If you ever get your wires all tangled up in Singapore’s hectic life and need a quick getaway (who doesn’t?), Yong Peng in Johor is a great place to ease up.
This little town in the centre of Johor will let you catch your breath with its lush greenery and relaxed pace of life.
Let the temple bells and fragrant incense in one of Yong Peng’s temples help you settle your thoughts, or nourish your soul with Yong Peng’s specialty – some Fuzhou-style cuisine.
Even a quick day-trip to Yong Peng is enough to give yourself a break from the big city.
So break away from the metropolitan city and relish in the suburbanize life compile with great food and beautiful landscape.
4 Recommended Itineraries For Yong Peng One Day Trip
Got only a day but want to make your trip to Yong Peng worthwhile? Check out this summarize itinerary to have a pleasant day trip.
Route 1: Taiwan City > Restaurant Hock Hua > Yong Peng Tian Bao Gong
Route 3: Yong Peng Hei Long Dong Temple > Hock Chew Mee Factory > Che Ann Khor Temple > Kacang Permata Krystal
How To Go To Yong Peng From Singapore
1. Private Car From Singapore To Yong Peng
The easiest way to travel from Singapore to Yong Peng would be by private car- obviously. This is your ideal mode of transport if you’re travelling in a small group, or if you’re lugging along a hefty backpack with you.
These are the advantages to hire SGMYTAXI to Yong Peng from Singapore:
- Direct pick-up at your doorstep in Singapore and direct drop-off in Yong Peng or any other destination in Johor
- You choose the time and location in Singapore for pick-up
- No need to get off the car at the Singapore-Malaysia custom clearance
- Reliable and experienced drivers will ensure your safety and provide the best services they can offer
- Spacious seat and ample space for leg and luggage
- Provides well-maintained fleets that can accommodate up to 10 passengers
- Suitable for family with small children and elderly or group of friends
- The booking system is user-friendly and with no pre-payments and other hidden charges.
It is highly recommended to ride with them because of the excellent services that there are many returning customers.
What are you waiting for? Have a pleasant journey with great services by SGMYTAXI.
2. Coach From Singapore To Yong Peng
Taking a coach from Singapore to Yong Peng is your most cost-effective option, as long as you don’t mind the longer travel time and the process of going through bus stands.
On the way, you’ll have to go through immigration clearance. For this, you’ll need to exit the coach with your all belongings, so keep your documents at hand and don’t get too settled into your seat before this happens!
There is one coach that operates on the Singapore-Yong Peng route. The bus stops at Yong Peng Lucky Garden which is a 2 mins drive to town.
2.1 The One Travel & Tours
Singapore to Yong Peng: SGD$26.50/person
Departure Point & Time
Golden Mile Tower (9:00am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm)
Boon Lay (9:45am, 11:45am, 2:15pm, 4:15pm, 6:00pm)
3. Bus From Singapore To Yong Peng
Step 1: Bus From Singapore To Larkin Bus Terminal
You can also take the public bus from Singapore to Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru and then to Yong Peng.
To get to Larkin Bus Terminal, first, you have to take a bus from different parts of Singapore. The three bus operators that scheduled to Yong Peng are; SBS Transit, Singapore-Johore Express (SJE) and Causeway Link (CW).
1. Causeway Link
From Kranji MRT Station
From Queen Street Terminal
From Jurong East Bus & MRT Interchange
CW 3- SGD$4.00
From Boon Lay MRT Station
CW 6 –SGD$4.00
2. SBS Transit (red plate)
From Queen Street Terminal
3. Singapore-Johore Express
From Queen Street Terminal
Step 2: Bus From Larkin Bus Terminal To Yong Peng
From here, you take the public bus to Yong Peng. There is only one direct public bus from Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru to Yong Peng.
1. Cepat Ekspres
Larkin Johor Bahru to Yong Peng: MYR10.30/person
Yong Peng to Johor Bahru: MYR11.30/ person
Departure Point & Time
Larkin Johor Bahru(8:00pm)
Yong Peng (10:00am, 3:30pm, 6:00pm)
Top 5 Yong Peng Attractions
1. Black Dragon Cave Temple
Be mesmerized with the architecture and sculpture of this 2-storey tall temple that is mainly devoted to the three gods; Zhang Gong, Xiao Gong, Hong Gong among the other gods.
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The temple has increasingly become popular among local Malaysian and foreigners, especially Singaporeans. The temple is seen mostly for tourist who is worshippers and for those who are seeking for a quiet retreat.
