Nestled in central Johor is Kluang, a charming little town driven by agriculture and light industry. Located approximately 20 kilometres from the North South Expressway (PLUS), the main artery connecting the southern part of Peninsular Malaysia, Kluang is a popular stop-over destination for travellers passing through central Johor.
Opened in 2010 as part of the Rail Coffee group, this quaint hotel located right smack at the first roundabout entering Kluang offers functional clean rooms. If you fancy the old-school breakfast of aromatic coffee and charcoal-grilled roti bakar, among others, pop in to its air-conditioned coffee shop Rail Café situated at the ground floor. Standard singles start at RM125, queen / twin rooms at RM165, inclusive of a set breakfast at the Rail Café on the ground floor.
For more information, please visit http://kluangrailcoffee.com.my/kluang-hotel/.
As the largest lifestyle shopping mall in central Johor, Kluang Mall boasts over 160 specialty retail stores that promises a quality retail and leisure experience. Anchored by Pacific Hypermarket & Department, MBO Cinemas, Popular Bookstores, senQ and Ampang Superbowl, the mall keeps to its roots as it features local home-grown tenants as well such as Visual and Classic (optical shops), Cartino Sonea (leather goods) and Zenxin Organic Farm’s branch. If you’re worn down by all the shopping, fret not as Starbucks and Old Town are available to rest those tired feet. If you’re in for a little nostalgia, hop on over to Kluang Food Street where your taste buds will thank you!
Located on Jalan Rambutan. Open 10:00am to 10:00pm everyday. For more information, please visit http://www.kluangmall.com/.
Kluang Food Street
Recreated in a coffee shop setting from the colonial days of olden Malaysia, Kluang Food Street stands out from the usual doldrums of your average food court. Take a step back into yesteryears as you sample local flavours and sway to the oldies played every afternoon.
Located on the Lower Ground floor of Kluang Mall. Open 10:00am – 9:30pm. For more information, please visit http://www.kluangmall.com/.
Be impressed! Arguably the most established Western restaurant in town and set in a casual dining atmosphere, Barney’s offers a wide range of salivating Western favourites and mouth-watering cakes. Chef ‘Barney’ is somewhat of a revolutionary as he combines local ingredients with French culinary techniques to treat his customers to creations from his periodic travels. Hint: call to book a table when Barney is around, share your preferences and let him whip up something unique for you.
Located on 5, Lorong Yayasan, Kluang. Open every day 11:30am-10:00pm. Closed on selected public holidays.
Nineteen Eighties Music Bar/ Café
Chill the night way at Nineteen Eighties Music Bar Café, a vintage-styled music café/ bar with a touch of Americana. An avid supporter of local music, the Open Mic night is held every fourth Wednesday of the month to all performers and serves a Western menu with an impressive array of pasta, burgers and arguably, the town’s best Panini.
Located on 2nd Floor, 36, Jalan Duku, Kluang. Open 5:00pm to 2:00am. For more information, please visit http://www.the1980s.com.my/.
Kluang Rail Coffee
Opened in 1938 inside the KTM Kluang railway station, this original kopitiam has maintained its rustic ambience and traditional menu featuring all-time favourites such as nasi lemak and mee siam. Fill your home with the aroma of Kluang-style coffee by purchasing coffee powder bags to go from here. Turn back the clock and be there just before the train arrives to experience the atmosphere in days past. For an air-conditioned alternative, Rail Café is perfect.
Located on Jalan Stesen Keretapi. Open 7:00am–12:00pm and 2:30-6:00pm. For more information, please visit http://kluangrailcoffee.com.my/.
Taman Delima 3
Set to elevate the lifestyles of Kluang and its residents, this is a 50-acre modern master planned community where safety and comfort are not forgotten. Incorporating modern design trends and the traditional lifestyle elements of Kluang, the terrace homes, semi-detached residences, garden bungalows and commercial lots are expertly designed to highlight urban luxury. At the same time, lush landscaping dots the community.
Taman Delima 3 is also the first in Kluang to have an intricate network of linear parks and wellness parks conveniently connecting the community’s terrace homes. It is centrally located - one kilometre from Jalan Batu Pahat, the main thoroughfare to and from Kluang city center and Ayer Hitam Toll Interchange and 10 minutes from Kluang Mall.
For more information, please watch Majupadu - Taman Delima 3.
Restoran Ikan Asam Pedas
Hungry but don’t know where to go for lunch? How about some sour goodness at hometown favourite Restoran Asam Pedas, renowned for offering good value and freshness? Specialising in Asam fish head, patrons are welcomed to enter the kitchen and personally order from the selection of seafood available. Best be early to avoid queuing for a table as everyone wants to get a taste!
Located on 83-85, Jalan Lim Swee Sim. Open for lunch (12:00pm-3:00pm) and dinner (5:30pm-9:30pm). An air-conditioned room is also available.
Zenxin Organic Farm
Stretching over a scenic 100 acres, Zenxin Organic Farm is the largest organic vegetable farm in Peninsular Malaysia. Taking on the responsibility of increasing awareness of organic produce, the farm is one of the first to open its doors to the public to provide a first-hand look at its wide variety of organic vegetables and fruits, many of which are found in supermarkets throughout Malaysia and Singapore.
Thirty-minute guided farm tours and bicycle tours can be arranged. While there, feed the animals at the animal feeding zone, taste the famed dragon fruit and try out the amenities such as the BBQ pit and archery zone. A restaurant and supermarket is also onsite for convenience.
Located on Plot 47A, Jalan Batu Pahat. Open 8:30am-6:30pm. The farm is roughly 5km from exit 244 (Ayer Hitam) off the North-South Expressway. For more information, please visit http://www.zenxin.com.my/.