Travel Guide: A Day Trip to Kluang (居銮) Johor – FREE & EASY Itinerary

Travel Guide: A Day Trip to Kluang (居銮) Johor – FREE & EASY Itinerary

My last visit to Kluang was 10 years ago with my Uni mates and this time round to revisit and explore new places. Kluang is known for its rail coffee, street arts and organic farming. We spent almost a day discovering this city.

Here is my recommended FREE & EASY itinerary to share if you are planning for a weekend trip. I also included family-friendly activities for the family trip.

How To Go Kluang, Johor from Singapore
By Car
You can drive for approximately 2.5hours to 3 hours from Singapore to Kluang depending on the traffic. Alternatively, you can book Tour Van or private car transportation to drive you in from Singapore.

By Bus
There are operators that scheduled bus or coach from Singapore to Kluang daily. You can check from the operating bus website or purchase directly at Queen Street Terminal, Bugis.

By Train
The fastest way to reach Kluang from Singapore within 10 minutes time and avoid the traffic congestion is through train services. However, you need to book from Singapore to JB Sentral followed by JB Sentral to Kluang. There is no direct train from Singapore to Kluang as long-distance Malaysian trains will terminate or depart from JB Sentral Railway Station in Johor Bahru. It is a challenge to secure a train ticket though.
NOTE Please book your train tickets in advance via

Local Food Places
1. Kluang Rail Coffee
Kluang Rail CoffeeKluang Rail Coffee
Kluang Rail Coffee is the most iconic eatery in Kluang. It was established in 1938 and has been serving Hainanese style coffee and kaya toast. It has since extended the menu to local delights like nasi lemak, cucur ikan bilis and more. Rail Coffee has few outlets around Kluang but if you are here for the first time, try their original location for a taste of old school times. Very nostalgic!

NOTE Do prepare to queue, especially in the mornings.

Address: KTM, Jalan Station, 86000 Kluang, Johor
Contact: +607-773 8391
Opening Hours: Daily, 7.00 am – 6.00 pm

2. Kluang Cendol Kader
Kluang Cendol KaderKluang Cendol Kader

@hazeldiary_ All time favourite old school dessert- RM2.50 per bowl cendol at Kluang Cendol Kader #johorbahrumalaysia🇲🇾 #malaysiafoodandtravel #malaysiatravel #visitmalaysia #visitjohor #visitkluang #cuticutimalaysia2023 #CapCut ♬ … is sweaty – Kellan

Cendol Kadir has been around for years and is currently run by 4th generation, Mr Ghani. For RM2.50 per bowl, you get to enjoy classic Indian style cendol. Old school cendol that perfectly worth a visit to cool you down on a sunny day. It is also a walking distance from Kluang Street Art alley.

Address: Kluang Cendol Kader
1950, Jln. Dato Kaptain Ahmad,
Kampung Masjid Lama,
86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia

3. Gerai Makan Botak
Kluang Johor Gerai Makan Botak
Kluang Gerai Makan BotakGerai Makan Botak Curry Mee Kluang
Botak’s curry mee has been around for over 60 years old and it is a family-owned eatery. Their curry mee comes with choices of noodles and two sizes- Small or Large. The curry mee ingredients include fresh tofu, fried tofu, fried fish stick and cockles. Locals enjoyed the familiar taste of home with the mildly spicy curry gravy and the coconut milk is well-balanced. The menu here is very straightforward, selling only curry mee and limited choice of drinks.
Another highlight is that the eatery showcases a collection of nostalgic teapots, old school games, stickers and many more. It brings back childhood memories and way back to the days of my grandparents.

Address: Gerai Makan Botak
Jalan Panggung,
Kampung Masjid Lama,
86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Friday- Wednesday 7:00AM-5:00PM
(Closed on Thursday)

4. Yean Kee Beef Noodle
Yean Kee Beef Noodle Kluang
Yean Kee Beef Noodle is currently run by a third-generation family business. Locals will recommend trying their iconic local beef noodle. Their signature traditional homemade rice noodles along with their fresh beef ingredients like different beef cuts topped with fried shallots, crunchy peanuts, sesame seeds, chopped salted vegetables and secret sauces. The cuts include beef slices, tripe, tendons, and omasum. The noodles are available in dry and soup versions.Yean Kee Beef Noodles Kluang
We personally prefer the dry version as the soup broth is a bit bland for us. We thought the beef ingredients were executed well with mild beef flavor and I personally enjoyed their meatballs the best. Comforting bowl of beef noodles to have it for breakfast or lunch.

