Best Things To Do In Johor Bahru (JB): Based On Real User Reviews

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A question was posted on the Smarter Way Page about what to do on a day-trip to nearby Johor Bahru, and our very smart community of Lobang Kings and Queens have recommended aplenty. Here’s a compiled list of the mass of recommendations by members on our Facebook Community Page. Nothing beats real-life reviews!

TL;DR – 10 Things You Can’t Miss On Your Day Trip To JB

Check out some of the best recommendations on food to eat and things to do when in Johor Bahru. Plus, get the most bang for your buck!

  • Massage
  • Famous Banana Cake
  • Do your hair
  • Go Kart
  • Eat Curry Fish Head
  • Watsons
  • Pump Petrol
  • Affordable “Cafe Food”
  • Friends Bonding! Laser Tag and Escape Room
  • Watch Movie


1. Massage

cheap and good massage johor bahru

Muscle knots and that soured look on your face while complaining about persistent back pains will soon be gone. When we asked for recommendations for a day-trip to JB, most of us remarked “Eat. Massage. Repeat.” That’s how popular this must-do is.

A highly recommended massage parlour by our community will be Bangkok Spa at Jalan Abiad. A good price gauge would be its foot massages which cost RM91 (SGD $30) for 60 minutes. Not the cheapest deal out there, but judging by its good reviews, it must be of quality.

Bangkok Spa

Jalan Abiad, Taman Pelangi, 80400, Johor Bahru

Opening Hours: 7 days a week, 11am to 5am

Tel: 607-338 2277

Whatsapp: +60173382277

2. Banana Cake

banana cake johor bahru

Have your cake and eat it too. But what no one really told you is that you have to earn it by waking up really early to queue for your cake too!

The legendarily popular classic banana cake is from none other than Hiap Joo Bakery, a small, traditional store that really draws a crowd. The bakery sells its delicious banana cakes affordably at only RM10 (SGD $3.30) for big boxes of 10 cakes, as well as other classics such as Otah Buns and Coconut Buns. We warned you, go early before they sell out!

Hiap Joo Bakery

Opening Hours: 7.30am to 5.30pm

13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Johor Bahru 80000


3. Get Your Hair Done

The most convenient option would be just to head to City Square Mall right past the customs to get you hair fixed. If you want something more elaborate like a full-head dye or perm, the cheapest prices we have sieved out from City Square Mall would be from the popular Thomas & Guys salon (J4-02 & 03) and Protrim, the salon right beside offering similar prices.

Johor Bahru City Square

Address: 106, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 10am to 10 pm, daily


4. Go Kart

One place our community recommended as a hidden gem would be Permas Go Kart. It prices affordably at RM35 (SGD $11.50) for beginner carts on weekdays and RM40 ($13.50) on weekends for 10-minute games.

Nothing screams a childhood thrill like Go Kart does

Permas Go Kart

Address: Lot. 681 Jalan Permas Jaya, Johor Bahru 81750, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am – 7pm. Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 7pm


5. Curry Fish Head

Photo Credits: Royston S (Mar 2018)

Food can motivate us to travel the distance, evident in many of our adventure to Johor Bahru on weekends just to get our favourite Bak Kut Teh or in this case, Curry Fish Head.

One popular recommendation was Kam Long Curry Fish Head, where prices start from RM20 (SGD$6.70) for curry fish head! What a steal for scrumptious food. The fish head’s fresh but the queue is always long, so be ready to wait when you get there!

Kam Long Curry Fish Head

Address: No. 74 Jalan Wong Ah FookJohor Bahru, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 8am to 4pm, daily


6. Watsons

Watson’s makeup and beauty products are priced cheaper than that of Singapore’s, and it’s just across the border. Prices go down as much as 30%, imagine how much you can save buying makeup removers and Maybelline Concealers! Plus, you can use your Watsons Member Card from Singapore in the JB stores!

Nearest Watsons: JB City Square

Address: LOT M2-06-LOT M2-11 LEVEL 2, 106 & 106 JLN WONG AH FOOK, Johor, Johor Bahru, 80000, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm, daily


7. Pump Petrol

This is what your worldly uncles and taxi drivers will tell you. Trust us, take the tip.

Fuel prices are cheaper by almost half when you fill your fuel tanks up across the borders. Most of the petrol stations are near Tuas and Woodlands Checkpoints.


8. Cafe Food


Instagram just cannot get enough of all the hipster cafes along the streets of Johor Bahru. The hypes started from Kone, The Replacement Lodge, Flower In The Window and so on which offer not just affordable “cafe food” but also nice shots of their plates and musings.

Food here costs about $9 to $13, compared to the high $20s we will see on Singaporean Cafe menus.

These hipster spots are generally located along 33, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru.


9. Bond With Friends

Our community also recommended some fun team bonding activities at an affordable price. This can be a serious new consideration for company bonding activities or simply a weekend getaway with your friends. Laser Tag at Laser Battle Johor charges RM50/pax ($17) for 3 games, up to 1 hour. Laser Tag games are usually $28/pax for an hour game elsewhere in Singapore.

Escape Room, Lost In JB, as recommended by one of our community members is also an affordable, fun choice priced at RM42/pax (SGD $14)

Laser Battle Johor

Address: Johor Bahru City Square Mall

Lost In JB

Address: G10&11;, Block A, Akademik Suite,
No.2 Jalan Austin Heights Utama, 
Taman Mount Austin, 81100. JB


10. Cheap Movies

Don’t forget to end the day with your favourite blockbuster, only at RM9 (SGD $3) for adults! The nearest cinema is just at Johor Bahru City Square, mmCineplexes.

Watch this space for more recommendations streaming in!


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