This busy, compact fishing town on the east Johor coast is the principal gateway to Pulau Tioman. It has most of what travellers passing through on their way to the islands might need: OK sleeping options, shops, restaurants, cold beers and even a laundry. You probably won't want to linger as there are few sights and Mersing is by and large a functional transit town, though the Mersing River is enlivened by colourful fishing boats and views from the hilltop mosque are rewarding.
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