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dataran.GIF (8913 bytes)Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru is a vibrant and exciting commercial city, offering a host of sporting events, a pulsing nightlife, outstanding shopping and accommodations, and a wide array of fine restaurants. The city also contains a number of cultural and historical attractions, including the Sultan Abu Bakar mosque, the imposing civic space of the Dataran Bandaraya, the State Secretariat Building, and most notably the Royal Abu Bakar Museum in the Grand Palace. Johor Bahru is linked to Singapore via its 1,056-meter causeway, a dramatic road, rail, and pedestrian link across the Straits of Johor.

Royal Abu Bakar Museum
Said to be one of the finest museums in the world in terms of its ambience and its dazzling display of cultural treasures, the Royal Abu Bakar Museum occupies the Istana Besar, or Grand Palace, built by Sultan Abu Bakar in 1866. The museum was founded in 1990 by Johor's present ruler, His Majesty Sultan Iskandar, and its collection consists of the treasures of the Royal Family. In addition to an extensive art collection, the museum displays the ceremonial regalia, personal memorabilia, furniture, objets d'arts, and cultural artifacts accumulated by the Royal Family over the course of its reign. Its hours are 10am to 6pm daily, except on Fridays when the museum is closed. Admission is as follows: non-Malaysians, US$7.00 (adults), US$3.00 (children under 12); Malaysians, RM5.00 (adults), RM1.00 (children under twelve and schoolchildren in uniform). For further information, contact the Abu Bakar Royal Museum Johor, Istana Besar, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor. Tel: 07-220351.

Muar is a picturesque town along the western peninsular coast. Also known as Bandar Maharani, Muar is in many ways a smaller version of Malacca, its more famous neighbor. Muar is particularly renowned for its outstanding cuisine, with many restaurants as well as food stalls serving irresistible local delicacies.

Mersing is a pleasant fishing town, known primarily as the departure point for some of the most beautiful islands in the South China Sea--including the legendary Pulau Tioman.

Mount Ophir
The legendary beauty of Mount Ophir has made it one of Johor's most popular attractions for hikers and birdwatchers. The mountain offers several nature trails to its summit, some lovely waterfalls, and modern facilities for camping and picnicking.

Pontian and Kukup
These two tiny fishing villages along Johor's southwestern coast offer some of the best fresh seafood in the region. The houses, as well as the restaurants, are built in traditional style on stilts at the water's edge.

Tanjung Piai
Tanjung Piai, situated in the midst of an extensive area of mangrove forest, provides visitors with an glimpse of the richness of Malaysia's coastal fauna as well as an experience of traditional kampung life. Multi-coloured mangrove crabs, beady-eyed mudskippers, and crab-eating macaques abound here.

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