7 Reasons To Live In Johor

Johor is the second largest city in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur. It has now grown into a sophisticated town that is doing well in both tourism and business, and no longer just a small town. In addition, it is also connected to Singapore via the causeway. There are also lands in Johor for sale catered to people who are interested in having landed properties. As a result of the development in Johor Bahru, more people are now considering living in Johor Bahru. This article will guide you through 7 reasons to live in Johor Bahru.

1. Cost of living

The cost of living is generally much cheaper in Johor Bahru if we were to compare it to Kuala Lumpur. Eating out in Johor Bahru is cheaper than eating out in Kuala Lumpur. Not only that, fresh produce and food materials in the wet markets are generally cheaper in Johor Bahru as well.

2. Entertainment

Like all the countries, Johor Bahru has its own set of rich histories as well. The Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque has over hundred years history and the Old Chinese Temple in Johor Bahru is built in year 1875. These historical buildings have filled Johor Bahru with their rich histories and amazing architecture.

Other than that, there is a recreational waterfront named Danga Bay where there are golf courses, motorsports activities and paintball parks available for interested people. Those who prefer going to the beach can also choose to visit Pulau Rawa.

Families could choose to visit the oldest zoo in Malaysia that is built in 1928 during the school holidays. Children could enjoy horse riding and boat paddling as well. In addition, there are also theme parks available for the children such as Legoland Malaysia and Hello Kitty Resort.

3. Dining

Whilst Johor Bahru is not as well known as Penang or Malacca for culinary, it does offer a variety of delicious local food as well, such as their very own Laksa Johor, Kacang Pool, Pepes and Assam Pedas. The local food available in Johor Bahru is a mixture of the taste of Malaysia and other countries such as Indonesia, Arab, Indian, Chinese and Europe. Other than the local cuisine available, there are also many different kind of cuisines available such as Thai, Italian, French, Spanish and so on.

Furthermore, dining in Johor Bahru is inexpensive as well. For a meal that you get from an inexpensive restaurant, it will cost approximately RM8.50 whereas in Kuala Lumpur, it would have costed RM12.00 for the same dishes.

4. Shopping

Great news for shopaholic because shopping in Johor Bahru is considered affordable, especially with huge shopping malls such as, Johor Premium Outlet, AEON Tebrau City Shopping Centre and City Square Johor Bahru. Shopaholics will be spoilt for choice as they will be able to find various designer brands such as Coach, Nike, Adidas, DKNY, Burberry and other local brands.

You can also easily find supermarkets and cinemas in larger malls where you can shop for fresh produce, household goods and clothes at a cheaper price. If not, there is also wet markets for you to buy fresh produce.

5. Nightlife

Nightlight in Johor Bahru is not boring when it comes to the weekends due to the nightclubs, pubs and bars available. A great spot for those who enjoy the nightlife would be The Zon, where you can find duty free complex that houses bars, pubs and clubs.

6. Education

The education system in Malaysia is divided into 3 categories: Public, private and international. Public schools are schools that offer the national curriculum where Bahasa Malaysia is the main language and English is the secondary language. As for private schools, it will cost more than public schools and English is the main medium of teaching. There are a number of private schools available in Johor Bahru such as, Hilltop Private School. International schools are the most expensive among all 3 options as they are using the international teaching syllabus. Most expats will prefer sending their children to international school as it allows their children to learn about their home countries, at the same time, make friends with both local and international students. Some international schools that can be found in Johor Bahru are Tenby Schools and Sri Ara School.

Other than that, there are also many universities available in Johor Bahru such as Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, University of Southampton, University of Reading and other public universities.

7. Transportation

Transportation is not difficult in Johor Bahru. Driving is convenient in Johor Bahru if you have a car, but if you do not own a car, fret not as the cab hailing service such as Grab and Uber are easily available with reasonable price.

In conclusion, based on the above points, Johor Bahru is a great place to live in. Do make an effort to do your research beforehand if you plan to buy a property in Johor Bahru, whether for own stay or for investment purpose.
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