While we all know almost everything is cheaper across the causeway in JB than Singapore, there are some items or to-do that are definitely worth our effort to brave the traffic jam. Yes, traffic can be crawling at the causeway and you will get stuck for hours or making your journey by public transport that includes queue, queue, queue, and yet more queue. The endless queues start from the moment you board a bus into Singapore Immigration, then another at the Immigration Hall, followed by queues to re-board the bus. Just when you thought the worst is over, yet more queues when you arrive at Malaysia Immigration for entry.
It’s not always worth the trouble, but you can save a lot of money for these things
Top on the agenda for all drivers travelling to Johor Bahru is definitely fuel. With current Singapore petrol price hovering from SGD1.90 onwards, there are significant savings (more than 50%) to be had with the price in Malaysia going at RM2.10 (foreign vehicles are only allowed to pump RON97). Nobody leaves Johor Bahru without a full tank of gas, and has over time developed a phenomenon that saw minority of Singaporeans shaking their car during refuel just to get that extra litre.
One can always watch a movie in Malaysia (between SGD4 – SGD8) at a fraction of what you have to pay in Singapore. If you are merely waiting for dinner time to arrive, you can always catch your favorite movie or indulge in a movie-marathon session if you have an entire afternoon to spare.
Popcorn and drinks are a must-have and literally everything is half price !
Drugs requiring prescriptions can be bought over the counter in Malaysia, and some with hefty discount compared to what you can get in Singapore. As an example, items used for asthma, diabetic test kits and even Vicks are cheaper in Malaysia. No wonder there are constant throngs of people at the leading pharmacy outlets in City Square Mall / KSL Mall / Jusco during weekends.
With Singapore medical rates skyrocketing and placing a strain on everybody’s pockets, this is one sure way to save on your bills.
Buy Food & Grocery
Malaysia has the upper hand for decades when it comes to food and local products, but not for imported items. You will be better off getting imported stuffs in Singapore for its price and variety.
In Malaysia, there are many places to shop for your groceries that cater to everyone from the affordable Tesco, Giant Hypermarket, AEON Big to the upmarket Jusco or Cold Storage. There’s something for everybody.
Come meal time, a trip to Malaysia especially Johor Bahru will never be complete for visitors without going for a seafood dinner. We have many seafood villages by the sea (Todak Seafood Restaurant, Asli Seafood Restaurant just to name a few) located on the eastern and western end of Johor Bahru city which offers fresh yummy seafood at very affordable prices. If you wish to go for something with a little more grandeur, then you can consider Peikin Restaurant, Grand Straits Garden or Grand Bayview Seafood. They offer anything from Alaskan king crabs, Australia lobsters to locally caught fresh seafood.
Avoid using credit card, as the forex rates are always not in our favor.
Spa & Massage Session
With the constant level of stress living & working in Singapore, it comes as no surprise when Singaporeans flock to Johor Bahru to relax and reap the benefits of a stronger SGD currency. In Johor Bahru, there are an abundance of massage centres offering services ranging from Traditional Oriental Massage, Thai Massage, Foot Massage, Aromatherapy or even Urut (Traditional Malay Massage) and are mostly concentrated in the area of Taman Pelangi, Bukit Indah, Mount Austin and all major shopping malls such as Jusco, KSL Mall and City Square Shopping Mall.
You can refer to the website for some recommended outlets and their price list.
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