Singapore’s small size and proximity to other Asian destinations makes it a popular base for exploring the region. One of the closest and most convenient excursions is to Johor Bahru, southern Malaysia’s largest city. Here’s what you need to know about visiting peninsular Malaysia from Singapore.
Singapore is one of the few places in the world from where you can visit an entirely different country on a half-day trip. In only five hours, you can cross the Singapore-Malaysia border and catch all of Johor Bahru’s top attractions, including Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, the Royal Mausoleum, Lido Beach, and a craft village where batik paintings are produced.
If you have a full day to spare, you can not only see the major attractions of Johor Bahru, but also experience a bit of the Singaporean countryside. Depending on the option you choose, this might involve touring a local organic farm, watching fireflies illuminate the night in a mangrove forest, or comparing the two cities by touring Singapore’s top sights as well.
Things to Know
- Half- and full-day trips to Johor Bahru can last anywhere from five to eight hours.
- Most tours include hotel pickup and drop-off in Singapore.
- Don’t forget your passport and Singapore arrival immigration card—you’ll need them to cross the border into Malaysia.