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Batu Pahat

Practical information on Batu Pahat

  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Port
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Off the beaten track
2 / 5 - One review
How to get there
30 minutes by car from Johor Bahru
When to go
From March to November
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Batu Pahat

Antoine d'Audigier Seasoned Traveller
48 written opinions

A small village living in the shadow of its past.

My suggestion:
There's no overwhelming reason to go to Batu Pahat but Minyak Beku is worth a look.
My review

I often ask myself what brings tourists to Batu Pahatduring a trip to Malaysia. Its beach looks out on the most polluted bit of sea in south-east Asia which doesn't make swimming an option and its totally modern architecture is enough to depress the most positive traveller.

However, , there is a surprising village not far from Batu Pahat : Minyak Beku. It may not look like anything special at first but its Chinese temple is a truly impressive creation, covered in colourful legendary figures.

I also saw the well from which Batu Pahut gets its name, which means "chiselled stone". In effect, the llabour of the Siamese fishermen who chiselled the rocks to find water is rewarded here but you wouldn't want to drink the dirty water. If you want to try something other than local specialties like mee goreng then you can eat French food here.

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