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Every state certainly do have their own flavour profile. Char Koey Teow from Penang, KL, Johor certainly taste different. When last year went to Batu Pahat, I was introduce to this Famous Ah See Wan Tan Mee to try out. This wan tan mee in Batu Pahat have been operating more than 60 years which is all the way since 1950’s yet still thriving today. This street food is famous amongs the locals too.
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I was lucky that it was less crowd on that day where usually he do have a long queue.

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of course Wan Tan mee need to have, wantan, char siew slices their own chili paste and some add in their own special gravy too.

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Noodle texture here is certainly different. abit chewy, slightly fatter and certainly the sauce that they have is one of its kind. Unique yet pretty good.

Wan ton size here is slightly bigger compare to KL too, in a normal traditionally wan tan mee per plate. Adding their own chili sauce is abit unique but still prefer the original taste which is better. Simple and direct.

Best of all quite similar to Penang version for the char siew slices in red been added.

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For a small town that is rich with culture and street food, this place is certainly one of the place to begin with for breakfast.

After this wan tan mee, you can hop to next door for cafe chilling. a place which is rich with collectable items and have rules and regulations to follow.  Cafe Niqiu.

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10, Wan tan mee worth trying,  will come back  !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Chop See Kee or Ah See wanton mee, 亞泗雲吞面
2, Jalan Jenang Dalam,
Kampung Pegawai, 83000
Batu Pahat, Johor

Operating Hours : 9am – 8pm
(close Thursday)

Tel: 07-448 4646

Okay lai lai. This round before I share my full itinerary of Jalan Jalan cari Makan at Batu Pahat that took place last year August 2020. I am going to kick start with this famous hidden cafe known as Niqiu Space in Batu Pahat, Johor. Upon stepping into this cafe, I instantly fell in love deep deep with the whole concept.

A cafe that is run by a young group of people with true passion to put Batu Pahat into a well known town again. As Batu Pahat now is an aging town with many youngsters jet to Johor city or Klang valley to persue their career. Then left this group of young people hoping to bring up the community. I am totally impress by their passion and direction.

Oh well, some of the owners are famous wedding photographer in Batu Pahat. Hence with a few of their strong passion to build up this Niqiu Space Cafe.

A transportation of yourself back into the 60’s 70’s era. I have always love shop which is back dated like during my grandparents time. Huge square box tv, metal filing cabinate, huge ass wooden counter top and many more. When I was brief by my friend about the uniqueness of this concept cafe, I am totally blown away!!!!!  (there are T&C to follow) : for me I got discount cuz my friend know the cafe owner and they were just operating about a month old. SO i get to roam freely.

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Before entering this cafe: there is a signage that written Do and donts! (as the owner want all of us to respect their space, customer space and enjoy the ambiance)

  1. Do’s
    1. do come in, order your drinks
    2. Sit chill and enjoy the ambiance
  2. Dont’s
    1. Do not move around to take picture everywhere
      1. you are only allow to take picture at your seating area
    2. you are not allow to talk loud (talk like you are in library)
    3. Kids are not welcome (because the whole shop sells antique) anything broken is not cheap !
    4. Space is very limited or compact, hence group movement might not encourage.

Blown away right? but the owner highly want all the customers to comply. I am okay with that. Every establishment have their own uniqueness.

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Below are more pictures for you to see and enjoy. If you are in this cafe, PLEASE DO NOT take picture like me. I do have special permission to move around like this! Respect the owner’s rules and regulation!!!

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Anything you see in the cafe, do ask the owner for pricing. 90% are for sale. I am sure they are like the largest antique collection in Batu Pahat.

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Our order for the day while soaking ourself into a chill environment.

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you see you see, even their menu is unique!

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This is my favourite area. They cleverly and creatively convert the old big ass tv box into aquarium.

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This is their signature and also my highly recommended one. Salted Caramel Coffee Latte

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Some snacks as I think this was our first station of the day before another 5 more to go.

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Carrot cake do look like Coffee Bean.

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A classic place. Wooden table, huge glass jar. classic calculator and alarm clock. Just enjoying myself with cakes and Green Tea Latte.

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Well, my tour guide for Batu Pahat that is bringing me around for food hunt.

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A cafe by its unique charm. Totally a place to visit but do prepare to queue now as the popularity is over the roof.  Good luck!

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8.5/10, in love with the ambiance and salted caramel coffee latte !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
5, Jalan Jenang,
Kampung Pegawai, 83000
Batu Pahat, Johor

Tel: +60127411268

Operating hours: 11am – 6pm
(Close Wednesday)

Travellers come to Malaysia for a few reason. Of course with our great tall iconic towers like KLCC and KL Towers is one of a few main architecture attraction. Besides that, Famous street food in the city like Jalan Alor captures a lot attention too. Other than those usual things to do, Malaysia is also well known for Theme parks too such as a few main ones like Sunway Lagoon, Legoland & MAPS. Some is located within Kuala Lumpur itself and others are 2-4 hours drive away from this main City. You can located the list of theme parks in Malaysia thru here.

