Muar is one of the most popular tourist spots in Johor. After it was rewarded with the status of the royal town of Johor by the Sultan, it gained a new nickname – Bandar Maharani. Steeped in history, Muar is well-known for its historical buildings, must-visit attractions, and enchanting natural wonders. Certainly, this royal town has so much to offer.
It has a wide variety of fantastic attractions to visit and scrumptious local delicacies for you to try. Here, we give you two itineraries, so you can choose whichever suits your one-day trip to this royal town. Let’s go!
Don Hu Jurassic Park > Sultan Ismail Bridge > Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah > Tanjung Emas Park
Don Hu Jurassic Park
Begin your trip in Muar with something a little out-of-the-world. Venture to this amazing spot, Don Hu Jurassic Park features more than 30 realistic-looking dinosaur sculptures, including the T-Rex species. Once you enter the park, you really feel like you are in the Jurassic Park movies. If you are coming to Muar with kids, this is certainly a must-visit attraction!
Address: Kampung Sabak Aur, 84000 Muar, Johor
Contact: +6017-758 7530
Thursday – Tuesday: 10.00 am – 6.30 pm
Closed on Wednesday
Sultan Ismail Bridge
Muar River is Muar’s prominent landmark. To have a spectacular view of the river, pass by the Sultan Ismail Bridge for a while and admire the bridge’s unique architecture. Completed in 1967, it was built to connect Bandar Maharani Muar and Tanjung Agas. If you have time to spare, have a quick stop at this bridge to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
Address: Jalan Kesang, 84000 Muar, Johor
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours
Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah
Originated from this very town, mee bandung is truly a must-try local delight in Muar. It is believed that this eatery is the pioneer of mee bandung Muar. Rich with thick prawn flavour, this dish is a unique blend of ingredients that has a mild spicy taste. The combination of shrimps, cuttlefish, and beef results in this thick, savoury gravy.
Address: Jalan Abdullah, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
Contact: +6012-264 2720
Saturday – Thursday: 7.00 am – 4.00 pm
Closed on Fridays
Tanjung Emas Park
Just across the Sultan Ismail Bridge, Tanjung Emas Park is one of the top attractions in Muar. This park offers many adventures for those who want to be close to nature and enjoy family fun at the same time. There are plenty of activities to do here – fishing, taking a stroll around the park, or simply having a picnic under the tree. End your trip in Muar with a mesmerizing sunset over the river.
Address: Taman Sri Tanjung, 84000 Muar, Johor
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.30 am – 11.30 pm
Nan Hai Fei Lai Temple > Kedai Kopi Lu San > Gersik Hot Spring > Pantai Leka (Parit Jawa)
Nan Hai Fei Lai Temple
The oldest temple in Muar, Nan Hai Fei Lai Temple is an ancient Chinese temple date back to 1913. This temple is dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, or Kuan Yin. Located between two shop-houses, the entrance to this time-honoured temple is through a small archway with an ornate roof. This passageway leads to the temple’s open courtyard.
Address: 104, Jalan Maharani, Taman Sri Emas, 84000 Muar, Johor
Kedai Kopi Lu San
Hainanese chicken rice and chicken chop are common dishes in Malaysia. But have you ever heard about Hainanese chicken curry rice? Unlike any ordinary curry, this curry rice is not too spicy or greasy. Instead, it gives off a fragrant aroma which makes it irresistible. The chicken is tender, with flooding curry gravy on a hot plate of rice – a perfect lunch in Muar.
Address: 20, Jalan Haji Abu, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
Contact: +6016-612 3963
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Gersik Hot Spring
Highlight of the trip to the royal town – recharge and rejuvenate your body at Gersik Hot Spring. This natural sulphuric hot spring is located between Parit Jawa and Batu Pahat. It features a three-ring pool, with the water temperature varies between 50°C to 70°C, depending on which pool you prefer. There is a children’s swimming pool too!
Address: Jalan Kolam Air Panas Kampung Gersik, Parit Jawa, 84000 Muar, Johor
Contact: +606-988 1316
Tuesday – Sunday: 7.30 am – 7.00 pm
Closed on Monday
Pantai Leka (Parit Jawa)
Pantai Leka, also known as Parit Jawa, is essentially a fishing village. However, its mangrove forests shelter and provide for many birds. During bird migratory sessions, you might even catch a glimpse of some rare species. While you are here, might as well watch a picturesque view of the sunset. A stop here is utterly an epic ending for your trip to Muar.
Address: Jalan Jabbar, Parit Jawa, 84150 Parit Jawa, Johor
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours
So, which one of the itineraries excite you the most? You can even mix and match, and make the most out of your trip to Muar! For more amazing experience in Johor and beyond, check out KKday now!
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