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The Pride of Negeri Sembilan – Port Dickson

Port Dickson

What tourists said about Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

“Army Museum – The best place to visit in PD”

I would say this is the best attraction when in PD. Being the biggest army town in Malaysia, the museum complex serves well in exhibiting historical events and tragedies in Malaya then Malaysia. With replica of old jets, trains, armour and recently 3D theatre. You wont regret.

Visited October 2013

“Wan Loong Temple – A taste of Malaysian Chinese culture”

Friendly monks and lots of lovely idols for the kids to view and listen to stories about. There’s an ancient fortune-telling sticks culture that’s uncannily accurate with prophecies, beautiful grounds to stroll along and friendly animals- the dogs were all sleepy, but I think because of the prayer incense.

“Ostrich Show Farm – Nice experience for young children”

Children get to see lots of animals not just ostriches.. My son had a good experience feeding the goats and the ostriches…

Other fun activities as well which include pony and ostrich rides, and prawn fishing..

One activity that my son loved but felt so out of place in such a farm was the motorized car rides.. well all children love them right?

And of course you get to try ostrich satay too which isn’t too bad either.

Visited December 2012

Source: Tripadvisor

port dickson beach resort

Port Dickson, commonly referred to as PD by the locals, is a popular tourist destination as a beach resort.

About Port Dickson

Port Dickson or fondly known as PD, is the pride of Negeri Sembilan. This state is well-known for its unique matri-lineal system of Adat Perpatih, which is distinctly reflected in the state’s architecture of up-swept roofs.

Attractions of Port Dickson

Port Dickson has an almost unbroken coastline stretching up to 18km. Its sunny beaches, lined by tall palm trees and shady casuarinas, are washed by the gentle waves of the Straits of Malacca. Teluk Kemang and the Blue Lagoon beaches are popular tourist spots here.

Port Dickson Map

Port Dickson fun map

Teluk Kemang, situated on the 9th mile of the coastal road, is one of the longest stretches in Port Dickson. Enjoy a splash in the warm waters, or delight in activities such as canoeing, parasailing, yachting or speed boat rides.

The Blue Lagoon, 11km south of Port Dickson town, is tucked away from the main road and offers hours of fun in an undisturbed setting.

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The Blue Lagoon at Port Dickson

The Port Dickson Fest and the International Port Dickson Ironman Triathlon are two exciting annual events in these beaches.

avillion hotel pd

The Avillion Port Dickson hotel is one of the featured hotels in Port Dickson.

A popular destination for beach resorts

A string of five-star resorts, hotels and private bungalows occupy the Port Dickson coastline. Alternatively, camp out by the beach for a pleasant night under the stars.

Port Dickson holds the distinction of being the first place where competitive sailing was introduced in the country.

sea food pd

PD is also a popular destination for fresh locally caught sea food.

The Admiral Marina and Leisure Club offers excellent and comprehensive facilities for yachters including moorage, full club services, brokerage and boat repairs.

The Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club has extensive facilities for members and is able to accommodate Optimist and Laser crafts.

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A swimming pool at the Avillion Port Dickson hotel, which is popular choice among locals visiting PD.

What to see in PD

This charming coastal town has a variety of attractions, from nature-based temptations to historical monuments. Close to Blue Lagoon is Cape Rachado or Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse.

Built in the 16th century, this lighthouse was used to guide vessels sailing to Melaka, then a thriving port-of-call in the region.

tanjung tuan lighthouse

The famous Tanjung Tuan lighthouse is one of the most visited places of interest in PD.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline from this vantage point. To the northeast of Port Dickson is the Lukut Fort, erected to protect the tin-rich town of Lukut. The museum here offers glimpses into the history of the town.

Dining out at the local restaurants in Port Dickson provides a delightful choice of delicious fresh seafood, exotic local dishes as well as Western fare.

Places of interest in Port Dickson

Wan Loong Chinese Temple

Wan Loong Temple is located along the 7th mile of the Port Dickson coastal road, just opposite the PD World Marina Resort. This Chinese temple, with its opulent architecture and imposing fortress walls, is hard to miss at left along the main road, if coming south towards Malacca from PD town.

The temple name means ‘Dragon of the Clouds’, but it pays homage to several oriental deities, including Kuan Yi (goddess of mercy) and the Monkey King. Opposite is an equally ornate seafood restaurant that resembles a temple complex. Open throughout the day (and even night), the temple is free to enter as long as you do your exploration quietly.

The Pengkalan Kempas Historical Complex

The Pengkalan Kempas Historical Complex, also known as Fort Kempas, is located in a small village area about 35 km from Port Dickson. Contained within the complex are megalith stones and an ancient tomb belonging to a Syeikh Ahmad Majnun, a Islamic teacher who was slain in battle with the army of Sultan Mansor Shah of Malacca.

