Located a little over an hour’s drive south of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Port Dickson is a quiet coastal town in the state of Negeri Sembilan, popular with the locals looking for a quick access to sandy beaches and sea views. Considering its proximity to the Klang Valley, it is a great option for a short getaway to catch some sea breeze, indulge in water sports, or let the kids roam free, building sandcastles and flying kites. As direct public transportation is not available, the most convenient way to get there is to self-drive from Kuala Lumpur using the North-South Highway. Or, you can also get there by driving from Singapore.
Accommodation in Port Dickson is mainly affordable, with many budget to mid-range hotels to choose from. At the top of the range is Grand Lexis Port Dickson, featuring Balinese-inspired villas with private pools, and Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, a sprawling resort with pool villas and a kids’ club offering a number of activities such as helicopter rides, archery, water cruise, cycling and more. There’s also Avillion Port Dickson, a resort designed to look like a traditional Malay fishing village. With a petting zoo, bird aviary and spa, it's perfect for families. For large groups, consider Villa Lot 1638, a small, private modern villa consisting of duplex suites and rooms with a pool.
Also check out these family friendly hotels in Port Dickson:
Thistle Port Dickson - family friendly resort
D'Wharf Hotel & Serviced Residence - service apartments facing the sea
Avillion Admiral Cove - a waterfront marina hotel and resort
Kapitan Lodge – a traditional wooden house that sleeps six or more
Solesor Kampong Beach Resort - container resort close to a beachfront
As with other beach destinations, Port Dickson will appeal to those looking for some wholesome family fun including water sports and beach camping. Public beaches such as Teluk Kemang, Blue Lagoon Beach and Seri Purnama Beach tend to be popular with visitors, as they offer amenities such as gazebos, public toilets and food trucks.
Port Dickson has several attractions that will interest families with small children, such as the Army Museum Port Dickson. It houses a number of outdoor exhibits, including military aircrafts, armored vehicles, artillery pieces and tunnels for children to explore.
At the PD Ostrich Show Farm, visitors can feed animals like ostriches, donkeys, goats, rabbits and more, or go on an ostrich ride! Alternatively, there's Aurora Park, a mini petting zoo with an LED light garden that looks lovely at night. Stop by the newly opened PD Maze to explore the maze garden, sculptures and art installations.
For some indoor entertainment, head over to Segar City, where there’s a mini amusement park called Wild West Cowboy that's suitable for younger ones. It also houses the Alive 3D Art Gallery for some photo-taking fun, Segar Recreation Eco Park, Awake fantasy escape games, 5D Motion theater and Country House.
Army Museum Port Dickson, Kem Sirusa, Persiaran Pahlawan, Kampung Baru Sirusa, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, +606 6464263
PD Ostrich Show Farm, Lot 1419, Jalan Kemang 13, Batu 9, Jalan Pantai, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, +6018 230 8286
Aurora Park, Lot 3636, Batu 9, Jalan Pantai, Kampung Sungai Menyala,71050, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, +6017 362 8126
Wild West Cowboy, No. 61-64, Jalan DS 2/1, Bandar Dataran Segar, 71010 Lukut, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, +606 651 5401 / +6012 611 7379
Alive 3D Art Gallery
No. 38-40, Jalan DS 2/1, Bandar Dataran Segar, 71010 Lukut, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, +606 651 5400 / +6012 603 0886
Alive 3D Art Gallery, No. 38-40, Jalan DS 2/1, Bandar Dataran Segar, 71010 Lukut, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, +60 651 5400
Segar Recreation Eco Park / Country House, (End of Street) Jalan DS 2/1, Bandar Dataran Segar, 71010 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, +6012 603 0886 / +6012 611 7379
PD Maze, Jalan DS 2/10 71010 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
Also check out:
Pusat Ikan Hiasan PD, Batu 7, Jalan Pantai, Telok Kemang, Port Dickson, +606 662 1089
Upside Down Art Gallery, No. 13A & 15A, Jalan Coral Walk, Batu 9, Jalan Pantai, 71050 Port Dickson, +6016 3368751
Wan Loong Chinese Temple, Jalan Pantai Port Dickson, 71000 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Cape Rachado Lighthouse, Rumah Api, Tanjung Tuan, 78200 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia, +606 231 6095
Forget fine dining if you’re planning on having meals away from your hotel, as your options are limited to seafood, local food or fast food. For a late morning snack, stop by Lucky King Bun for their famous buns filled with curry chicken or pork. At lunchtime, head over to the local coffee shop, PD Fung Hai Kopitiam, to try Hainanese Chicken Chop. For dinner, there are a number of Chinese seafood restaurants in a row of wooden shacks, such as Restoran Fatt Kee, which has cheap yet delicious seafood. Don’t mind the flies and ask for the house specials, including steamed fish and crabs.
Lucky King Bun, 4366 Taman Aman, 71010 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, +606 651 2392
PD Fung Hai Kopitiam, Jalan Pantai, Kampung Bahasa Kapor, 71000 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Restoran Fatt Kee, Jalan Seremban, 71010 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Kafe Kampung Kaw, PT3038, Jalan Haji Sirat, Kampung Baru, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Gathering Restaurant, 12-G, Jalan Waterfront 1, PD Water Front, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, +6019 665 7045