Compared to other towns and cities in Malaysia, Mersing may strike visitors as a quiet fishing town that serves as a gateway for people going to nearby islands. Some would consider this town a stopover where they can stock supplies for their next itinerary or take a quick break from their journey. What many don’t see is that Mersing is an attraction in itself, with the many things you can see and do here. So the next time you come to Mersing, engage in these 3 activities:
Frolic by the beach. The town’s east coast boasts unspoiled beaches with sandy shores and rocky banks. Meanwhile, some 12 km north of Mersing is Air Papan, which offers travelers a relaxing, secluded, and beautiful tropical haven. The 3-km stretch of sand is complemented by pristine waters and an expanse of trees. The beach here is a popular site for picnics, especially during weekends and public holidays. It also serves as a host to “Pesta Air Papan,” which features cultural performances, traditional games, and food and craft fairs that attract many locals and foreign tourists.
Enjoy good food and great finds. Mersing is dotted with plenty of dining choices, from traditional coffee shops and hawker stalls to fast food outlets and modern restaurants. Not only does this town whip up delicious fare – it also offers them at a more affordable price compared to the other islands of Johor, Malaysia. Some of the must-try food are the Malay cakes, satar, kropok lekor, and the traditional confectioneries known as “kueh.”
Mersing also has an abundance of shops that sells items at a much cheaper cost than those in mainland Johor. Tourists will find the Giant Supermarket and Kini Supermarket truly convenient stops where they can get what they need before heading off for an adventure to the next island attraction.
Discover its charm. It may be a lively tourist town, but Mersing is primarily a quiet fishing village. And because it is not as highly developed as its neighboring municipalities, one can still find the small-town look and spirit that once existed in Malaysia. Despite the influx of travelers, Mersing maintains a slow-paced life, and much of its surroundings are still well-preserved even during these modern times. This aspect of the town appeals to visitors from all over that they decide on booking an accommodation in Mersing than in the other islands found in Malaysia.