Johor Massage recommendations

We share some of our favourite Johor Massage joints in this post.

We are not expert massage reviewers, our comparison are relative to our own experience.  End of the day, it is the skills of the masseur which defines our experience.

Besides, massage experience is very subjective. Some like to be tortured (maximum pressure), while others are more moderate (and ticklish, aka me). There are so many yardsticks for Shiokness, pain, pleasurable and soreness can be a thin line.

Our Malaysian friends will say 几爽一下 🙂

Personally, I prefer Thai massage over leg, as the whole body is given a good rub, stretch (and crack).

1)足道养生 (Kaki Kaki website) (Rating 4/5)

Our first venture into Johor massage started with Kaki Kaki 足道养生 at Mount Austin (GPS 1.560080, 103.774326).  This franchise has many outlets in Johor, Mount Austin alone has at least 4 outlets!

Our package was 90 minutes for Foot, Shoulder and Head (脚头肩). RM95 only! About 60% of the time will be on your leg, but you can customised a bit.

This is a worthy investment to get rejuvenated and soothes those knots and aches. (Singapore Massage would be easily $50 for 60 minutes)

Do take note NOT all Kaki Kaki reviews are of same standard.
We can only based on Google Reviews, or trial and error.
The latest Mount Austin branch is only a few steps from Prince 33(here) , and it also serves good massage.

Most Kaki Kaki outlets would have a huge LCD infront, if you want an absolute quiet environment, get the Thai packages for the private room.

2) 7 Days Wellness (Bukit Indah) (Rating 3.5/5)

7 Days (GPS 1.481059, 103.657799) is ok but we suspect nearby massage outlets might score better in terms of customer satisfaction.

 

Bukit Indah Massage
Bukit Indah Massage

3) Reborn Massage (Skudai) (rating 4/5)

Reborn Massage (GPS 1.515314, 103.667645) is one of the better ones around Sutera Mall (Skudai).

This is a nice area, with plenty of food options. The shopping scene has been hijacked by Paradigm Mall (5km away). Nevertheless, this is a good base to explore the neighbourhood towns and food exploration.

Price wise, they offer about the same package as Kaki Kaki. But their setup is more gland. We would choose Reborn again if we are back in the area.

massage near sutera mall
Massage near Sutera mall

You MUST visit Maco Cafe (next door) for the best crepe in town!

Maco Cafe Crepe Skudai
Maco Cafe Crepe Skudai

..our massage selection criteria

-Experience
-Comfort level (subjective)
-Package (Price)
-Value for money

If you find one Massage outlet you like, membership might not be a bad idea. We always go back to our regular masseurs, most of them are from Thailand or even China and Vietnam.

We can only go by “word of mouth” recommendation or Google Reviews to shortlist reputable and clean massage joints (no hanky panky).

You can imagine the challenge when, for example, there are easily 30 massage around Taman Sentosa!

Our previous blog shares how to take a train to JB, and also Google for nearby massage outlets -> http://sengkangbabies.com/holiday/train-to-jb

Massage near KSL Johor
Massage near KSL Johor

Like most of you, the No1 turn-off for me during a massage session is HARD-SELLING! Some will pester you to sign up a package, tips or even special service. You are in the wrong blog if you are searching for “happy ending” :p

Go for 60 minutes or more, if time permits. 30 minutes package is just enough for warm up. And Thai Massage 2 hours is the most therapeutic.

Johor massage
Johor massage

Our 4th and 5th recommendations are side by side at Plaza Sentosa.
Skill-wise, both are as good as Kaki Kaki, but their package is almost 50% cheaper!

4) Let’s Relax Spa (4.25/5)

Let’s Relax Spa (GPS 1.492031, 103.769116) is more posh compared to Sabye Sabye. The environment (LCD, and reclining chair ) are more comfortable.

This outlet is not affiliated with Bangkok’s famous franchise.

Wow! 90 minutes session, RM55 is less than SGD 20!

Let's relax massage Johor
Let’s relax massage Johor

5) Sabye Sabye (4.25/5)

Somehow, we prefer the massage services at Sabye Sabye. Mrs commented that the masseurs at Sabye Sabye are better.

You will not be disappointed with either Sabye Sabye or Let’s Relax. Both offer similar package and pricing. If one is full house, just go to the other one.

Sabye Sabye massage
Sabye Sabye massage

Enjoy yummy paper wrapped chicken at (Teck Sing) after your pampering.

We hope the above recommendations would give you a head start to Massage in JB.

We normally bring our kids along. While adults massage, they will just play their phones at the waiting area. Some will join us for the occasional massage sessions 🙂

Somehow, we have not visited those massage outlets in shopping malls like KSL and City Square yet. Do share your favourite massage joints (or experience) with us too.

Hint: The oil aromatherapy packages (香精油按摩) are very popular with Singaporeans too.

