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Port Dickson Attractions, Negeri Sembilan

Port Dickson or also know as PD



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
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
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

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Places you can visit in Malaysia without leaving your house

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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Batu Caves

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

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

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.

Malaysian Beaches

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


Perhentian Besar 

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

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Fun Activities to do in Melaka

Interesting Places in Melaka

Air Keroh Recreational Forest 

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.

Crocodile Farm

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.



Malacca Zoo

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.

Mini Asean 

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 

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.

So this time around when we went back to Melaka, I brought the little ones for an outing at the Melaka Bird Park. Here is my review on the Melaka Bird Park, Walking with the birds at Melaka Bird Park

Coral Wonderland Melaka

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

River Cruise 

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

Or visit my post Melaka River Cruise- A Revisit to see my review on the Night River Cruise.


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The St.Paul's Hill - A Little Climb to HistoryThe St. Paul’s Hill- A little climb to History

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.

To find out more about our little climb, please click here The St. Paul’s Hill- A little climb to History

Malacca Sultanate PalaceMalacca Sultanate Palace, Melaka

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.

Please click here for my review, Malacca Sultanate Palace, Melaka

Proclamation of IndependenceProclamation of Independence Memorial

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. 

Click here for my review, Proclamation of Independence Memorial

Jonker Walk Night MarketCrowded 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.

Jonker Walk Night Market is a must visit. Visit my post at Crowded But Interesting – Jonker Walk Night Market to see my review.

A visit to the Tropical Fruit Farm MelakaA Visit to Tropical Fruit Farm Melaka

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.

Please visit A Visit to Tropical Fruit Farm Melaka to see my review on this Fruit Farm

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The Mystical Island of Langkawi, Malaysia

When you say Langkawi alot comes to mind to different people. Some think of it as the mystical island with the legend of Mahsuri. Some as a Duty Free Shopping haven for liquor, kitchenware and chocolates. Some of its many islands and beautiful beaches. For us one reason we chose Langkawi this holiday was something educational, the Mahsuri Legend. And the what we love most, beaches. But alas it was raining the whole four days, so the beach was out of the question. Maybe next time. Luckily Langkawi is not only about the beach. Here are some of the places we visited during those four days. The flight to Langkawi was about 45 minutes and to move around we rented a car.

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What to do in Langkawi

Underwater World Langkawi

The Underwater World Langkawi (UWL) is located in Pantai Cenang, Langkawi. Its found exactly toward the end of Pantai Cenang Road on the right hand side. Its not hard to miss it. Parking is plentiful, but it was full. Reason being we were there during the Malaysian School Holidays. What’s more, the complex is air-conditioned. An extraordinary spot to get away from the afternoon Langkawi sun.
To know just visit my review, Escaping the Sun at Underwater World Langkawi

Laman Padi, Langkawi

Had mixed sentiments when visiting this place. Saw some incredible reviews on the food and Laman Padi. Yet when we were there, it was something very different. Not certain if we came at a wrong time. Reason being some Tripadvisor reviewers wrote about a café, with pleasant food. Where you could feast in little sheds in padi fields. But when we went there the place looked deserted.
My review of Laman Padi is here, Mixed Feelings at Laman Padi Langkawi

Makam Mahsuri

A must visit place when you are in Langkawi. Here lies the tomb of Mahsuri. Mahsuri was a young lady who lived in Langkawi whose family moved from an island in Thailand during the late eighteenth century. She was believed to be extremely beautiful. Her beauty led her downfall. When she was falsefully accused for adultery. On the day of her execution, she cursed the island of Langkawi to seven generations of misfortune. The curse has now lapsed and that is the reason Langkawi is booming. Google about this old stories, it will most likely make your visit fascinating.

Dataran Lang

Dataran lang is located at the kuah jetty. We first had lunch at the food court at the jetty. Then took a slow walk to the large eagle. Along the way you can see ferriea and boats coming in and out of the jetty.

Where we stayed

Malibest Resort

We chose this place on the day of our arrival as a stopover before we went to Berjaya Langkawi. Sort of a cheap rest place. Reason being its near to the airport, so we won’t be tired after our flight. Took us a long time to locate this place as the main building look like it was undergoing renovation. And there were no visible signages. The lobby is in the main building. Check in was fast and staff were friendly.
Read my review about Malibest on Tripadvisor AzmilK

Berjaya Langkawi

The Berjaya Langkawi Resort is a wonderful retreat which has two very different room atmosphere. You can either stay at the “Rain forest Villas” of which you will be surrounded by rich greenery. Or in “On The Water Villas” which is situated on the ocean. As we have stayed on the water previously. Not in Langkawi but somewhere else. We chose the “Rain forest Villas”. And we were not disappointed.
Read my review on the Berjaya Langkawi Resort here. My Hotel Review – Berjaya Langkawi Resort

We plan to visit Langkawi next year. This time for their beaches and eco parks. When that happens. Will review more interesting places in Langkawi. Till next time

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This Time Walking among Butterflies, Entopia Penang.

Fortunately we picked this spot as our first destination. Cause the following day. Malaysia was on lockdown and Entopia would have been closed. We didn’t get the opportunity to go to the Teddyville Museum cause they closed a day before the lockdown. I read in many websites on Penang that Entopia is the best spot to visit in Penang and I 100% concur with them. Although some may say the cost is somewhat steep, yet you should visit Entopia once in the course of your life.

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Entopia is a large enclosed park where butterflies are allowed to fly around. Parking is ample and staff is friendly. The place is very well organised. The owners have put great thought into this places as the paths are easily accessible. My family had a ton of fun admiring the wonderful butterflies flying around. Some even landed on us. So walk slowly and quietly and enjoy the moment.

Aside from the butterflies flying around, there is the Cocoon. Cocoon is a fun and educational discovery areas for the kids on insects. There are various segments with various themes. There is even one section on how it would like to be as small as an insect in their underground lair. You could walk around, among huge ants and larva. Extremely educational. The staff are extremely helpful. There is silk area where my children got an opportunity to spin silk treads out of a genuine silk worms. The spun strings were attached to little book markers.


My Verdict

If you visit Penang this is a must see place. We spend about 3 hours there and felt that it wasn’t enough. There beautiful butterflies flying everywhere. One even landed on my wife’s forehead. Which was really funny. And it was a few mile from our hotel at Batu Ferringhi. Do look out for different activities that you can experience like releasing the butterflies.  Which we missed as we were in the middle of the park when they announced it. But the kids managed to extract silk treads out of silk worms to make into a bookmarker string to bring home. Something I feel they wouldn’t have a chance anywhere else. Very Educational and interesting.

Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm

Address:-830 Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia

Phone :- (604) 8888 111

Email:- info@entopia.com

Website :- Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm

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