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You may not have heard about Mersing, but you’ve definitely heard about Pulau Tioman, one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia located in the southern state of Johor. Mersing is important to Tioman Island as it is the port from which visitors embark on their boat journey to there. To get to Mersing, you can actually travel easily by getting on a bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan or TBS. There are currently two bus companies providing direct bus rides from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing and they are Transnational and S&S International Express. Both take about 4 hours and 45 minutes to reach your destination and will drop you off at Mersing Terminal and occasionally at Hentian Tanjong Gemok. On average there are about 3-5 trips daily, with more trips on the weekends compared to weekdays.
Mersing town lies on the border between Johor and Pahang, and is important as it is located on the main highway linking Johor Bahru and Kuantan, the capital of Pahang. Apart from being important as a departure point for Tioman Island, famous for its scuba diving and other aquatic activities, it also has several attractions of its own. Mersing has several beaches which are easily accessible and their beauty rivals the beaches of nearby islands, including Teluk Buih and Air Papan beaches. The sand there is clean and fine, and these beaches are never crowded, allowing you to peacefully carry out any activities with your friends and family. You can also pay a visit to the Mersing Marine Park Centre to learn more about the natural heritage of the area and the conservation efforts being made. In Mersing town, you’ll find several historical places of worship to see, including Mersing Mosque and Hindu temples. Being a seaside town means that there are seafood restaurants aplenty and you definitely have to try specialties prepared in the Chinese style at Mersing’s most famous restaurant, Loke Tien. Mersing is also known for its delectable Malay seafood snacks like Keropok Lekor (a fish cracker available in soft sausage form or served thin and crispy) and sata, a type of fish cake found on the east coast. If visiting small yet interesting towns like Mersing catches your fancy, then download the Catch That Buss App to book your comfortable bus trip there today!