Mersing Town, with its estimated population of 21,670 as of 2009, is a favourite layover for local and foreign tourists, as it is the main departure point for ferries to the state’s much offshore island paradise such as Tioman Island, Rawa Island, Aur Island and much more. Mersing town is located on the east coast of the peninsular Malaysian state of Johor. Mersing is a town, mukim and the capital of Mersing District. The Malays of Mersing are unique compared to the rest of Johor that is many of them are Terengganu ancestry, this is proven by the Keropok Lekor industries which is popular in the town and many still speak Terengganu Malay along with the Johor dialect of Malay. The Chinese community in Mersing mainly belongs to the Cantonese dialect group and speak Cantonese, however, many locals, especially business owners have no issue conversing in Mandarin.
There are several bus companies operate direct services to Mersing such as Transnasional from Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, and Singapore, while others that use the east coast highway also call at Mersing. From Melaka, you can take the S&S International from Melaka Central Bus Station and from Kuala Lumpur you can take the S&S International from TBS. It takes about 5-6 hours to arrive at the Mersing Bus Terminal (15 min walk to the island boats). From Singapore, the cheapest way to Mersing is to take a bus from Queen Street Bus Terminal to Larkin terminal in Johor Bahru.
If you travel from Johor Bahru or Singapore you may follow Johor Bahru(Federal route 3) to Ulu Tiram. Continue to Kota Tinggi towards Jemaluang until you reach Mersing. If you travel from Kuala Lumpur or Malacca, you can take North-South Highway heading south and exiting at Ayer Hitam Toll. From there, you can follow the Federal Route 50 heading to Kluang and then to Kahang pass through the Felda Nitar until you reach Mersing. If you travel from Kuantan you may use Federal Route 3 heading to Pekan and then continue to Rompin, Endau until you reach Mersing.
Taxi transport to and out of Mersing is available from Johor Bahru and other Malaysian towns, figure on around RM180 per car at peak hours and as little as RM130 at other times.
One of the most popular beaches in Mersing is known as Air Papan Beach. This is where you can find a lot of chalets devoted to offering tourist accommodations at a cheap price. There’s a village homestay program that allows you to spend time with locals at their own homes for a small fee. If you’re here during early spring, you can participate in the Pesta Air Papan festival that takes place every May 1st. Food, fun and organized games bring a lot of locals and international travellers to this lovely beach.
Located not far from Mersing old town, this place is a nice place to visit. You will get the feel of the light breeze provide relieve from the heat. You may enjoy shopping at souvenirs shops located next to the beach, where you can purchase souvenirs as a gift to your family and friends. Snacking and enjoying cold drinks in the shade. The whole promenade is about half a mile long, there is an area for exercise and plenty of parking.
The Gunung Arong Recreational Forest is located at the Mersing-Endau road. The beautiful forest of shady trees that make up the gorgeous natural beauty of the forest is completed with its sparkling clear waters of the stream running through the forest all god-sent just for visitors to enjoy refreshingly with relaxed sensations. Gunung Arong Recreational Forest is a much popular campsite for tree-lovers who are looking for a beautifully divine place to set up camp with fellow campers or families.
Pemanggil Island is well known as one of the best fishing spots in Malaysia. It is famous among those fishermen as it is the ideal spot for deep sea fishing. Besides that, it is well known for the water activities, such as snorkelling and scuba diving. There is a hill for the adventurous people. Climb to the top to experience the scenic view of the island with a bird's view. This is definitely the best getaway for those who seek tranquillity and serenity.
For nature lovers should not miss out on the golden opportunity to explore the deep recesses of the Endau-Rompin Nature Park situated just 30km from Bandar Mersing. The national park sits between the state of Johor and Pahang respectively as the park encompasses the connecting rivers and the magically beautiful, untouched tropical forest surrounds the area. Make a visit to the Orang Asli that lives in Kampung Peta (Peta Village) just 15 minutes away from the park. These interesting people lead simple lives that even their electricity is solar powered.
Staying at Hotel Seri Malaysia Mersing is a good choice when you are visiting Bandar Mersing. This hotel is very easy to find since it is strategically positioned close to public facilities and surrounded by a tropical haven and is situated next to the Mersing beach on the east coast of Johor. This 3-star hotel offers great facilities, comfort and excellent service to the guests.
Aseania Resort Pulau Besar is a perfect choice while in Bandar Mersing. Surrounded by clear lagoons, this 3-star resort features peaceful chalets with garden or sea views, situated within a marine park. You can relax by an outdoor pool or hit the beach where you can enjoy snorkelling.