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Port Dickson is a popular beach destination in the state of Negeri Sembilan, Peninsular Malaysia. About 60 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, Port Dickson, or PD to locals, is about an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur along the North-South Highway and about 32 km from Seremban.
This small town used to produce charcoal, but it was later developed as a small port by the British during the Strait Settlement period. Port Dickson was also known as Tanjung. In Malay language that means "cape". The oldest shophouses were the four situated presently at Jalan Lama. There was also a carbon mine at the first mile of the coast road (Jalan Pantai), and therefore Port Dickson was also called "Arang" (charcoal) in the Malay language.
Tin ore was plentiful in Lukut, an area within the Port Dickson district, during the 1820's, and it attracted Chinese immigrant miners. The British considered the area to have great potential as a harbour. It was intended to supersede the port in Pengkalan Kempas. The in-charge officer's name was Dickson, and thereafter the town was named Port Dickson. Others claim that Sir John Frederick Dickson founded Port Dickson and Pulau Arang in 1889.
Port Dickson evolved into a busy trading centre. Railways were constructed to facilitate the growth and development of Port Dickson. Although Port Dickson experienced rapid development, the beautiful beaches are fairly well preserved.Now, Port Dickson has become not only a beautiful tourist destination, but a large municipality with about 89 000 residents.
Back in the late 1990s, Port Dickson went through a boom of hotels and resorts. Some of these projects never took off the ground and the unfinished construction projects can still be seen along the tourist town. However, today, with the economy improving and tourism booming in Malaysia, the projects are being revived.
The 18 km extent of beach from Tanjung Gemuk to Tanjung Tuan is now a popular holiday destination for visitors coming as far as those from Kuala Lumpur itself. Many Singaporeans have invested in holiday homes in and around Port Dickson.
Port Dickson is well-linked to the rest of Peninsular Malaysia by roads.
The Seremban-Port Dickson Highway (E29) links Port Dickson with Seremban and directly onto the North-South Expressway (E2) which spans the length of Peninsular Malaysia. For Port Dickson town, you should exit at the Lukut interchange (Exit 316) while those heading to the beach resorts south of town can continue either to Si Rusa or the end of the highway near the hospital at Teluk Kemang. To access the Seremban-Port Dickson Highway from the North-South Expressway, exit at the Port Dickson interchange (Exit 219) between Seremban and Senawang interchanges.
Port Dickson is on Federal Route 5 or the Coastal Trunk Road, linking it to Malacca to the south, and Klang to the north.
Frequent buses - both direct express which use the highway and local which use the old toll-free road - link Port Dickson with Seremban. Travel time is about one hour and cost RM4. On weekdays there only seems to be one company offering buses between Seremban and Port Dickson, one per hour. If coming from other parts of Malaysia, the easiest way by bus will be to travel via Seremban.
Local buses also link Port Dickson with Sungai Pelek in Sepang district in Selangor, where there are connections to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. To the south, local buses go to Pengkalan Kempas and Tanjung Agas (these buses actually go right up to Kuala Linggi in Malacca) where there are connections to Malacca city.
If coming from Malacca via Seremban by bus, allow about 4-5 hours to get to Port Dickson. It's not worth it.
Although Port Dickson has a rail link, there are no longer any train services. The nearest train station is in Seremban which can be easily reached from Kuala Lumpur. You have to catch a bus or taxi from Seremban to Port Dickson.
Daily ferries connect Port Dickson with Dumai in Sumatra, Indonesia. The Acob Express (Jetty office Tel: +60-6-6471599) leaves from the jetty in the middle of town at 1030. Return trips depart Dumai at 1300. Tickets cost RM80/150 one-way/return.
Taxi rank is right next to the bus station. Happily, it seems to be the only main town in Malaysia where taxis get commission for taking you to certain hotels. The taxis don't have meters and they charge per head. Short distances are 2RM, all the way from Batu 10 to the Bus Terminal is 3RM. But if you start at the Bus Terminal, they may charge for 4 Peoples regardless how many you are. You shouldn't pay more than 15RM to get as far as Blue Lagoon/lighthouse which is a bit down at Batu 10.
