceful walk in the park, an adventurous day at a water park, a shopping escapade or an expensive dinner with a view, JB has something in store for every kind of couple. Just be sure to check out the best private pool villas and hotels with early check-in to make the most of your romantic vacation.
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