Kluang is a
town and district located near the middle of the state of Johor in the
southern portion of peninsular Malaysia. Kluang lies about 110 km north of
Johor Bahru, east-southeast of Batu Pahat, west of Mersing and south of
Segamat. The population of Kluang district exceeds 250,000 residents and
the town itself has over 145,000 residents.
The name Kluang derives from the Malay word 'keluang' which means a type
of flying fox or rather a type of fruit bat, used to be plentiful in the
district decades ago. They have almost completely disappeared due to the
combination of hunting and destruction of their natural habitat
Kluang was founded in 1915 as the administrative capital for central
Johor. The main railway line linking north to south Malaya was built
passing through Kluang and this helped in its growth. Roads were built to
link Kluang to Johor Bahru towards the south, to Batu Pahat towards the
north-west and to Mersing towards the east. Kluang is divided into two
district councils namely Simpang Renggam District Council (Malay: Majlis
Daerah Simpang Renggam) based at the town of Simpang Renggam and Kluang
Municipal Council (Malay: Majlis Perbandaran Kluang) based at the town of
Kluang which is also the district capital.
The highest point in Kluang is Gunung Lambak, a 510m tall mountain and one
of the southernmost mountains in the Malaysian main range which lies not
far from the town.
The Mengkibol River runs through the town. Kluang is landlocked and has no
Gunung Belumut and Gunung Lambak are popular with jungle trekkers. You can
enjoy horse riding activities at Gunung Lambak. The area of Machap
(between Simpang Renggam and Air Hitam) is well known for its pottery and
The Kluang railway station is a KTM train station in Kluang, Johor. The
station is located in heart of Kluang town and access to every location in
town can done by walking distance. The Kluang railway station provides KTM
Intercity train services. There is well known coffee shop in the station
named Kluang RailCoffee.
Kluang express bus terminal located at Jalan Bakawali, Kluang. It is near
to Kluang Parade. Express buses depart from this terminal to most of city
in Peninsular Malaysia.