Sungai Rengit (Malaysia) – Day 1


Sungai Rengit is a town in Pengerang located at the southeastern trip of Johor.  Just 35km south of Desaru, Sungai Rengit is an unassuming place with a few good seafood restaurants and small hotels.

For this trip, our plan is to take a bum boat from Singapore to Pengerang and cycle to Sungai Rengit for seafood lunch before heading back to Singapore.  FH and I however decided to spend a night at Sungai Rengit to explore the area a little more.

I brought along a GPS receiver and managed to track the route and waypoints shown below. If you would like a copy of the file in Garmin GDB format, just post a comment and I will send the download link to your email.

Day 1 (Singapore to Sungai Rengit)

We arrived early at Changi Village for breakfast and to rent bicycles.  Originally, we wanted to rent our bicycles from Tristan Park in Pengerang who would pick us up from Pengerang ferry terminal to their place for bicycles.  But they have recently stopped this service so we had to rent from Changi Village.  Anyway, as the bicycle shops at Changi Village do not open that early, it’s advisable to make arrangements with the shops if you intend to set off before 9am.

We rented our bikes from Mr. Bikes Enterprise from Blk 1, #01-250, Changi Village Road, Singapore 500001 (Tel 65420529).  It cost SGD 10 per day of rental of one bike.  After checking our bicycles for road worthiness, we headed to Changi Point Ferry Terminal (not to be confused with Changi Ferry Terminal).

There are no fixed schedules for the bumboats making the rounds between Singapore and Pengerang.  The bumboats will leave when there are 12 passengers or you can pay for the missing passengers.  It cost S$11 for each passenger for the one way trip.  Bringing along a bicycle cost an additional S$2.  The earliest ferry leaves at around 7am.

We left our passports at the operating desk to join the queue for the bumboats.  We ended waiting quite a fair bit of time.  It’s probably wise to come earlier or make up a big group so your group can occupy a whole bumboat.

Finally, we can load our bicycles onto the bumboats.

Neatly arranged.

I always prefer sitting on the upper deck for wind and sun.  Okay, the truth is that I can get a little sea-sick in an enclosed space on a rocky boat.

Old tech vs new tech. Both has its place in my traveling.

Pengerang in sight.

Just behind the Pengerang Ferry Terminal is a site of a major WWII British battery.  Check out a previous visit here.

Off we go!  The roads at Pengerang are relatively well-maintained and flat.

Scenery along the way.

It’s election time in Malaysia.

Kilometer stones as I grew to depend.

Stopped for some drinks.

I used to cycle a lot when I was a kid but it didn’t become my hobby.  I find cycling rather montonous and lacking the physical demands of running (I probably didn’t cycle hard enough) or complexities of other sports.  But during this trip, I found cycling long distances on good roads to be a enjoyable experience.

Our stop point – Jade Garden Seafood Corner.

Highly endorsed by food critics!  Other popular restaurants are Crystal Jade Seafood and Si Wan Dao Seafood.

We ordered a variety of dishes including local specialities like lobsters and ostrich meat.

Buying some pastries at Kedai Kek Lim Choo Seng to bring back home.

Lao Po Bing aka Old Wife Cake

There isn’t a McDonald or KFC in Sungai Sengit, but there is still the popular local fast-food chain – Marrybrown.

FH and me found Tai Hoe Hotel easily in the small town. There are a few other hotels such as Let Seng Hotel, Hotel Hiap Hwa and Seng Huat Hotel. n the town. Tai Hoe is slightly more expensive but its reviews are mostly good.

You can park your bicycles outside the hotel. At night, when the hotel closes their provision shop, they will bring in the bicycles.

Our basic but clean room.

A bit of reading before a nap.

At 4pm plus, we recovered enough from the sleep for more cycling around town.

Next, we headed to the nearby ostrich farm which is a couple of kilometers to the east.  There is an obvious sign for the right turn along the highway to the farm.

Thumbs up to myself for being so well-prepared. 😀

The ostrich farm is opened from 10am to 6pm daily.  There is an admission charge of RM15 and RM10 for adults and children respectively.

The ostrich farm is opened by Mr Colin Teh who is a former Singapore SAF pilot.

