Forming the southern end of Peninsular Malaysia, Johor is Malaysia’s most populous state. Johor Bahru (the state capital) is the gateway into Singapore and the two are linked to each other by means of a 1056-metre causeway. Approximately 50,000 people utilize the bridge each day; it features a railway and the pipes through which Singapore imports its fresh water. The state has experienced rapid economic progress in recent years, so tourism development has taken a backseat, meaning that there’s a fair amount of off-the-beaten-track attractions here. Be sure to scale Gunung Ledang (the highest mountain in Johor), explore the Endau Rompin National Park and dive into the Seribuat Archipelago’s clear waters.