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Johor Lama Fort (Teluk Sengat)


Johor Lama Fort (Teluk Sengat)Slightly less than half a millennium ago, this small village strategically guarding the upper reaches of the Johor River was the seat of the Johor Sultanate. Though all that remains are a restored earth mount and fragments of stone walls, a fort built in 1540 by Sultan Alauddin Shah - son of the first Johor Sultan - used to exist. The Portuguese who had taken Malacca attacked in 1587 and completely destroyed the fort despite it being defended by 8,000 of the Sultanate’s warriors.
From the Travel Times:

"The fortress made of rocks and turf is said to be one of the best defensive forts built along Sungai Johor to stop the Portuguese after the fall of Malacca. Though "tourists" are only taken to the hilltop fort which now appears as a plain well-maintained field surrounded by bunds, a walk around Kampong Johor will lead to more hidden bunds. Kampong folk say the bunds cover 2.4 km through the rubber plantation surrounding the small kampong.
Also found here are two tombs in two different sites. One near the fort is unidentified while the other in the rubber estate belongs to the royal midwife.
Further upstream is Kampong Panchor which was made a ruling centre by Sultan Abdul Jalil Riayat Shah IV, the 11th Sultan of Johor, under the name Kota Panchor.
Besides the remains of the fort and still-hidden historical relics, the kampong which is surrounded by oil palm plantations takes pride in another two ancient tombs.
Drive through the plantation dirt road to reach an isolated mausoleum of Sultan Muzaffar Syah atop the hill in the middle of Bukit Seluyot. This is located by the river too. The third Sultan of Johor was not alone, for buried in the same resting place was his sister Raja Fatimah and nephew Sultan Abdul Jalil."
This quaint coastal fishing village is well known for its fresh seafood, especially its crab delicacy.
FirefliesYou'll have to go to Kota Tinggi. A rapidly expanding town, the hustle and bustle of this town is charming as the traditional blends well with the modern.
Modern progress is taking place here with many new buildings as well as the Government's plan to move the administrative centre from Johor Bahru to Kota Tinggi.
The boarding point for this firefly excursion is at the riverbank near Jalan Tepi Sungai, opposite the row of shops.
Before going on the boat you'll have to put on life jackets.
These fascinating insects are found in abundance on the berembang trees that line the banks the Johor River. The scene is very beautiful.
You'll have a close encounter with one of nature's mesmerising phenomenon - the beautiful presence of fireflies, glowing in the thousands here.
The boat for the fireflies

Crocodile farmThe Crocodile Farm in Teluk Sengat was established in 1979. There are about 500 crocodiles bred in the farm through natural copulation. These crocodiles belong to the Crocodylus Porosus species. The farm's main export is the crocodile's meat and skin, which can be made into leather goods.
crocodile
There's a wide choice of beach resorts along its long coastline – at Teluk Mahkota, Tanjung Balau, Desaru, Batu Layar, Teluk Punggai and Teluk Ramunia. Those who like to stay near the famous waterfalls of Kota Tinggi can check into the Kota Tinggi Waterfall Resort. In town itself, there is quite a number of budget hotels scattered all over.
Golfers also have a few choices, one of which is Sebana Cove. The all-in-one retreat has a marina, 18-hole course and resort. Guests can choose from 40 executive rooms, 20 suites and 24 two-bedroom apartments housed in two-storey blocks. The main clubhouse has a swimming pool, food and beverage outlets, gymnasium, sauna and tour desk.