To those have limited times in Kuala Lumpur, many would end up here:

  1. Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is one of the most sort after theme park after Genting Highlands (which is currently under huge construction to make way for one of the most anticipated theme park for most of us Malaysians – 20th Century Fox World. Targeting to operate 2019).

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is located in Petaling Jaya, just about 15km southwest of the Kuala Lumpur city centre. Most family and friends would spend about a day here as ¾ of time in the theme park and to cool it off at the shopping mall – Sunway Pyramid which is just right beside this massive theme park.

A park that sits in this massive 80 acre land is divided into a few zones, water slides that whirl and twirl, a man made ‘river’ ride, a surf beach, a wave pool, a 360° revolving pirate ship and. the world’s largest manmade surf beach – the list goes on. However, with light upgrading and the new look, it has expanded and encompasses a total of five different zones – the water park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park.

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A good place for adrenaline junkies, the Extreme Park has an archery range and paintball arena as well as all-terrain vehicles, a rock-climbing wall and go-karting, golf and other activities. Besides that, water sports, including diving lessons and Asia’s highest slingshot ride – the G-Force X – call this park home. Extreme Park also has Malaysia’s longest flying fox ride (206m) and visitors can take the ultimate leap of faith with the country’s first bungee jump also Wildlife park next to it

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ASIA’S 1ST NICKELODEON THEMED LAND

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One of the latest attraction in Sunway Lagoon is Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon. Be prepared to set another new adventure by exploring into this fantasyland filled with colossal water rides and water playgrounds, canopy walks and meandering pathways, beautiful waterfalls and recreational camp sites.

  • Jungle Fury
  • Kubarango
  • Splish Splash
  • Primeval
  • Hippo valley
  • Wonder Steps
  • Explorers Campsite
  • Explorers Trail
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Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
  • Address: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +603 5639 0000

Heading to the south is :

2. Legoland

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Hail as the 1st LEGOLAND in Asia in year 2012 and 1st International Park in Malaysia, LEGOLAND Malaysia opened as the sixth park of its kind to bring visitors across Asia on a brick-tastic journey of LEGO adventures. Features more than 40 fun-packed rides and attractions from roller coasters to race cars as well as family-focused interactive shows.

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This park is indeed the ultimate family adventure!

  • Lego Ninjago World
  • Miniland
  • Imagination
  • Lego Techinic
  • Lego Kingdom
  • Land of Adventure
  • Lego City
  • Waterpark

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More click here

LL Malaysia Taman Tema Sdn Bhd
7 Jalan LEGOLAND
Bandar Medini Iskandar Malaysia
79250 Iskandar Puteri (Nusajaya),
Johor Darul Takzim,
Malaysia.

You can call us directly at +607 597 8888. (Daily, 9.00am – 7.00pm, Malaysia time), or drop us an email at [email protected].

Puteri habour – Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, Bob The Builder & Thomas and Friends

Just right about 15-30 minutes away from Legoland, another theme park that captures the attention from the young families and fans that is in love with SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN and The Little Big Club. Combination of these 2 parks will offer two different experience for families. Visitors can play-learn via rides, activities and shows, providing an immersive learning and play experience for everyone.

 SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN, also mark as the first SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN theme park outside of Japan that consists of various walk-through attractions, interactive activities and rides which follow the Hello Kitty theme. You will be spoilt with with photo corner as nearly every corner of this place fit as a picture session. Visitors can also look forward to creating their very own Sanrio souvenirs at the Wishful studio and also enjoy delectable Hello Kitty themed drinks and pastries.

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According to Bumblebeemum this was how they spent their time in the park:

  • 1 pm: Hello Kitty Heartful Journey Show
  • 30pm: Meet-and-Greet My Melody
  • Visit Hello Kitty House
  • 15pm: Hello Kitty in Oz
  • 3pm: Hello Kitty Starlight Sing-A-Long Show
  • Wishful Studio (coaster making)
  • 4pm: Meet-and-Greet Hello Kitty & Dear Daniel
  • Wishful Studio (cookie and badge making)
  • 30pm: Meet-and-Greet Bad Badtz Maru
  • 5pm: Happy Carnival

Thomas Town is another town that sits right beside Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and certainly capture the younger kids with their signature choo choo train. Kids will just run wild when they see their favourite character Bertie the Bus, Harold’s Helitours, and even Colin Crane Drop. There are just tons and tons of fun to be had.