There is also a local bus that toodles along the coast. The fare is 1RM to 2RM. From the Bas Terminal to Batu 10 (closest to the Blue Lagoon) it is 2RM.
The cape is actually an exclave of the state of Malacca. The Portuguese built the Cape Rachado lighthouse in the 16th century. The lighthouse guided ships to the Port of Malacca. It is still operational today. Go up the narrow spiral staircase and see the panoramic view of the coastline of Sumatra, 38 km across the Straits. The cape is also the stopover point for migratory birds. From September to March, flocks of sparrows, honey buzzards and swifts can be seen here together with hawks and eagles. Walk down the 63 steps next to the lighthouse and follow the jungle trek to a secluded beach. The footprint embedded in a rock, about 50 metre to the right of the track, is said to be that of Hang Tuah, the legendary Malay warrior of the 15th century. Legend has it that upon acquiring innate strength and knowledge, Hang Tuah chose to meditate here. The footprint marks the spot where he first landed at Tanjung Tuan. A well closeby whose cool chilled water is a haven for the tired and thirsty, is also said to have been dug by him. Local devotees have known to pay their homage at this spot.
Muzium Tentera Darat @ Army Museum
Located near next to a Malaysian Army Camp Port Dickson Based. This Museum is the latest attraction in Port Dickson. Some vehicle and aircraft used by Royal Malaysian Army before is display there. There also a Communist Tunnel.
Fort Raja Jumaat is about 7 km from Port Dickson. He was a 19th century Bugis warrior. The fort was built in 1847 to control the lucrative tin trade in the area. Today the muzzle loading guns used to defend the fort can be seen within the grounds of the District Officer’s residence and outside the Police Station in town. In the area of the fort are also the remains of the foundation of an old palace and a royal burial ground.
About 23 km from the lighthouse, there is a small village called Keramat Ujung Pasir. Here you will find a 15th century tomb of a leading historical personality, Ulama Sheikh Ahmad Makhtum, with its famous carved megalith. Next his grave are the famous stone inscriptions or "Batu Bersurat" which depict his struggle and victory. The enigma surrounding the stone remains unsolved to this day. Of special interest is the ‘ordeal stone’, an ancient lie-detector, through which a person puts his arm when answering questions. If he lies, the stone tightens like a vice.
There are many beaches on the coast along Port Dickson. Leisure activities which are available such as water-skiing, canoeing, snorkeling and wind surfing. Please ask at your hotel reception for arrangements to utilise these facilities. If you enjoy sailing, arrange to have temporary membership at the Yacht Club. One of the best things you can do here in Port Dickson is fishing. But due to pollution and development, the fish stocks in Port Dickson has severely depleted. FIshing is now best done of in a boat or in the kelong. Beach fishing is not recommended unless your are looking for Ikan Sembilang (Catfish).
The Blue Lagoon lies about 15 km from Port Dickson town which provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding greenery and the blue open sea and having fun in the sun. The lagoon is an excellent spot for swimming, boating, wind surfing and water skiing. Accommodation is easily available as many hotels and resorts are located here.
For those who are into gastronomic activities, one can get a taste of the hot and spicy local cuisine. There’s fish cooked in thick gravy of coconut milk and the killer cili padi which is guaranteed to make your mouth and eyes smart. One can also try the rendang (beef cooked with coconut milk and a rich assortment of spices). This is normally eaten with ‘Lemang’, glutinous rice cooked in bamboo.
A few famous restaurants are 'Seaview' and 'Curry house' along Jalan Pantai, 'Mak Mah' located next to the Shell gate entrance and 'Restaurant SN Mohhamad' in Port Dickson town area next to the post office. Every first Saturday of the month, there is a night market in Port Dickson Town, which is full of varieties of food and fruits. Besides that,'Country home' also a very famous restaurant in Lukut which famous with its delious foods. The Famous PD Eating Point is popular with chinese and western delicacies. In Port Dickson also you all cannot miss to try Nasi Lemak stall known as 'Wak Rahman' consider as one of the most famous nasi lemak stall there.If you go to town side there is a bunch or restaurants choices waiting such as Restoran Abu Bakar, SN Mohammad and a lot out there. Marketplace is another interesting food festival in Port Dickson at which you are exposed to variety of foods ranging from Chinese, Indian, Malay and international cuisine. Among the famous and well known is home made Putu Mayam sold by Abdul Rahman bin K. Ismail, the founder and owner of Bismi Putu Mayam. Don't miss to try out the delicious homemade Putu Mayam by Bismi Putu Mayam. These Putu Mayam are also available for orders for many functions and gathering.
