The port-town Johor Bahru lies at the southernmost tip of the Malay Peninsula. Due to a massive growth in the second half of the 20th century the place grew considerably big. The city is now home for at least 500,000 people, while the whole urbanized complex surrounding it houses roughly estimated another 200,000 inhabitants. Johor Bahru is linked with the island of Singapore by a causeway.
Johor Bahru is an important commercial center of peninsular Malaysia.
While Singapore was founded in 1819, Johor Bahru followed in 1855. There has been a small Malay fishing village before at the place with the name Tanjung Puteri. The immigration of Chinese and Javanese helped to develop the place in the following decades.
Due to a massive growth in the 1990s, Johor Bahru gained city status. It's still among the fastest growing cities in Malaysia.
As a trade and financial center, Johor Bahru is closely interconnected with Singapore. There is also a producing, industrial belt around the city.
Apart from the secularian judiciary there is a Sharia law court active here. One of the sights is the Grand Palace of the Sultan of Johor.
Many Singaporeans have chosen to live rather in Johor Bahru than in Singapore, where prices are considerably higher than here. It's no nice place, though, for it's not clean and the whole atmosphere in the inner city is unfriendly and things appear neglected. I dont' think it's very safe here, neither.
The bus station Larkin Sentral is about 5km outside of the city center. There are frequent buses to other regions in peninsular Malaysia, to south Thailand and to Singapore. Besides, the place has a railway station, a very large industrial port and an airport. There are passenger-boat connections to Sumatra.