Johor Bahru - Popping across the causeway

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  1. savydog
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    On my trips away, I always seem to get half a day or so to spend in Singapore which I have explored on holidays many times. Recently I have been reading a few articles from Singapore locals mentioning popping over the causeway to Johor Bahru. Has anyone been recently, I know they were developing Danga Bay (http://www.dangabay.com/) but this may have slowed due to the GFC.

    Any tips on getting across and back and any food destinations in particular or also markets and temples that may be worth a look ? I normally catch a plane from Singapore back to Brisbane around midnight so any experiences with time delays with traffic on the causeway getting back would be handy to know about. I have seen that there is a train link but it appears there is some changing of lines/stations involved.
     
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    In worst case, you can spend that half a day at the crossing. If you go by bus, you have to get off twice for a customs inspection on each side and can end up waiting quite some time for the next bus in a smoggy garage. By car should be much smoother.
     
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    Yeah, its a nice little trip...durians are nice:p.
    Traffic is surprisingly good for Singapore on both ends and the bridge is a sight to behold.Gas is cheaper on the Malaysia side but yes they do take a peek at your gauge.
    The guy on the Malaysia side stared at us when he got 3 Republic of Korea passports and one United States of America passport :D
     
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    did you have a private car or a Taxi BP ?
     
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    private car...inspection was quick on both sides...i didn't see any taxis go over.
     
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    :oops: I thought the thread title was a garbling of Joy Behar pooping across a causeway. :eek:
     
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    I am troubled that you chose to poop pop in after reading what you thought was the thread title ;)

    joy_behar_own_show.jpg

    Have a good one :D
     
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    Goldens Rule! ;)

    It was not my intention to rain on your parade. Savvy?
     
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    Hey if anyone gets a laugh out of this I am happy :) too many frowns in the world some days :)
     
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    You changed your avatar back from that pachydermish thing! What the hey?

    Back to the regularly scheduled broadcast.
     
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    Sorry to confuse, we are having an ongoing conversation about avatars in the FL* lounge. This is my normal avatar. The pic does match the name :)
     
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    For a moment there, you changed your avatar to some tiger thing, savydog!

    I give up! :D
     
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    It was to scare the buffalo.
     
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    Traffic on the causeway can be really bad, but it also depends on what day of the week and what time of day you're going. On a Saturday afternoon you can easily spend an hour and a half trying to get across. To catch a midnight flight from Changi you should probably start to leave JB by 7pm to be on the safe side.

    There are special cabs that go to JB. They depart from a stand near Mustafa Center in Little India, but I've never taken one (I've only driven across). You could take a regular Singapore cab to Woodlands and then walk across, but it's quite a walk and I don't think it'd be a lot of fun.

    As for JB itself... well, I only go there when I have to. There's not much in downtown JB, but if you have a car (or take a cab in JB perhaps?) you could go to Senibong Seafood VIllage for instance. Other than that I really wouldn't know where to go and even Senibong isn't all that great... I'd rather go to East Coast Park. :)
     
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    There used to be "avis" cars - basically a driver and for rent to take you across, certainly from JB and not expensive as I recall. Been across many times but not recently. Timing with the traffic is the most critical issue. Generally the SIN customs guys are diligent in their checks on the return (if not suspicious).

    I am not a JB fan particularly, but then I am in KUL a lot.
     
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    An article in the Sunday Times (SIN) today said that the Malaysian and Singapore Governments have agreed to allow the 400 taxis - 200 from each side who cross the causeway to extend their range countrywide rather than to specific SIN (Ban San St near Bugis) and JB's Pasar Bakti terminal. The Malaysian drivers are upset because Mlaysia is a bigger country than Singapore according to the article.
     
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