The second part of my trip took me to our other hotel in Johor Bahru.
Johor Bahru is the second largest urban area in Malaysia after the capital Kuala Lumpur and connected to Singapore by bridge and road links.
The drive to Thistle Johor Bahru from the airport only takes 20 minutes. Again, I had a wonderful greeting accompanied by a fancy lemonade and fruit platter. My room had most amazing views: from one side it was overlooking the ocean and from the other you could see the border with Singapore in the far distance.
I had already tried the delicious local cuisine at Thistle Port Dickson and Kuala Lumpur so I decided to go for something different this time. For dinner I went to the hotel’s Oasis Restaurant, which serves a mix of Japanese and Italian cuisine, but is also well known for its live entertainment.
The restaurant is beautifully set with the terrace overlooking the garden and swimming pool. Inside, you can watch the chefs compose their signature creations in the open kitchen.
When I got back to my room I had a lovely surprise waiting for me: a pillow with my initials embroidered and an elephant made from towels! Such a kind gesture.
At the end of 2012, Legoland Malaysia will open their doors and will be the first theme park of that sort in Asia. So far, the first Lego attraction is the dragon Ollie, made of 10,000 bricks of Lego! Until the opening of Legoland, you can admire Ollie at reception at Thistle Johor Bahru as the hotel will be an official partner of the theme park.
To make use of my very limited time at Johor Bahru to the fullest, I explored the streets of the city and its most popular sights. Johor Bahru has many interesting landmarks. The Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, for instance, is a combination of Victorian and Moorish architecture.
The Sultan Ibrahim Building, on the other hand, is a combination of Renaissance and Anglo-Malay architecture.
There are also several nature attractions such as the Johor Zoo, the private zoo Saleng Zoo, the Orchid Valley, Haji Ali House, and Istana Garden.
My time in this lovely city flew passed but will be very well remembered and I will certainly return in the very soon future.
Have you been to Port Dickson or Johor Bahru before? If you have any suggestions for any future visitors, please share them in the comments box below!