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A Day in Johor Bahru

We enjoyed a day trip in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on 31st December making it as our year end trip for 2017!

It is a new year, new goals, new beginning and new destinations to travel. Last year was so busy for us, but we could travel to different places whenever we had free time. Although most of our trips were to Sri Lanka to see parents, it was also a great time to visit attractions in Sri Lanka!

A Day in Johor Bahru
Christmas Decorations at the City Square Mall – Johor Bahru,Malaysia

While we cannot forget our trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia during 2017, we also made few trips to nearby Johor Bahru, Malaysia for short getaways. It was the same on December 31st which we decided to visit Johor Bahru for a day trip. If we leave early from Singapore, it is easy to return back to home after spending a day in Johor Bahru. In such trips, our most of the activities include shopping, dining and play activities for the kid. Always these short trips are good for family bonding time!

A Day in Johor Bahru
Christmas Decorations with Sesame Street theme at the City Square Mall – Johor Bahru,Malaysia

As always, we travelled to Johor Bahru by bus. Our first visit was to City Square mall which is a huge shopping mall in Malaysia, Johor Bahru. Usually, in City Square Mall we find lot of free attractions for the kid.

A Day in Johor Bahru
Lot of cute items on sale at the City Square Mall – Johor Bahru,Malaysia

He simply loves to spend time among the decorations, pose with favourite characters and shop some toys for him. As it was holiday season, City Square Mall was decorated with the theme Sesame Street! Isn’t it a fantastic idea to entertain the kids?

A Day in Johor Bahru
City Square Mall – Johor Bahru,Malaysia

Kid was so happy to see the Big bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster who are his favourites from the Sesame Street Show.

Christmas Decorations at the City Square Mall - Johor Bahru,Malaysia
No more photos please!! 🙂

After spending time in City Square Mall, we headed to KOMTAR JBCC which is another shopping mall in Johor Bahru. It is the best place to entertain the kids as there are many attractions just for kids.

A Day in Johor Bahru
Christmas Decorations at the KOMTAR JBCC Mall – Johor Bahru,Malaysia

Near the Angry Birds Activity Park area, there are lots of other activities including Kiddy rides. Although my kid didn’t want to play at Angry Bird theme park yet, he loves spending his time on Kiddy Rides.

A Day in Johor Bahru
Near the Angry Birds Activity Park, KOMTAR JBCC-Johor Bahru,Malaysia
A Day in Johor Bahru
Angry Birds Activity Park, KOMTAR JBCC-Johor Bahru,Malaysia

It was same this time too. After spending some time on Kiddy rides, we again started shopping for new items.

A Day in Johor Bahru
Play area near the Angry Birds Activity Park, KOMTAR JBCC-Johor Bahru,Malaysia

From kids school supplies to my handbags, outfits we could buy interesting items from shops. From Indian food to Chinese food, there are many places to indulge in food while spending time in Johor Bahru. But, my kid’s favourite place to visit is Mc Donald, simply because of the Happy Meal and the toy he gets!

After a day full of fun and excitement, we returned home at night. Still, we will visit Johor Bahru again for the New Year 2018.We love to spend a day or two there while indulging on delicious food and spending time on salons and spa!

How did you spend your December 31st?


11@Century Hotel -Review

Johor Bahru is one of the popular destinations in Malaysia for many who live in Singapore as it is easy to access via Woodlands crossing (causeway) or via the Tuas second link. Even many tourists to Singapore take the advantage of visiting Malaysia through this link to Johor Bahru via public transport or via coach to Johor Bahru.

However as Johor Bahru is a district which covers large area, you should know few things before you book any hotel in Johor Bahru. As a frequent visitor to Johor Bahru, Malaysia I thought it is better if I share a post with some of the tips which are helpful for anyone who needs to book hotels in Johor Bahru for a weekend or for a holiday.

Things to know before you Book Hotels in Johor Bahru
Things to know before you Book Hotels in Johor Bahru
Things to know before you Book Hotels in Johor Bahru
Know the location

This is really important for you to decide the convenient hotel in Johor Bahru before you confirm. If you visit Johor Bahru city via Woodlands link, first you need to consider the hotels near Johor Bahru city. If your plan is to visit around the Johor Bahru City major attractions such as Angry Birds Activity Park or walk along Jalan Wong Ah Fook which is one of the busiest streets in Johor Bahru, you need to stay in a hotel which is near to City Centre. Johor Bahru City is popular for food & shopping and you can spend time at Komtar JBCC or City Square Mall. In our previous visits we stayed at Amansari Hotel City Center and it is really convenient if your plan is to visit around the Johor Bahru City.

