Our first staycation after the Lockdown. I needed to escape as I had a busy fourteen days. Picked some place close by as I had two days off. What’s more, didn’t want to drive far. So the closest beach destination from Port Dickson was Pengkalan Balak. Pengkalan Balak is a popular picnic destination with the local Melaka residents. There are a great deal of little chalets and homestays across the street from the beach.
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Discovered this remarkable little chalet on a Facebook page. The spot look beautiful in that posting. A three story wooden structure. Checked the cost with Agoda and the cost was very reasonable, RM140 per night. Reach there around 1pm but the room was not ready. So we went for lunch not far off. To little shop by the sea shore. Food was quite nice combined with the ocean breeze.
After lunch we checked in which was somewhat quick. Upon check in you are given a bag of remote controls for the television and air condition. We picked the room on the third floor. We wanted the seafacing rooms but too bad it was taken earlier by a family. The entire chalet is themed towards the P.Ramlee movies. Even the name of this chalet was from a P.Ramlee film – Pendekar Bujang Lapuk. Kampung Pinang Sebatang. The rooms were names after well known characters in the his films. We got the Salmah room. Room was basic in amenities with all the items that you will discover in a 3 star hotel. Each room was equiped with air conditioned, fan and water heater. As the room came a queen bed. I requested an extra bed which cost RM70. After going into the room, we discovered it very small for the 5 of us and adding an extra bed made it more cramp. The next adjoining room was vacant. I needed to pay another RM140 for the room and my two boys would be comfortable. The television channels was limited. Just the local Malaysian channels. Be that as it may, the children was tired from their day at the beach. So everybody had an early night.
For dinner we took a walk to this cosy restaurant just on the beach called D’Ribut. Food was nice. My son had their Prawn Fried Rice which came with 4 large prawns and the wife had a Prawn Noodle also came with 4 large prawns. Both cost about RM12 each. The rest of us took the normal fried rice. We also had yummy coconut shakes. All in all the food was really nice.
A nice cosy place to stay with the beach just across the beach. Request the seaview rooms, see is marvelous. Rooms are clean and equipment in good working condition. At the time when I stayed there the pool was shut. Be that as it may, it look like small pool. Not to worry cause you have an large ocean right across the street. Staff is friendly. A word of advice. For those older and special people. You may have a few difficulties as there are no lifts in the chalet. What’s more, there are alot of stairs. Food is accessible simply strolling separation.
Kampong Pinang Sebatang Chalet
Address :- Jalan Persiaran Pantai, Taman Perindustrian Pengkalan Balak, 78300 Masjid Tanah, Melaka
Port Dickson is a well known and favourite beach destination for Malaysians and also Singaporeans due to its location. Port Dickson is located about 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur or an hour’s drive from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It’s also our favourite beach destination when we were living in Kuala Lumpur. Port Dickson is a beautiful resort town facing the Straits of Malacca.
Popular Beaches in Port Dickson
There are a lot of interesting places to visit in PD but our favourite place to hang out will always the beach.
Teluk Kemang beach is the most popular beach in PD along the 18km stretch of the Port Dickson coastline. It has better facilities with lots of food eateries, changing and shower rooms, information centre and also accommodations. On weekends and holidays, the beach gets really crowded with visitors. Amenities have been built to accommodate the influx of visitors. There are ample car parks, paved walkways, gazebos, shower stalls, souvenir shops and hawker stalls. The only nuisance comes from the flurry of jet skis and motor boats speeding noisily along the sea.
Blue Lagoon-Tanjung Biru.
Just a few kilometres from Teluk Kemang is a place called Blue Lagoon. This was the place where our family used to go for picnics when we were kids. There are a cluster of small hotels, bungalows and apartments located close by. The beach will be slightly crowded on weekends as the stretch of beach is rather short. There are some small cafes if you don’t want to bring food. There are also the basic amenities like shower and toilets too. To go in there you have to pass an army base and a PLKN camp.
Tanjung Gemuk is a small beach hidden behind a residential village minutes away from Port Dickson town. So you will find some coffee shops and grocery stores there. As there is not much hotel here, it’s a rather quiet stretch of beach. The beach here is OK but rather stony not like the beach in Teluk Kemang. There are two large hotels here with the largest called the Glory Beach Hotel. A recent addition is a water chalet resort called the Legend Water Chalet. The beach is also known as Scouts Beach as it was a meeting place for scouts in the 80s.
