Located in the southern part of Malaysia, Johor is a wonderful holiday destination. With a wide variety of fantastic attractions and delicious local delicacies, no wonder it has become a popular tourist spot. If you have been visiting the usual Johor attractions, why not try out a different spot – Pontian.
Pontian is a district in southwest Johor. Back in history, sailors that travel back and forth from Singapore or Malacca will have a stop at Sungai Pontian Besar to seek shelter from the rough waters during monsoon season. Today, this beautiful town has its own charms.
Check out 6 incredible things you must do while you are in Pontian, Johor.
One of Pontian’s most remarkable tourist attractions, Kukup Laut and nearby villages are full of history, dating hundred years back. Just across the sea is Kukup Island, the most southern fishing village in Malaysia, or even Asia.
While you are here, don’t miss the chance to marvel at the natural wonders of the swamp coast and mangrove seashore. Enjoy the fresh breeze, picturesque view, and serene environment while exploring this area.
Address: 74, Kukup Laut, 82300 Kukup, Johor
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours
Tanjung Piai National Park
Located at the southernmost tip of Asia, Tanjung Piai National Park is a paradise for nature lovers. It is home to plenty of wildlife and some of the most majestic floral species. It features a wooden boardwalk that allows you to walk around the mangrove forest. Plus, it leads you to observation towers and fishing platforms.
Address: Taman Negara Johor Tanjung Piai Mukim, 82030 Kukup, Johor
Weekdays: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm
Weekends: 8.00 – 6.00 pm
Pontian is well-known for its pineapple. Nictar Farm is a pineapple plantation that cultivates different kinds of pineapple. Due to the soft swamp soil, the pineapples here are juicer and sweeter. Of course, you can pick and eat the sweet pineapple!
During your visit, you can learn more about pineapple plantation, including knowledge about the soil, varieties of pineapple, and the correct way to plant pineapple.
Address: PTD 10822, Batu 24, 81500 Pekan Nanas, Johor
Contact: +6012-707 2589
Opening Hours: Daily, 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Tian Ling Diann Chinese Temple
Located almost at the border of Pontian, this heritage temple is a must-visit. Tian Ling Dinn Chinese Temple used to be a small temple. Now, it owns more than 200 statues of Buddha, so it can be considered as the place with the vastest collections of Buddha in Malaysia. Adorned with spectacular Chinese-style decoration, it attracts many visitors not only to pray but also to admire its beauty.
Address: Jalan Ulu Choh, Kampung Ulu Choh, 81500 Pekan Nanas, Johor
Monday – Saturday: 7.00 am – 5.00 pm (Closed on Sunday)
Pontian Wholesale Fish Market
Located in the central part of Pontian, this wholesale fish market is one of the rare bidding markets in Malaysia. What makes the bidding session unique is that the customers can only whisper the price instead of shouting out. The fish will eventually be sold to the highest bidder.
The best part is you can request a nearby restaurant to cook the fishes you just bought from the market. As fresh as you can get!
Address: Pontian Kecil, 82000 Pontian, Johor
Tuesday – Sunday: 4.00 am – 1.30 pm (Closed on Monday)
While you are here, why not spend a day (or two!) at Legoland Malaysia. The first international theme park in Malaysia, it features over 70 rides, slides and attractions for all ages. Explore seven themed zones and play with millions of colourful Lego bricks.
Its latest addition, Sea Life is a home for over 13,000 sea creatures from 120 species. Whilst at Miniland, you can marvel at Asian landmarks, created with over 30,000 Lego bricks. It surely brings back nostalgic childhood memories.
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