Johor has been attracting tourists from neighboring countries for many years due to its geographical position, especially tourist from Singapore and Indonesia. Recently, it has also become a preferred medical tourism destination. In the past few years, more and more people seek affordable medical treatments in the state. World-class hospitals, cutting edge medical technology, experienced doctors, reasonable prices, all combined with the perfect holiday destination, it is easy to see why many medical tourists choose this state as their destination. Most people come for cosmetic surgeries such as eyelid surgery and breast augmentation, but there are also many other treatments available and one of the highest-rated hospitals is Gleneagles Medini Hospital.
Tourists who travel with kids will be delighted to visit Legoland, which is the first Legoland Asia offering more than 70 rides, a separate waterpark, and a hotel. Those who prefer to try a tropical experience can cruise to the Seribuat Archipelago that lies on the east coast of Johor. It offers incredibly clear water, sandy beaches, and breathtaking underwater life. Gunung Ledang National Park (Mount Ophir) has great hiking trails with amazing views. Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque would also be on your must-visit list and the mosque is situated on top of a hill and provides beautiful views of the Johor Straits and Singapore. The Mosque has a Victorian and Moorish style of architecture.
Senai International Airport is the main gateway to Johor. It has domestic and international flights to and from many cities in Malaysia and other parts of the world. The airport is the hub for AirAsia and Malindo Air. Those who come from Singapore can reach Johor by bus or car via the Johor-Singapore Causeway. Inside the state, buses and taxis are available at reasonable prices.
Several nations, including China and India, need to obtain a visa before entering Malaysia. Most other nationals can visit and stay in Malaysia without a visa for up to 90 days. Selected foreign nationals can apply for eVisa Medical.
The temperature in Johor stays warm and humid throughout the year. The average temperatures are between 31°C to 33°C. The rainy season dominates most of the year, starting from April to September and October to November. Note that some islands in Seribuat Archipelago can be ‘closed’ during the rainy season.
- Local Currency: The official currency is the Malaysian Ringgit. 1 USD converts to RM4.17.
- Money & Payments: ATMs can be found in almost every area of the state. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants. Tipping is not necessary but will be greatly appreciated.
- Local Language: The official language is Malay or Bahasa Melayu. Most people can speak English very well.
- Local Culture and Religion: The official religion is Islam, but there are also groups of Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian.
- Public holidays: The weekend in Johor is Friday and Saturday. Some of the major public holidays are Aidilfitri, Tamil, Christmas, and Deepavali.