Address: Yean Kee Beef Noodle
4, Jln Murni 1,
Taman Murni,
86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00AM – 3:30 PM
(Closed on Monday)

5. Hai Kee Roasted Pork
Hai Kee Kluang Roast Meat
Hai Kee Kluang Roast Meat-Malaysia

@hazeldiary_ Totally recommend if you are a sio bak lover! Try this 海记居銮萻名烧肉 Roast Meat Hai Kee at Kluang , Johor #海记居銮萻名烧肉 #烧肉 #roastmeatspecialist #visitmalaysia #cuticutimalaysia #discovermalaysia ♬ Happy Time(剪辑版) – 小V

Don’t leave Kluang without having their famous roast meat. Hai Kee Roasted Meat stall used to open at night till the wee mornings. I still remember my Uni mate brought us to their butchery place where they slaughtered and roast it straight into the oven few years back. It has since changed and now opens at 12 noon daily serving crispy roasted pork and char siew. We ordered 500g of roast meat at RM33 ~S$9.70 to share. We were advised not to keep it overnight and to consume within the day as it is freshly made daily. If you like sio bak, don’t miss it this! Juicy tender fats! It is also a walking distance to Yuen Fatt Biscuit Bakery. You can tapao your pastry before heading back home.

Address: Hai Kee Roasted Meat ( Kedai Hoe Kee)
50, Jln Haji Manap Nordin,
Taman Kluang Baru,
86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Friday – Tuesday 12:00PM- 7:00PM
(Closed on Wednesday & Thursday)

6. Yuen Fatt Biscuit Bakery (源发饼家)
Yuen Fatt Biscuits Kluang
Yuen Fatt Biscuit bakery is an old shop in Kluang founded in 1989. The bakery shop is well-known for its signature Shanghai mooncakes, which have a special elongated shape. The famous Shanghai mooncake crust is shiny and lustrous, and its shape is outstanding as it is unlike the traditional mooncakes. Locals call it “Golden Pillow” or “The Rat Shaped” because of its unique shape.
Yuen Fatt Biscuits Kluang-Shanghai mooncakeKluang Yuen Fatt Biscuits-Shanghai mooncakes
Customers can mix and match the pastry with a fixed price displayed on their shelf. For eg, the Shanghai mooncakes are going for RM33 ~S$9.70 per box for 3 pieces. All are freshly baked daily, and their kitchen is operated right next to the retail store. If you come at a certain timing, you get to watch them making too.

Address: 39, Jalan Haji Manap Nordin,
Kluang Baru,
86000 Kluang, Johor
Opening Hours:
Monday- Sunday: 8:30AM – 6:00 PM
(Closed on Wednesday)

Attraction Places
1. Kluang Street Art
Kluang Street Art
Kluang Street Art Malaysia

@hazeldiary_ Do you that Kluang Johor is also known for it’s street arts? #cuticutimalaysia #malaysiatrulyasia #visitjohormakan #visitmalaysia ♬ Good to Go – LÒNIS

Take a stroll right in downtown Kluang that is filled with wall murals and 3D art. It is just walking distance from Cendol Kadir. The back alley showcases the local artists artwork with Instagram-worthy spots. Each artwork tells a story of Kluang and worth for keepsake memories.

Address: 25, Jalan Merdeka,
Kampung Masjid Lama,
86000 Kluang, Johor
Opening Hours: Daily 24 hours

2. Kluang Coffee Powder Factory
Fans of local coffees can visit Kluang Coffee Powder factory for a short tour. The factory is open to the public, and you can taste the different types of coffee. They are the origin of ‘Television Brand’ coffee. Owning a television set in Malaysia in the 1960s was a prestige and enjoyment. It brought families and friends closer together with the latest news and entertainment. Thus, by using a television set as its branding, Mr Goh Tong Toh, founder of Kluang Coffee Powder Factory, hopes to produce coffee of the highest quality and prestige, at the same time, bringing families and friends closer together with a great cup of Kluang Coffee.
You can buy it as a souvenir too!
Alternatively, you can shop online via their website or here.

Address: 76, Jalan Besar,
Kampung Yap Tau Sah,
86000 Kluang, Johor
Opening Hours:
Weekdays: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

3. Gunung Lambak
Mount Lambak (or Gunung Lambak) stands at 510 metres tall and requires about 4 hours of hiking from the mountain base to the summit and back, making it a suitable mountain for beginners. Hikers can explore Gunung Lambak as well as the recreational forest. There are camping options too.
A good start to the day before heading for a food adventure.

Address: Gunung Lambak Recreational Forest,
86000 Kluang, Johor

3. UK Farm

Credit: UK Farm Website

Travelling with kids or in groups? Visit UK Farm in Kluang. It is known for its eco farms and organic farming. UK Farm is the largest family-owned goat and sheep farm in Malaysia. They offer tour packages priced at RM45.00 ~S$13.25 for adults and RM35.00 ~S$10.30 for kids. The tour will give insight into how daily farms operate and an in-house guide to accompany throughout the session. You can also have fun while experiencing hands-on activities yet learning about nature and animals. I think kids will enjoy it!

If you are planning to extend a night in Kluang, you can consider staying at UK Farm Agro Resort.

Address: Projek Pertanian Moden Kluang,
KM13 Jalan Batu Pahat, Kluang, 8,
86000 Kluang,
Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +607-759 5018
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

If you are a café lover, Kluang also has several nice cafes to check out. There is a café worth checking out for photos would be the Hill & Heal, a glasshouse café hidden within Gunung Lambak. I did not manage to visit during this trip.

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