Masai is a town in the district of Johor Bahru, just about 25 kilometres away from the city centre. It is one of the oldest part in Johor Bahru. Just as many places in the district, there are a lot of pre-war buildings that are still very well preserved in Masai. Back in those days, the early and mid-20th century, most of the people in Masai were rubber tappers and farmers but today, the town had gone through a huge transformation from vigorous development turning it as one of the most populous towns in the state of Johor.
Driving from the city centre of Johor Bahru will take roughly about half an hour via the Johor Bahru East Coast Highway or the Pasir Gudang Highway.
There are a couple of bus services available to go directly to Masai from the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur with the ticket price that starts at RM38 per adult. There is also a bus service, the Causeway Link, that connects Johor Bahru to Masai. The first bus starts as early as 5.30 am, and the last one leaves JB central at 8 pm. The frequency of this service is every 35-45 minutes, depending on the current traffics.
Flying in into the Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru and take a taxi to the town of Masai. The taxi fare will cost around RM53 while online hailing car services can get a cheaper price.
The most famous seafood restaurant in Johor Bahru, just 15 minutes away from the Masai town. Established in the year 1999, this restaurant that faces the Johor Straits and Singapore have been popular ever since. It is a cosy, very comfortable, open-air seafood restaurant where you can get and try the freshest seafood available. This restaurant specializes in crab dishes, so don’t miss the chance to try their take on the classic Chilli Crab. The prices are based on the weight of the seafood chosen. Opens everyday from 11.30 in the morning until 11.30 at night.
Located outside the district of Johor Bahru, some forty minutes away from Masai town, it is the first luxury premium brand outlet brand in Southeast Asia. Here in Johor Premium Outlet – or better known as JPO is the place to splurge yourself with expensive brands but with only fractions of the price. For people who have bigger sizes than average Malaysians, this is also the place to go to find shirts, shoes and pants that are suitable for you.
It is the oldest building in the state of Johor and was built in the year 1866. Designed by a European architect, the palace had a touch of Renaissance to it. Previously, it was the Grand Palace of Johor before turning into a museum in the year 1982. Some official state events are still being held in the palace. The museum held quite a number of royal belongings, clothing, and photographs of royal families since the days of Sultan Abu Bakar ruling apart from the Johor royal family history. The Royal Abu Bakar museum opens from Saturday until Thursday from 9 in the morning until 5 in the evening.
A luxury hotel situated about five kilometres away from the town of Masai, this is the place to go if you are looking for a great hotel. Spacious, comfortable and well-kept are the top three biggest reasons for its patrons to come back again and again. There are eight types of rooms available, with the cheapest starts at RM170 per night for a deluxe room to RM561 per night for a duplex apartment that is very suitable for a family to spend their vacation.