Angry Birds Activity Park-Johor Bahru,Malaysia

However, if you plan shopping at KSL shopping mall, then it is not convenient if you book a hotel in Johor Bahru city. You need to find a Johor Bahru Hotel which is located near KSL shopping mall. One of our favourite hotels near KSL mall is 11@Century hotel which located 2 minutes’ walk away from the KSL Mall.

Things to KNOW before you Book Hotels in Johor Bahru
11@Century Hotel near KSL Mall, Johor Bahru,Malaysia

On the other way, if you plan visiting LEGOLAND, then you must search for hotels near Legoland as it is long distance away from Johor Bahru City.

That is why you need to know which part of Johor Bahru you are going to visit and book your hotel accordingly for a better holiday experience.

Compare the rates before you book

If you search for hotels in Johor Bahru, you will easily find many different hotels. However, these hotels come in different rates. It is always good to compare the hotel rates before you book in order to book the best Johor Bahru hotel for the price you pay. We usually use hotel booking sites such as traveloka.com as it is easier to compare the hotel rates with other details such as distance to major attractions. When you use a hotel booking site which has no booking fee, you can save from your hotel expenses which is great for any holiday. At the same time it is easy to compare and book when you use hotel booking sites such as Traveloka. A booking site with various payment methods is another advantage to book your Johor Bahru hotel as you can decide on the best and easy payment method for you.

Know the room facilities and services

Not only for Johor Bahru hotels, this tip is also valid for booking any hotel room. For better experience in your hotel stay, always check the facilities they provide for the mentioned room rate. Some hotel rooms come with free breakfast. I always find having breakfast at hotel is really convenient and it is easy to start the day without thinking of breakfast plan. You can always check other facilities such as wifi, parking and AC, Non AC rooms before you book any Johor Bahru hotel.

Capture from the Breakfast at 11@Century Hotel Johor Bahru,Malaysia


Above are the main things you need to know before you book any hotel room in Johor Bahru and when you book a hotel near to the attractions which you plan to visit, you will sure have the best holiday experience in JB (Johor Bahru)

Have you been to Johor Bahru, Malaysia? If so please share your experience with hotel accommodation there.


Things to KNOW before you Book Hotels in Johor Bahru
11@Century Hotel near KSL Mall

With many shops and facilities including clothes, restaurants, spa, salon and entertainment, KSL City Mall is another perfect place for a shopping trip in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Although we have visited this shopping mall few times, I still didn’t share any post in this blog.So,today is the best time for that!

This is a shopping tour from last year and we visited KSL City Mall and other shopping malls such as City Square Mall in a long weekend. Almost all the hotels in Johor Bahru was fully booked and we wanted to find a hotel which is very near to the KSL City Mall. So, we can save our time from hotel to the shopping mall.

Anyway, in our first day, we spent our night at Amansari Hotel City Centre which is located in the heart of Johor Bahru and that is a best location if you want to visit City Square Mall and Komtar JBCC. This is our 2nd stay at Amansari Hotel and it is a pretty decent hotel for a stay if you are specially on a shopping tour or such in Johor Bahru.

You can also read my Review of Amansari Hotel City Centre

11@Century Hotel,Johor Bahru,Malaysia  – Review

On the 2nd day we went to our hotel near KSL City Mall. Located very near to the KSL City Mall and with less than 10 minutes walking distance to the shopping mall and other eatery places around, 11@Century Hotel is a very spacious and relaxing place for a weekend holiday in Johor Bahru. At the time when we were booking this hotel, we had suspect about its amenities and such as there were few negative reviews posted in Agoda, the hotel booking site. But, as almost all the hotels were fully booked at that time and as it was near to KSL City Mall, we booked the hotel for a day. We do not regret about our decision and it is a pretty decent hotel with spacious rooms.

Check reviews for 11@Century Hotel,Johor Bahru.
11@Century Hotel -Review
Lobby of 11@Century Hotel

Actually we reached the hotel around 10am just after checkout from Amansari Hotel. We were in doubt of Checking in as we are earlier than there mentioned time .But, the staff was very friendly and we could check in instead our initial plan which was to keep our bags there and visit KSL Mall.

