- Johor Bahru & Nearby: Cheap things to do with Kids Part 1 – Forest City, Kukup, Pontian.
- Johor Bahru & Nearby: Cheap things to do with Kids Part 2 – Kluang
- Johor Bahru & Nearby: Cheap things to do with Kids Part 3 – Batu Pahat, Yong Peng
- Johor Bahru & Nearby: Cheap things to do with Kids Part 4 (Dim Sum, Durian, Porridge, Chee Cheong Fun)
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)
- Several water playgrounds (Wet World, 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:
- Local products (Yoyo Native Products, Wansern Agrotech for bird’s nest, Maxim Snack Shoppe, Huey Sey Kacang Permata, Eng Hin Kedai Membuat Kuih-Muih)
- 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)
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)
- Insect repellent and/or mosquito patches
- Plastic bags to store extra food or as a temporary rubbish bag
- Touch N Go card
- Car sunshade
- S hooks because you never know when you need them
- Wet wipes (after eating durians)