If you happen to have a craving for "Western" food, El Cactus cannot be beat. They do absolutely top-notch Mexican food: nachos, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas etc.; they are as good (or even better) than anything I've sampled in my many trips to Mexico. The owner takes his food quite seriously and insists on obtaining all of the correct spices and the best ingredients. They also have pizza, pasta, etc. which I haven't tried. Oh and the frozen lime margaritas are amazing!
Daruana Kuriah, Lot 314,Batu 5,Jalan PAntai,71000 Port Dickson,Negeri Sembilan,Malaysia, ☎ 606-32212000. A placeedit
Weng Yin Seafood Village, KM15,Batu 9.5, Jalan Pantai,71050 Port Dickson, ☎ +60126291178, . 10am to 2pm. Serves variety of seafood! There are fishes, prawns, crabs, bamboo clams and so much more. Cheap and delicious!(2.4344,101.8576)edit
Kal Hoe Restaurant, Tman Sri Intan, Bt 2 Jln Seremban (beside PD Mobil petrol station), ☎ 0122445241. Until late. Great chinese seafood restaurant. Other than seafood, it is also famous for its "German Knucke". Also a great place to hang out for a late night drink (beer only).edit
ice room. many types of Snow Ice. also westernedit
As with other towns in Malaysia, alcohol is expensive and there are no bars as such. Some of the resorts have bars though, which can get lively at weekend and during Malay holidays. For midweek off-peak drinking, it will be like making love to someone you truly love. You'll be doing it on your own.
88 Seafood Restaurant, Taman Negeri. Nice food. Family run business, so might be a bit slow but worth waiting. reasonable. edit
There are numerous resorts, hotels, villas and bungalows which have sprung up along the coast, providing a variety of accommodation facilities.
The Shorea, Kampung Pantai (by LEKAS exit Jelebu, by North-South highway, exit Senawang), ☎ +60173385698, . checkin: 2; checkout: 12. Boutique resort next to the Berumbun forest reserve The Shorea is an architect’s family retreat, built within in a tropical forest reserve. Its secluded villas are set on natural terrains, with meandering paths leading down to a jungle stream, a waterfall within the Berembun Forest Reserve; it is the ultimate forest getaway.RM 500. (2.80159,102.05846)edit
The Shorea Infinity pool
Casa Rachado MAA Resort, Tanjung Biru, Batu 10, Jalan Pantai, Tel +606-662-5177, Fax +606-662-5877, - from 84 ringgit.
Golden Straits Villas Beach Resort, Lot 216, Batu 3, Jalan Pantai, Tel +606-647-3818, Fax +606-647-6813,  - from 154 ringgit.
Laguna Condo Resort Port Dickson , , Batu 9, Tel +6 06 662 5882, Fax +6 06 662 5882, - from 90 ringgit.
