Given its relatively large land space, the town is not as dense as other cities around Malaysia.
Though appreciably less organised and much more messy compared to the glitz of Singapore, shopping and eating in the city can be a real adventure, with many shopping complexes and a wide variety of food establishments offering budget to fine dining.
Johor Bahru is probably more well known as an industrial city rather than a tourist-friendly town.
Many of the world's top electronics manufacturers have at least one plant in Johor Bahru, and after the tough times after the 1997 economic crisis the town is stirring to life again.
A new immigration and customs checkpoint - the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex - was opened in Dec 2008.
An almost straight, 600-metre long flyover now links this gigantic complex with the Causeway.
Johor Bahru's metropolitan area can be easily divided into four parts - North, South, East and West.South - The main city centre is located on the southern part of the city which has a link to Singapore via the causeway.Johor Bahru (also Johor Baru or Johore Baharu, but universally called JB) is the state capital of Johor in southern peninsular Malaysia, just across the causeway from Singapore.A bustling city but one with little of interest for the casual tourist, it is a significant regional transport and manufacturing hub.Declared a city only in 1994, Johor Bahru is a rapidly growing city.Latest census figures indicates that it is Malaysia's second largest city proper and third largest metropolitan area, with a population of 1.4 million and 1.8 million respectively.