The June holidays are here. Living on a shoe-string budget for the holidays? Then, this practical guide to free and fantastic things to see and do for the holidays will make your day. In fact, these attractions will keep the kids entertained and occupied for weeks.

Just hop into the car and drive on to adventures galore that’s fun for the whole family.

1. Kampung Segenting, Batu Pahat

Mural at Kg Segenting of 3 kids against fishing village

This little village that most travellers miss when they pass by Batu Pahat town, is a gem find. Further, this place is full of surprises that only a local will know and tourists have yet to discover. On arrival, be greeted by the marvellous murals on the village wall. It’s one of many located all around Batu Pahat town. So, a tour of the village and town vicinity will reveal plenty murals more.

Just drive in and park at the parking bays by the Kampung. Then, stroll along the discover the fishing village, seaside temple, ornate fish ponds and wet market.

Address: 68, Kampung Segenting, Jalan Minyak Beku, 83000 Batu Pahat

2. Segenting Chong Gong Long Temple

Front entrance to temple at Segenting

A beautiful temple. A charming coastal beach. A fantastic arapaima sanctuary. This temple located by the Segenting fishing village is famed for their legendary arapaima. Apparently, touching the fish brings good luck and fortune to those who manage to touch them.

Statues of deity at temple

Historically, fishermen prayed at the temple for safety and a good catch before heading out to sea.

turtle statue with gold coin arch at temple

Today, the temple is well-maintained to welcome tourists keen to appreciate local cultures and capture insta-worthy shots of the fantastic scenery all around.

Address: 81, Kampung Segenting, Batu Pahat, 83030 Bandar Penggaram, Johor

3. Minyak Beku Beach, Batu Pahat

Minyak Beku beach with rocks and blue skies

Make a trip to a beautiful beach located just 20 minutes’ drive from Batu Pahat town for a fantastic day by the sea. It’s a great spot for picnics, little fishing trips and picking seashells. The Minyak Beku Beach is a treasured getaway for busy city folks. Sunrise and sunset strolls along the beach are popular.

Sunset at Minyak Beku beach
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And the rocks by the beach make good seats to enjoy the sea breeze or do cloud-watching. Better yet, spend the day gazing at the flocks of sea birds that fly across the horizon.

Address: Jalan Minyak Beku, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor Malaysia.

4. Xian Leng Aquatic Merchant Sdn Bhd

Entrance sign to Xian Leng Aquatic

What is better than aquariums of sea creatures to explore? One that is fantastic and free. This humble establishment has regular hordes of children walking in and out of its massive store. Packed with wall-to-wall aquariums, this place is an ocean of discovery. Renowned as one of the biggest and most comprehensive ornamental fish aqua-centres in Johor, it’s little wonder that locals and fish hobbyists love this place. Moreover, this showroom features an extensive collection of ornamental fish.

Frontage of centre with mini pond and waterfall

What to look out for? The Asian Arowana. And their huge, outdoor pond with mini waterfall that is home to giant arapaimas that can grow up to 5 feet long. Further, there are all varieties of fresh water fishes, corals and aquarium accessories. Moreover, kids will love watching the fantastic ocean invaders. There are sting rays, jelly fish, clown fish, sea horses and more. No purchase is required. No admission charges.

Address: No, 1, Jalan Zahir, Taman Jenang, 83000 Batu Pahat


5. Aw Pottery Malaysia

Display signage at Aw Pottery

Not many potteries can be found in Malaysia. However, Aw Pottery Malaysia founded in the late 1940s has been open to public for viewing and appreciating the art of pottery since then. So, step in and discover all variety of ceramic art, clay pots and nature-inspired murals on the premises.

Large kite on ceiling as deco at Aw Pottery

Further, the unique deco from wall to ceiling and creative water features make it a fantastic attraction. Not to be missed is the Aw Museum that features Aw’s masterpieces.


Lush gardens at Aw Pottery

What else makes this Pottery fantastic? The dragon kiln. A 50-metre wood-fire kiln built to bake the ceramics still exists but is no longer in use. Next, check out the ornate restrooms that pay homage to the art of pottery. Surrounding it are lush gardens and lounge to rest and relax.

Cute ceramic chairs with faces on them

Shopping for local collectibles? Pick them up at Aw Pottery at affordable prices.

Address: Simpangan Rengam, Jalan Kampong Macap, 86200, Simpang Rengam, Johor


6. Gunung Pulai Waterfalls

Gunung Pulai Waterfalls

One of nature’s amazing natural wonders, the trek to Gunung Pulai Waterfalls is a fantastic way to spend the day. The starting point is at Kampung Sri Gunung Pulai. What greets visitors is the pools of mini waterfalls at the bottom where kids can play, catch little fish and shrimp. Moreover, grown-ups just love sitting in the waters and enjoying the waterfalls giving them a jacuzzi-like massage. It’s a most relaxing nature’s playground.

For the adventure-seekers, the trail to the top of the waterfalls takes about 20 minutes via the open track road. Safe for trekkers and kids alike, the trail is an enjoyable climb with a fair level of difficulty. For the adrenaline junkie, trek to the top via the creek across small rock formations and pebbled bays. This is a far tougher course but the feeling is fantastic when you’ve reached the waterfalls peak. Admission is free but there is a RM3 per entry parking fee that supports the local village.

Address: Gunung Pulai, Taman Gunung Pulai, 81000 Kulai, Johor

7. Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest

Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest trees

One of the most spectacular secondary rainforests closest to Johor Bahru city, the Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest is definitely worth exploring. For the brave-hearted, try climbing up the rainforest bare-footed. Local guides explained that climbing without shoes helped to earth the static electricity within our bodies. This static electricity is mainly caused by our tech gadgets. So, shoes off and follow this 2-hour trail over rocky steps, tree roots and countless leaves that cover the forest floor.

green mantis on forest floor

Be prepared to roll over tree trunks and step into muddy puddles. However, the flora and fauna will amaze you every step of the way. Further, kids will love the bugs that greet them, from praying mantis to cicadas, and beetles to warrior ants.

Mushrooms growing on forest branch

Fungi of every kind is another welcome find as toadstools and shrooms bloom on almost every crevice. Tree climbing is a welcome activity as monkeys show you the way. Just pack water and rain protection for the fantastic climb.

Address: Gunung Pulai, Taman Gunung Pulai, 81000 Kulai, Johor

8. Cat Art Exhibition @ Yayasan Warisan Johor

4 persons viewing art pieces of cats
Image credit: Yayasan Warisan Johor | Facebook

Have a meowing good time at the Car Art Exhibition at the Galeri Seni Johor at Yayasan Warisan Johor. Now on till end July 2019, the exhibition is a celebration of our feline friends, from classical to modern masterpieces. Featuring artworks from various artists including students from local schools, the gallery showcases a fantastic array of creativity for kids of all ages, and adults too.

Art workshops at the Gallery
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Art workshops and walking tours of the grounds complete your day out at Johor’s Heritage Centre. With a cafeteria for local snacks and flower shop selling pretty blooms on the premises, there is lots to see and do at this venue.

Address: Kompleks Warisan Sultan Abu Bakar, 80200 Johor Bahru


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2 trekkers on trail with bottled water in hands
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