In early 1920, Kulai which is formerly known as Gui Lai means arrival of tortoise. From history, Kulai gets its name from an event in which during the rainy season Sungai Kulai was hit by flood and as a result plenty of tortoises emerge at the river banks and moved towards the town. This flood had caused the Hainan people to naming it as ‘Gui Lai’. The evidence of Gui Lai can be seen at the sign board which written in Chinese at Kulai railway station. However, it was difficult to write Gui Lai in Chinese language therefore the name was changed to Kulai and it is used until present.
However, the name Kulai which taken from the flood event, have its own story. Before 1890, namely during the stage of the Kulai’s opening which originated from Sungai Kulai, had facilitate the locals to plough the crops. At that moment, the opening of Xin Jie Chang (Pekan Baru) by Encik Tan Yook Fong, the administrator of that area (known as Gan Zhu), were among the first people visit Kulai.
The biggest attraction in Kulai is the Gunung Pulai Mountain. The mountain and the recreational forest surrounding it are a major tourist attraction in Kulai for outdoor recreation activities. There are several things to do in Kulai focused around the Pulai Mountain region. You can go for hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, and nature exploration.
GETTING AROUND JOHOR BY BUS
Visitors to Johor Bahru can travel to different places within the city by using its extensive bus service network. The buses have destination boards and mostly operate from Larkin Central or the main bus stops in the city centre opposite of City Square (a shopping mall linked to the Malaysian Customs). The fares for the majority of the buses are relatively cheap and they also cater to travellers who are heading to the outskirts of Johor.