In 1866, Sultan Abu Bakar the father of modern Johor built the magnificent Istana Besar (Grand Palace) as his official residence. The North Wing today houses the Royal Sultan Abu Bakar Museum, showcasing rare and beautiful treasures from all over the world. Key Tips Visiting hours: Everyday except Fridays, 9.00 am till 5.00 pm. Ticket counter closes at 4.00 pm.
On top of the hill overlooking the Straits of Johor not far from the Istana Besar, stands the magnificent Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, one of the most beautiful old mosques in Malaysia. Sultan Ibrahim Building Dominating the Johor Bahru skyline, the building houses the state secretariat and the offices of the state government. The building reflects both local and colonial architecture. Key Tips You are welcome to visit the mosque and even walk around its grounds, but visitors are asked to dress modestly. Also, you should try to avoid visiting on Fridays as this it is busy with worshippers on this day. How to get thereBy Foot or Taxi: The Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque lies in the centre of Johor Bahru, it is on Jalan Sri Blukar (off Jalan Ibrahim).
Explore the vast wilderness rainforest in this park, one of the peninsula’s largest virgin lowland forests. It is a major conservation area to the diversity of flora and fauna found within. There are some 26km of jungle trails within the park, the most well-trodden path being the gruelling 16km trail from Kuala Jasin to Batu Hampar and Buaya Sangkut, with numerous rapids crossings. At Buaya Sangkut, be enchanted by the beautiful sight of a waterfall. Key Tips The park is closed during the rainy season (November to March). Please read the park regulations before you enter the park. How to get thereBy Road: Drive from Kuala Lumpur or Johor Bahru, using the North-South Expressway. Once at Kluang, take a detour to Kahang town. There, a four-wheel drive vehicle will take you on a 56km jungle track to Kampung Peta, which is the point of entry to the National Park. By River: It is also possible to reach the park by boat along the Endau River, taking about three hours starting from Felda Nitar II. There are camping facilities, catering for up to 300 visitors. These are located at Kuala Jasin, Batu Hampar, Upeh Guling and Kuala Marong.