We felt like taking a long drive and decided to cross the border towards Kota Tinggi. Most people visit for the waterfalls in the area, but we weren’t in the mood to get wet, so as usual, with no plan in mind we just drove and stopped along the way at spots that peeked our interest. But for those who are interested to see the waterfall (Lombong falls) you can do so at the following coordinates: N01° 49.81 E103° 49.96
Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh (强记肉骨茶)
First stop was for brunch. This open-concept Bak Kut Teh restaurant is surprisingly spacious and you can watch them cook your food in large pots – very traditional. A bit like sitting at the chefs table, Kampong style. And the food was absolutely delicious!
Address: Batu 8½, Jalan Mawai, Kota Tinggi, 81900 Johor
GPS coordinates: N01°49.661 E103°57.503
Open from 7.30am till sold out.
Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.
The Pier at Kampung Makam
We chanced on this little slice of paradise when we hit a dead end. A nice serene spot to sit and contemplate life or fish (if you’re into that kind of thing).
Here you will also find a random playground literally in the middle of nowhere. In the background, you can see the beautiful dome roof of a mausoleum, too bad it was not open for visits that day. We stayed for awhile and enjoyed the calm and nature for a bit before moving on.
If you wish to visit the Makam Sultan Mahmud Mangkat Dijulang, it can be found at Jalan Kampung Makam, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia. Its main feature is the Tomb of Sultan Mahmud Shah II, who was the last ruler of Johor descended from the Sultans of Malacca.
Kota Johor Lama
The Old Johor Fort or Kota Johor Lama was the site of fierce wars amongst the local Malays and outside invading forces. It now houses a well maintained museum and the Sultan’s tomb.
It was built in 1540 during the reign of Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah II (1528-1564). This fort was the best defence fort built along the Johor River at the time. After the fall of the Malay Sultanate of Malacca in 1511, Johor River became the administrative centre and defence fort to counter- attack the Portuguese position in Malacca.
The natural environment of the fort made it easier to supervise the movement of the ships especially the threat from the Acehnese and Portuguese. In 1587, the fort fell to the Portuguese. The whole fort was burnt down and all assets including weapons were taken. Address: L3-26 Aras 3, Bangunan JOTIC, 2 Jalan Ayer Molek, Johor Bahru 80000, Johor.
The Crocodile World
The Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm was established in 1979 and houses more than a thousand crocodiles, making it the largest crocodile farm in Peninsula Malaysia. Most of the crocodiles are kept in spacious concrete enclosures with shade. The breeding crocs enjoy natural landscapes and a huge pond to frolic in. Some of their century old crocodiles unfortunately live in small pens for public viewing pleasure.
Address: Lots 1289 Jalan Sembilan, Kampung Belading, Kota Tinggi 81940, Malaysia.
Opening Daily from 9am to 6pm. Entrance Fee: Adults RM8, Child RM4.