Loby of 11@Century Hotel,J

With spacious room and with beautiful interior, our Deluxe room in 11@Century Hotel gave us a warm welcome.

11@Century Hotel -Review
View of Deluxe Room ,11@Century Hotel -Johor Bahru

Bathroom was so spacious too.

11@Century Hotel -Review
11@Century Hotel Bathroom was spacious at our Deluxe room
11@Century Hotel -Review
Complementary items to welcome us!

We only had breakfast from the hotel and I can’t remember any special comments.Overall it was a normal breakfast buffet.



We first had Nasi Lemak,must try food in Malaysia.


The location is perfect if you visit for a shopping trip in KSL City Mall.

Other than restaurants and eating places inside KSL Mall, There are other shops around this hotel.

With spacious room and with beautiful interior, our Deluxe room in 11@Century Hotel gave us a warm welcome.

So, we enjoyed both inside and outside the KSL Mall by walking along the streets.

11@Century Hotel -Review

Food from near Hawker stalls

We found a place for Korean Food too.



It is all about spending a weekend in Johor Bahru!

Shopping at KSL City Mall

KSL City Mall-JB

Although I don’t have much photos, actually we had great time buying items including clothing.

Shoppind at KSL City Mall

Surprisingly I could find few items for myself. Usually I don’t find clothes for me easily as I am bit choosy.

Overall we had a great weekend till we said good bye to Johor Bahru.

Check more details of 11@Century Hotel here for your next holiday in Johor Bahru,Malaysia.

Reasons to Visit Johor Bahru

If you ask me the reasons to visit Johor Bahru, the capital of the Johor state of Malaysia, I will tell lot of reasons. May be you better ask me why not to visit Johor Bahru. Then I will tell you few or no reasons. The reason is that we love to visit Johor Bahru. It is one of our favourite destinations whenever we have free time.
I don’t know how many times we visited Johor Bahru, but still we plan trips to this amazing town whenever there is a long weekend or holiday. With a causeway connecting Singapore and Malaysia, it is really easy to travel to Johor Bahru from Singapore. Anyway, here are my reasons to visit Johor Bahru if you visit Malaysia.

To Enjoy Shopping

Yes, shopping is one of our main reasons to visit Johor Bahru. There are shopping malls such as City Square Mall and newly opened Komtar JBCC. You can easily buy branded clothes for a bargain price. Other than clothes, there are lot of accessories, baby items and even food items which you can buy in these shopping malls.

Reasons to Visit Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru is a shopping paradise!

The KSL mall is about 15 minutes taxi ride away and a paradise for those who love shopping. Johor premium outlet is another place to shop till you drop!

To Try Delicious Food

Johor Bahru-Malaysia

If you talk about Johor Bahru, and if you don’t talk about the delicious food they have to offer, your story is not completed. For that much, Johor Bahru is a popular destination for delicious food. Be it Malay, Chinese, Indian or even western, you’ll find lot of food choices when you are there. We even buy some food and sweets when we return back to Singapore.

It is easy to travel

Well, if you travel from another country other than Singapore, you may need to take a flight. But for those who live in Singapore, it is a few hours bus ride. It is really easy to reach Johor Bahru by bus and the bus service is good and we don’t have any complains.

It is cheap & affordable

It is cheap doesn’t mean Johor Bahru is for those who seek for cheap rates and bargains for poor quality. But considering the expenditures for any holiday, a Johor Bahru Holiday is affordable. We travel by bus or taxi, so we don’t have to pay for air tickets. When we reach Johor Bahru, we take a taxi to visit other places such as KSL Mall, but rates are very low when we compare the exchange rate of Dollars into Malaysian Ringgit. Whatever you shop or whatever the services you receive such as spa, massage or anything, you will pay by Malaysia Ringgit. It is really affordable.

Reasons to Visit Johor Bahru
There are activities and attractions for both adults and kids

Above are some of our reasons to visit JB or Johor Bahru. Other than the above reasons, there are many reasons to visit Johor Bahru such as visiting Spa, Beauty Salon or even to visit the attractions.

Where to stay in Johor Bahru?

You will find different accommodation types in Johor Bahru ranging from Budget hotels to luxury hotels. Most of these hotels are fully booked when it is a long weekend or a holiday. So, it is better to search for a hotel to stay and book before you reach Johor Bahru. We’ve spent in few hotels in Johor Bahru and our experience is so far so good.

