Not a tourist paradise

Segamat Travel Blog

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Segamat is the kind of place you go to if you have family here or are attending a friend's wedding. Otherwise, there is no reason to come here. It is only a few hours' drive from Kuala Lumpur, but is fairly isolated at the central part of northern Johor state. Gunung Ledang is in the vicinity, but there are more convenient places to stay if you are headed there. Segamat got passed over when the North-South Expressway was built some 95km away from it. Ooops. And decline set in. Today it is fairly uneventful but hints at its busier past. The old town hugs the Segamat River but the rest of town sprawls, making it torturously hot for the sightseer on foot. There are a few original eateries and kopitiams, but shopping is not an attraction here. Segamat 1 Mall will open soon right next to the bus terminal at the edge of the old part of town. This is one of the only breaths of fresh air I noticed here as far as development and modernization goes. But transit-wise, Segamat is convenient as the KTM train station is just across the street from the bus terminal. I will say that it is much quicker and more reliable to take the bus than the train though. My train got delayed about 3 hours (and that's not so uncommon). If you are into history, there are a few nice old wooden houses around scattered in the back lanes. And the river itself is pretty clean. But of Johor's main cities, Segamat has got to be the least interesting.

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