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This tour is actually a learning curve in many ways. You travel to JB via the checkpoints to and from each country. You notice a difference instantly when you leave Singapore (clean) and arrive in Malaysia (rubbish everywhere). Your first stop is to visit a clothing factory that makes Batiks. Its very interesting although hot as. You have th chance to buy the real deal if you wish. Your second visit is to the Sultans Palace. Its a Muslim temple and on the day we were there, there was a few Muslims praying at the Mosque. Very traditional building and lots of architectural history to it. The final visit sees you visit a farm that pretty much about what Malays eat. Excellent references to this visit. And at the end of the farm visit, you can try real Cocoa that gives off chocolate. The fruit tea is also nice. The tour ends once you return to Singapore security check point and go back to your hotel. Its generally about history but would apply to all ages I think
My only regret with regards to this trip is that it wasn't longer! Half a day was not really enough. It would have been nice to have been able to spend a whole day in the region and maybe see more of the buildings and perhaps visit the coast which was very pretty. The guide was extremely helpful, friendly, informative and the price of the trip was very reasonable. The hotel pick-up was also hugely appreciated!
We had a good time in Jahore Bahru.
It was ok considering it was just a half-day tour. It could have been better if the items for sale at the tourist destinations were not so expensive. They triple the price, which makes you feel that you are being ripped off.
The trip was absolutely great except for the traffic at the borders and the hassle of going through immigration for Singapore. The staffs are really accommodating and very friendly.
Same tour as we did 6 years ago. Still enjoyable, informative and changing countries through customs is always fun for kids.
Irene Rose G. P
My 2 kids, my brother and I enjoyed our trip to Johore Bahru, Malaysia. It was very interesting, although we just stayed there for a short period of time. It was worth it.
We very much enjoyed the cross-border trip to Johore Bahru. Each of the three tour stops was interesting and well chosen. I was, however, astounded at the complexity of the border crossing process - but that is not the tour operator's fault.
This tour gave us an insight on how the Malaysian people live compared to the people in Singapore. The guide was very informative and friendly.
At the beginning we were unsure what to expect, but both guides Singaporean and Malaysian and the coach captain were perfect. Their professionalism, enthusiasm and command of English were excellent. You should take the whole day tour, it is worth it. And considering the price / service ratio, it is a must.
Johore Bahru is a beautiful town! It was a very educational and informative trip!!!
I had expected more from the mosque and felt the tour of the village was less than authentic. The guide was very knowledgeabe and the coach was perhaps the most comfortable bus I've ever been on.
The chocolate gallery felt entirely like a tourist trap and I regretted my purchases there.
I found this tour a little boring and hardly worth the border crossing hassel
Couldn't enter the mosque and only drove past the cemetery with a glimpse through the driveway. The chocolate factory was only an outlet selling their products. The visitor center was ok, giving an overview on Malaysian way of life and an expensive gift shop.
We enjoyed our 1/2 day tour. Stopped at a small village showing up what they grew in malaysia and put on traditional dancing show. Gave us some tea and watched a man doing batiks. There was a shop selling all kinds of Malaysian products. The mosque was nice looking over to Singapore but we couldn't enter. last stop was a chocolate factory who sold all kinds of unusual flavoured chocolate. We bought tomato white choc. The borders are fairly time consuming. One building and queue to leave Singapore then a bit further on another building/ queue to enter Malaysia.
It's an informative trip to Malaysia, get a stamp in your passport and some nice souveniers, but it would be nice if they stopped for a quick lunch
Johor Bahru is of secondary interest and obviously struggling economically. The contrast with Singapore, coming from Singapore, is clear. I felt the tour company could have organized a more interesting trip. Nonetheless we had an opportunity to meet and see people who were gracious and and very friendly. The batik workshop, Islamic mosque and Catholic church were all good stops.
A taste of Malaysia is promised and delivered. A variety of sights visited, great value for money but the guide really needs to meet the group immediately through immigration at the 'Meet and Greet' sign - we lost two guests which must have been really concerning for them and cost us half an hour trying to find them....batik was good to see if only briefly.
This tour is worth doing if you want another stamp in your passport. The places we visited though were pretty average. It was interesting seeing the difference between Malaysia and Singapore. Worlds apart but just across the straight
The tour was very good and interesting the Guide we had was lovely and very informative, however the coach driver was completely unhelpful and completely rude to all on the coach.
Firstly, do not lose that small piece of white card that is detached from the entrance form when you come into Singapore. You will need it to clear customs on the way into Malaysia. Not too sure what I expected from the tour, but I guess it did exactly what it described and it was only $13. You get to "see" the mosque (ie walk around the outside of it). The batik demonstration took 90 seconds and was in a tin shed on a corner of a bus parking lot. (Squat toilets with no TP). The other demonstrations were as quick and as low key. Opportunities to buy the products and it gave us a glimpse into how different Malaysia is from SIngapore
Worth doing and value for money however you don't really get to see much of Malaysia itself, mainly just a quick trip around the city. If we could do it again we'd probably go the full day Malacca tour instead. Customs was quick and easy, bus and the tour guide 'VJ' were excellent.