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 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 have a picnic on the beach while 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 affordable, with many budget to mid-range hotels to choose from. At the top of the range is 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:
D'Wharf Hotel & Serviced Residence - service apartments facing the sea
Kapitan Lodge – a traditional wooden house that sleeps six or more
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! 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 has kids’ rides, 5D and 7D cinemas, a fantasy escape game called Awake, and Alive 3D Art Gallery for some photo-taking fun.
Army Museum Port Dickson, Kem Sirusa, Persiaran Pahlawan, Kampung Baru Sirusa, Port Dickson
PD Ostrich Show Farm, Lot 1419, Jalan Kemang 13, Batu 9, Jalan Pantai, 71050 Port Dickson, +606 662 7496
Wild West Cowboy / Awake, No. 61-64, Jalan DS 2/1, Bandar Dataran Segar, 71010 Lukut, Port Dickson, +60 651 5401
Alive 3D Art Gallery, No. 38-40, Jalan DS 2/1, Bandar Dataran Segar, 71010 Lukut, Port Dickson, +60 651 5400
Also check out:
Pusat Ikan Hiasan PD, Batu 7, Jalan Pantai, Telok Kemang, Port Dickson, +606 662 1089
Upside Down Art Gallery, No. 13A 15, Jalan Coral Walk | Batu 9, Jalan Pantai, 71050 Port Dickson, +6016 3368751
Wan Loong Chinese Temple, Jalan Pantai Port Dickson, 71000 Port Dickson
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, +606 651 2392
PD Fung Hai Kopitiam, Jalan Pantai, Kampung Bahasa Kapor, 71000 Port Dickson
Restoran Fatt Kee, Jalan Seremban, 71010 Port Dickson