Discover Johor Institution


Johor is a state with many influences from many cultures. Being one of the country’s most populous state, locals from different cultures coexist harmoniously creating a mish-mash of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Eurasian cuisines, events and holidays. Johor also has its many ecotourism destinations to boast of.

Quick Facts

Number of Higher Education Institutions


Main City

Johor Bahru




Senai International Airport (JHB)

Living in Johor

Arriving in Johor

A rapidly growing city, Johor is modernising its infrastructure and has become a state with cities many Malaysians can be proud of. It is home to EduCity, a integrated international education hub.


Senai International AIrport – International and domestic flights.

Airport Transportation


Airport shuttle buses are available and shuttle passengers to Johor Bahru Sentral where trains and buses are available to other parts of Malaysia.


Senai International Airport is close to a rail line. However, transportation is required from the airport to the nearest station. You can find more information here.


Rentals are available and Malaysian road signs are easy to read. Driving is on the left side of the road and do note that there are toll fees for major highways as well.


All vehicles are able to enter and drop-off passengers. Do note that fares will include highway toll fees. Flag downs and ride-hailing apps are popular as well.

Getting Around Johor

As a developing state, modern infrastructure is mostly confined to urban areas, although good road networks can connect you to any destination by private transportation.


Long distance sleeper buses to the rest of Malaysia are available from the two main bus terminals near the city centre –  JB Sentral Bus Terminal and Larkin Bus Terminal.

Public buses are available within Johor Bahru and more information can be found here.


Renting a vehicle is a good option for travelling around Malaysia for extended periods. As a near-developed country, there are well-maintained roads, signs in English, and a comprehensive highway system (some of which have toll fees). Using navigation apps such as Google Maps or Waze to get around is quite convenient too.


Johor has metered taxis plying its routes, do ask them to use the meter. Otherwise, ride-hailing apps provide alternative options at a fixed price.


Train service is available through the new Johor Bahru Sentral Railway Station. Tickets can be bought either on site or here.


Exploring by foot is encouraged and there are plenty of sights within walking distance of each other. Roads are well-lit after dark, making evening strolling pleasant. Signs are instructive and well-placed and pavements are wide to accommodate human traffic.

6 Things You Need To Do in Johor

Johor Bahru - Legoland and More

Asia’s first Legoland theme park was established Johor, which helped to make Malaysia a country with world-class attractions. With upcoming economic development plans, Johor Bahru – in addition to its cafes, Hindu temples, Chinese temples, mosques, museums and culture – is heading for a revamp starting with Danga Bay.

Find out more here.

Gunung Ledang National Park

Home to the highest mountain in Johor, Gunung Ledang – also known as Mount Ophir – is a popular trail with many around the region. Overnight camping is allowed and guides are a must, so book your trip in advance!

Find out more here.

Drop by Desaru Beach

White sandy beaches and delicious, affordable seafood are what repeat visitors usually rave about. Many resorts dot the beaches and visitors can enjoy the many water activities to choose from.

Find out more here.


Explore the local culture of historic Muar with street art, murals and a nice view of the river. The city streets are popular with the locals for evening strolls and check out Chinatown famous for its temple architecture, Chinese tea houses and restaurants.

Find out more here.

Book a Stay with Homestay Felda Semenchu

Immerse yourself in local culture and sample a slice of the raved Malaysian hospitality. Join the locals in many activities like traditional dance or traditional games like top spinning.

Find out more here.

Shop to Your Heart’s Content

At Johor Premium Outlets, indulge in wide array of luxury goods like Armani and Calvin Klein. Located a short distance from Senai International Airport, this can be a pit stop before or after exploring Johor.

Find out more here.


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Sarah Azreen Abdul Samat

Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

Tuan Haji Ismail Bin Mohamed

Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.