In the southern state of Johor, Johor Bahru is Malaysia’s southernmost gateway, and also the road and rail gateway from Singapore via a 1.5km (1-mile) causeway that connects the island to Peninsular Malaysia. Places of interest in the State include Johor Lama, the seat of the Johor Sultanate after eviction from Malacca; the Kota Tinggi Waterfalls; the Ayer Hitam ceramic works; Muar, famous throughout the country for its ghazal music and trance-inducing Kuda Kepang dances; the rubber and palm-oil plantations; and Desaru, one of Johor’s newest resorts. Desaru boasts unspoilt beaches and jungle. All kinds of sports are played here, from swimming, canoeing and snorkelling to pony riding and jungle trekking. Accommodation is in Malaysian-style chalets and hotels, and campers are also welcome.