As Singapore is only one kilometer situated away from Johor Bahru, Malaysia, we can easily find many Singaporeans spending their time in Johor Bahru during every weekends.
So, the question is….
Do you know what are they doing in Johor Bahru?
Is there any cheaper things to buy in Johor Bahru?
Here, MPVTRANSPORT would like to share several things that Singaporeans usually do in Johor Bahru.
Things To Do In Johor Bahru For Singaporeans
1. Visit Theme Park
Theme Parks are popular destinations for all types of people nowadays. Well, we are absolutely sure that no age limit as you can enjoy a good theme park. Many people will definitely agree that there are many reasons why you should visit theme parks. It is a venue that will transport you to an entirely different place with various opportunities for a good time and excitement. In Johor, you could find various type of theme parks available such as LEGOLAND, Sanrio Hello Kitty Land, Angry Bird Theme Park and many more.
2. Buy Basic Groceries at Outlets or Shopping Malls
Can’t deny that buying groceries in Johor Bahru could save a lot of money, especially when there’s a mega sale. Customers are able to get more groceries in Johor with the same money value that was spend in Singapore.
Shopping malls such as TESCO, KSL City Mall and Aeon Bukit Indah are some favourite places for Singaporeans to get fresh and high quality groceries at a cheaper price.
Besides, an experience of visiting Larkin Wet Market could help saving some vegetable money too.
3. Watch movies
Want to experience a movie marathon? You could give it a try at Johor cinemas. There are a lot of shopping malls occupied with cinema available whenever you would like to watch a movie if you are tired of shopping.
Another shout-out for the movie lover, the movie ticket in Malaysia would be 50% cheaper where you can enjoy two movies in Johor instead of one in Singapore.
4. Having Nail Manicures
“A manicure is no longer something you only do before a tropical vacation or a special occasion,” says Jane Park, CEO and founder of Julep nail salons and beauty products. Hence, no matter who are you or simply just want some “me time”, getting nail services are a fantastic way of spending quality time for yourself.
There are a lot of shops providing nail manicure service with a lower price in Johor. So what are you waiting for? Grab along your sisters or family members and beautify up the nails.
5. Going To Hair Salon
A regular visit to the hair salon will ensure your hair remains as stunning as ever. A trip to the hair salon every 4 weeks for hair treatment at hair salon is recommended if you wish to keep your hair healthy. Besides, it also ensures that your hair stays flawless by visiting the hair salon in Johor.
Bak Ku Teh a MUST-try food whenever Singaporeans visit Johor. Different from the garlicky and peppery flavor in Singapore, Johor herbal boasted Bak Ku Teh’s broth has stronger flavour. It is good for health too.
There would be no restaurant serving Bak Ku Teh with similar taste in Johor. Each Bak Ku Teh is prepared uniquely by the restaurant’s secret recipe.
7. Craving for Dim Sum
Indulging in awesome dim sum as breakfast could lighten up every Singaporean day. There are many dim sum restaurants available in Johor Bahru where they can enjoy the authentic dim sum, which is cheaper than in Singapore.
8. Enjoy Seafood Feast at Seafood Restaurant
For your information, a seafood meal in Singapore will cost three times more expensive than in Malaysia. This is the reason why many Singaporean seafood lovers would drive to Johor Bahru whenever craving for seafood meal to satisfy their tummy.
9. Having Acupuncture, Body Massage And Spa
Stressed out due to busy life in Singapore? Don’t worry, you may relax yourself with body massage and spa available in Johor, which is also good for your health too.
10. Pump Petrol
For Singaporeans who usually drive to Johor, pumping petrol is what they normally do because it is cheaper and more affordable.
Before driving back to Singapore, Singaporeans tend to pump petrol until full. Most of the petrol stations visited by them would be the ones near Woodland Checkpoing and Tuas Checkpoint.
11. Having Car Wash, Polishing, Waxing and Detailing
Giving your precious car a regular maintenance and grooming session seems is a must when Singaporeans are visiting Johor Bahru. Car Wash, polishing, waxing and detailing service could be found in almost everywhere of Johor Bahru.