Additional tips for JB:

If you do not wish to drive to Johor, just book a train and Grab everywhere. Taxi fees are RM5 or RM6 only. Follow our train blog and just Grab in Malaysia

ps.. Follow our Instagram tag #SengkangBabiesJohor for more JB adventures

Taking the Train to JB

Train to JB, why not 🙂
In this post, we share why Train might be the alternate (or best) option to travel to Johor.

We can order our train tickets online at http://www.ktmtrain.com . Infact, online order is preferred in case tickets are sold out over the counter (especially on weekends).

Do take note KTM system only allow for booking of one-direction ticket, no return ( ie, need to buy to and fro tickets separately). Yes, we are bewildered too.

KTM train ticket cost only Rm16 and Rm5, to and fro respectively. Train to JB is so cheap 🙂

Free seating. After booking your tickets, print out your tickets receipt. Return trip will need the QR code.

Taking the Train to JB
Taking the Train to JB

Head towards Woodlands Train Checkpoint, many folks would be taking a bus from Woodlands Interchange.

A) At the information counter (level 1), you will need to show your passport and printed ticket receipt to exchange for real tickets.  Sometimes, the counter staff will just stamp (acknowledge) your hardcopy receipts email (no tickets).

Train to JB
Train to JB

B) Queue for your train. Do arrive early (maybe 30minutes, expect bigger crowd over weekends). We need to queue for tickets collection, baggage scan etc

B1) At Singapore side, you will pass through both Singapore and Malaysia customs.  All baggages will be scanned.

Immigration checkin is relatively fast and efficient, minimum hassle.

C) Your Train to JB is only 10 minutes, one stop. (Cars might take up to 1 or 2 hours )

Arrive at JB sentral, and you can walk across bridge to City Square.
(no more custom checks, since we have scanned our details at Singapore side already)

The FUN Starts now! SGD and RM exchange rate is still 1:3 🙂

CIQ Johor is at City Square
CIQ Johor is at City Square

This is where you GRAB to your next stop. We should mention that Grab taxis are everywhere, and fares start from only Rm5 (for 10 minutes ride!)

Both City Square and KSL Mall are very popular with Singaporeans.

In case you need more assistance, Google will share nearest Restaurant, Cafe, Massage spots. Do read these posts :

Johor Good Food (and GPS)
Google Map Hacks
KSL Pasar Malam (if you are new to JB Pasar Malam, only on Mon)

Example, Google highlighted Massage joints (link ) are concentrated near KSL and Taman Sentosa areas.

Please read the reviews for the “real” massage joints. Some are sleazy, while others hard-sell to top up your package.

Attractions near KSL
Attractions near KSL

Massage was our first activity 🙂

We decided on either Sabye Sabye or Let’s Relax Spa (Different from the Bangkok franchise).  Both are side by side, popular and located at Plaza Sentosa. There are more tips from Vanessa’s blog or get SengkangBabies blog recommendations on our blog (2019).

Recommend Johor massage
Recommend Johor massage

We opted for Let’s Relax Spa (GPS 1.492031, 103.769116). Rm55 for 90 minutes, shoulder and leg and head. We recommend massage should be minimum 60 minutes, 30 minutes are only for warm up :p

We heard Thai massage are popular too. Our masseurs are from Thailand.

Soothing. Shoik. Rejuvenated.

.. and HUNGRY. We walk 5 min to some delicious paper wrapped chicken (Teck Sing).

Johor Paper wrapped chicken
Johor Paper wrapped chicken

Rm28 for a delicious tandalising chicken 🙂
Soft and tender, with a tinge of herbal goodness

Do order the bittergourd egg too.

More shopping for the Mrs, I was the porter. We also package some goodies for the hungry  kids.

 

While she shops, I detour to buy famous banana cake.  Hiap Joo is 7 min walk from City Square.

Mission achieved, if Darling happy, I am happy. 满载而归 🙂

On the return trip,  head back to JB Sentral for your return train. Again, do arrive early, as you do not want to miss you train.

In worse case, you may still purchase tickets over the counter. Photo below-right, use the “printed QR Code” to enter the transit area.

Your luggage (and souvenirs) will undergo one more round of security scans.

 

So why do we recommend Train to JB for you?

-Convenient, avoid the jams, and it is a cheap mode of transport.
-Some folks might hesitate to drive into Johor for security reasons.

Additional tips.

*No photo taking in immigration areas
-Toilet facilities are available in immigration sections
-If you are driving around Taman Sentosa (at night), do be careful as this area is notorious hot spot for car smash and theft (read some tips on car protection)

Take the train to avoid the jams 🙂

KTM train schedule
KTM train schedule

ps.. Follow our Instagram tag #SengkangBabiesJohor for more JB adventures

Johor Massage recommendations -> http://sengkangbabies.com/holiday/johor-massage-recommendations

ps.. updated 2019Oct – We can only use Malaysia Banks to book train tickets now. KTM will announce once Singapore Banks can be used