Since temple stay has become widespread, the temple provides 24 rooms including other facilities for temple stay programmes which are available for booking.
Also, the temple has Jacuzzi and wading pools for children under 12 that can enjoy in the hot weather but it closes on Tuesday.
2. Tian Pao Kong Temple
Standing at 68 feet, Malaysia is proud to have the tallest statue of Che Kung or Crazy Monk in Tian Pao Kong Temple.
Che Kung was well-known for his ability to suppress uprising and epidemics and is famous as a military commander during the Southern Song Dynasty.
The temple has also boost the tourist economy recently with busloads of visitors coming into Yong Peng to worship him and other gods; including Guan Gong, General Wu Ye and more.
Aside from the statue, the temple also awes the tourists with a Prosperity Pond and a Bridge of Peace along with a 200-foot wall in scripted with Jigong’s life story.
3. Fortune Dragon At Che Ann Khor
Enter the mouth of a mythical creature (literally) that spans over 106.9m, sprawling more than a hectare on the gardens of Che Ann Khor Yong Peng Association. This is the longest dragon tunnel in South East Asiawhich is dubbed as the Prosperity Dragon!
The interior of the hollow dragon structure is filled with Chinese cultural and religious paintings. Walking through the dragons, you’ll find 24 paintings that portrays the teaching of Buddha and another 18 paintings depicting the afterlife.
Tourist will be required to pay a minimal fee when entering the fully air-conditioned tunnel to view the paintings. It was said that by entering the dragon mouth and exiting through its tail will change the luck of a person by dispelling bad luck or changing the luck to a better one.
4. Wansern Organic Farm & Eco Park
Want to learn, eat and buy some organic vegetables? Wansern Organic Farm & Eco Park is a 7-acre farm that meets strict organic standards without any chemical substances that produce high quality and high nutrition crops.
Also read: Top 11 Eco Parks & Farms in Johor
Visitors can get to learn the differences between organic plantation and non-organic plantation. Aside from vegetation, they have homes of swiftlets that you can get closer to their habitat and learn their behaviour.
Also, visitors can visit the production department to get a great visualization of the whole process. At the end of the day, you can get to buy the vegetables that are grown on the farm and their bird nest products.
5. Claytan Ceramics Store
If you have never heard of Claytan, then you probably don’t wash the toilet or even the dishes! Upholding its legacy of 100 years, this brand is really well-known with sanitary ware and then it branches out to kitchenware, tableware and also drainage systems.
Amazingly, they’ve set up a factory here in Ayer Hitam, 20 minutes drive from Yong Peng town and it bears so many fond memories for the past factory workers.
Presently, the factory is open to public and holds many tour visits for schools and any other organizations. You’ll get to learn and see the whole process from designing, production, colouring packaging to shipping.
It is an eye-opening experience to visit the factory and you can get the chance to buy some pretty Claytan products as memorabilia.
5 Best Yong Peng Local Products
1. Eng Hin Bakery
One of the famous local delicacies would be Ho Chew biscuit that is still deliciously handmade for 3 generations. The Ho Chew biscuit is also known as kompyang which is made by flour yeast and fermentation is judged by experience.
There are so many different types of kompyang that you can choose from to satisfy your taste bud; the traditional no filling, sweet sesame, and peanut filling kompyang.
The shop not only sells biscuits, but they also make Ho Chew noodles, wanton noodles and Mee Hun too which is not added with any preservatives hence it only lasts 3-4 days!
2. Hock Chew Mee Factory
Yong Peng is famous for making noodles, and it is not just any noodle but Fu Zhou noodle with family own recipe that has been passed down from generations to generations!
Hidden somewhere behind the main road, away from obvious signboards, visitors may find it hard to locate the factory but it is all worth it when you catch the glimpse of the process.
They used to use a big wooden stick to flatten the noodle by adding high gluten-flour and tapioca starch to preserve the noodle’s tenderness. Nowadays, they used modern machinery to increase production volume.
Aside from the visual visit, visitors get the chance to buy the noodles and other produces too.
3. Kacang Permata Krystal
Started from a small humble business at home to owning a shop and having the own brand while getting dubbed ‘Peanut King’!
The best part is, the owner insisted to only use natural and healthy ingredients without additional preservatives or colourings, which this had made the business boom over the years and also the main feature of the product.
Also read: 13 Famous Local Foods in Kluang
The best-seller products are Peanut Biscuits, Chicken Pie and Almond Biscuits. Due to no additional preservatives, the products have short shelf-life, hence the products are sold on the day they are being made.
