Pasir Gudang

Pasir Gudang is a port city and manufacturing hub in the state of Johor, part of the growing metropolitan area around Johor Bahru, just a little way off in the east. Generally industrial in nature, Pasir Gudang does hold a colourful kite festival in February and the local track circuit is a favourite spot for gearheads in Johor and from across the Causeway. The Tanjung Puteri golf course is also one of the largest courses in the state.

A wau bulan, displayed in the Pasir Gudang Kite Museum

Understand

The name Pasir Gudang originated from the existence of a sand mine at Kampung Ulu. Sand or 'pasir' in Malay was stocked in sand pits or 'gudang', to be exported to Singapore, hence the name 'Pasir Gudang'.

Other than sand, the areas surrounding Pasir Gudang were mainly used by plantation owners to grow catechu and black pepper, along with pineapples. Upon the introduction of rubber to Malaysia, large estates around Plentong were opened by British and Singaporean cultivators. During the 1970s, the state government took over former plantation estates, converting them into industrial and housing areas and cementing Pasir Gudang as a hub for heavy industry. The mass of chemical factories means that the air quality sometimes worsens noticeably, taking on a hint of burning plastic. Johor Port was also established in 1977, in direct competition with the trading port of Singapore. 

Permas Jaya is an upcoming area in Plentong, right on the edges of the encroaching Johor Bahru city. High rise apartments and accompanying infrastructure are being built along the highway to Pasir Gudang, part of a Chinese firm's plan to develop the area into something akin to the Gold Coast of Australia

Get in

By car

The roads in Pasir Gudang are fine, but it's best to avoid being on the road during rush hour; this picture was taken after 5 PM on 26 July 2008

From JB, follow the signs north towards Kota Tinggi and make a right turn off to Pasir Gudang where signposted, then you can't go much wrong following the major Lebuhraya Pasir Gudang (Federal Route 17). Alternatively, take the JB East Coast Highway, which will pass by Permas Jaya.

By bus

Bus fees should cost about RM3-5 from Johor Bahru city centre. Ask for 'Bandaraya Johor Bahru' should there be any difficulty in getting back to the main city.

Get around

There are the same local buses to travel along main roads, but any place off the beaten path will require taxis or your own car.

See

Do

Buy

Eat

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

There are next to no drinking holes to be found in Pasir Gudang. Even the seafood restaurants may not necessarily serve beer or any form of alcohol. The Tanjung Puteri golf resort has a couple of lounges open to the public. Permas Jaya also has a bar or two.

Sleep

Most people who stay in the hotels here are usually on long-term business trips, otherwise preferring to stay in Johor Bahru. There are a few eco-tourism spots such as Kampung Perigi Acheh which offer a rustic kampung experience.

Budget

Mid-range

Go next

This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Tuesday, February 09, 2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.