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Photo credit to :  travelog.com

Address: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Nusajaya,

Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia

Tel: 1300 88 FAMILY (326459)

Ticket Price:

  • RM80 for Hello Kitty Town only
  • RM117 for Hello Kitty Town + Thomas Town

Same admission price appears for both adult and children.  Children above 3 years old OR 90cm in height requires a ticket.

3. Malaysia Animation Theme Park

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The latest attraction in Malaysia at the moment is MAPS – Movie Animation Theme Park (IPOH) that just opens its door over last weekend 26th June 2017. The park is just about 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur.

This RM 520 million build up is hail as the first Asia’s first Animation-centred theme park with a few main attractions to hit on. One of the local star feature animation is BoboiBoy, Smurfs and Dreamworks Animation Studio can now relive their dreams and enjoy their company right here in Malaysia.

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With more than 40 attractions in this 6 theme zones within the 21 ha park.

  • Animation square
  • Blast off zone
  • Dream zone
  • Fantasy Forest Zone
  • Lakeside Zone
  • Live Action Zone

More info at:  www.mapsperak.com 

Legoland. Who is not a fan of Lego? I believe most kids would wish to have a set of it even when I was a kid. Great news was when it was first announce a few years back that it did make a buzz that finally a theme park that is what Malaysia need instead of those tons of water theme park that keep rising that do not make any special attraction at all. Still Sunway Lagoon top in the list compare to the rest.

Legoland Malaysia which is first of its kind to be landed here and did make a huge buzz over social media where most of my friends do pay a visit even the theme park was fully completed. I was keen to go too and lucky enough to win a few pairs of ticket to visit here. Therefore I drag a few more other people to come by to make it more fun of course.

We needed a place to stay here too, so I book Amansari Residence Resort. Its a bit far but price is quite alright.

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Getting here is a bit confusing is where like Putrajaya when they first started. Road signs are all over and you have to guess which and which to reach here.

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For a theme park like this, I find it super expensive which is for 1 day pass adult is RM 140 and both park is RM 175

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 Here we are with the rest .. .

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 Upon entering, you will be seeing all structure in Lego format built up.

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In the map it looks big but we finish the park within 2 hours. That shows you how interesting the park is.

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IF you do have budget, do stay in their Legoland Hotel that is filled with a few theme room which is very interesting. Check them out here: Lego Hotel

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 As when we are there, it was still on Christmas Mood.

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 The Tweety Bird Lady . . keke, Anna trying to be the Tweety Bird. . .

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 As in the park, we head to the right starting off with Lego City.

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 Lego City is a place more for kids as everything in here is cute and in kids size.

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 Kids get a chance to drive their own car. . .

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 Safety driving school

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 Boating School

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 The Shipyard for kids playland

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 Kinda like the Market Restaurant as its all nicely done ..

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 Was told by Anna to make a wish must sit on Santa’s lap like how she does it.

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 City Stage, it was under maintenance that day.

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 Fire drill area.

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 Then head to Land of Adventure next.

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One of the ride where by you are given a gun in the car and shoot as many item as you can.

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 Another 2 more area under maintenance.

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 Head to Imagination zone next. . .

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 of course we pose accordingly. . .

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 Try out their 4D Lego Studio, effect were pretty disappointing compare to other theme park that I have went before that offer the same thing. One of the longest queue.

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 Lego Kingdom is one of the area that attract me the most cause of the build up. Its very in old Castle type.

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and of course after walking around disappointed and this is the only ride that attract me the most is the roller coaster for adult.

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 Wheeee. . .Kau tim in less than 90 seconds.

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 The rest is to entertain ourselves we try to sit in too . . .

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 Then we hop into the observation deck . . .

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If you love to take alot of pictures, this section might interest you the most as Miniland is build with lots and lots of Lego blocks to assemble all the main unique structure in the world.

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 Before we head off, for more modern area is their Lego Technique section.

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 of course before existing, souvenir shop is a must enter section to grab some items. . .Price here is is still near the same as outside area. Some item might be cheaper and of course half of the item are only available in this theme park section, (if I am not mistaken cause I do not see Lego Item often)

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As a conclusion, for young adult, teens, I would not find this place interesting as it is much suitable for parents with kids in between 2-12 years old as most of the rides/items are build for this age group. This is how I manage to complete the whole park less than 2 hours. Imagine yourself.

For such a price at RM 140 its too pricey that prevents many people going in and if you are comparing with other international theme park with this price, they are offering more option or I would spend a bit more to go Universal Studio in Singapore.

Opening Hours
LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort is open most of the day in 2014 from 10 am until 6 pm. Longer opening hours apply on weekends (till 7pm), during school and public holidays (till 9pm) for LEGOLAND®Theme Park. The Water Park on the other hand has a fixed opening hours: 10am til 6pm.

LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort
7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini,
Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 597 8888
Waze: LEGOLAND Malaysia
GPS Coordinate: 1.427361, 103.62987

HOW TO GET HERE
From the North-South Highway / Senai Airport
– Take Tuas / Nusajaya / Pontian / Tanjung Pelepas EXIT 253 > Proceed to Nusajaya EXIT 312 > LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort signage will lead you to the destination!

From Johor Bahru / CIQ / Singapore via the Coastal Highway
– From Danga Bay, proceed straight via the Coastal Highway > Proceed all the way to Nusajaya > LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort will be seen before reaching Kota Iskandar.

From Singapore via the Tuas Second Link
– Proceed until you see the Nusajaya EXIT 312 > You will see LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort signage

As usual, as we head to some where new, the first thing that lock in our mind is where can we find good food? Then I called up my best friend and ask her on where to get good meal. One of her highly recommended place is this Restaurant Woon Kiang that serve very good Kway Teow Kia, that is one of a signature food in Johor according to her. Without any hesitation, we Google up and found the place.

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Pack with people on weekend as we expected and most of the crowd here are locals which is good as we need to find a place where the locals dine most of the time.

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AS we head to the main counter to order and saw all the ingredients, it was all fresh and looks delicious especially on the duck and salted vegetable soup.

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We were all very hungry as we spend whole day in Legoland and in here we all let lose. Upon ordering, we have place order of nearly the whole range available. Most of them speak Johor Hokkien or Mandarin here.

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There are 2 types of salted vegetable dishes to choose from and we ordered both. Both are equally good as it depends on your own preference as one with spicy end and the other one is sour crunchy end. For the Kiam Chai Boey, U am amazed with it as its pungent in taste, right spicy end and vegetable are all soft. All of them ate like they havent dine for 3 days.

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Chicken Feet , Braised Egg & Tofu, Braised Pork Belly

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Braised Duck is good too, as the meat is soft and tender, with their own season of soy sauce that make it tasty. Best of all must dip with their own home made chili sauce.

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Braised Pork Skin

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ahhh, one of my favourite plate is Braised Pork Intestines and Pork Tongue are both equally good that they are not overcook, yet texture is slightly chewy for pork tongue and pork intestine are soft which is good!

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This is their Signature Koey Teow Kia that serve with their own cook base of soup and top with pork lard. Smells a bit like Bak Kut Teh or if comparable, it would be similiar to Penang Kuih Chap. Soup base are equally good and aromatic that doesnt give a hint of too salty, or will make you keep going and keoy teow is soft.

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 Most of the people there dine with rice as its up to your choice of selection.

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This is their signature chili. Its good enough to make you numb as the Spiciness is there. I had 2 of these.

If you are in Johor, and looking for good local food, definitely this is one of the place to hunt for. Highly Recommended!

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8.5/10, Its good & Recommended -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
汶強粿條仔 Restoran Woon Kiang
G-06, Jalan Pandan 1,
Pangsarpuri Impian,
Stulang, Johor Bahru
GPS Coordinates: 1.472703,103.777959

Operating Hours:  to  (closed on Tuesdays)

When you heading down to Johor, I am sure many of you heard about this place – Johor Premium Outlets that sells alot of branded item at a warehouse price in the mammoth Iskandar Project which is coming up drastically. This huge outlet is located at Kulaijaya district that is accessible by the Indahpura Interchange of the Second Link Expressway and the North-South Expressway Southern Route. Reading an article in Google, this outlet had made a mark to become the first luxury premium brand outlet in South-East Asia that host more than 120 outlets in this premises.

Therefore before heading back to KL, we stop by JPO to check it out what is so great about it. Upon arrival, it did amaze me a while on the size of it.

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 Its a mixture of outlets with branded and some restaurant.

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Love the shopping concept here as its in open air and on that day I did not feel the heat as it was raining and with slight chilling wind make it a pleasant walk.

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There are quite alot of branded brands here from Calvin Klein, Coach which you have to line up as it was so pack inside the outlet and best of all, they have guys outlet and womens outlet separated.

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 The longest queue of all is POlo Ralph Lauren which I do not get it that their price is not as low as I anticipated.

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 Other premium brands such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Blurberry, Canali and others. .

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I find that there is nothing much to shout about this JPO as the pricing in here are not as lowly discounted as I anticipated or comparing with other foreign outlets that I have been too and prices here are near on par with any Malaysia Carnival Sale that take place at least 2-3 times a year.

Therefore  is an option for you to drop by as there is nothing much going on here. Range available here are like 2-3 past seasons collection.

CLick here for more info

Johor Premium Outlets®
Jalan Premium Outlets
Indahpura
81000 Kulaijaya
Johor Darul Takzim
Tel: +607 661 8888
Fax: +607 661 8810

GPS 1°36’11″N , 103°37’17″E

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