Friday, May 09, 2008

Port Dickson

Negri Sembilan's Popular Sea Front

The upper reaches of Port Dickson near Lukut is less crowded.

Port Dickson is about 120km south of Kuala Lumpur city. This seaside resort town is located in the state of Negeri Sembilan and is about 90 minutes' drive away via the North South Expressway.

Vantage point. Lukut viewed from 11th floor of a hotel.

Traditionally, Port Dickson is famous for its beaches and weekends will see people living the the vicinity congregating at its long stretch of beaches.

Yellow puffer caught by the receding tide. Don't eat this fish. The poison will kill you.

However, there are more to Port Dickson (also known as PD) than meets the eye. For instance, there are old forts (Lukut Fort), ancient architectures, a military museum, and other historic edifices that you can visit.

However, the most famous in Port Dickson is the stretch of beach known as Teluk Kemang, where most of the beach activities are concentrated at.

Lovely sunset from Teluk Kemang area.

Not far from Teluk Kemang is Cape Rachado or Tanjung Tuan where you can find a forest reserve and the famous Tanjung Tuan lighthouse.

This place is famous among bird watchers from the month of March to April annually for the Raptor Watch which has gained international fame.

It is here that bird watchers count the number of raptors, in their migratory flight home to the north hemisphere, as they fly pass the Strait of Malacca.

The jetty area near the town.

Getting There:
Use the North South Highway, exit via the Sungai Besi toll at the southern gateway out from Kuala Lumpur. Then turn off the left just after the Seremban Rest Area towards the signage that reads: Port Dickson/Seremban. Exit at the toll there and just follow the signboard to Port Dickson. Three kilometres from the toll you will come to the new Port Dickson highway. Use this road and just follow the signboard which will take you to either Lukut (where the Fort and Museum are located), Port Dickson town or Teluk Kemang (the popular beach front).

There is a night market on Friday evenings at the Third Mile.

If you wish to stay overnight, there are plenty of hotels to pick from. Usually on weekdays, the crowd is sparse and chances are that you can get a room walk-in. On weekends and holidays, this may be quite difficult. Accommodation comes in the form of hotel rooms, condomuniums or seaside bungalows, depending on your needs and the size of your group.

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