Masjid Sultan Ismail opposite the Muar River

Muar – The Picturesque City of Johor


By Priya Manikam

Who would have thought that a day trip to Muar (also known as Bandar Maharani) can be filled with lots of hidden surprises? Besides being awarded as the cleanest city in South East Asia, many prominent politicians and celebrities originated or grew up in this city including our neighbouring counterpart –  S.R. Nathan, former President of Singapore, who was born in Singapore but grew up and spent his childhood in Muar! 

Balmy weather at Tanjung Emas

Our journey began by attending a close friend’s wedding that was set against a beautiful backdrop at Tanjung Emas. Everywhere we looked was natural beauty with balmy weather, calm sea and picturesque scenery. To be in sync with the natural beauty, the wedding party decided to keep with a lime green theme and after giving our wishes, we were interested in exploring Muar town. 

Indoor settings at Nasuha Herbs Paradise

We first passed a giant “Durian” structure near Tanjung Emas and the majestic Masjid Sultan Ismail (identical to the Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque) which is located in Tanjung Agas, on the opposite banks of the Muar River. We then drove along Jalan Peteri to view the Bangunan Sultan Abu Bakar; a historical building with a grand staircase which is quite similar to the Grand Palace in Johor Bahru. Must try food whilst in Muar is the Mee Bandung Muar, Nasi Beriani Gam and Mee Siput which is a popular local snack best eaten with sambal (red chili based dip). 

After covering the pretty sights along the Muar River, we decided to make a final pit-stop out of town to the famed Nasuha Herbs & Spices Paradise (Nasuha Herbs Paradise).
Be one with nature at Nasuha Herbs Paradise

Nasuha Herbs Paradise or Ladang Rempah Ratus Nasuha is located 19kms away off Jalan Muar-Pagoh and covers an area of over 3200 acres.  It is also known to be the largest Herbs and Spices farm in Asia, producing 6 to 10 metric tonnes of raw herbs and spices each day. The farm is planted with 135 types of herbs collected locally and from all over the world.

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