Johor

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Introduction

Johor (English: Johore) is a Malaysian state on the southern tip of the peninsula. It is one of the most developed states in Malaysia. The state capital city of Johor is Johor Bahru. The royal city of the state is Muar and the old state capital is Johor Lama.

Johor is surrounded by Pahang to the north, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan to the northwest, and the Straits of Johor to the south, which separates Johor and the Republic of Singapore. The state also shares a maritime border with the Riau Archipelago from the east and Riau mainland on the west by the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca respectively, both of Indonesian territories.

Johor is also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Ta'zim, or "Abode of Dignity", and as Johore in English.

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Cities

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Sights and Activities

  • Endau Rompin National Park is one of the world's oldest tropical rainforests, stretching over several thousand hectares of virgin jungle. It has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. The park gives shelter to some exotic species. It offers a slew of activities for the adventurous, including camping, jungle trekking, bird watching, boating and fishing.
  • Desaru, which literally translates as Village of Casuarinas, is a long stretch of sandy beach contoured by casuarina trees. Lying on the southeast corner of Johor, next to lush tropical forests, it is quite popular among wealthy locals. One can enjoy activities like swimming, snorkeling, boating, canoeing, windsurfing, water-skiing, and catamaran sailing. Desaru has enough facilities for these kinds of sports.
  • Mount Ophir - Thanks to its lush landscape and lovely waterfalls, Mount Ophir is a popular attraction for hikers and birdwatchers in Johor. Locals love to camp and picnic here during their holidays.
  • Pontian and Kukup are two tiny fishing hamlets near Johor that offer some of the best fresh seafood in the region. Houses and restaurants are both built in traditional style on stilts.
  • Tanjung Piai is great for experiencing Johor’s coastal fauna as well as conventional kampong life. Tanjung Piah, located in midst of a mangrove forest, is a nice place.
  • Pulau Rawa, lying just 16 kilometres off the coast of Johor, is a picturesque island. Appreciated for its white sand, coves and crystal clear waters, it is popular for recreational water activities such as snorkeling, diving and fishing.
  • Pulau Tengah - Designated a marine park, it has teeming marine life including rare species of fish and coral. In the month of July, you can see giant leatherback turtles coming out from the sea to lay their eggs.

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Events and Festivals

  • Thaipusam - This annual Hindu festival commemorates the birthday of Lord Murugan. Over a million devotees and visitors throng Batu Caves on this eventful celebration, every year.
  • Chinese New Year - Chinese make up about a quarter of the total population and in honour of the Chinese New Year, Malaysia has declared the first two days as public holidays. In the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, a date between 21 January and 20 February.
  • Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (Eid ul-Fitr) - This Muslim festival marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is celebrated by 60% of the population. The first two days are public holidays, and most people take extra days off to spend time with family and visit relatives and friends.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival - Alternatively known as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the full moon day (15th day) of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar – usually in September.
  • Deepavali (or Diwali) - A significant Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrating the victory of good over evil. Based on the Hindu luni-solar calendar, Deepavali typically falls between mid-October and mid-November.
  • Christmas - This joyous day is declared a public holiday in Malaysia. Year 2000 census indicates that almost a tenth of the population are Christians.

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Weather

Johor has a tropical rainforest climate with monsoon rain from November until February blowing from the South China Sea. The average annual rainfall is 1778 mm with average temperatures ranging between 25.5 °C and 27.8 °C. Humidity is between 82 and 86%.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max31 °C32 °C32.5 °C32.8 °C32.5 °C32.1 °C31.5 °C31.5 °C31.5 °C31.8 °C31.3 °C30.6 °C
Avg Min21.9 °C22 °C22.4 °C22.9 °C23.1 °C22.9 °C22.4 °C22.4 °C22.4 °C22.6 °C22.7 °C22.4 °C
Rainfall162.6 mm139.8 mm203.4 mm232.8 mm215.3 mm148.1 mm177 mm185.9 mm190.8 mm217.7 mm237.6 mm244.5 mm
Rain Days11913151512131313161715

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Getting There

Johor Bahru is on the Malaysian rail network and has an airport with good connections around Malaysia.

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Getting Around

Virtually all transport in Johor radiates out from Johor Bahru, including major roads, bus and train networks and flights.

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Eat

Johor's culinary specialities include mee rebus, spicy noodles in sweet potato soup, and Johor laksa, an offbeat version of the ubiquitous noodle dish: in Johor's version, the usual rice noodles are replaced with yellow egg noodles (not spaghetti) and topped with a thick paste of fish, onion, peanuts, chili peppers and spices.

Mee Rebus Stulang, Kacang Pol Haji, Sayur kangkung Cincin Mas and others will surely bring up the mood plus with the nicely done ABC special, cendol and other varieties of hot drink to choose from.

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Sleep

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