Late night things to do in JB
There’s no denying Singaporeans love making trips up north across the border for affordable buys and good eats aplenty.
But daytime travel means people everywhere you turn. Instead of literally rubbing shoulders with everyone, stay up past your bedtime to enjoy a peaceful night of shopping and eating once the crowds disperse. There’s much more to do than just this of course. Here are the best things to do in JB at night:
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- Late night things to do in JB
- 1. Fa Ge Lok Lok – Open till 3am daily
- 2. Bangkok Spa – Massage parlour with private sauna & jacuzzi
- 3. Danga Bay Theme Park – Carnival rides from S$0.57
- 4. Loud Speaker KTV – Nintendo Switch games from S$4.30/pax
- 5. Daiman Bowl – 36 lanes, open till 1am
- 6. Mango Light Cyber Cafe – 24/7 LAN from S$1.15/hour
- 7. Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe – Customisable tea & coffee
- 8. Pasar Karat – Night market with affordable food & fashion steals
- 9. I’m A Singer Family Karaoke – KTV studio in KSL City Mall
- 10. Avery-Day – Santorini-themed convenience store
- 11. RUD Karting Centre – Go karts with speeds up to 90km/h
- 12. Lawa Lawa Spa – Traditional Malay massage from ~S$24/hour
1. Fa Ge Lok Lok – Open till 3am daily
A trip to JB without lok lok is frankly, quite incomplete. It’s undoubtedly a supper food, so even if you spent the whole day hopping around new shopping malls in JB, there’s bound to be a lok lok stall open late at night to satisfy cravings.
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Fa Ge Lok Lok is one that’s just a stone’s throw away from the ever-popular KSL City Mall. Plus, they’re open till 3am. You’ll find all sorts of skewered meats and veggies priced from RM1.50/stick (~S$0.43). Regulars here tend to go for the marinated duck, salmon belly, and enoki mushroom wrapped in ham.
Once you’ve made your selection, you then get to choose to boil, fry, or grill your sticks. And when they’re ready, dip them into spicy and tangy sauces for a burst of flavour.
Price: From RM1.50/stick (~S$0.43)
Address: Jalan Serigala, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 7pm-3am, Daily
Contact: +60 16 716 4612
2. Bangkok Spa – Massage parlour with private sauna & jacuzzi
If you’ve no trouble staying up late because you can’t seem to relax when you get into bed, it may be time for you to release tension with a massage. Knead away sore muscles by heading to Bangkok Spa, where services here include foot reflexology, traditional Thai massages, and body scrubs.
A soak in a jacuzzi can help warm up tight muscles.
Image credit: Bangkok Spa
For couples looking to book quiet time alone, the massage parlour even has a private sauna and jacuzzi you can book from RM118/room (~S$33/84). If that knot in your back doesn’t seem to be going away, here are other non-sleazy massage parlours you can check out during the day.
You don’t even have to book a Grab or find your own way to the spa even in the wee hours of the night. Bangkok Spa provides free 2-way transport for its customers wherever they are within JB Central.
Price: From RM62 (~S$17.78) for 60-minute foot or traditional Thai massage
Address: 58 Jalan Abiad, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 11am-5am, Daily
Contact: +60 17 338 2277 | Bangkok Spa website
3. Danga Bay Theme Park – Carnival rides from S$0.57
Here’s a romantic activity for lovebirds who also identify as night owls just across the causeway. The Danga Bay Theme Park is a carnival that’s loaded with nostalgic rides like a brightly-lit carousel, bumper cars, and Ferris wheel, and it’s open till 2am daily.
Image credit: @ning.kang via Instagram
Matching the old school vibes of the fair are the equally retro pricing. The carousel costs just RM2 (~S$0.57) for a ride, while the bumper cars go for RM8 (~S$2.29) per go.
