Wazzup guys. In this vlog, I would like to share with you about the most controversial property development, Forest City, Johor (Malaysia). I have been moved here since October 2022. Forest City Johor is quite far from Johor Bahru city (around 30 minutes – 40 minutes by car). This island, is actually an artificial island. Forest City is an integrated residential development and private town located on the slopes of Gelang Patah, Johor Bahru District, Johor, Malaysia on 1,370 hectares. Announced in 2006 as a twenty-year project, the project was pitched under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (Wikipedia).
Based on comments on Tiktok account, they said that this place/shops was badly affected during MCO on 2020 (due to Covid19). But now, people are starting to visit Forest City again (quite busy on weekend).
Interesting Places in Forest City, Johor Malaysia
The most interesting places and most visited places in Forest City Johor is the Duty Free shop at Fishermen’s Wharf (this is the area where you can find Mamak restaurant and Marrybrown and another 3-5 restaurants). From what I see, there are only about 5 to 10 Duty Free shops open. Some people say that there’s a lot interesting places at Forest City Golf Resort for family, but I dont have any chance to go there yet (they said, the price is cheap too for golfer. Maybe, I’ll cover this on next vlog). Forest City Johor also provide free buggy service for you to ride around the city area.
Forest City beach is around Fisherman’s Wharf too. The beach is okay, but we cannot swim there. From what I know from the locals here, there are crocodiles found here sometimes. So, we need to be careful. For those who bring kids, you can use public Swimming Pool area near the beach. There are two swimming pools, for child (Forest City Water Park) and adult swimming pool (RM20 per entry). The swimming pool is in front of Forest City Sales Gallery building and open for public.
Forest City, Johor at Night
Not much thing to do here at night as most shops are closed at 10pm -11pm and the street lights to Forest City are usually off, and this is quite dangerous. Currently, the only shop that operate 24 hours is the KK Mart shop. Most of Forest City residents are either working at Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas (PTP Port) or Singapore (near to Tuas Bridge).
Based on my 3 months experience living here, I can say that this place is safe, peaceful and quiet (no ghosts or whatsoever haha). More people are slowly moving here due to their cheap house rental (you can get around RM800- Rm1000 per month). To be honest, this place is beautiful and I hope that there will be more shops open here (or some big event).
Accomodation at Forest City, Johor
For those who comes from outside Johor, there are several good hotels around Forest City such as Marina Hotel and Forest City Golf Hotel. There are also homestay here for who comes with family members. For more info, you can find all hotel and homestay in Forest City at Agoda website.
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How to Go To Forest City Johor
To go to Forest City Johor (Malaysia), if you are from Malaysia, you can use Second Link Highway in Johor (towards Tuas Singapore). Take exit Tanjung Pelepas / Pangkalan Marin Syahbandar (PTP Port) on your left side. Go straight until you find Forest City exit on your left.