Thursday, 11 April 2013

Beautiful Places To Visit : Johor, Malaysia

Hey everyone!Oww..I miss you guys!I know..I know..its been a long time I didn't post any status isn't??I'm so sorry kayy because I'm busy..Not really busy actually because what I do at home is just reading novel.

That day,we already travel to East Malaysia (Borneo Island) so now we gonna 'travel' around Peninsular Malaysia.And the first state is Johor,Malaysia!

1) Pulau Tinggi 

Pulau Tinggi or Tinggi Island is one of the many captivating tropical islands that nestles the East Coast of Johor. Its white, sandy beach surrounded by alluring blue waters makes it a perfect haven for those who want to escape from the mundane world.

Pulau Tinggi gets its name from a high hill rising 2,000 feet above sea level ("tinggi" is a Malay word for high). The island is painted green by the lush tropical forest that is rich with rattan, timber and other valuable plants.

Its surrounding waters is rich with exotic marine life and beautiful underwater flora fringing its coral reefs, providing a breathtaking underwater view for divers and snorkelling enthusiasts. The island is also blessed with natural fresh water and sheltered harbour, which explains its role as a stopover point for traders in the olden days.

Apart from its physical beauty, Pulau Tinggi is also famous for its mystical characters. The locals believe that Malay's most famous hero, Hang Tuah, had stopped here in one of his journeys. It is believed that his spirit still guards the island till these days.

2) Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

The Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia, with its amazing combination of Western neo-classical and Islamic architecture.

This mosque can accommodate about 2,000 worshippers at any one time. The mosque is strategically located on top of a hill on Jalan Abu Bakar, overlooking the Straits of Tebrau.

Sultan Abu Bakar mosque was named after the late Sultan Abu Bakar, the "Father of Modern Johor", who laid the foundation stone in 1892. Construction of the mosque was completed in 1900, a few years after his death. Today, the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is listed as a protected heritage monument by the Department of Museums and Antiquities.

3) Teluk Buih Beach

The long coastline at Air Papan makes its way southwards and meets a small craggy bay which the villagers have named Teluk Buih after foamy white surf that lashes on to its shores. Teluk Buih offers a sheltered stretch of fine sand and is a popular retreat for the villagers.

The beach is popular among picnickers especially on weekends and public holidays. They can swim in its blue water, play games on its wide beach or just sit back and relax under the shade of the verdant vegetation.

4) Endau-Rompin Johor National Park 

Endau Rompin, located north of Johor and south of Pahang, is the second National Park proclaimed by the Government of Malaysia. It covers an area of approximately 50,000 hectares of rich flora and fauna, encompassing the watershed of the rivers Endau and Rompin, from which it derived its name.

The park is home to many species of birds, mammals, frogs, insects and many other wild animals, as well as varieties of orchids, herbs, medicinal plants and trees. A scientific expedition undertaken by the Malaysian Nature Society in 1985 uncovered some new and rare plant and animal species. One of the most spectacular discoveries was the fan palm (Livistona endauensis), endemic to the Ulu Endau area.

This centuries-old rainforest is also home to the largest surviving population of Sumatran Rhinos still left in Peninsular Malaysia. Primates, including the leaf monkey, the long-tail macaque and the white-handed gibbon are a common sight. Other wild animals inhabiting the area include tigers, leopards, elephants, and various types of deer and tapirs. There are also numerous rapids and falls awaiting adventure lovers and river trekkers here.

To protect the pristine environment, only limited areas of the park are open for ecotourism purposes. Entry to the park requires a special permit from the Johor National Park Corporation. Permits can also be obtained at the District Office, which is just alongside the Police Department in Kuala Rompin before reaching the FELDA Selendang turn off from Lanjut Beach. Upon entry to this park, trekkers will be guided by forest rangers to ensure safety at all times.

6) Desaru Beach 

Twenty-five kilometres of white, sandy beach and lush tropical greenery makes up Desaru - the most popular beach in Johor. Located 98km north east of Johor Bahru, Desaru, or also known as the 'Village of Casuarinas', was developed by the South Johor Development Authority (KEJORA) to boost tourism industry in Johor.

