Pontian is a town in Johor, Malaysia, situated to the southwest of Johor Bahru. The Chinese of the Fujian (Hokkien) sub-ethnicity and Malays of Bugis and Javanese origin make up the majority of the population on the coastal part of Pontian. The name of Pontian was transformed from a Malay word “perhentian”, which means “stop”. As the name suggests, Pontian is a lovely place to stop and take short-trip.
Tanjung Piai, The Southernmost Tip Of Mainland Asia, is arguably one of the most exciting places in Pontian. This is the southernmost point in continental Asia (excluding islands), located inside Tanjung Piai Johor National Park. It takes a long walk through the preserved mangrove forest to reach here.
A steel globe monument there signifies that you’ve reached the southernmost part of continental Asia. It is peaceful among the mangroves, and if you sit attentively, you may view various animals near the mangrove trees, including monitor lizards and snails. It offers an ideal location for school children to explore the mangrove swamp while learning how to reforest the mangrove. There are a few more places within the national park where you may capture stunning landscapes.
Pisang Island is a small island in Pontian district, Johor. The Pulau Pisang Lighthouse is located on the island, roughly 12 kilometres from Pontian Kechil and 5 kilometres from Benut. The lighthouse is operated by the Singaporean authority to aid maritime navigation, especially in guiding ships into the western entrance of the bustling Singapore Strait.
There are a few beaches suitable for picnics, swimming, baths, beach walk and net fishing. You can experience hiking and hill-climbing across the forest and go down to another side of the island.
A day at the national park is a beautiful way to unwind for any naturist. The park’s highlights include the soothing waves, the scent of the sea breeze, and the endless flora. After viewing the resilient and beautiful mangrove trees, you will be intrigued to learn more about ecology and biodiversity. The mangrove forest is also crucial in preventing the land from being devastated by the seawater in its most ferocious form.
The 261-hectare Kukup Island is the second largest mangrove swamp island globally. Kukup Island Johor National Park is specifically established to protect one of the largest mangrove islands in the world. You can take a boat from the ferry terminal in Kukup Town to reach there. If you’re an outdoor person, you should take the tour to the national park just once for the experience of walking along a boardwalk through the mangroves.
Nictar Pineapple Park is a small pineapple plantation in Pekan Nenas (Pineapple Town), located in the northern part of Pontian. They also produce pineapple based products such as juice, jams, sauces and dried pineapple treats. Besides promoting sustainable farming, the park seeks to educate the history of pineapple farming and how pineapples are planted and harvested to visitors through tour briefings. A small rabbit farm and fish ponds available here will also be entertaining for the kids.
Pontian Royal Park exemplifies the Johoreans’ loyalty to the Sultan of Johor. This is just one of the numerous royal crown parks that can be found across Johor’s districts. To avoid the heat and to see the stunning bright lights that add beauty to the monument, we recommend you take a stroll in the park in the evening.
An early morning visit is perfect for an Instagram post of the landmark in a deep blue sky backdrop filled with a blaze of pinks and reds. Apart from jogging, cycling, skipping, and other light sporting activities are also permitted in the park.
With so many opportunities to get close to nature, you should plan a trip to the southernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia. The setting sun, mountains, eco-friendly mangrove forests, scent and freshness of the ocean are some of the beauties of Pontian. To make your visit here even more worthwhile, you should visit Pontian during the festival season to discover the town at its liveliest and learn about the culture and people.