Image credit: @nial_pilos via Instagram
But before you go on all the rides, spend dusk with your dearest at Danga Bay. There’s a quiet beach there that sees hardly anyone in the evenings. The sun setting below the horizon as waves crash onto the sandy beach will be quite an intimate moment to behold.
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4. Loud Speaker KTV – Nintendo Switch games from S$4.30/pax
From its name, you already know Loud Speaker KTV has karaoke rooms for you to sing your heart out. What you may not know is that this place also has gaming equipment for those who’d rather not hold a note.
Image credit: Loud Speaker KTV via Facebook
PS4s and Nintendo Switches are yours to rent from just RM30/2 pax (~S$8.60) to use in your own private room. As for games, you’ll be spoilt for choice with their selection of popular titles like Tekken, Overcooked, and FIFA21 available for both consoles.
Price: From RM30/pax (~S$8.60)
Address: 135, 137 & 139, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, 81300 Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 11am-3am, Daily
Contact: +60 11-1535 9998
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Address: No. 17, Jalan Austin Heights 8/3, Taman Mount Austin, Tebrau, 81100 Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 11am-3am, Daily
Contact: +60 11-1535 7778 | Loud Speaker KTV website
5. Daiman Bowl – 36 lanes, open till 1am
If the kids are refusing to go to bed, tire them out with a little wholesome family fun – bowling. Daiman Bowl is one of the biggest bowling alleys in JB boasting 36 lanes, which means you’ll hardly need to wait to play a game.
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While the kids work on getting strikes with the help of gutter guards, the rest of the fam can chill out at the cafe and pub for drinks and light bites. Should knocking down pins start to feel stale after your 5th game, there’s also an arcade for friendly competitions of DDR and Daytona Racing among you and your pals.
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6. Mango Light Cyber Cafe – 24/7 LAN from S$1.15/hour
Remember when running to the LAN shop was the highlight of your day after a long day of school? You’d quickly change out of your school uniform into some other outfit you had stashed in your bag, then pound the keyboard playing Starcraft and Call of Duty until mum called you to come home for dinner.
Image credit: Mango Light Cyber Cafe via Facebook
If you’ve been hit by a wave of nostalgia and want another go of life as it was, check out Mango Light Cyber Cafe. It’s open 24/7 and costs just RM4/hour (~S$1.15).
Image credit: Mango Light Cyber Cafe via Facebook
This LAN shop has been fitted with the works too. In place of creaky chairs you might have had back in the day are ergonomic ones, so you can game for long hours without worrying about your posture. Each seat also comes with a noise-cancelling headset so you’ll be able to shout commands to friends while blocking out loud sounds coming from your neighbours.
Non-members: RM4/hour (~S$1.15)
Members: RM3/hour (~S$1)
Membership card: RM30 (~S$8.60), includes 4 hours of play
Address: 79100, 70, Jalan Indah 8/15, Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily
Contact: +60 12-787 4030 | Mango Light Cyber Cafe Facebook
7. Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe – Customisable tea & coffee
Image credit: @chaiwallaco via Instagram
Singaporeans can hardly say no to cafe-hopping even when in JB. But many of them close by evening, so it can be hard to find a place to just get a drink and chill out late into the night. Enter Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe that closes at midnight or 1am daily.
Image credit: @chaiwallaco via Instagram
This drinks-only joint serves up a variety of beverages like decadent milkshakes and heavily caffeinated cold brew. There’s even customisable Thai milk tea and Vietnamese coffees that you can spice up with flavoured syrups.
Address: 36 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Thu-Sat 11am-1am | Sun-Wed 11am-12am
Contact: +60 12-735 3572 | Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe website
8. Pasar Karat – Night market with affordable food & fashion steals
When the cafe-hopping ventures come to an end at sunset, there’s still much more to explore. Around 6pm onwards, you’ll see Pasar Karat come to life as makeshift stores start popping up along the sides of Jalan Dhoby and Jalan Tan Hiok Nee. If you’re familiar with our local pasar malams, then think of this as a mega version of what we have.
