History and tourism

Port Dickson or more commonly known as PD is situated about 90 kilometres off Kuala Lumpur and approximately 32 kilometres from Seremban. PD was then called ‘Tanjong’ (which means cape in Malay Language). The oldest shop lots were located along Jalan Lama. Since the officer-in-charge during that particular time was known as Dickson, hence the town was given the name Port Dickson.

Years later, the town experienced rapid development and has evolved into one of the most popular holiday destinations among local and foreigners for the beautiful beaches along the coastal stretch of PD. Most of the bungalows, resorts and apartments face the Straits of Malacca. With the blue dotted skies and tranquil surroundings, PD is an ideal weekend getaway from the bustling capital city, Kuala Lumpur.

As a popular beach destination in Malaysia, visitors can get involved in a number of activities and also check out tourist attractions scattered around the town. Among some of the leisure activities available are water skiing, wind surfing, snorkeling, canoeing and fishing.

Other than spending time on these leisure activities, one can also visit tourist attractions such as Cape Rachado, Blue Lagoon, Ostrich Show Farm, and mini zoo, Pantai Teluk Kemang, Fort Kempas and Fort Lukut. Cape Rachado or also known as Tanjung Tuan was built by the Portuguese during the 16th century. One must climb the narrow staircase to get to the top of lighthouse. Once you are in the lighthouse, you’ll enjoy the magnificent and spectacular views of Sumatra’s coastline. And from September to March, the lighthouse is a stopover point for migratory birds. Hence, visitors will see flocks of sparrows and honey buzzards flying in the blue dotted skies.

Blue Lagoon lies about 15 kilometres from PD town. It is an ideal spot for visitors to immerge in swimming, boating, wind surfing and water skiing. Most of the resorts and hotels are located in Blue Lagoon as it offers stunning view of the sea. To experience beautiful corals under the clear blue sea water, Monkey Bay which is situated about 500 metres from the beach is the perfect place to do so.

PD is not only famous for the beautiful beaches but also the Ostrich Show Farm. The farm is catered for parents and their kids to get first-hand information about the 8 foot tall ostriches. The souvenir shop within the farm sells wide selection of exotic products such as Ostrich feather dusters, painted Ostrich, egg, shells as well as cosmetic products made from refined Ostrich oil.

Visitors are encouraged to pay a visit to Mini zoo which is located in Teluk Kemang as it displays a wide range of animal species including camels, snakes and monkeys. PD is not only a world of relaxation and romance getaway for lovers but also an educational destination for school children.

PD is never short of restaurants and cafes that serve mouth watery local delicacies. For Muslims who would like to try Seafood, remember to dine-in at Pantai Seafood Restaurant. Other famous dining outlets are Kedai Kopi Pak Lang, Gim Men Teppanyaki, Mei Ing Restaurant and Weng Yin Seafood Village.


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