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Monday, 15 September 2014

Port Dickson

Port Dickson
Port Dickson

Malaysia’s Port Dickson (also known as PD by locals) lies just over 30km from Seremban (Negeri Sembilan) and the airport at Kuala Lumpur. The region is famed for its long stretch of sandy beaches and is one of the most popular destinations in the country.

Better know as PD, this seaside town has plenty of history and has long been the favourite beach of the Seremban and Klang Valley folk.

Developed by the British during the time of the Straits Settlements, it was throught to have great potential as a harbour.

An area know as Lukut has high tin ore content and it attracted many Chinese miners. Today, the local economy is supported by oil and gas refineries.

As as seaside town it has long stretches of beaches, which are mostly sandy and spotted with hotels and resorts that will leave visitors spoilt for choice.

Families are also know to rent beachside bungalows and hold barbecue parties against the backdrop of the setting sun.

Port Dickson’s beaches

The beaches at Port Dickson extend for around 18km from the north at Tanjung Gemuk to the south at Tanjung Tuan. The beaches are edged by rows of palms, coconut and banyan trees and offer any visitor a perfect beach holiday. Visitors will find sandy beaches to soak up the sun, beaches with good fishing potential and the waters are warm and pleasant. Popular beaches include:


  • Blue Lagoon -- this is a quieter beach that will suit sun lovers looking for some peace and quiet. Visitors often enjoy hunting for crabs to barbeque in the evenings as the beach is a traditional home for crabs.

  • Telok Pelandok -- the beach here is gravel but the main reason for visiting this beach is the fishing. Visitors can fish from the bridge or from the beach itself and stand a good chance of catching cat-fish, sting-ray and cod.


Getting There

Kuala Lumpur’s airport is served by over 40 international airlines -- it takes around an hour and a half to get to Port Dickson. There are train, bus, car hire and taxi options open to all visitors.

Weather

Port Dickson enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 21ºC to 32ºC. Although always warm there is often the risk of rain.

Currency

The Malaysian currency is the Ringgit (RM). Visitors can convert money at local banks, money change outlets and at many hotels.

Eating out

Given its proximity to the coast it’s hardly surprising that the local specialities revolve around seafood and fish! There are all kinds of other cuisines on offer from regional Malaysian dishes to more Westernised cooking.

Language

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic society so visitors will hear many languages and dialects. English is often viewed as the country’s legal language so it is relatively widely spoken.

Accommodation

There are all kinds of accommodation options for visitors. These include hotels (from small family run concerns through to luxury hotels). Many people opt to rent chalets and bungalows and, in recent years, more and more locals have started renting out their apartments to holiday makers. It’s becoming increasingly common for visitors and locals to buy property in Malaysia either as a holiday home or as a rental opportunity.

Conclusion

Beach lovers of all types will find something to suit them in Port Dickson!

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