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Port Dickson Travel Guide: 161 reviews and 379 photos

Commonly refered to as PD, Port Dickson is the most touristy attraction in Negeri Sembilan and has long been the the favourite weekend beach retreat for city dwellers from the surrounding area. This is not surprising then as PD is blessed with a strecth of 18km of white sandy beaches that extend from Tanjung Gemuk in the north to Tanjung Tuan in the south.

PD was formerly known as Tanjung (Cape) and Arang (Charcoal) in reference to its location and a village where charcoal was made. It was later earmarked to be developed as a colonial beach resort and a port by Sir Frederick Dickson, a leading official in the Straits Settlement during the 1880s. Hence, the name Port Dickson was in honour of him.

The reason for the establishment of a port here was to reduce transportation costs for trainsporting of tin ore from the interior tin mines at Sungei Ujong. By setting up a port in PD, the cost of transportation could be reduced instead of using the old, winding land route all the way to Port Swenhentam (now known as Port Klang). However, PD was not succesfully developed into a full-fledged port but remain as a colonial beach resort as it was intended to be.

Today, PD is the most popular weekend beach retreat in Malaysia. Its location of a mere 32km from Seremban and 60km from Kuala Lumpur make it easily accesible from the city and an ideal temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of a city life.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Laid back though relaltively close to the city.
  • Cons:The beach is not as clean as before, but still OK.
  • In a nutshell:Good for weekend gateway beach retreat.
  • Last visit to Port Dickson: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated Nov 18, 2004
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  • Sep 12, 2008 at 5:45 AM

    may i ask, if pantai cermin is public? n is bookin needed 2 use d BBQ pit??

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2006 at 5:15 AM

    Nice page. My son is going here on business this week. Tough job but someone has to do it :-))

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2006 at 6:14 PM

    great tips!

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2006 at 7:26 PM

    Onion, thanks for sharing about the birding bit on PD. Very useful!

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2006 at 8:42 AM

    Thanks for the good tips, I am thinking of going to PD during one of the coming weekends :)

  • ifam's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2006 at 12:07 AM

    very nice write up...i ve been to blue lagoon and some others too..avillion is jus fantastic..

  • jenniferchin's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2005 at 1:38 AM

    Ahhhh ... nice one here :-) Agree with you about Avillion .. I nearly windsurfed into the stilts !! hehehehehhehe

  • airasia's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2004 at 11:09 PM

    hmm...good idea. But still a bit far. I believe most of the patrons will be from KL. Up north may not be good for buisness. Our sing neighbour may find it a bit far too. I think the hotel should be near a beach side. coastal area like.

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2004 at 6:22 AM

    I think the clue may refer to PD-Wan Loong Temple. mansionion, how do you find the names of these places. even us Chinese find it hard to know! pilz88 is right-you were a tourist guide in your past (and current) life!

  • muddybok's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2004 at 9:58 PM

    I bet PD, but sh!t!!! Orchicd beat to win the contest!!? ;-o

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