Moonlight Vacation Home, Batu 9, Jalan Pantai, ☎ +601-2939-8638, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. Caters upto 20 persons. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, TV, kitchen with basic utensils and short walking distance to the famous Pantai Sri Purnama.RM800 onwards. edit
Kemang Alpha Vacation Home, Batu 8, Jalan Pantai, ☎ +601-2939-8638, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. Caters upto 40 persons. 9 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, living room, TV, kitchen with basic utensils and walking distance to the famous Teluk Kemang beach.RM850 onwards. edit
Suara Ombak Vacation Home, Taman Seaview, Jalan Seremban, Port Dickson, ☎ +601-2939-8638, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: noon. Caters 28-30 people. 9 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5 living rooms, 5 TVs, 5 kitchens with basic utensils, 2 BBQ pitts, sea-front, zero distance to seaside.RM950 onwards. edit
Langkawi Vacation Home, KM17, Jalan Pantai, Port Dickson, ☎ +601-2939-8638, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. Caters upto 22 people comfortably. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living area, TV with astro decoder, kitchen with basic utensils, BBQ pitt, spacious compound for outdoor activities, walking distance to beach without crossing any main-road. RM950 onwards. edit
Anggun Vacation Home, KM15, Jalan Pantai, Port Dickson, ☎ +601-2939-8638, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. Caters upto 20 people. 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, TV with Astro decoder, kitchen with basic utensils, BBQ pitt, short walking distance to seaside.RM900 onwards. edit
The Horizon Vacation Home, Taman Seaview, Jalan Seremban, Port Dickson, ☎ +601-2939-8638, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: noon. Caters 18-20 people. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, TV set, dry-kitchen, BBQ pitt, sea-fronting, very near to beach.RM800 onwards. edit
Captain Vacation Home, KM0.5, Jalan Seremban, Port Dickson, ☎ +601-2939-8638, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. Caters upto 12 persons. 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, TV with Astro decoder, kitchen with basic utensils, BBQ pitt, sea-front, zero distance to seaside.RM900 onwards. edit
Vacation Homes 7151 at Paradise Lagoon, Paradise Lagoon Apartments, Batu 2, Jalan Pantai, ☎ +601-2234-8638, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. Caters upto 10 persons. 4/3/2/1 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, TV, kitchen with basic utensils, seafront, zero distance to seaside.RM160 onwards. edit
Vacation Homes 7153 at Seri Bulan Condo, Batu 8, Jalan Pantai, ☎ +601-2234-8638, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. Caters upto 12 persons. 3 or 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, TV, kitchen with basic utensils, swimming pool and near beach.RM210 onwards. edit
Vacation Homes 7154 at Blue Lagoon Condo, Batu 10, Jalan Pantai, ☎ +601-2234-8638, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. Caters upto 5 persons. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living room, TV, kitchen with basic utensils, swimming pool and very near to the famous Blue Lagoon beach.RM400 onwards. edit
Bayu Beach (Regency Tanjung Tuan), Bayu Beach, 4th Mile Port Dickson Coastal Road, ☎ 6016-6744179. checkin: 1pm; checkout: 12 noon. 3 rooms and 2 rooms sea front condominiums.Daily / Weekly and Monthly basis..Managed for private owners.. Email..email@example.com HP. 016-6744 179 and 6019-614 2295 ..From RM350 for 2 room unitsedit
Felda Residence Port Dickson Km 17 (10 ¾ mile Jalan Pantai. Tel. no. 60 6 662 6645. The hotel offers company-oriented facilities and services. Online booking available.
Corus Paradise Resort, (606) 647 7600. Corus Paradise resort is connected to the North-South Highway.
Kong Ming Budget Hotel, Jalan Pantai, Batu 8, Port Dickson, Telok Kemang (N 02.45170° E 101.85621°), ☎ +606-6625683. checkin: 12:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. No A/C, no TV. Beside the famous Port Dickson beach.RM 35 onwards. edit
Sunshine Hotel, No 1-3 Batu 1, Jalan Seremban, Taman PD Jasmine, ☎ +606-6511748. checkin: 2.00pm (Early check in is subject to availability); checkout: 12.00pm. Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgFrom RM40. edit
Hotel Pantai Ria, Lot 3 / 223, Batu 7.5, Jalan Pantai, Telok Kemang, 71050 Port Dickson, ☎ 06-6625122. checkout: 12am. Simple room, including WiFi. Not specially clean but better than the Hotel just next door. This hotel and restaurant is also next door to a 7/11, and is only a 5 minute walk from the beach. Another nice feature is the free coffee, free hot filtered water, free cold filtered water, and cups.from 40RM. (02.45845,101.85606)edit
TM Resort Port Dickson, Lot 731, Mukim Si Rusa, Batu 7 1/2, Teluk Kemang, Si Rusa, Port Dickson, Malaysia 71050, ☎ 06-662 7262, . Port Dickson Hotel Reservation Site providing variety choice of hotels and resorts at discount rate online.edit