What Can You Do in a Day in JB: Go-kart Racing, Cafe-hopping and More

If you’re wondering what to do next weekend, look no further. Just across the Singapore border is a gem known as Johor Bahru (JB). A happening city with robust food and entertainment scene, JB is naturally a popular go-to destination for many Singaporeans. JB is near enough to head there for a day trip, or a short stay over the weekends. Read on to find out what you can fit in a day trip to JB!

Trouble figuring out how to get to JB? Check out this short guide on ways to get to JB from Singapore. 

What Can I do in JB?

Go Shopping

Shopping is easily one of the things Singaporeans love to do when we cross the causeway.  The many malls in JB, old or new alike, might just satisfy the shopaholic in you. The most popular malls in JB like Aeon Tebrau, KSL City Mall, Paradigm Mall and Johor Premium Outlets have become household names in Singapore. Newer malls have surfaced in JB, including R&F Mall, which is a mere 7-minute walk from Woodlands Causeway.

Explore JB’s Food Scene

Loklok is a great supper choice

There is never a lack of food options in JB. In fact, it may actually be the opposite. One of the many aspects of JB that draws Singaporeans in is its vibrant food scene. The choices are seemingly endless, from burgers to Bak Kut Teh and Loklok. Prices are extremely affordable most of the time, which is a huge bonus.

Cheeseburger, Oatmilk Latte and Matcha Latte from FOUNDERS Cafe near Taman Austin

If you’re taking your date out to JB, check out these 5 places in Taman Austin that will make your date swoon.

Go-kart Racing

Live out your Mario-kart dreams in JB but this time, with more speed and no banana peels. Go-karting can get quite expensive in Singapore so it might not be ideal if you’re on a budget. This will not do huge damages to your wallet so challenge your friends and family to a race.

If you go around evening, you might just be able to race against the sunset!

If you’re looking to go go-karting in JB, check out Rud Karting. With affordable prices starting from RM55/session, it is hard to say no. Each session runs about 10 minutes, which may seem really short but trust us, it’s more than enough.

One of the two cafes at Rud Karting.

It is advisable to set aside 1 to 3 hours for this as there is quite a bit of waiting to do before your actual round starts. There are two cafes on the premises so you can enjoy delicious food and beverages while waiting for your turn.

Café Hopping in Taman Austin

Photo by Ukiyo Cafe on Facebook

If none of the activities above interest you, café hopping might just do the trick. Who can say no to good food, affordable prices and aesthetic cafes?

Taman Austin has some of the trendiest cafes in JB, like FOUNDERS Cafe, Ukiyo Cafe and even a Shiba Cafe! Check out this short guide on trendy cafes in Taman Austin for more.

Relaxing Massages

Photo by Bangkok Spa on Facebook

JB is no doubt many Singaporean’s go-to spot for relaxing massages due to its cheap prices and quality services. There are also plenty of good massage parlours with prices starting as low as RM62.

Photo by Bangkok Spa on Facebook

Many massage parlors open till wee hours, which is great for anyone looking to end their eventful day with a comfortable massage. One thing to note is that the parlours tend to be fully booked during weekends, especially during the peak hours. It is advisable to book a slot prior to your trip by dropping them a message or giving them a call.

Visit Legoland

Not forgetting the young ones, Legoland is the perfect activity for a family trip to JB. Legoland Malaysia not only has a theme park, but also a waterpark and Sea Life Aquarium. It may be hard to do all 3 during a day trip, so you may want to stay at Legoland’s very own hotel. This is a whole-day activity in itself so you might not be able to bundle this activity with the rest.

One-day tickets for Legoland Theme Park costs SGD$44.61 (Adult) and SGD$35.25 (Child) when you purchase from Changi Recommends.

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