Port Dickson

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.

Understand

In the late 1990s, Port Dickson went through a boom of hotels and resorts. Some of these projects never took off 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 beach from Tanjung Gemuk to Tanjung Tuan is now a popular holiday destination for visitors coming from as far as Kuala Lumpur. Many Singaporeans have invested in holiday homes in and around Port Dickson.

Get in

Port Dickson is a gazetted entry point for Malaysia, used mainly for ferries from Dumai. For information on visa requirements, see Malaysia | Get in section.

By road

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, 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 the 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.

Port Dickson is 32 km from Seremban, 60 km from Kuala Lumpur, 60 km from Malacca, and 320 km from Singapore.

By bus

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 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.

By train

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.

By boat

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 10:30. Return trips depart Dumai at 13:00. Tickets cost RM80/150 one-way/return.

Get around

A 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. You shouldn't pay more than RM15 to get as far as Blue Lagoon/lighthouse which is right at the end of the strip. There is also a local bus that toodles along the coast to the Blue Lagoon and back, maximum RM2.

See

Do

Buy

There's an extremely colourful (literally and figuratively) night market on Saturday nights near the town centre, where you can buy everything from fresh fish and vegetables to shoes and T-shirts.

Eat

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 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 is also a very famous restaurant in Lukut. The Famous PD Eating Point is popular with Chinese and Western delicacies. In Port Dickson also you cannot miss trying a nasi lemak stall known as Wak Rahman, considered one of the most famous nasi lemak stalls. If you go to the town side there are many restaurant choices awaiting such as Restoran Abu Bakar, SN Mohammad, and a lot more. The 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 the delicious homemade putu mayam by Bismi Putu Mayam. This putu mayam is also available for functions and gathering.

If you happen to have a craving for Western food, El Cactus is a reasonable choice. If you have Malaysian taste buds you may enjoy their Mexican food: nachos, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, etc. Don't expect authenticity - for example, they use roti bread instead of taco shells, and chimichangas are made with carrots. They also have pizza, pasta, etc., and the frozen lime margaritas are amazing!

Drink

As in 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.

Sleep

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