What do you do if you’re looking for a day of leisure in JB that’s also relatively safe?
Many Singaporeans who don’t drive will like to go City Square or the newly opened Komtar JBCC when they want a day trip to JB to get more bang for their buck (‘cos S$1 = RM3). I used to visit City Square as it’s quite easy to get there – it’s literally just besides the JB customs, just cross the overhead bridge and you’re there. City Sq has many shops – affordable restaurants, cinema and shops – perfect for students on budget like I was.
I used to take a cab (teksi) after the JB customs to Taman Sentosa (nearby KSL Mall) more than 10 years back for RM6, but faced the problem that it was hard to get a teksi from there back to City Sq. With Grab/Uber it’s much easier, just invest in a data SIM card and viola, JB customs to KSL Mall in under RM10, another mall to explore!
Anyway, the thing that sparked this post is more than the usual hair salons, cinemas, eateries in JB. I went for yet another short day trip to JB very recently, and one of my friends recommended this massage place outside of KSL Mall. I know, I was thinking why on earth are we walking under the hot sun for like 10 minutes in search of this massage place when there’s a few inside the mall?
We were at: https://www.facebook.com/thaiimperialjb/
Thai Imperial I : 217, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Tmn Century,johor bahru TEL: 07-333 1355
THAI IMPERIAL II: 70, Jalan Serampang, Tmn Pelangi,johor bahru TEL: 07-332 1633
(all photos grabbed from google)
We went to the outlet at Sulaiman, and opted for a member happy hour oil massage at RM79 for 90 minutes (Super cheap!) There are quite a few Thai masseurs, and it’s definitely not sleazy. Private rooms are also provided (or at least I had one without additional charges lol). I was on one of those hollow beds with a hole for my head to face down and breathe, which I prefer to just a mattress on the floor.
And the massage was omg super good! I’m not a fan of full body oil massage as they are often painful, always oily and tend to do little for my aching upper back, shoulders and neck. However, the masseuse focused on my pain areas (typical pain points from a desk-bound job) and it was painful but gooood. Or in her words, “Ohhhh, no pain no good~!”
It’s sore, but a good kind of sore. I seriously love a nice back/shoulder/neck rub that eases the chronic soreness I have. Oh but do be “warned”, they will do a bit of the Thai-style twisting of your bodies at the end. lol. I groaned and laughed when she did that.
Anyway, if you’re planning a short staycation, you can consider the newly opened Holiday Villa (there’s an infinity pool!) that’s just next to KSL Mall (which also has its own hotel & residence). And you can also pop by Taman Sentosa for the nice Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh (Pork Ribs Soup with rice).
Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh 顺发肉骨茶
11 Jalan Sutera Satu, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru. Tel: +019-778-0709
Operating daily 8 am – 8 pm (Monday closed at 5 pm)
Alternatively, if you’re at Taman Sentosa area at night, there’s also plenty of food places around the area in walking distance.