The tomb, called Keramat Sungai Udang, is venerated by locals as a shrine and believed to be the oldest Muslim grave in Malaysia, dating back to the 14th Century. Meanwhile, the three megaliths on display resemble a spoon, rudder and sword respectively. The locals imagine these stones as magical and able to grow in size.

Cape Rachado Lighthouse, Tanjung Tuan

Cape Rachado, also known as Tanjung Tuan to locals, is a nature attraction 18km south from Port Dickson town. The hilly cape is a gazetted forest reserve and wildlife sanctuary, with several hidden beaches, patches of mangrove swamps and a historical lighthouse at the summit.

Administered by the state of Malacca, Cape Rachado is also a favourite bird watching spot, especially during the migratory season of raptors. While you can only camp here for an overnight stay, proper hotel accommodation can be found at its foothill, including Casa Rachado and PNB Ilham Resort; both a stone’s throw away from the park entrance.

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Looking at the light house from Cape Rachado, Port Dickson.

Army Museum

The Army Museum, known locally as Muzium Tentera Darat, is located next to a military base off the main road at 5th mile, about 7km away from Port Dickson town in Sirusa district. A property of the Malaysian Royal Armed Forces, the museum traces its exploits and achievements through history, trumped up with dramatised aspects and romantic story-telling.

In addition to the museum buildings, the spacious grounds also house decommissioned military vehicles, including planes, tanks and artillery guns, and a memorial fountain dedicated to soldiers who served through Malaysia’s war history.

Ostrich Farm

The PD Ostrich Farm is located at 9th mile along the Port Dickson beach road; watch out for a signboard at left while going south from town. Besides ostriches, visitors can see peacocks, peasants, jungle fowls, monkeys and a strangely large number of farm animals.

The ostriches are housed in open paddocks shaded by large trees; they can be feed with pellets bought from the entrance. For a fee, adults and children can even ride ostriches around a small circuit at the back for the farm.

port dickson ostrich farm

Port Dickson ostrich farm

Port Dickson Waterfront

PD waterfront is an esplanade development at Port Dickson’s town center, facing the sea off Pulau Arang. A popular spot in the evening for families to fly kites, the PD Waterfront project is also a designated entertainment, dining and shopping zone, lined with contemporary shoplots along a seafront boulevard, with recreational parks fronting the promenade walk.

Once fully completed, this integrated township will include a water theme park, five star water chalet-based resort, budget hotel, serviced apartment, duty-free zone, marine aquarium, convention hall and even a 1-km cable car that links PD Waterfront to Pulau Arang, the uninhabited mangrove island off its coast.

port dickson waterfront

Waterfront resorts at Port Dickson

Source: Port Dickson Info

Getting to Port Dickson

Getting to Port Dickson

Getting to Port Dickson

Port Dickson is located along the coastal road an hour’s drive from Seremban. The latter is about 60km south of Kuala Lumpur on the North South Expressway and 40km from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang. Regular bus and taxi services connect Port Dickson to Kuala Lumpur and Seremban.

By Rail

Rail travelers have to disembark at Seremban, which is serviced by the KTM Komuter from Kuala Lumpur.

Promotional rates for hotels in PD

Other attractions that you might be interested

  • Sungai Linggi – In 1883, Bird went from Singapore to Malacca and then into the state of Sungai Ujong, which now comes under Negri Sembilan, and on to the mouth of the Linggi and then Seremban.
  • Lata Kinjang Waterfall – For the adventurous type, the Lata Kinjang waterfall is definitely your cup of tea. Head out to this exciting and yet exhilarating waterfall for a splash.
  • Ostrich Farms – If you are nature and animal lovers, this farm is well suited for you. Take your whole family there for a day tour of seeing not only the ostriches but also other animals such as rabbits and goats. Do enjoy the fruits and vegetables available at the farm.
  • Aenon Health Farm – Forget health supplements, meat, seafood and dairy products. Just think of vegan meals, plenty of water, daily exercise and talks on healthy eating.
  • Wet World Pedas Hot Springs – The hot springs, about 15km from Seremban, is a delightful retreat for the whole family. Its two open-air pools are popular with adults and children.
  • Nilai – Nilai in the northern part of the state has become an important industrial area due to its proximity to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in nearby Sepang district in Selangor.

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Photo credits: Phalinn Ooi, Lim Ashley, Daniel Hoherd, M. King, Min Sheng Khoo, Nazir Amin, Clement Chan.

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