Ringgit To SGD Almost Back To 3:1. Here’s Where To Spend Your Money In Johor Bahru
Get ready to flock to JB.
The Malaysian Ringgit has fallen sharply to hit an 8-month low against the US Dollar, due to tensions between the US and Turkey.
Long story short, as Turkey is a major trading partner of Malaysia, 1 Singapore Dollar can now get you 2.97 Ringgit at the time of writing.
This means only one thing to most Singaporeans — time to chiong down for a last minute JB outing with your friends and family.
This only means that Christmas has come early for Singaporeans who love to shop.
Here are some of the many ways you could splurge.
1. Everything is 2RM store!
Meet the Daiso across the Causeway that’s sure to blow your mind — Eco-shop, a retail chain with 75 stores in Malaysia.
Everything goes for a mere RM2, with household supplies to snacks and even glassware.
Getting to the JB outlet takes about an hour’s drive from the customs, via the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) Expressway.
Address: 83, 85, 87 (Ground & 1st Floor), Jalan Jelutong 1, Taman Desaru Utama, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor
Tel: +60 7947 5502
2. Johor Premium Outlets
The exchange rate is now an added blessing to the deals and discounts you get at the JB outlet malls.
You can get your favourite premium brands there.
Among them are GAP, Burberry and Nike.
Address: Jalan Premium Outlets, Indahpura, 81000 Kulai, Johor Darul Takzim
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-10pm
Tel: +60 7661 8888
3. Rusty Market
Get really good bargains at this massive second-hand flea bazaar that features everything from antique steering wheels from ships to old weighing scales.
Find out more about the market and how to get there here.
Address: Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 8pm till late
4. Ride Dirt Bikes
Look and feel like your own superhero as you go vroom vroom through the forest.
Tristan Park Dirt Bike Academy @ Johor Bahru caters to riders new to the sport.
You get to toll the throttle, shift them gears, step on a gas pedal – without having a driver’s license.
How cool is that.
Two semi-auto bike models you probably will use are the Kawasaki KLX150 (S$100) and the bigger KSR110 (S$90).
For more information, visit this page.
Address: 21 Jalan Kekabu 11, Taman Desa Cemerlang, 81800 Ulu Tiram, Johor, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 8661 5077
JB makan places
Eating — our national pastime. One of the perks of a beneficial exchange rate would be loads of good food, some at lower prices than in Singapore.
Here are our choice picks for the best JB deals.
1. Krusty J Crab
An array of burgers, lobsters and crabs at reasonable prices at Krusty Krab’s namesake restaurant.
A medium Canadian lobster (400-500g) cost about S$43, while the upsized, large version cost roughly S$47.
The lobster comes with a decadent creamy homemade sauce with a rich flavour carrying a hint of garlic and spiciness.
They also offer massive Alaskan Crabs that Mr Krab can only be proud of.
A 1.5kg crab cost approximately S$126.
Do note that prices are seasonal.
Recommended Dishes: Canadian lobster (seasonal price), Alaskan Crab (seasonal price) and Krusty Patty Chicken (~ S$4.50)
Opening Hours: Thu-Tue: 4pm-11:30pm
Address: 49 Jalan Bukit Aliff 4, Taman Damansara Aliff, Tampoi, Johor Bahru
2. K Fry Urban Korean
They’re famous for their mouth-watering fried chicken served alongside an epic cheese pull.
The Original Crispy Fried Chicken Bambuk costs about s$16.
For more details about other dishes, click here.
Address: 260, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (within Holiday Villa Hotel)
Opening hours: Daily, 12PM-12AM
Telephone: +60 7266 0902
Facebook: K Fry Urban Korean Holiday Villa
3. The Replacement – Lodge & Kitchen
Whitewashed walls and Scandinavian lighting make for a minimalist backdrop in this beautiful cafe.
Don’t miss your golden opportunity to feast on crispy soft-shell crabs with pan-seared homemade baos.
Our picks are definitely the Beef Steak (RM28/~S$9.25) and Soft Shell Crab Bun (RM$29.90/~S$9.70).
Address: 33-34, Jalan Dhoby, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Fri: 10am-6pm, 7pm-12am
Sat-Sun: 9am-6pm, 7pm-12am
Tel: +60 10226 0311
Facebook: The Replacement – Lodge and Kitchen
4. The Dreamliner Airways Cafe
Ever wanted to be part of an airline’s cabin crew?
Well, here’s your chance!
As you walk through the entrance of The Dreamliner Airways Cafe, you pose for pictures decked out as a pilot.
The furnishing that includes plane seat replicas and windows with cloud backgrounds convinces you that you are 40k feet up in the air.
A strongly recommended dish is their Signature Salted Egg Deep Fried Chicken Chop (costs about S$7.90).
Battered chicken chop and fries drenched in creamy salted egg sauce.
Here’s to being on cloud nine without actually having to be up in the air.
Address: No. 7, Jalan Harmonium 35/1, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily, 11AM-11PM
Telephone: +60 7364 7359
Facebook: The Dreamliner Airways CAFE
5. SG eateries at JB prices in City Square Mall
City Square Mall hosts a couple of restaurants with offerings cheaper than their Singapore outlets.
Among them are Bornga Korean Restaurant, Nando’s, Secret Recipe and Din Tai Fung.
More information on these restaurants and many more can be found here.
For instance, one tray of six Xiao Long Baos at Din Tai Fung costs S$7.80 in Singapore, but only S$4.80 in JB City Square.
Address: City Square Mall, Level 2, Lot J2-06, 07, 08, 09 and 09A
Fri-Sun & PH: 10am-10pm
Tel: +60 7207 0069
New to the JB game and no idea how to get there? Fret not.
Our friends at TheSmartLocal have already got you covered, with this comprehensive JB transport guide.
Time to double down at your local money changers and get that ringgit a-changing.
We’ll see you in JB then!