4. Taiwan City
Don’t forget to pull over at this quintessential rest stop that sells many types of Taiwan and Malaysia products.
Some of the few famous products from Taiwan are;
- Tamsui Iron Eggs
- Pineapple Cakes
- Daxi Bean Curd
- Hsinchu Rice Vermicelli
- Bull Head Barbecue Sauce
You’ll get to enjoy these imported products without the hassle of flying all the way to Taiwan.
There’s a huge transparent glass that showcases the process of baking so visitors can have a visualization of how the products are made. Don’t forget to purchase the freshly baked Pineapple Cake and Mung Bean Cake!
5. YOYO Native Food Product
If you’re looking for local food products to take back as souvenirs, YOYO is the best place to get them. Rows and rows of products that comes with 29 types of biscuits, 11 types of seasoning, 10 types of beverages-you’ll be stuffing your bags with all these amazing goodies.
Tired from all the shopping, why not sip a cuppa and while people-watching. They have a small coffee shop inside to rejuvenate and recharge from all the walking and shopping.
What’s more, they provide free testing to promote their new products, so you can shop while you eat!
4 Best Yong Peng Food To Eat
1. Atap- OD
Famous for the local to have their morning energy, Atap-OD serves delicious Fok Chew style traditional Loh Mee and Dry Fried Noodles that are the main highlight of the menu.
The owner has been making the noodles using the house recipe for the past 15 years that has made them undeniably mouth-watering. Fook Chew Egg Soup and Singapore Fried Mee Hun are also the two sought-after noodles from the menu.
Your trip to Yong Peng is not worthwhile if you miss the chance of even having a slight taste from Atap-OD.
2. Restaurant Rong Cheng
Getting a lunch or dinner break with your family or friends but doesn’t know where? At Rong Cheng, you’ll get to enjoy their specialty Hock Chew Noodle.
Also read: 11 Top Seafood Restaurants in Johor Bahru
Aside from the noodle, there is, of course, other delicious dishes in the menu that shouldn’t miss out either such as;
- Claypot Keow Teow
- Steamed Pork Belly
- Cereal Prawns with Mayo and Honeydew
- Steamed Tipalia Fish
- Wrapper Herbal Chicken
Good service and reasonable prices, what more can you ask for? Head on down to Restaurant Rong Cheng to get your tummy filled now!
3. Restaurant Hock Swee Hin
Still looking for more Fuzhou style dishes? Here at Restaurant Hock Swee Hin is one of the restaurants that specialize in Fuzhou dishes which you’ll want to come back for more!
Fu Zhou fishball noodle is one of the highlights of this restaurant. The fishballs are stuffed with pork filling and also not forgetting the red rice wine chicken. The chicken is immersed in the mixture of red wine, rice wine, red date, and other ingredients to bring out the fragrance.
These dishes make your mouth waters and are being loved by the locals.
4. Thai Aroy
Why not try some add some interesting flavour to your tastebuds? Thai Aroy serves authentic Thai dishes that are appetizing to many locals.
The stall is located at the former site of Yong Peng Cinema. The owner’s wife is originally from Thailand and the business has been running for more than 10 years.
The few favorites are Hot and Sour Pork Noodles, Thailand Curry Fried Noodles, Meatball Noodles, and Thai Rendang Chicken. After finding out the locals couldn’t handle the spiciness as Thai people do, the owner cooked at a mild level and allow customers to add chilies provided at the table.
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Best Hotel In Yong Peng
1. Hotel Meng Hong
Finding a place to relax while visiting Yong Peng? MH Hotel is strategically located and at a minimal rate, you’ll still get to enjoy a three-star standard service!
Spacious high-quality suites inclusive of breakfast and comfortable recreational facilities- this makes it the first choice for travellers.
Also read: 13 Best & Cheap Hotels In Johor Bahru
Price Starting From:
RM88 @ SGD$30
- 4 types of rooms; standard, superior, deluxe and junior suite
- Close to attractions such as; Yuen Yean Fishball Eating house in 1km, YOYO Native food in 1.3km and Organic Farm & Swiftlet House in 2 km by driving
- Coffee- tea making facilities
- Karaoke room
- Complimentary bottled water
- Free ample parking spaces
Good To Know:
- The rates in the website are inclusive of breakfast
- Check-in time starts at 2:00pm
- Check out time is 12:00pm
- Additional RM15 for every additional hour will be imposed on late check-out
- Full rate will apply for check-out after 6 p.m.
- Credit card or cash deposit is required
- Government issued ID is required
- Pets are not allowed