Bagan Pinang Beach
Bagan Pinang lies between the 2nd to 4th mile of Port Dickson. Bagan Pinang is quite a long stretch of beach and is where most of the resorts and hotels are situated. From the beach you can walk to a few mangrove islands at low tide. Low tide is the best time to look for mussels and crabs.
Places of Interest in Port Dickson
Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse Originally built by the Portuguese to guide their ships after they conquered Melaka in1511. It faces the Straits of Malacca; its searchlight still illuminates the shores of Tanjung Tuan till this day. Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse has been gazetted as a bird watching park because the Cape is a popular stopover point for migratory birds. From September to March, flocks of sparrows, honey buzzards, and swifts can be seen here, together with birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles. It’s a really awesome sight. PD Ostrich Farm This looks like a little small farm where they rear ostriches. You’ll also be able to taste ostrich satay, ostrich burger and purchase souvenirs as well as cosmetics derived from ostrich oil. You might also get a chance to ride an ostrich. Apart from all these there are many more attractions and destinations which is worth to visit and explore. Bookmark Travel at Malaysia as Malaysia is truly a dream destination to explore. My next post will be on my personal review of Accomodation in Port Dickson
During this ongoing Lockdown, as mentioned in My Bucket List after This Covid 19 Pandemic. I had alot of time on my hand to plan out my bucket list to pursue after the pandemic dies down. As usual I was scouring through the World Wide Web. That is the where I found a post on Virtual Tours in Europe. You could visit from the comfort of your chair various well known Museums. Utilizing your mobile or tablet with Virtual Reality. It was astounding and fun. You could stroll through historical places and even look left and right as if you were there. Its a good preparation before you actually visit the real spot. Cause nothing beats the real thing. Searched for Malaysian Travel VR video destinations. But alas there were very little. Guest it hasn’t caught on. So I felt its best to include those videos that I discovered here. So everybody can see from their sofa how awesome Malaysia is. Some of the recordings are by novices but the results is enough to know about these stunning spots. I guess if you have one of those VR specs it will be amazing.
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I feel this is the best VR video on Malaysia up until now. This video is almost 11 minutes. Done by an expert organization. They also have different VR videos however not in Malaysia. So I will highlight just the Batu Caves one. The journey takes you at the foot of the steps, till the enormous golden statue till the insides of the caves and its temples. You could even admire the tops of the caverns which is wonderful.
View from the Petronas Twin Tower.
Well this VR view is something alot of us will never get to experience. A 360 view from the top of the the tallest building in Malaysia. Its a timelapse video.
Pangkor Island is a resort island that lies just off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. There are no bridges to pangkor island, you have to go there by ferry. I always thought that Pangkor Island is only about the beaches but there is a few places of interest to visit. This video shows some of it.
Melaka – A Formosa and St Paul’s Hill
A visit to Malaysia is not complete without a visit to the historical sites in Melaka. Melaka and Penang is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Here’s a video on the walk to the to the Porta Santiago till the top of the St. Paul’s Hill.
Penang is also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. But Penang is also famous for their food. Especially their Char Kway Teow and Nasi Kandar. Here is a rather long video ( 20 minutes). But it covers quite a number of interesting places to see in Penang.
Malaysia is blessed with beautiful beaches. I am so lucky to have spend most of my working life by the beach. Even met my other half on the beach.
Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
A short video from the beach at Langkawi, Kedah
Sky Mirror – Selangor
A unique beach in Selangor. Mainly visited because of its Mirror Like Surface
A rather long video on the Perhentian Island. Famous for its beautiful beaches and snorkelling.
Tunamaya Resort. Tioman, Malaysia
Tunamaya is a beautiful resort on the Island of Tioman. We have been to Tioman Island before but at the Berjaya Tioman. Tioman is so beautiful and peaceful. And this resort on VR is simple beautiful
I used to love to jog here because it has three jogging tracks and it’s really refreshing to jog with sound of the jungle. It’s located about 5 km from the Air Keroh Toll. Now they also have recreational facilities like Prehistoric Garden, Storyland, children’s playgrounds, Orang Asli Park, Deer Park, suspension bridge, observation towers, picnic spots and refreshment kiosks. Campsites, huts and cabins are also available for rental. Even by just walking round the jogging trek while listening to the sounds of the jungle and seeing the greenery will most certainly relax you.
This is also located in Ayer Keroh, just across from the Malacca Zoo. So its not very hard to miss, just watch for the McDonalds restaurant which is just beside it. More than 200 crocodiles of various species are found here and it is said to be one of the largest in Malaysia. The crocodiles are all reared in a natural environment. There is also exciting and suspense-filled performances every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday.
