Travel Journal: Day 1 – Trip to Johor Bahru

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Great start to the morning.

Today I’m leaving Malacca after spending 4 days here.

(You can read my travel journal entries for Malacca here: Day 1, 2, 3, 4)

Even though 4 days seems a little long for Malacca, I enjoyed the idle time in the hostel.

It was entertaining to watch Mehmet and Joa (short for Joanne), our lovely host at the hostel, banter with each other. They both have a natural connection with each other it seems.

Also I got the name of the traveller from Spain where I was keeping his bag for him. His name is Miguel and he’s a chemical engineer who is currently interviewing for a job in Switzerland. He’s spending 5 weeks travelling to a few countries.

We didn’t get a lot of interaction time since he spent his 2 days here sightseeing the entire day. He seemed to be in a rush to knock things off on his list of things to do. As you would expect of an engineer, everything for his 5 week trip is planned, including all of his flights pre-booked.

He already left early this morning to catch a bus to Singapore.

Anyways, it’s time to pack up and get ready to catch a bus to Johor Bahru today.


Sitting on the bus to Johor Bahru.

The ticket cost from Malacca to JB was 21.70RM ($6.45 Canadian Dollars) and we caught whichever bus was going out next. The bus company we’re on is KKKL and it has really comfortable seats. I’m glad each seat is equipped with a USB charger so I can juice up to take a bunch of photos later.

I’ve been travelling with the iPhone 13 Pro Max and I have to say that the battery life has been amazing on my adventures. There haven’t been an instance where a power bank was needed yet.

Buckling in for the 2.5 hour ride.


Went sight seeing around the hostel area and concluded that we’re staying in a pretty good area. The weather is so much cooler here since it’s by the waters and we were able to walk around easily without breaking too much of a sweat.


Somehow ended up by the river side that separates Singapore to Malaysia. Went to a nearby hospital to buy a cold drink before sitting down and enjoying the sights.


I’m planning on doing a day trip to Singapore on Friday. It’s really easy and I’d love to see Gardens by the Bay again.

My train tickets are booked, but I’m still going to have to figure out how to get back to JB from Singapore. Return tickets are all sold out. I’ll figure it out along the way.

So far, I’m liking JB. It reminds me of Kuala Lumpur, but cooler in temperature. Tomorrow will be more sightseeing to get a better feel for this city.

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