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KSL City Mall181 locals recommend
Johor Bahru City Square253 locals recommend
Aeon Bukit Indah218 locals recommend
IKEA Tebrau142 locals recommend
Sutera Mall37 locals recommend
Aeon Tebrau City155 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Johor Bahru

  • Total rentals

    5.9K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    2.4K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    4.5K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    500 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3.4K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    149K reviews

Your guide to Johor Bahru

All About Johor Bahru

Located on the Straits of Johor, the city of Johor Bahru is home to two bridges that link Malaysia with the island state of Singapore. Malaysia’s southernmost city and the second largest after the capital Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru is a modern, vibrant metropolis that regularly draws Singapore locals across the border to shop and dine in its city center and suburbs. Johor Bahru was primarily a fishing village 150 years ago, but now is Malaysia’s leading technology and financial center.

More than one million people call Johor Bahru home, and to get a sense of the history and cultures represented here, you can take the Johor Bahru Heritage Trail, a self-guided walking tour of the city’s historical and cultural sites. Along the way, you’ll pass the gleaming white towers of the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque and the sunshine-yellow facade of the 1930s Old Johor Bahru Railway Station. Another stop on the trail, the Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum, explores the history of the Chinese community’s impact on the city, while the Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam Temple is an all-glass Hindu temple at the center of Johor Bahru’s Indian district.

Soak up the cafe culture in Johor Bahru over a warming cup of teh tarik (tea with condensed milk), take a dip under the rushing Kota Tinggi Waterfalls nearby, or cruise down the river spotting fireflies in the balmy evening air.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Johor Bahru

As Johor Bahru has an equatorial climate, you’ll find consistently warm temperatures throughout the year. However, humidity is exceptionally high in the rainy months of April, November, and December. June is the most popular time to visit the city, which is also when temperatures are at their peak.

You might want to book a vacation rental in Johor Bahru when one of the many festivals takes place in and around the city. Every August, there’s a festival to celebrate kuda kepang, a traditional Javanese dance featuring intricate woven horse puppets. In February, participants from more than 40 countries take part in the Johor Bahru kite festival, which includes enormous kites depicting animals and cartoon characters. For two days in July, the city holds the Bon Odori festival, with martial arts, dance demonstrations, and traditional Japanese dishes.

Top things to do in Johor Bahru

Grand Palace of Johor

The Istana Besar Palace, once home to the Sultan of Johor, is close to the city center on the waterfront. The palace has a fascinating mix of European and Asian architecture, and the building is still used for official functions. The palace also houses the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, where you can see antique furniture and heirlooms from the time of the royal family.

Tasik Biru

The picturesque hiking area around the Tasik Biru — the Blue Lake, which formed in a disused copper mine — is just a short drive from the shopping malls of Johor Bahru. The easy trails take you around the edge of the stunning aquamarine water, the hue transforming with the changing light. However enticing it may seem, swimming and fishing in the lake are not permitted due to its arsenic content.

Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

One of the most unusual structures you’ll find in Johor Bahru is the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple. It’s the world’s first Hindu place of worship made of glass and is an integral part of the community. People of all denominations come here to admire the kaleidoscopic interior as more than 300,000 pieces of multicolored glass catch the light.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Johor Bahru?

    Johor Bahru has a tropical climate with consistent temperatures around 86°F (30°C) throughout the year. The city experiences two monsoon seasons, from April to May and from October to November, with the dry season from June to August.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Johor Bahru?

    Exploring the Johor Bahru City Square, sampling local cuisine at the Pasar Karat night market, and immersing in local culture at the Chinese Heritage Museum are frequently suggested activities. For nature lovers, a visit to the Johor Botanic Gardens is often recommended.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Johor Bahru?

    Johor Bahru typically sees an influx of travelers during the dry season, from June to August. During this time, visitors can also participate in the Johor Arts Festival, a celebrated community event featuring local music, arts, and performances.

  • What are the best places to stay in Johor Bahru?

    Central District is frequently suggested for its proximity to attractions and shopping. Danga Bay is popular for beachfront accommodations, while Nusajaya is sought-after for its theme parks and family-friendly attractions.

  • What are the best places to visit in Johor Bahru?

    The most popular sites include the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, the Johor Bahru Art Gallery, and the Istana Besar royal palace. For retail enthusiasts, the Johor Premium Outlets and Komtar JBCC mall are popular choices.

  • What are some hiking trails in Johor Bahru?

    The Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest offers trails suited to a variety of fitness levels, while Hutan Bandar MBJBT features a paved pathway perfect for a leisurely stroll. For a more challenging hike, Gunung Lambak's twin peak trail is often recommended.

  • What are some family activities to do in Johor Bahru?

    Families can explore Legoland Malaysia Resort, marvel at the exotic species at the Johor Zoo, or immerse themselves in interactive exhibits at the Angry Birds Activity Park. For a quieter adventure, consider a visit to the Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple or the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Johor Bahru?

    Visitors often enjoy day trips to Pulau Kukup National Park, a renowned mangrove reserve, or to the historic town of Pontian. A visit to Desaru Beach for a relaxing day by the sea is also a common choice.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Johor Bahru?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 2,430 vacation rentals in Johor Bahru featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • How much does it cost to stay in serviced apartment rentals in Johor Bahru?

    Experience the best of Johor Bahru with our serviced apartment rentals, starting at about $10 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

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