Ostrich dishes at its restaurant.  Oh, both the showroom and restaurant are located outside the farm so you need not pay for the admission charges to visit them.

How can we resist satays!

Mr Teh explaining the toughness of the ostrich egg.  You need to use a hand drill to crack a hole!

Sourvenirs for sale.

Ostrich egg omelette which we dabao (take-away).

Other cyclists along the road.

It’s getting dark soon and we didn’t have bicycle lamps.

But we still found enough time to stop by a durian stall by the road.

Yum yum.

Lobster mascot of Sungai Rengit.  Today happened to be the day where the Lynas Busters would be assembling at Sungai Rengit.  And I happened to be wearing the same green as them.  😀

A walk around town for dinner places.

Long queues = good food!

Well worth the wait.

Back to hotel where we watched a soccer match before sleeping.


30 thoughts on “Sungai Rengit (Malaysia) – Day 1

  1. Thanks very good , lots if information and with photos. This is very helpful for me as I am planning a family cycling trip inJune

  2. nice blog. simple. informative. interesting.
    i could sure use the GPS coordinates for the interesting sites you visited.
    keep on blogging!

  3. Hi,

    Link sent to you.

    But my file might not contain all the waypoints and it is mostly a route, you can check malsingmaps where you can download detailed maps with waypoints.


  4. You should say, “we headed to Changi Point Ferry Terminal which is 100m away (not to be confused with Changi Ferry Terminal)” instead.

  5. Great post n pics. Thinking of bringing my bike over for a ride. How long did it take to ride to the town centre? Is it safe to ride around if you are not in a big group? I Would be great if you could send me the GPS coordinates? Many thanks!

  6. Hi Michelle,

    It takes about 2-3 hours for the ride. The place feels pretty safe to me.

    GPS coordinates are sent to your email.

    Have a great trip!

  7. I enjoyed reading about your short adventure. Are the restaurants and stalls opened very night ….like a night market or only during weekends? Do you happen to know what time does the bumboat ferry stop operating from Pengarang to Singapore? Thanks.

  8. Hi Vincent,

    I am not sure how late they open until but I am quite sure there will be restaurants or stalls opened for dinner even during the weekdays.

    The last bum boat is supposedly 3-4pm. But I recommend getting there early as it can be quite a wait and there are reports of people having to detour to Desaru for alternate ferries or return via land using the causeway.

  9. hello! Can i check with you what is the route frm the ferry terminal to the town? we aren’t sure of the cycling route although we would like to try!
    Also, how do we get our bicycle supply? Can we rent one from pengerang itself?
    many thanks!

  10. Hi Gill,

    The cycling route is straightforward and along the coast.

    You can rent bicycles from Changi and bring it across to Pengerang.

  11. Hi Atticus,
    Nice & very informative posts.
    I would like to have a copy of the map too1

    Thank you.

  12. Hi, nice to see all the pictures you’ve posted. I never been to SG Rengit before. I don’t cycle, is it far from hotel to restaurant? I have difficulty in walking. Is there any taxi available? I wish to go there especially the Chinese temple.

  13. Hi Peter, hotel in Sungei Rengit to the restaurant is not far. It is within the same town. Chinese Temple will be a much further walk so it is better to take a taxi. I did see taxis in town.

  14. Hi, I am planning to cycle there this weekend and I’m wondering if you could kindly send me the route map. Dont wana get lost there lol

  15. Hi, do you mind share the contact of the accommodation with me? I am planning to stay over in may but unable to get useful information as those accommodation link does not give me any reply.

    Thank you.

  16. Hi Ling Ling,

    I have sent you the map, let me know if you did not receive it. Anyway, the route is very straightforward. There is mainly one road until you reach Sungei Rengit.

  17. Hi Gladys,

    Did you try calling the hotel?

    If not, there are a few other small hotels in Sungei Lembing so maybe you can do a search online for other options.

  18. Hi, I’m planning to go there end of this month. Can I have the route map please. Thanks

  19. Hi,
    Saw other said the route is closed? Is it accessible now? Can you sent me the route map. Thanks.

  20. Please be mindful that SGD11 is 2013 rate, 😊,I had paid something like S$8 before… return trip, i remember negotiating with the skippers there in M$…rates fluctuates time to time…depends on the demands and supplies..hopes these is helpful to you

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