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Masai Vacation

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Just 25 kilometres east of Malaysia’s second-largest city, Masai has none of the bluster and brawn of Johor Bahru, instead offering an atmosphere of calm. With a backdrop of forested mountains and a waterfront separating it from Singapore, Masai is a taste of small-town Malay life. It’s a pleasant contrast to fast-paced city living – here, market-stall haggling and traditional fishing become art forms. After a day exploring, you’ll be rewarded with a feast of fragrant seafood as the sun goes down.

Things to see

Acquaint yourself with Masai by strolling through the city centre. It still has some of the trappings of Malaysian urban life, with blaring car horns and gaudy advertising signs bedecking every small shop. Throw yourself into Masai life by bagging some bargains at the markets, where you can haggle for local goods and feast on sizzling noodle dishes. If the heat and humidity starts to take its toll, take a refreshing boat trip aboard a small, wooden dhow. The harbour breezes will are a welcome relief, and you can visit secluded islands. Pulau Ubin is one of the closest, and its rugged, wild terrain is a favourite with mountain bikers. When you want to pick up the pace, head to the nearby Johor Circuit, Malaysia’s top motorbike racetrack. Outside of race days, you can hit the track either on a bike or in a car to complete several hair-raising laps.

Hotels in Masai

From luxury resorts to cheap guesthouses, Masai and the surrounding area boasts a wide range of hotels, all available at very reasonable prices. If you’re travelling on a budget, the cheap hotels in Masai are more than adequate, offering modern, comfortable rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. Opt for a luxury hotel in Masai, and you’ll stay in an elegant suite with plenty of space to relax. Leisure facilities like fitness centres and spas are at your disposal, and several of these hotels have a choice of restaurants and bars to suit your mood and taste buds each evening.

Where to stay

The district of Jandar Baru offers a choice of hotels, and is ideally positioned between Masai and the big city delights of Johor Bahru. There’s enough going on here that you’ll have a choice of places to shop and dine at, but it has a pleasantly local atmosphere, and cheaper prices than you’ll find in Johor Bahru. In Pasir Gudang, on the other side of Masai, things become considerably more rural, and this is the place to stay if you’re after a golfing holiday or a secluded retreat in a luxury leisure resort. Masai is just a short drive away.

How to get to Masai

There’s just a narrow stretch of water separating this part of Malaysia from Singapore, and the two countries are connected by a 1-kilometre causeway. Singapore’s Changi International Airport provides overseas visitors with an easy point of access, as it acts as a global hub. From the terminals, there are frequent, direct buses which cross the border to Johor Bahru, a journey of about 45 minutes. From there, you can take a local bus to Masai. Hiring a car can make the total journey a lot quicker, and will give you the freedom to explore, particularly if you’re staying in Pasir Gudang.