Melaka Zoo is rated the best zoo among the southern states for its wild and domestic animals in surroundings that have been set to simulate the natural habitat of the animals. The zoo also functions as a centre for wildlife research, conservation breeding and zoo education centre. Now there’s even a night safari on weekends. There is also ample parking around.
This unique theme park features impressive replicas of the different types of traditional houses from ASEAN countries, namely Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. It is located near the Air Keroh Recreational Forest. Inside each house, there are various handicrafts originating from each country. There are also life-like dummies, dressed in the respective traditional costumes of the country. This theme park gives you and inside of cultural and lifestyle of Asean countries.
Mini Malaysia like Mini Asean is a park that also portrays 13 life-sized authentic Malaysian houses from the 13 states of Malaysia. Located just next to Mini Asean. Each house is uniquely featured with the 13 state’s cultural heritage where you will find mannequins wearing the traditional costumes of each state and also some artefacts on display too. I feel its a good effort by the Melakan government as it preserves our cultural heritage as nowadays its hard to find really traditional houses around. Here is my review on Mini Malaysia, please click here Mini Snips of Malaysia at Mini Malaysia Melaka.
Melaka Bird Park
Melaka has lots of little parks that you could visit with the kids. Thats not too expensive or large that it might make you exhausted. Especially when you have toddlers with you. There is the Coral Wonderland Melaka (which is smaller than the Aquaria at KLCC), Mini Malaysia Melaka, Melaka Zoo and more.
I happen to stumbled upon this place from friend who resides outside of Melaka. Imagine a Melaka boy don’t even know such a place exist. The Coral Wonderland Melaka can be found on the fourth floor of the Hatten Square just across the road from where we stayed, Hatten Hotel. That’s one of the reason why we stayed there. We didn’t want to brave the famous Melaka traffic jam. Keep your expectations low cause the Coral Wonderland is fairly small in contrast to the aquarium within KLCC as well as the one in Langkawi. But its alright for a start. The entrance fee is fairly steep to some. The price is RM30 for adults and RM20 for kids. Upon stepping into the Aquarium entrance you will be greeted by what is publicised as the ‘The Longest Touch Pool in Asia. Not sure if this really is true nevertheless here you are able to touch or hold tame sea creatures such as baby sharks, puffer fish, stingray, seahorse, starfish and many more. To know more about this place, please click here. Coral Wonderland Melaka
Melaka River was where it all began. It was the meeting point for traders from the east and west. A few years ago the state government embarked on an effort to beautify the river. Their effort was great for tourism as now you can take a river cruise. What used to be unsightly kitchens or toilets of the houses along the river, now is beautiful buildings and little cafes. There are lots to see along this 45minute cruise. You can take the cruise from the jetty next to the Maritime Museum or from Taman Rempah in Pengkalan Rama. Click here for my review of the Melaka River Cruise, An Outing in Historical Melaka
After the Malacca Sultanate Palace, we opt to go up the hill to the St. Paul Church. We start at the bottom at the Porta de Santiago. The Porta de Santiago is what’s left of the A Formosa Fort. The Porta de Santiago is the most famous historical landmarks in Melaka. And you can see by the number of people visiting the Porta de Santiago. The Porta is actually a small gate house of the fortress.
A beautiful replica of the original Sultan Mansur Shah’s 15th-century palace. It is build the traditional way, without any nails. According to historical records, the original was destroyed a year after the sultan ascended the throne by lightning. The outside the building is overwhelming. The garden areas are well taken care off.
Inside it depicts some Melaka history and palace life. The three-storey museum is divided into eight chambers where you can see a variety of weaponry, decorative arts, traditional costumes, brassware, jewellery and more. Plus there are three galleries depicting famous legends through dioramas.
The Proclamation of Independence Memorial was a Dutch Colonial Mansion. It used to be the Malacca Club, a clubhouse for the British Expatriate when the British ruled Malaysia. It was later converted into the Memorial depicting the Malaysian road to Independence.
There are lots of artifact from the early Malaysia Sultanate till to date. You will see the progress of Malaysia leading to its Independence. The first display you will see is a diorama of Proclamation of Independence at the Melaka Field. The scene where our first Prime Minister stood on an open car to the then Melaka Field, where the Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall is located now.
