We have visited Johor Bahru on 3 occasions 1 pre Legoland’s opening on our way to Borneo and the other 2 since the theme park opened.So what’s Johor Bahru like for family travellers or single parent travellers?I have never had any issue at all travelling in Johor Bahru and we have enjoyed our visits. There are several attractions that appeal to family visitors to the city; the obvious; Legoland and it’s water park but there is also an Angry Birds Activity Park, a small dinosaur water park at KSL and a Hello Kitty World which as well as the star of the show Hello Kitty, also features characters from popular kids shows such as Bob the Builder, Barney and Thomas the Tank Engine.
We have always felt welcomed and comfortable in JB. As a woman on my own with a small child, I don’t walk around at night as a rule and am always mindful of my safety but I haven’t felt at risk in Johor Bahru any more than elsewhere.Johor Bahru is a fabulous side trip from Singapore, the Malaysian Ringgit buys you much more that the dollar will get you in Singapore. Food is cheap and so is transport. Plus JB is home to some brilliant kids attractions and great tax free shopping for mum and dad with factory outlets in abundance. It’s even possible to do a day trip from Johor Bahru to Singapore’s Universal studios via coach.
Johor Bahru’s hotels are much more reasonably priced than their neighbours in Singapore. Its easy to find bargain deals on rooms . We have stayed in 2 hotels in Johor Bahru;
And KSL Hotel
Both hotels offer amazing facilities for kids and there are a plethora of other great hotels to cater to your families needs. I recommend booking hotels online in advance for the best deals. Check out Traveloka for Johor Bahru Hotels.
Getting to JB;
There are a number of options to get you into JB. You can fly from numerous Asian airports, you can train from Singapore or other areas of Malaysia, there are also coaches operating direct to Legoland from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur or a bus from Singapore’s Changi airport to JB, but our preferred method is to arrange a cross border taxi straight from Singapore to JB, This is the easiest and means no getting on and off buses when you cross through both Singapore and Malaysian immigration (as you need to do with the train and cross border buses.) The driver conveniently hands your passports to a drive through immigration officer and you and your luggage get to remain in the car.
Tip: do try to avoid crossing the bridge from Singapore to JB at peak hour times and on a Friday evening as you will experience very heavy traffic.
To get around JB we have consistently used taxi’s. They are cheap and easy to come by and we’ve had no trouble communicating with drivers, all who have spoken enough English for us to get by.
Johor Bahru is a great destination in its own right with its growing list of family attractions and budget accommodation prices, its also a great jumping off point for flights to other parts of Malaysia and Asia; JB’s airport is served by Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and other low cost airlines making JB a viable stop over point.
Enjoy your trip to JB, I know your kids will!