Of course, there’s street food to fill you up quickly on snacks like takoyaki (from RM5/4 pieces, ~S$1.43) and BBQ skewers from RM2 (~S$0.57) each. The rest of the night market is filled with shops selling thrifted clothing, and even sport shoes at heavily discounted prices.
Address: 26/20 Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 6pm-2am, Daily
9. I’m A Singer Family Karaoke – KTV studio in KSL City Mall
Karaoke studios in JB are a dime a dozen, but few are open this close to our borders, and till as late as 3am like I’m A Singer Family Karaoke located inside KSL City Mall. This makes it handy if you want an impromptu late-night singing session just before heading back to Singapore.
Image credit: I’m A Singer Family Karaoke via Facebook
Charges for the KTV studio are on a per room per hour basis, so you’ll want to rally up as many buddies as possible to split the cost.
Price: From RM30/room (~S$8.60) per hour
Address: KSL City Mall, Lot L2-089, Level 2, KSL City, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10:30am-3am, Daily
Contact: I’m A Singer Family Karaoke Facebook
10. Avery-Day – Santorini-themed convenience store
Image credit: Avery-Day via Google Maps
By now, you would’ve spotted this blue-and-white convenience store reminiscent of Santorini splashed all over your socials. It’s Avery-Day, which is located just across the street from KSL City Mall.
Beyond its IG-worthy exterior, the convenience store has a number of gems inside. You’ll find your usual chips and candies, but look out for the fresh pastries baked in-house daily. There’s even imported Japanese snacks you won’t normally find at our local Don Don Donki.
Address: No 2, Jalan Rusa 6, Taman Abad 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 9am-12am, Daily
Contact: +60 16-250 1266 | Avery-Day Facebook
11. RUD Karting Centre – Go karts with speeds up to 90km/h
If you live life in the fast lane, the RUD Karting Centre might just be your homeground. Go karts here move at a speed of 90km/h – that’s almost twice the speed limit allowed on Singapore go kart tracks. Plus, you don’t even need a driver’s license to be a speed demon here.
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The racecourse here also opens till the wee hours of 1am, with floodlights illuminating the track so you’ll feel like Jensen Button or Lewis Hamilton cruising through our CBD during the F1 night race.
Before you whizz off, there’s still a quick safety course to attend so you don’t crash into one of the 16 tight turns the racecourse has to offer. You’ll also be fitted with a helmet that’ll protect your noggin.
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12. Lawa Lawa Spa – Traditional Malay massage from ~S$24/hour
Thai, Swedish, and Balinese massages are commonplace at most massage parlours, but we’re betting few of you have tried a traditional Malay massage (RM85, ~S$24.36). Here’s your chance to at Lawa Lawa Spa, which specialises in this technique. Unlike other massages that aim to release knots, Malay massages are best suited to aid in relaxation and lower stress.
Image credit: Lawa Lawa Spa via Facebook
Ladies, you can even up the pampering ante by booking a nails session as well. Their specialty is the hour-long Lawa Lawa Manicure (RM85, ~S$24.36), which includes cuticle care, a hand massage with skin-boosting serum, and nail polish.
Address: Menara Zurich, Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, Taman Abad, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 3pm-3am, Daily
Contact: +60 10 769 0885 | Lawa Lawa Spa website
What to do in JB at night
Whether you missed the last bus back to Singapore or are just an insomniac finding it hard to sleep during your travels to JB, there’s still plenty to do to keep you occupied as this list proves.
And if you find yourself needing to stay the night, we’ve got you covered with new hotels in JB you can check into before heading back home in the day.
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Cover image adapted from: Mango Light Cyber Cafe via Facebook, Avery-Day via Google Maps, @celiainjb via Instagram
Originally published on 6th July 2022. Last updated by Raewyn Koh on 29th October 2023.
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