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Pengerang is a peninsula at the southeastern end of the state of Johor, Malaysia. Officially a part of Kota Tinggi distict, the name is usually used to cover everything south of Desaru, notably including the dock and immigration post at Tanjung Pengelih, the village of Kampong Pengelih and the nearby town of Sungai Rengit.

Understand[edit]

Long a sleepy backwater of fishing kampungs (villages) and the odd intrepid Singaporean cyclist, in the 2010s Pengerang has been largely taken over by the storage tanks and flare stacks of the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex, an integrated downstream oil and gas processing facility, which also includes the Petronas Teluk Ramunia Yard.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The town does not have its own airport. The nearest airport is the Senai International Airport (JHB IATA) in Senai, or you can fly into Singapore's Changi Airport and cross the border into Malaysia.

By car[edit]

Sungai Rengit is around 35 km south of Desaru, or 120 km from Johor Bahru. With the Senai-Desaru Expressway now open, the journey from Johor Bahru to Desaru is less than 1 hour.

By bus[edit]

RAPID bus 808 travels from Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru to Bandar Penawar in Desaru and onward to Sungei Rengit twice a day.

By boat[edit]

Tanjung Pengelih Passenger Jetty

While there are ferry terminals at both Tanjung Pengelih and Tanjung Belungkor, as of September 2022, the only operational service is from Batam Centre in Indonesia. Services from Singapore remain suspended.

  • 1 Tanjung Pengelih Passenger Jetty (Jeti Penumpang Tanjung Pengelih). The other option is to take a "bumboat" from Changi Point Ferry Terminal (not Changi Ferry Terminal) to Tanjung Pengelih (signposted as "Pengerang"). These boats have no set schedule, leaving when there are 12 passengers, or enough passengers to pony up for the remaining seats. Arriving at 7 AM sharp when the terminal opens is the best way to avoid delays, otherwise you may be in for a long wait. The rickety, slow and uncomfortable wooden bumboats (S$11/person, 75 min one-way) have now been largely displaced by faster, modern, air-conditioned fibreglass boats which are well worth the small premium (S$13/person, 35 min one-way). As of June 2022, bumboat service remains suspended, but will likely restart soon — call +6565451616 (Singapore) to enquire.

Get around[edit]

Public transport options in Pengerang are basically non-existent. Taxis shuttle between the Tg Pengelih dock and Sungai Rengit for negotiable prices: the opening gambit is RM 40, but you may or may not been able to haggle a better price.

Bicycles can be rented in Sungai Rengit, or you can rent one at Changi and bring it with you.

See[edit]

  • Pengerang British coastal battery. site of a major World War II-era British coastal battery. The part of it at Pengelih, right next to the immigration point, is open to the public but in a state of nature, with no trails, signs, etc. Most of the rest is now used by the Malaysian military.

Nature[edit]

  • 1 Batu Layar Beach (Pantai Batu Layar), Bandar Penawar 81600. Beach.
  • 2 Desaru Ostrich Farm, EMR 15, Kampung Simon, Teluk Ramunia, +601125152153. Zoo.
  • 3 Lebam River Wetlands (Tanah Lembap Sungai Lebam). The wetland area is the place for firefly viewing.

Do[edit]

Sports[edit]

Buy[edit]

Supermarkets[edit]

  • 1 Econsave Teluk Ramunia, No. 1-11, LOot 741, Jalan Teluk Ramunia, Kampung Changi, 81600 Bandar Penawar. Supermarket.

Others[edit]

  • 2 Sungai Rengit Bazaar (Bazar Sungai Rengit), Jalan Pasar, Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81600. Bazaar.

Eat[edit]

Lobsters in their unnatural habitat in a Sungai Rengit seafood restaurant
Cereal lobster, battered with crushed corn flakes and deep-fried

Sungai Rengit's primary claim to fame is its lobsters, served up in every form imaginable by many seafood restaurants. Expect to pay around RM 200/kilo.

  • 1 Boathouse Tavern Restaurant, Kampung Lepau, 81600.
  • 2 Jade Garden Seafood Corner, Lot 4785, No. 1, Jalan Siakap, Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81620. The largest and most famous operation in town, now in a large, airy air-conditioned hall at the seafront. Laden with tanks of doomed crustaceans and even a hotel. Prices are clearly marked and the extensive menu has plenty of other options as well, including a number of fish grown/kept in nets out back. Try the Lobster in Superior Broth or the somewhat sweet deep-fried Cereal Lobster.
  • 3 Super Lobster Restaurant (龍皇海鲜楼), No. 7, Jalan Jenahak, Kampung Sungai Rengit, Bandar Penawar 81600. Seafood restaurant.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Lodging options in Pengerang are quite basic, and most visitors only drop in on their way to the bright lights of Desaru.

Hotels[edit]

  • 1 Amerald Resort Hotel, Lot 1231, Jalan Kampung Punggai, Sungai Rengit, 81600, +6078243000, . Hotel.
  • 2 Ghazrin's Hotel Pengerang, No. 6-7, Jalan Rengit Sentral 1/1, Taman Rengit Sentral, 81600, +60109584009. Hotel.
  • 3 Ocean View Hotel, Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81600, +6078264555. Hotel.

Resorts[edit]

Connect[edit]

  • 1 Pos Malaysia Pengerang Post Office, JKR 644, Jalan Besar, Kampung Pengerang, 81600.

Go next[edit]

  • Desaru — a perennially up-and-coming beach resort just up the coast
  • Singapore


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