Centre of Mersing town.
Beach near Mersing.

Mersing (Chinese: 丰盛港) is a town in Mersing District in the northeast corner of the state of Johor, Malaysia.

Mersing town (estimated population in 2009: 21,670[1]) is a lively tourist town visited by Malaysians and foreign tourists.

Mersing town is particularly significant for a number of reasons: it is one of only two major towns situated in the eastern half of Johor state (the other being Kota Tinggi), it lies on the main trunk road that connects southern as well as eastern Johor with the east coast of Pahang state including Pahang's capital Kuantan (part of Federal Route 3), and it is the main departure point for ferries to the nearby offshore islands such as Pulau Tioman.


Geographic Location

Mersing is 136 Kilometres north east of the state capital Johor Bahru.

Mersing port in the mouth of Mersing River is also the main port for ferries to Pulau Tioman and the more than 40 other islands in the Seribuat Archipelago. It is easily accessible from the Republic of Singapore, the Johor state capital of Johor Bahru, the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and the major northern Malaysian town of Kuantan by car, bus, taxi or coaches.


Although a small town, Mersing is very well serviced by a wide range of restaurants, cafes and traditional coffee shops. There are also many modern supermarkets and traditional shops providing many services including internet services and western meals for foreign tourists. The main District Hospital is also located in Mersing town and there are also other many private medical clinics if medical services are required. Most Malaysian banks also have branches in Mersing town. Near to the ferry jetty in Mersing town is a public park with playground facilities for children and restaurants.

To explore Mersing truly, it is recommended that tourists have a car or other transport. There is relatively light traffic in the area and a bicycle would be an excellent mode of travel.


From Mersing, tourists can visit many nearby beaches. Beaches in the Mersing area rival beaches on the islands nearby. These are easily accessible from Mersing town. Other interesting places to visit near to Mersing town are Endau town, a major off-shore fishing port in Johor (about 33 km from Mersing town) and Penyabung, a very quiet fishing village located in a beautiful cove by the sea (about 20 km from Mersing town). Another attraction is the Endau Rompin National Park in the north.

There are numerous hotels at reasonable prices catering to the many Malaysian and foreign tourists who visit the Mersing town throughout the year.

The Chinese community in Mersing mainly belongs to the Cantonese dialect group and speak Cantonese.


Mersing is administered by Majlis Daerah Mersing or the Mersing District Council. Mersing's postcode is 86800.


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Coordinates: 2°26′N 103°50′E / 2.433°N 103.833°E / 2.433; 103.833

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