Johor Bahru or named Johor Baru in the Malay language, located southern part of peninsula Malaysia. From its 3rd largest city status few years ago, to the 2nd largest city in Malaysia. Let us tell you 3 reasons of why you should visit it. One of the main reason is it’s cheap weekend shopping in Johor Bahru.
Just only 1KM away crossing to Singapore separate with Straits of Johor. It has been a gateway for many Singaporean spend their weekend in the city for food, weekend shopping in Johor and leisure.
For many Malaysian living outside of Johor seem quite a far away vacation from the capital city Kuala Lumpur.
It takes at least 4 hours driving from KL to JB compare just 2-3 hours drive to another major attraction like Genting Highland, Cameron Highland, Ipoh, Melaka, Port Dickson, and many more.
Thus, many could not find reason going to the southern part even for Singaporeans can find excuses due to heavy traffic jam at the causeway up to 3 hours or more during peak season.
Here in this article will help you find reasons and worth your time to visit Johor Bahru for your next trip.
#1 Shopping Heaven Best for Weekend Shopping in Johor
Excellent for shopaholic, other than the well-known shopping district like Bukit Bintang in KL. Shopping malls in Johor are not losing behind. There are many giant shopping malls like the largest in the region, Paradigm Mall JB.
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Spanning over 1.3 million square feet with over 500 retail outlets in Skudai, It houses an ice skating rink, an indoor climbing gym and Malaysia’s first indoor skate park as well as the largest GSC cinema in Johor boasts a total of 16 screens with more than 2,000 seats.
Basically, you could spend the entire day just inside the mall for entertainment, shop, and delicacies.
Capital 21 Mall (Weekend Shopping in Johor)
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There would be three main sections – Movie Planet, Cartoon Planet and Music Planet that occupied 2 levels, it was featured by MCM Studio.
Another attraction is the Thematic Mall that showcase of five continents across its five floor. Each floor will seek to showcase at least 6 iconic cities in the design to represent that continent.
The biggest attraction and unique part of the mall compare to other mega malls is definitely the entertainment, that’s great for family with kids and young people to do weekend shopping in Johor Bahru.
Aeon Tebrau City For Weekend Shopping in Johor
It is one of the largest department store in the state, many local and singaporean like weekend shopping in Johor Bahru for their groceries and household items. Situated at Taman Desa Tebrau, next to Tesco and the newly open IKEA.
Apart from the Tebrau City, other popular Aeon Malls in the state are Aeon Bukit Indah, Aeon Kulai and Aeon Bandar Dato’ Onn that newly opened in september 2017.
The mall often held promotion event like Aeon Member Day, up to 80% discount rewards for the member at the selected Aeon mall.
Thus many local and even singaporean family willing to drive from singapore and beat the traffic jam at the causeway just to grab the hot deals and do weekend shopping in Johor Bahru.
it’s the 3rd Ikea store in Malaysia and the largest in Southeast Asia with 46,713 square meters of land, before the store open many local will travel to Singapore or even KL Damansara ( the 1st and only Ikea few years back) to shop and find inspiration for home decoration.
Now with the store open, many singaporean willing to drive from singapore to get better deal weekend shopping in Johor Bahru because of the currency exchange. If you buy in bulk could save you up to few hundred sing dollar. The bad thing is they do not provide delivery to singapore.
KSL City Mall for Weekend Shopping in Johor
The well-known of the mall is the choices of delicious food can be found not only inside but around the mall outside.
If you looking for cheap fashion accessories and clothes, especially for the lady and weekend shopping in Johor Bahru. This is your choice. For those body massage lovers, there some authentic thai foot/body massage shops offering great value for your bucks.
City Square and Komtar JBCC
R&F Princess Cove Mall Best for Weekend Shopping in Johor
A new concept shopping mall that has been opened since 2019 located in the downtown of Johor Bahru. One of their key selling point is the cinema from Hong Kong, the first Emperor Cinemas (英皇戏院) in Southeast Asia.
Midvalley Southkey Megamall (Weekend Shopping in Johor)
Johor Premium Outlet
#2 Theme parks
Angry Birds Activity Park
One of the newest indoor theme park would be Angry Birds Activity Park at Komtar JBCC, extremely near to the JB custom with just 5 mins walking distance away. The park provides variety of attractions and games suitable for youth, kids, and parent alike.
Fanpekka Theme Park
Another brand new theme park would be Fanpekka Theme Park, located inside the Aeon Tebrau City shopping mall.
The unique features of this theme park is designed on the idea that children learn by playing, It’s the first Finnish conceptual learning theme park in Asia designed by Japanese. Find out more here.
Desaru Coast Resorts
There are man beautiful and white sandy beaches in Johor especially at the east coast side, the most popular seaside would be Desaru. Many singaporean and locals visit there during the school holiday with their family and kids.
There are a many resorts along the coastline like Lotus Desaru Beach Resort, Sand & Sandals Resort & Spa, Tunamaya Resort & Spa, and the upcoming famous Desaru Coast Resorts,
Image credits: Desaru Development Holdings One
#3 Nature Relief
Other than the east part of Johor, you have the west part with a number of beautiful national parks like Kukup Island.
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Featured Lodging and Cafes in Johor
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