If you look for hotels in Johor Bahru,you can also check i-Hotel.Currently they offer discounts when you book online from their website at http://www.i-hotel.com.my/johor-bahru-hotel.

We are frequent travellers to Johor Bahru, Malaysia during most weekends. Few weeks ago In a long weekend, we spent two days in Johor Bahru and enjoyed our time with some shopping and activities.

Komtar JBCC is the newly opened shopping mall in Johor Bahru, and there is also a Angry Birds Activity Park. Actually we wanted to spend some time there with our son. When we visited there, it looked like crowded with active kids and they were having lot of fun. Our son didn’t show much attraction, so we didn’t buy tickets to Angry Birds Activity Park. Instead here is our sons favorite Play Area near Angry Birds Activity Park at Komtar JBCC

Play Area Near Angry Birds Activity Park at Komtar JBCC

These cars and other vehicles are outside the Angry Birds Activity Park and you have to use coins for a ride. However, these are intending to kids over some age. (As I remember, kids over 3 years.(not sure though) )


However, we didn’t want to worry about age or a ride. Because; in this play area, he enjoyed his time just by walking around the car and just by turning the steering wheel.


These are some of the captures while he was playing. It was almost night time and he was bit sleepy too.And did you notice the rubber toys in his hand?These are his favorite toys and wherever we go,he has few of these toys in his hand. 🙂

Angry Birds Activity Park-Komtar-JBCC-Johor-Bahru
Angry Birds Activity Park-Johor Bahru,Malaysia

Below capture is just the ceiling.I just like these lights and shades.These are so colourful and nice for kids play area.

Angry Birds Activity Park-Komtar-JBCC

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We spent a weekend in Johor Bahru, Malaysia during the May 1st weekend and I was lucky enough to watch the sunrise through the hotel room window. The room we stayed faced to the city. Although it is not a beautiful city view from the window, this morning sunrise was wonderful to watch.
Sunrise at Johor Bahru
Sunrise at Johor Bahru, 6.57am


Sunrise at Johor Bahru
Sunrise at Johor Bahru 7.18am

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Last weekend we visited Johor Bahru ,Malaysia and noticed that shopping malls are ready for the Chinese New
Year 2015.These are some photos from City Square mall. Did you check my other post on Chinese New Year decorations of KOMTAR JBCC?

After visiting KOMTAR, we straight entered into City Square Mall for having lunch and to shop some more

items. As always this time also City Square Mall decorations are so colourful and joyful.

Beautiful flowers are the main theme for  these decorations .Those roses were hanged on the roof giving joy for each shopper there at City Square Mall.

Anyway, I am not sure why, but the captures are not so colourful as the decorations. Lighting could be a reason

There was a stage too decorated with beautiful flowers. I am sure there will be live performance on

this stage to entertain people. I’ve seen such performances during our previous visits.



Last weekend we visited Johor Bahru for food and shopping. As of many others live in Singapore, we also escape to Johor Bahru, Malaysia for a change and relax. Usually our Johor Bahru trips are one day trips aiming food and shopping although we spent one night during our previous trip.This is after few months from our previous visit we could see some changes in Johor Bahru.

KOMTAR JBCC-The newest shopping mall in Johor Bahru

This time We could visit the newest shopping mall in Johor Bahru – Komtar Johor Bahru City Centre ( JBCC ).

Usually we visit the City Square Mall straight after custom clearances at CIQ(Customs and Immigration).However this time we were attracted to this new shopping mall which is conveniently located next to City Square Mall. 
KOMTAR JBCC-A Spring to Remember

It was nicely decorated for the spring festival and reminded us that Chinese New Year  2015 is arriving soon!They named/themed it as ‘A Spring to Remember’. We could see all the beautiful flowers and lanterns when we arrived from the CIQ. Instead of going to City Square Mall, we decided to visit this new shopping mall first.

Although there were so many things to capture, I mean the decorations in link Way Bridge towards the entrance and decorations at the entrance; we entered to the shopping mall straight!
Inside the shopping mall, there are many stores open for business including Padini. 

We spent few hours inside and I could take some captures of the decorations. The decorations are colorful and joyful with mix of red and pink. We could see some beautiful huge lanterns hanging from the ceiling and those were the main attraction inside the shopping mall.
KOMTAR JBCC-A Spring to Remember
KOMTAR JBCC-A Spring to Remember

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