12. Enjoy Supper
Feel free to visit Johor night-time hawkers and mamaks (Malay-Indian restaurant) in almost every street during the midnight. We guarantee that you will never getting hungry or thirsty here with those delicious supper served.
13. Try Paintball Battle
Paintball Battle would be an exciting game to those energetic and active people. A full game of paintball would cost over SGD100 but the price would be just its fraction in Malaysia. Sounds worth a try, isn’t it? Some recommended outdoor paintball in Johor would be Paintball Arena Zone Mall, AOV Paintball and Dynamic Paintball if you wish to try real outdoor paintball battle.
14. Find The Best Bargain At Night Market
There would be limitless stalls that sell food, shoes, clothes and jewelries which surprise you at Johor night market. Besides, you can always bargain with them for a cheaper price. You even could get something that caught you happy at SGD1 or even less if you are lucky enough.
15. Buy Cigarettes
You can make use of Johor trip to buy cigarette as we aware that the cigarettes price in Singapore would be slightly higher than in Malaysia. However, be ensured that you are above 18 and you can only bring one opened pack of cigarettes through Singapore checkpoint to avoid being fined.
16. Karaoke Singing
Karaoke is about singing off your lungs for the songs that you love the most. It does not mean you have to be a good singer to sing in karaokes. It is meant for everyone to enjoy singing-a-long their favorite pieces by their favorite singers which are mostly popular singers.
Whether it is for any celebrations like birthday, anniversary, company outings or for the fun of it, karaoke would one of the event on the list. Besides, singing too helps one to release tension or the pressure at work to just have fun and relax. Hence, you should try it some time to see it for yourself at any karaoke in Johor as it would be more cheaper than in Singapore.
17. Having Medications And Treatment
As you know, Singapore’s medical bill would be very expensive and not really affordable for lower income family. This high cost in healthcare causes most Singaporeans to have self medicating at pharmacy if they encounter minor sickness. However, not all medicines can be bought from the pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription. In order to save cost and gaining those medicines, many Singaporeans would tend to pay their visit to the doctors in Johor to get professional advice and medications.
18. Having A Trip To The Dentist
Having a perfect bright smile seems to be everyone’s dream throughout these days. We recommend that you pay a visit to the dentist whenever you are in Johor.
Putting a braces on in Johor would be cheaper too. However, please consider the travelling schedule as you may need to travel to and fro Johor to get your braces tighten or fixed, if you are not visiting Johor that often.
19. Having Spectacles Fixed Or Making A New Pair Of Spectacles
It could be a high cost for a frequent visitor to opticians who are staying in Singapore. So, we suggest that you can do it at Johor in order to cut down the cost. The opticials in Johor are friendly and experienced too, we believe that they can help to solve your ‘spectacles’ problems in a blink of time. Besides, you can spend your time shopping while waiting for your spectacles to be fixed too.
20. Purchase Personal Care Item
We have always heard complains about how expensive the personal care items sold in Singapore, but this no longer bothers them anymore in the future. Singaporeans could get it at Johor Bahru’s Watson outlet which sells personal care items and many beauty products at a lower price.
Moreover, there’re always having great discounts throughout the year, even at the weekend, making the already cheap products even cheaper.
21. Purchase Baby Diapers And Milk Powder
Another reason that support Singapore low birth rate is probably due to high cost in raising a child. In order to lower the costs, Singaporean parents usually buy quality guaranteed milk powder and baby diapers in Johor Bahru, which is cheaper than in Singapore.
22. Getting All Sorts Of Traditional Malay Or Chinese Medications
Since Malaysia is a multi-races country, there would be various of traditional medications centre available around, especially Johor Bahru.
These traditional medication ways are proven to public as many people have their illness cured after receiving their medication. You might not get used to these traditional ways due to the overpowering traditional herbal flavor. But it should not the reason why you stop giving it a try.
23. Go-Kart Riding
A Go-Kart Riding should not be missed if you are a true fan pf exciting and thrilling activity. It offers unlimited fun as you enjoy rounds and rounds of high speed ride. The closest place to the checkpoint would be the Plentong Karting, it is a great choice if you ride with your family or friends.