You might know that Thistle not only has hotels in the UK, but also in sunnier spots such as Malaysia. Today we’d like to introduce you to some of the things to do and see while you’re staying with us at Johor Bahru. 

The capital of Johor is also the southernmost city of the Eurasian mainland. Interestingly enough, the Malay population in the city is only 44 percent as there has been a major influx of Chinese as well as smaller Indian migration. As a result, Johor Bahru is a mixture of cultures and religions all contributing to its specific atmosphere.

If you fancy a walk on a sunny day, head on to Istana Garden, an extensive green lung area in the city.  It is situated within the compound of ‘Istana Bukit Besar’ or the grand palace which also receives many wedding couples capturing their wedding shots.



Alternatively, you may enjoy a walk or a cycle at the Merdeka Park or Hutan Bandar. If viewing Singapore coast lines while enjoying the sunset is your kind of activity, a relaxed stroll at the waterfront Danga Bay is your perfect solution.


Architecture fans will enjoy sights of the majestic and historical landmarks such as the tallest pre-independence building, Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim at Bukit Timbalan. You can also take a look at the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque , which sits atop a hill overlooking the Straits of Johor.


The state of Johor is also a haven for golf enthusiasts with over 16 international-standard golf courses scattered across the state. With the availability of night golfing facilities in some clubs, it is little wonder why the state is home to the Iskandar Johor Open, a popular battle ground in the Asian Tour series.


Divers and beach worshippers will find adventure in Mersing archipelago, a mere 2 hours drive from the hotel. With islands such as Rawa, Besar, Sibu Pemanggil and Aur which are pristine and untouched, the clear blue waters and white sands will leave a lasting impression to your Johor getaway.


Little do people know that a 248 million year old lowland tropical rainforest is just 2.5 hours drive from the hotel! An escape from civilisation and a sanctuary of birds, butterflies and ferns are waiting at the Endau-Rompin Johor National Park.


The main shopping districts are located within Johor Bahru city, close to the Thistle Johor Bahru . You can virtually find everything for a bargain at suburb malls such as City Square Johor Bahru, KSL City, Danga City Mall, Holiday Plaza, Plaza Pelangi and more. The latest addition to the shopping scene is the Johor Premium Outlets which is the only premium outlets series you can find in South East Asia.


Restoran Singgah Selalu at Jalan Skudai, Johor Bahru serves great Malay and Padang cuisines in a relaxed al-fresco setting. There are plenty of mouth watering items to choose from. Discover its long buffet line and tempting a-la carte favourites!


7-Spice Indian Cuisine at the nearby Danga Bay, Johor Bahru is famous for its authentic Indian curries, Lassi drinks and banana leaf dining-style.


Grand Straits Garden Seafood Restaurant at Danga Bay, Johor Bahru is renowned for its authentic Chinese Cuisine, set in a relaxed and modern ambience. Find a complete dining experience with Karaoke facilities and live displays of selected sea bounties.


Rosmarino Italian Restaurant at Jalan Kuning, Johor Bahru dishes out great Italian favourites with an impressive list of fine beers and wines. Find great pastas, steaks and pizza at this classy restaurant.

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