Crowded But Interesting – Jonker Walk Night Market
When you are in Melaka, one of the places to visit is the Jonker Street. It is the Chinatown of Melaka. Its where many old buildings are located.You will find numerous cafes, restaurants, souvenirs, Nyonya Museums and also little Quaint Boutique Hotel. Be sure to walk the along streets including “Harmony Street” that has religious shrines or temples of many different faiths. This is what Melaka is all about. You will find a Chinese Temple just walking distance from a Muslim Mosque and an Indian Temple. And across the river there’s a Church. All living in harmony with each other.
As always I was searching for something unique and educational to bring my ‘budak bandar’ kids this weekend. Some place close to Port Dickson. So we don’t spend time on the road. I’ve heard that there’s a fruit farm somewhere in Melaka. With loads of fruit trees to see. Its called the Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm in Sungai Udang.
As most roads and highways in Malaysia is of good quality, we like to drive when we go on holiday. So naturally Reststop or in Malaysia we call it Rest & Relax Area is an important part of our travels. Nowadays with the addition of the little one, good and clean Rest and Relax Area is a must. I think that our Malaysian Highway consenneir is doing a great job as the reststops are well maintained and well equipped. There are large clean toilets, diaper changing rooms, food outlets, praying rooms and petrol stations. And some even Fast Food Outlets like KFC and also little Highway Hotels.
Bukit Gantang Rest & Relax Area
I discovered about this Rest & Relax Area while driving on the road heading to Taiping, we planned to visit the Taiping Zoo. It was a real letdown, I feel the Melaka Zoo is much better. This Rest & Relax Area is not like all the other stops that you find on our Malaysian highways. It still has the same comforts of clean toilets, ample parking & clean food outlets as other R & R areas have. PLUS is doing an extraorfinary job in upgrading their R & R areas. My favourite pick is still the one in Tapah. It has large clean toilets, lots of food courts. As for the one in Bukit Gantang it is actually picturesque similar to a mini park with lots of greeneries and a small fountain. The difference between this R&R against the rest, is this has stalls selling our topical Malaysian fruits. Since we stopped by in the midst of the Malaysian fruit season, we saw a lots & lots of fruits like durian, langsat, duku & far more. So on the way to Taiping drop by here.
Tapah Rest & Relax Area
This is the most stunning Rest & Relax Area on Malaysian highways. The place resembles a holiday resort. There is natural brickworks, tropical trees, water fixtures decorate with water lilies, playground, huge airy toilets, fruit stalls, cafes, Dunkin Donuts and Baskins & Robbins. The fruit stalls selling chiefly rose apple (jambu air) and guava. In the event you stop by in the middle of the Malaysian fruit season you will come across durian, rambutan and mangosteen. There are Rest and Relax Areas on both sides of the highway in Tapah. But we like to stop by the one heading South towards Port Dickson or Melaka for lunch. There is a stall at the food court that serves a great bowl of mee curry, the one with the coconut milk in it. There is ample parking space around for cars as well as busses.
Sungai Perak Rest & Relax Area
We normally stop here on our way to Kuala Kangsar. This place has all the things needed for a long journey. There food outlets, clean toilets, ample parking, fruit stalls and a Petronas gas station. Its also equipped with an escalator from the carpark leading to the main area. As it is located next to the Perak River they have built a 20 metre high observation tower. You need to climb 27 stairs up to get a beautiful view of the Perak River and its surrounding. There is also a shop selling jungle products made by the orang asli.
R & R Jejantas Air Keroh
Whenever we travel to Melaka or from Melaka heading north, we will usually stop at the R&R Jejantas Air Keroh. What’s unique about this rest stop is that the some of the restaurants are on the bridge over the highway. The restaurants are KFC, A&W as well as Restoran OB. I believe OB stands for Over the Bridge. Being typical Malaysian, we look for rice for most of our meals. So we usually head to Restoran OB. They have the normal Malaysian Fare such as Nasi Lemak, Nasi Goreng, Mee Goreng and so on. Prices are also reasonable around RM6. 00 for a plate of Nasi Lemak with a large piece of Ayam Rendang. And my kids usual had the chicken rice. As the restaurant is above the highway you will have the full v
iew of vehicles plying the highway. So this keeps my sons occupied. They will sit by the window and watch the cars as well as lorries go by. Thus keeping them quiet while daddy and mummy eat.
Also to the restaurants, there is also souvenir shops. Also located infront of the Restoran OB is the Al Ikhsan Sports shop. As with other rest stops in Malaysia, there is enough parking and toilets are clean. There are also many food outlets located near the car park. And also a Baskin and Robbins.