Ayer Hitam

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Not to be confused with Air Itam, a town in Penang, Malaysia.
For other uses, see Ayer Hitam (disambiguation).
Ayer Hitam

Ayer Hitam (Chinese: 亚依淡) is a mukim in Batu Pahat District, Johor, Malaysia. Located just at the junction of route 1 and route 50, it is known for its many outlets selling pottery and other crafts. It also is one of the interchange for North-South Expressway.


Ayer Hitam[1] simply means Black Water. A lively town, Ayer Hitam is always bustling with passing vehicles and people who travels north and south. This place is well known for its ceramic items such as flower vases in an assortment of colours, photo frames, jars, ashtrays, and other home decorative items. For a closer look, you can also watch the potters at work. Aside from quality souvenirs, Ayer Hitam is also dotted with many stalls selling local tidbits known as 'kerepek' among the locals. Amongst the famous ones are prawn crackers, steamed corn, tapioca chips, and the all-time must-try “otak-otak”. These food items are fresh and prepacked for you, and sold at reasonable prices.

Located in the district of Batu Pahat. Before the advent of the North-South Expressway, Air Hitam was a major route intersection leading to Malacca and Kuala Lumpur going northbound, Johor Bahru and Singapore going southbound, and Kluang and Mersing going eastbound. It was a popular rest stop for many tour buses and travellers between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Visitors could find souvenir shops, restaurants and locals peddling to sell their vegetables.

Neighbouring towns[edit]


  • Masjid Sultan Ibrahim, Ayer Hitam
  • Klinik Kesihatan Ayer Hitam
  • Lebuh Raya Utara Selatan


Ayer Hitam bus terminal

The town is served by Ayer Hitam bus terminal.


The Consul's File. "The Consul's File" is a fictional account of the life and times of an American Consul in Ayer Hitam circa 1969.

Coordinates: 1°55′06.0″N 103°10′46.2″E / 1.918333°N 103.179500°E / 1.918333; 103.179500