Tuesday, July 08, 2014
1-Day Johor Bahru Durian Buffet Trip - WW
I went on a 1-day trip to Yong Peng together with 160 residents from Mountbatten Constituency one Sunday. We assembled at Katong Community Centre before leaving at 6.45 am.
The organizers chartered 4 buses. Both the Immigration and Customs checkpoints of Singapore and Malaysian were crowded on a weekend. There were long queues at each counter. It took us quite a while to clear immigration.
Once we cleared immigration, we went to a coffee shop in Gelang Patah for our breakfast. I ordered a bowl of Pontian Bak Kut Teh (RM10). Food prices are comparable to Singapore's.
The Malaysian tour guide said this town was built to cater to Singaporeans. It was a sleepy village and houses cost RM 30000 each, now each house sells for RM 300000 and above. The many landed houses look new and nice.
Business is good for the shop owners during weekends when Singaporeans drive in for seafood, massage and grocery shopping. It's my first time to Gelang Patah.
After breakfast, we proceed to Yong Peng which is about an hour's drive away.
Places we visited :
1. Traditional Foochow noodle factory
2. Local products supermarket for shopping
3. Durian plantation for durian buffet
4. Organic vegetable farm
5. Swiftlet House and edible bird's nest production
6. 1 hour shopping in a mall
7. 8-course dinner at a halal restaurant
We returned to Singapore after dinner and reached Singapore around 11pm. A long and tiring day for us.