Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Travel: Mersing, Johor

Mersing town is a lively tourist town visited by Malaysians and foreign tourists and the town is particularly significant for a number of reasons, it is one of only two major towns situated in the eastern half of Johor state (the other being Kota Tinggi), it lies on the main trunk road that connects  and it is the main departure point for ferries to the nearby offshore islands such as Pulau Tioman.

Mersing is located 136 Kilometres north east of the state capital Johor Bahru. The Mersing port in the mouth of Mersing River is also the main port for ferries to Pulau Tioman and the more than 40 other islands in the Seribuat Archipelago. It is easily accessible from the Republic of Singapore, the Johor state capital of Johor Bahru, the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and the major northern Malaysian town of Kuantan by car, bus, taxi or coaches.

From Mersing, tourists can visit many nearby beaches. Beaches in the Mersing area rival beaches on the islands nearby. These are easily accessible from Mersing town. Other interesting places to visit near to Mersing town are Endau town, a major off-shore fishing port in Johor (about 33 km from Mersing town) and Penyabung, a very quiet fishing village located in a beautiful cove by the sea (about 20 km from Mersing town). Another attraction is the Endau Rompin National Park in the north.

There are numerous hotels at reasonable prices catering to the many Malaysian and foreign tourists who visit the Mersing town throughout the year.

The Chinese community in Mersing mainly belongs to the Cantonese dialect group and speak Cantonese.

Mersing is nowadays the gateway to several beautiful islands. It used to be a sleepy fishing village. There are still many fishing boats on the river, as well as a local wet market and fishing-related industries.

It lies along the South China Sea at the mouth of the Mersing River. Its predominantly Malaysian residents live in coastal and riverside fishing villages. There are some local tin-mining settlements and rubber estates. An embarkation point for the islands in the Seribuat Archipelago and a regular port of call on the east coastal trade route, Mersing is linked by road inland to Batu Pahat and south to Johor Bahru and Singapore.

The ferry's in Mersing are going to:

To Tioman: 

Passenger boat - slower ferry 11:30 duration 2h
From Tioman to Mersing dep 8:00 (have to stay on Tioman overnight if you want to use this service) one way RM25
speedboat - 7:30, 13:00 duration 1.5hrs.
From Tioman 10:00,15:30 one way RM30

To Pulau Besar:

(not to confuse with the other Besar island offshore Melaka), departure 12:00
(from P.Besar 10:00) ow RM25, rt RM50

To Pulau Rawa:

Private island owned by the resort. Accommodation from RM100 (sb,f,d) dep12:00 (from P.Rawa 10:00) Book ahead boat fare might be included in the accommodation fare

To P.Tinggi & P. Sibu :

Ferry leaves from Tanjung Leman

In Mersing is a Seri Malaysia Hotel (best Hotel in town), Timotel and a Embassy Hotel.
There are 3 backpacker style hostels, some rent-a-room style hotels (only 2 rooms in a family's house) and many Chinese style hotels.