16 Things to Do in Bekok, Johor’s Serene Village

Imagine a place that seems to stand still in time, where a peaceful ambience whisks you away from the concrete jungle and busy streets. This is what you’ll find in Bekok, a little village roughly 4 hours away by train from Kuala Lumpur.

Bekok was once a forest, which became a major source of chengal wood for railway construction in 1886. A train station was built there, along with a row of shophouses. The area was later developed into a village by three businessmen.

If you are thinking of visiting this lesser known destination in Malaysia (before your friends and tourists find out about it), here are 16 things you can do!

Look for a fun local experience in Bekok on LokaLocal. 

1. Take a train to a century-old train station

Bekok Train Station - Find this experience on LokaLocalBekok would not be here if not for the train station, so why not take a train ride there like people did in the past?

From Kuala Lumpur: Take the ETS Train from KL Sentral to Gemas, then change from Gemas to Bekok. The journey takes about 4 hours and comes up to RM 44 (USD 10.60/ SGD 14.40) per adult for one way.

From Singapore: Head over to Johor Sentral and take the train to Bekok. The journey takes about 3 hours and comes up to RM 17 (USD 4.10 / SGD 5.60) per adult for one way. Look for more information on KTMB. To arrange direct pick ups, please get in touch with LokaLocal at hello@lokalocal.com.

The journey itself is an incredible experience and there are beautiful sceneries along the way. Be sure to unleash the photographer in you and snap away once you reach the Bekok station.

2. Cycle or stroll down Bekok Old Street

Lined with local kopitiams and convenience stores, the heritage buildings along Bekok Old Street makes you feel like you are in another world. Wander down the streets and little alleys on your own or, for that ultimate kampung experience, cycle around the village.

3. Look for street art

Bekok Street Art - Find this experience at LokaLocal

There are colourful street art dotted in every nook and corner of Bekok, created by volunteers and villagers who are passionate about their hometown . See if you can spot them all!

Look for a fun local experience in Bekok on LokaLocal. 

4. Stop by the old cinema

Panggong Union - Find this experience at LokaLocalLocated next to the old market, the Panggong Union is no longer in use but its time-worn walls are definitely Instagram-worthy. You’ll recognise it from the Bruce Lee mural.

Join this experience in Bekok with local expert Dino. Accommodation, meals and entrance fees included.

5. Chill at Sungai Bantang Waterfall

Sungai Bantang Waterfall - Find this experience at LokaLocalBekok is well-known for its natural attractions and proximity to a national park. For a quick rendezvous with Nature, head to Hutan Lipur Sungai Bantang, a forest reserve with a lush rainforest, hiking trails, river and the Sungai Bantang waterfall. Great for outdoor recreational activities like jungle trekking, camping, picnics and taking a dip in the waterfall!

6. Discover Ancient Trees

Ancient Trees - Find this experience at LokaLocal

Within the Hutan Lipur Sungai Bantang, there are also many large, thousand-year-old trees. Trek through the jungle to reach these ancient giants. There isn’t a clear pathway so you may need the help of someone who knows how to navigate to the best spot.

7. Get nostalgic at the Hakka Cultural Centre

Hakka Cultural Centre - Find this experience on LokaLocalBekok’s one and only museum transports you into a different era with vintage household appliances, toys and trinkets used by the Hakka community of the past. Peter Chai, owner of the Hakka Cultural Centre, has been collecting these antiques for over 30 years and gladly shares the stories and mysteries behind each of them.

Don’t miss the tiger weighing scale and the unusual telephone with no numbers from the early 20th century.

8. Taste Deep-Fried Kuey Teow

Deep Fried Kuey Teow - Find this experience on LokaLocalYou’ve heard of Fried Kuey Teow, but how about Deep-Fried Kuey Teow? Cooked to golden brown perfection, the noodle dish is topped with pork slices, fish cake, vegetables and a thick broth. The taste resembles a dish called Wat Tan Hor, but has an addictive texture and is much more fragrant. You can find this local specialty at the restaurant along Jalan Station.

9. Eat Old-Style Wan Tan Noodles

Wan Tan Noodles - Find this experience at LokaLocalAnother traditional delicacy you must try is Wan Tan Noodles. The stall along Jalan Hoe Peng has been serving this delicious noddles with charcoal roasted charsiew for over 50 years. Mr Tan, the owner, says that those back to visit their hometown would stop by for this old-style flavour!

Join this experience in Bekok with local expert Dino, which includes accommodation, meals and entrance fees.

10. Experience rubber tapping

Rubber Tapping in Bekok - Find this experience at LokaLocalBack in the 80s and 90s, rubber tapping was the main source of income for villagers. Wake up early to learn how rubber tappers collect latex and try it for yourself. It’s a unique experience most city folk would not have tried before – just remember to use a mosquito repellent (lots of it)!

11. Visit the Market

Bekok Market - Find this experience at LokaLocalHead to the market where locals sell and buy their fresh produce and food. Watch people go about their daily lives, greet friendly stall owners or look around for something you might want to bring home.

12. Buy Homemade Pastries

Bekok Pastries - Find this experience at LokaLocalIf you have a sweet tooth, check out Mrs Yap’s Local Pastry Business. She makes her own local pastries and cakes such as handmade prosperity cakes (RM5 for a box of 5), Hokkaido chocolate cakes (RM8 for a box of 4) and multi-coloured jelly cakes.

13. Taste Coffee Fruit

Coffee Farm - Find this experience on LokaLocalAlong the road towards Paloh, there is a stretch of Liberica coffee plants, which used to be widely harvested in the past. You can pluck and try the coffee fruits; unlike the bitter coffee bean, the fruit itself is sweet.

14. Meet adorable animals at Happy Farm

Happy Farm - Find this experience on LokaLocalHappy Farm is the first farm in the village, which has been turned into a local attraction so that visitors can appreciate life on a farm. Say hello to the farm animals, musang, honey bees and bullfrogs.

After tasting pure honey straight from the honey comb, enjoy a cold honey-lime drink and get yourself a jar of honey, if you like.

15. Go for a night out

Night Out in Bekok - Find this experience at LokaLocalBekok can be quiet at night, but some locals like to gather for late-night snacks and drinks. The stall in front of the Kwang Sai Association Hall is the one of the most popular hangout areas in the village, open till 11pm. Try the fried quail, rojak and lemongrass drink.

16. Stargazing

Away from the city and light pollution, the night sky in Bekok is filled with beautiful stars. It’s a magical sight! We weren’t able to take any photos of it unfortunately. So if you are an avid photographer, don’t forget to have the right gear ready when you go stargazing in this tranquil village.

The best and most convenient way to see Bekok is to travel with a local who knows the ins and outs of the village. Join a local experience in Bekok with Dino and CJ, which includes accommodation, meals and entrance fees.

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