The small enclave of Benut blends into the larger Pontian District of Johor, known for its location near the coastline of the Straits of Malacca. Seafood, fishing villages and notable national parks draw visitors to Benut and its neighbours.
Things to do in Benut
Surfing enthusiasts know Benut as one of the closest neighbourhoods to the island of Pulau Pisang, also known as Banana Island. In less than five kilometres, you can taste the island’s renowned kuini fruit and visit the Banana Island Lighthouse, which helps guide vessels into the Singapore Strait.
Eateries in Benut specialise in fresh seafood, such as Kukup, a Pontian fishing village near the border of Singapore. Looking for a day trip? Head inland to the small town of Kulai, considered the gateway to Gunung Pulai Nature Reserve.
To experience more of Malaysia’s spectacular outdoor scenery, visit Tanjung Piai National Park, located on the southernmost tip of mainland Asia less than an hour from Benut. The area is home to long-tailed macaque, dusky leaf monkeys and various species of migratory birds, as well as kilometres of picturesque mangroves.
Traverse the hiking trails of Mount Pulai, with trail entrances starting as close as 40 kilometres from Benut. At the trailhead of Kampong Sri Gunung Pulai, stop off at the landmark Anggun Café to try local specialties, such as roti canai or nasi lemak.
Getting around Benut
Senai International Airport in the Kulai District is less than a 35-minute drive from Benut and is also where you can pick up a rental car. A bus terminal in Pontian Kechil offers various routes to Benut.