The southernmost city in Malaysia, Johor Bahru’s (JB) star is on the rise. Like Glasgow in Scotland, after years of being criticized as ramshackle and chaotic, in recent years the city has undergone a major facelift. Streets have been repaved, parklands replanted and suddenly it’s on everyone’s list of must visit destinations.
JB is connected to Singapore by road and rail across a 1038m-long causeway, across which Singaporeans flood for shopping and excitement on weekends and holidays. As well as great shopping, you will also find bustling food hawkers, interesting old architecture and wide, clean sidewalks.
But perhaps the biggest collection of fans of the revitalized Johor are also its youngest! Home to some of Malaysia’s newest and best children’s theme parks, Johor is fast shaping up as the country’s own answer to Anaheim. And while these are targeted primarily at younger audiences, the great range of attractions and activities on offer mean they are just as likely to appeal to the child in all of us.
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
For those looking for a family treat with a difference, its hard to go past Johor’s LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort. The first of its kind in Asia and the largest in the world, the resort boasts a LEGOLAND Park, Water Park and Hotel all in one LEGO® themed location. Says Manager Tour & Travel/ Sales & Marketing, Owen Tan, “The resort has been specifically designed for families with children aged 2 – 12yo, but it really does seem to appeal to adults and kids in equal measure. We now have over 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions, focusing on adventure, education and fun, so we represent a great option for Aussie families looking for an action-packed day trip or a short break destination as part of a longer Malaysian itinerary.”
Sanrio Hello Kitty Town
Just down the road, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town is a surely every little girl’s paradise! The first Hello Kitty theme park outside of Japan, it features a great range of activities including a tour through the iconic Hello Kitty house complete with a living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, live performances on the “Purrfect” stage, a magical playground and tea-cup rides – plus the chance for children to meet and have their photo taken with Hello Kitty and friends.
The Little Big Club
Located right next door, the Little Big Club is also suited to younger audiences. Spread across two levels, the theme park is home to a raft of lovable children’s characters including Bob the Builder®, Barney®, Angelina Ballerina®, Pingu® and Thomas & Friends®. Children can take part in a range of interactive activities appealing to all interests. Learn a dance routine with Angelina ballerina or be part of Bob’s Can-Do-Crew and help Bob solve a building puzzle. Play on Bob’s giant slide and building activities, interactive games at Pingu’s igloo or the opportunity to make some new friends at Barney’s playhouse.
This itinerary is compliments of Tourism Malaysia.