Muar – The Picturesque City of Johor

Masjid Sultan Ismail opposite the Muar River

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! 

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. 

Balmy weather at Tanjung Emas

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).

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.

Indoor settings at Nasuha Herbs Paradise

There is an herbs park and gallery, fish pond, restaurant, herbal Spa & Sauna, reasonably priced chalets and log cabin accommodation and a processing plant inside the farm. We were awed by its collection and breathtaking view. There are plenty of outdoor activities for the family to enjoy through their tailor-made packages too. Besides that, there are various herbal tour packages that include herbal knowledge and tour, and do try their special Herbal Chicken Beriani (biryani). 

The farm also produces and sells high quality organic natural herbal products. The natural herbs used in the production are obtained fresh from its plantation and processed within the plantation. 

For those interested to indulge in some herbal knowledge and wanting to embrace nature at its best, visit for more details. 

Be one with nature at Nasuha Herbs Paradise

We concluded that Muar was an eye-opener and erased the thoughts that it’s not a “sleepy town” but is actually quite picturesque and indeed the royal city of Johor.