Desaru is a great destination for family vacation as it offers a variety of activities for the whole family including swimming, fishing, snorkelling, canoeing, horse riding, jungle trekking, go-carting, golfing and windsurfing. Regarded as Johor's 'gold mine', Desaru is equipped with a wide range of facilities and several up-market resorts, each with its own individual character. An 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. makes Desaru a well-known destination among golfers.

Apart from first-class hotels and resorts, other accommodations available in Desaru include chalets, dormitories and camping facilities for those looking for a back-to-nature experience. Facilities at the beachfront include picnic grounds, restaurants, food outlets and souvenir shops.

Perhaps after a sumptuous seafood dinner, one can choose to admire nature's gift - the fireflies that gather in the thousands along the Johor River to display twinkling lights of love.

For the more curious ones, head for Kota Tinggi (57KM away) to shop for textiles and Malay garments at Bazar Kota. One can also visit the tombs of the past Sultans and dignitaries who shaped the history of Johor in Kampung Makam and Kampung Kelantan.

To get to Desaru, head for Kota Tinggi, while if from Johor Bahru, use the Johor Bahru-Kota Tinggi trunk road (45KM).

7) Danga Bay

Spread across 1,8000 acres of land with 25km of waterfront shoreline, Danga Bay is positioned to be a self-contained city within a city with world-class infrastructures and facilities to cater to ever changing needs.

Leisure & Entertainment
There’s plenty to see and do at Danga Bay for the whole family:

Festive Street Mall – The country’s first-ever purpose-built shopping street boasting 280 retail lots. To get here, just hop onto a tram! Ample parking space is also available.

Danga Park – There’s a children’s pool and playground here where kids can be kids and frolic around all day.

Cultural Centre – Discover the colours of diverse ethnicities, languages, beliefs, traditions, food, costumes, handicraft and lifestyles that embody the essence of what is truly and uniquely Malaysian. At Rumah Limas Johor, the State’s 8 districts are represented by uniquely-designed traditional houses, and where cultural shows unique to each district are performed. Local food and handicrafts are also featured here.

Danga City Mall – Danga City Mall is a contemporary mega shoppers’ complex featuring a wide range of local and regional specialty stores for all ages and is positioned to become the epicentre for shopping, food, entertainment and leisure. The huge 5-storey structure is indeed a mall for all.

Danga World Petting Zoo - Exhibits a variety of bird species, monitor lizards and other animals for public viewing.

You can even get fit at the Clark Hatch Fitness Centre there.

Dining at Its Best

If you are looking for a different kind of dining experience, look no further than Danga Bay. With a wide variety of uniquely-themed restaurants, your penchant for food savoured in unconventional settings will be satisfied.

First, there is the Danga Beach offering unique waterfront dining under the stars. Tuck into freshly grilled seafood plus and endless variety of local and Western fare served under the stars. Enjoy the scenic view of Danga Bay, be cooled by the gentle sea breezes and get entertained by strolling musicians.

Next, there’s the Danga Cruise 8 with its one-of-a-kind dinner cruise along the waterfront with live entertainment and karaoke. This triple-decker sea-cruise is able to accommodate up to 480 people for a Chinese-style seated dinner and up to 600 people for a buffet setting.

The International Restaurants are fine dining establishments themed to serve a variety of oriental, Asian and Western cuisines. They are the Danga Palace Szechuan Restaurant, Lazio ‘The Italian Restaurant and Cafe’ and Asiana ‘Penang and Asian cuisines’. Rose Garden Cafe serves a combination of local and Western cuisine in a cosy boutique cafe setting while Bayleaf Food Park boats of more than 32 stalls offering all your favourite local fare under one roof complete with nightly live entertainment as well as a big screen TV. Eating out never tasted so good!

8) Legoland Malaysia 

LEGOLAND Malaysia is packed full of family fun with more than 40 rides, shows and attractions. Almost everything is hands-on, so you can push, pedal and program, or steer, squirt and splash, your way through a truly interactive experience – and of course there’s building too.

LEGOLAND Malaysia has seven themed areas of attractions for all ages such as The Beginning, LEGO® Technic, LEGO Kingdoms,Imagination, LEGO City, Land of Adventure and MINILAND. It’s an inspirational land where the children are the heroes. From LEGO experiment centres to rollercoasters, the park is a day-long voyage of discovery for all the family.

