Pontian is a district in southwest Johor, the name of Pontian was transformed from a Malay word “Perhentian” which means a stop. Sailors travelling to and from Singapore or Malacca stop at Sungai Pontian Besar for shelter from the rough waters the Straits of Malacca.It is home to the National Park of Tanjung Piai with its beautiful mangroves. Tanjung Piai is a tourist attraction because it is at the southernmost tip of Asia .It is also the site of one of the observatories where Muslims use to determine religious events in the Islamic calender.Officials at the observatory observe the crescent moon to mark the beginning of the Muslim month of Ramadhan, Syawal, and Zulhijjah, which denotes the start of the Ramadhan fasting, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha, respectively.Today, the name Pontian is also used in the names of two towns in the district, Pontian Besar and Pontian Kechil, of which the latter serves as the district capital.The capital was formerly a fishing village which has developed into a small town.Pontian ia a seafood haven noted for its variety of seafood which is sold at a reasonable price. Visitors from neighbouring towns and Singapore regularly visit Kukup, a fishing village about 20 km from Pontian Kechil, and known as the seafood lover’s mecca.Pontian Kechil is situated 1.5 hours away (via bus) from Johor Bahru (Capital of Johor State) via Jalan Johor.Other notable towns in Pontian include Ayer Baloi and Benut, north of Pontian Kechil. To the south and east of Pontian Kechil respectively are the towns of Teluk Kerang and Pekan Nanas.Pontian’s coastal areas are populated by Malays of Bugis and Javanese descent, while the Chinese community in Pontian predominantly belongs to the Fujian (Hokkien) sub-ethnicity. The Bugis Museum, located next to Masjid Teluk Kerang, in Kampung Teluk Kerang was built to preserve the Malay Bugis history.

Places to go


Homestay Kg. Puteri Menangis

A true testament to the spirit of Malaysian hospitality. Homestay Kampung Puteri Menangis is located in Kampung Puteri Menangis, Benut. 

Homestay Berayan

Warm, welcoming, endearing Malaysian hospitality. Homestay Berayan in Pontian exudes all that and more. The homestay is built around a traditional “kampung” environment, exhibiting the similarities and differences between traditional Malay villages in Johor with those of other states. 

Ladang Nanas

Agro tourism with a saccharine twist, this attraction showcases the long-standing love affair between Johor and pineapples. Ladang Nanas in Alor Bukit is, as the name suggests, a pineapple estate.

Nictar Bee Farm

A sugary sweet way to discover the lesser known highlights of Pontian. Nictar Bee Farm, tucked away in the middle of Malaysia’s oldest pineapple estate, showcases locally harvested pineapples and honey.

Jeti Nelayan Sungai Rambah

Traders, warriors, seafarers and at times pirates, the Bugis were one of the many ethnic groups that had come to settle in Peninsular Malaysia.

RAMSAR Site Sungai Pulai

A complex, flourishing ecosystem of mangroves, mudflats and riverine forests that epitomise Johor’s natural beauty. Sungai Pulai is another RAMSAR site that is abundant in lush greenery. The habitat houses unique mangrove wildlife, with birds such as the Mangrove Blue Flycatcher and mammals including the Brush-tailed Porcupines and Scaly Ant-Eaters.

Pulau Kukup National Park

An island shrouded in legends of princesses and curses, or so the folklore says. Pulau Kukup National Park is one of the largest uninhabited mangrove forests in the world.

Restoran Asli Mualaf Asam Pedas

Longing for the asam pedas that is so Pontian? Drive over to Restoran Asli Mualaf Assam Pedas where you can pick your own fresh fish, be it the pari (stingray) or any other to be cooked with your preferred dish.

Mee Rebus Sentap Anim

A visit to Pontian would not be complete without a visit to Mee Rebus Sentap Anim, well known for the best Mee Rebus in town.

Ketupat Sabri

Ketupat Sabri is the first restaurant in Pontian to exclusively serve Raya delicacies, much to the delight of the locals.
Medan Ikan Bakar Johoriau

Medan Ikan Bakar Johoriau

If you are looking for local Johorean seafood with a 5-star rating and a restaurant with great design, then head over to the feast that is at the Medan Ikan Bakar Johoriau. 
Tanjung Piai

Tanjung Piai National Park

Escape the hustle-bustle of city life to the calm and lilting sounds of the soothing ocean at Tanjung Piai National Park.
Bugis Museum

Johor Bugis Museum

Traders, warriors, seafarers and at times pirates, the Bugis were one of the many ethnic groups that had come to settle in Peninsular Malaysia.
Kemangi Restaurant

Kemangi Restaurant

Kemangi Restaurant is located at the ground floor of No 907 Jalan Bakek, in the town of Pontian Kechil.

Kukup Golf Resort

The Kukup Golf Resort sits on the South Western tip of Peninsula Malaysia, in the district of Pontian