10 Cool Things to do in Ipoh and Johor Bahru

It’s time to Cuti-Cuti Malaysia now that AirAsia has just introduced flights to Ipoh from Johor Bahru!

Do you live in JB or are you Ipoh-mali? Great news! You can now fly direct to and from these two cool Malaysian cities. Check out this list of awesome things to do (yes, makan places are included of course!) for your next holiday!


DO IT FOR THE ‘GRAM: Market Lane

Level up your Instagram game with OOTD against artful murals and colourful props along Market Lane.

ONE WITH THE FAMILY: Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Culture Village

Take a walk through a nostalgic era with leisurely pathways, nostalgic props, and beautiful nature at this cute village.

MAKAN TIME: New Hollywood

It’s okay to sleep in a little bit on your holiday – but make sure you have awesome brunch plans ready. Best to head where the locals eat! Savour tantalising local goodies like roti canai (a type of flatbread usually eaten with curry), roti bakar (toast served with soft-boiled eggs or coconut jam), and a good ol’ Ipoh white coffee at New Hollywood Restaurant.

POP CULTURE VULTURE: Yasmin at Kong Heng

Famed for her memorable indie flicks including Sepet, which won numerous awards and help catapult Ipoh to the spotlight, Yasmin Ahmad is one of Malaysia’s most revered personalities in film-making. Browse through photos and memorabilia at this special exhibition area to commemorate her life.


Get in touch with nature inside one of Peninsular Malaysia’s biggest caves, which dates back to some 10,000 years ago! Take a pick from four tours; Golden Flowstone, Top of the World, Top of the World & Short River Adventure, or go for full force with the Grand Tour.

If you’re still not convinced, this video might change your mind


DO IT FOR THE ‘GRAM: Jalan Dhoby

So many cool places to visit along JB’s Jalan Dhoby, which one to visit first? Take your pick – go for munchies at Malaysia’s first cereal bar Let’s Get Cereal, relax with a good cuppa at Flowers at the Window, shop for cute tote bags and printed bucket hats at Calypso Vintage, treat yourself to homemade coconut ice-cream at Sangkaya, or have a siesta at The Replacement Lodge & Kitchen, a hipster bed and breakfast.


Relive your childhood dreams at this first LEGOLAND theme park in Asia!

MAKAN TIME: Kilang Bateri

Once an Eveready battery factory, this is now an alfresco mall with hipster cafes and quirky shops. Best to come here for dinner, but prepare to be spoilt for choice with various stalls offering Johorean delicacies like sup tulang (beef bone marrow soup) and kacang pool (broad beans cooked with various spices and served with flatbread).

TREAT YOURSELF: Johor Premium Outlets

Because you deserve a Burberry wristlet or a Coach handbag after working so hard this year!


Pack a great picnic and relax to the soothing sound of soft waves crashing on the shores of Desaru Beach, located one hour from the JB city centre.

GETTING THERE: AirAsia flies to Johor Bahru from Ipoh. Book your seats now at

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