This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Johor Bahru & Nearby with Kids

Johor Bahru & nearby: Cheap things to do with Kids Part 3

– Batu Pahat

– Yong Peng

To save money, we have been taking short family trips to Johor, which has many treasures to discover and appreciate. It is easy to find places to visit via blogs, TripAdvisor and Google Maps.

For Batu Pahat and Yong Peng, we chose to make day trips as we were based in Kluang.

Although we couldn’t finish visiting all the interesting sights in these two towns, I hope this will give you a better idea of what you can do in Batu Pahat and Yong Peng.

What To Do In Batu Pahat

Batu Pahat is about a 2 plus hour drive from Singapore. It is a 40 minute drive from either the Ayer Hitam exit (same exit as Kluang) or Yong Peng exit at the North South highway.

You could stay at Batu Pahat for a couple of nights and enjoy the sights in this town. There are:

    • Several shopping malls (Batu Pahat Mall which is more happening, Square One which is a bit deserted but quiet)
Batu pahat
We love MBO Kecil cinemas as they are very kid-friendly. There are playgrounds both outside and inside the cinema hall, brighter halls so parents can tend to their kids, and options for kid seats and sofas too.
Batu pahat
Yong’s Steamboat is one steamboat worth visiting. Waiters will come by with platefuls of ingredients to cook and you can just choose what you like to eat. Parking is easy (just next to the restaurant) and you can choose both indoor (aircon) and outdoor (fan) tables.

Batu pahat
Play Indoor Swimming Pool is an affordable small indoor pool with slides and a hanging bridge. The water is pretty cold though. There are shower facilities, benches to rest at and the entrance is at the back part of the building.
Batu pahat
Rates for the Play Indoor Swimming Pool.

  • Parks (Taman Rekreasi Tasik Y, DIY Playground)
  • Temples (Chong Long Gong temple)
  • Lover’s Bridge
  • Pantai Minyak Beku

Traffic can get heavy sometimes especially during peak hours as Batu Pahat is quite a big town.

What To Do In Yong Peng

Yong Peng is super near the North South Highway.

Although it is a common rest stop for buses, Yong Peng has other attractions worth visiting.

For example, you can check out:

Yong peng
Black Dragon Cave Temple used to have a water feature but it was not in use (and looked like no one had used it in a long time).
Yong Peng
Tian Pao Kong temple
Yong peng
Peaceful walk at Tian Pao Kong temple.
Yong peng
Goddess of Mercy statue at Tian Pao Kong temple.

Yong peng
Staff of Wansern processing bird’s nest.
Yong peng
Bird’s nest desserts at Wansern.
Yong peng
Cafe at Yoyo Native Products.
Yong peng
Chill out corner at Yoyo Native Products
Yong peng
You can walk around Yoyo Native Products’ spacious store to sample different local snacks and drinks.

  • Food (Durian Station, Bean Cafe, Yuen Yean Fishball, One Plus One Restaurant)

Apps we used to get from Singapore to Johor Bahru, and then to Batu Pahat and Yong Peng:

1. Booking.com – for Kluang Merdeka Hotel (Kluang was our base to travel to the other towns)

2. Checkpoint.sg and Beat the Jam! – to monitor traffic on the Causeway and Second Link

3. Google maps – to search for places of interest, save the best ones and navigate the roads in Johor

4. Qoo10 – to buy a Malaysian international SIM card

Things to pack

These are some things we packed for our road trip besides our passports, ringgit, clothes and toiletries.

  • Water bottles (as the weather is very hot)
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Insect repellent and/or mosquito patches
  • Snacks
  • Plastic bags to store extra food or as a temporary rubbish bag
  • Sunblock
  • Touch N Go card
  • Car sunshade
  • S hooks because you never know when you need them
  • Swimsuit
  • Wet wipes (after eating durians)

Check out my other Malaysia travels below:

Ipoh & Taiping 5D4N Kid-Friendly Trip Itinerary

Ipoh 4D3N Couple Adventure Itinerary

Series Navigation<< Johor Bahru & Nearby: Cheap things to do with Kids Part 2 – KluangJohor Bahru & Nearby: Cheap things to do with Kids Part 4 (Dim Sum, Durian, Porridge, Chee Cheong Fun) >>

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