The centrepiece is MINILAND, where Asian landmarks have been recreated using more than 30 million LEGO bricks. It’s an interactive world on a scale of 1:20, where people, trains and aeroplanes come to life at the touch of a button.

7) Gunung Ledang (Mount Ledang)

" Also known as Mount Ophir, Gunung Ledang (Mount Ledang) is steep both in height and the legend and folklore that surrounds it. Named after a beautiful princess who spurned the hand of the Sultan of Malacca - Gusti Puteri, it is glorious in natural beauty; a magnet for picnickers, hard-core nature lovers, birdwatchers, rock-climbers and jungle trekkers."

A popular camping destination, this mountain offers challenging trails, cascading waterfalls, diverse birdlife, flora and fauna. Located at the Johor/Melaka border, Gunung Ledang is the highest mountain at 1,276m above sea level in the two southern states. It is also the 64th highest mountain in Malaysia and arguably the most climbed mountain in the country. Climbers are rewarded with a panoramic view of the Straits of Melaka and Sumatran coastline on a clear day.

Nice and Easy - Everyone can enjoy themselves there regardless of their fitness levels. Those who just want a relaxing time can spend the day picnicking and frolicking at the foothills of the mountain where the Gunung Ledang Resort, the spectacular Puteri Waterfalls, and further along the Scenic Route, the Twin Waterfalls are located.

All visitors would need to pass through the grounds of the resort which sprawls on 30 hectares of the mountain site. A nominal fee per visitor is payable to the resort which goes towards maintenance of the public facilities, such as changing cubicles, picnic grounds and toilets. Concrete steps with hand railings lead upwards from the Ranger's office at the first stage of the waterfall. This is the most popular area where pools of water are enclosed by huge boulders, forming a natural spot for bathing. On this level, too, are basic cabins for overnight stays.

Only For the Fit - Beyond this and right up to the summit are rapids, rock cliffs, pools, caves, noteworthy flora and fauna. You will pass through sites with interesting names such as Kolam Anak Gajah (Baby Elephant Pool), Sungai Segi Tiga (Triangle River) the point where three streams merge into one,Gua Kambing (Goat Cave) which is the first of the three Gunung Ledang’s most challenging obstacles, and Botak Hill which is the last camp point just before hitting the summit.

You need to register at the entrance of the park if you wish to ascend the summit. An average person needs about 3 to 5 hours for the entire trek. The route is well-marked but it pays to be alert and not stray from the marked paths. Birds are plentiful and one should bring along a pair of binoculars. The path uphill can be treacherous, especially when it rains and slippery tracks make trekking dangerous. Shoes with good sole grips are essential. For campers, there are several choices of campsites along the trail.

Many, especially youths and school children challenge themselves to reach the summit or to camp in the wilderness to listen to the mystifying sounds of insects, animals and others on the mountain.

A Word of Caution - Avoid camping too close to the rapids during the rains. Sudden deluges can occur. The summit can also be uncomfortably chilly, especially in the late evening and at night. A jacket is a must. Heavy mists, too, tend to rush and envelop the summit but clear off almost as suddenly.Overnight visitors have to register at the Ranger's office at one of the shop lots, located at the foot of the mountain.

9) Sibu Island

" From an aerial view, the island looks like a bird or a bat resting with its wings outstretched. Its calm and quiet ambiance makes it the perfect choice for those who dream of a relaxing and laid back vacation."

Located 12km from mainland Johor, Pulau Sibu is one of the more developed islands off the East Coast of Johor. From an aerial view, the island looks like a bird or a bat resting with its wings outstretched. Its fine white, sandy beaches lay glittering against the backdrop of its surrounding emerald green waters, refining its coastal shores.

Its calm and quiet ambience proves to be the perfect choice for those who dream of a relaxing and laid back vacation. The coral reef encircling the island is home to many colourful and exotic fish and other marine life and is a sure heaven for scuba divers and snorkelling enthusiasts, while its lush tropical forest provides soothing greenery to help ease the mind.

The sea off the coast of this island is planted with kelong or artificial tyre-reefs and has been a great pull for anglers. However, since the island was gazetted as a marine park, fishing activities here are limited to rod and line fishing only.

Sorry if the pictures are too big kayy.I think it's more fun to see big pictures.By the way guys,this is just few of it.Want to know more or visit Johor,Malaysia?Click here!Enjoy!

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