It is absolutely amazing how many travel enthusiast can swarm around favourite tourist hotspots just to enjoy a small space of sand that they can call their own ‘private spot” in well-known beaches.
As for a person working in a metropolitan city, the last thing I want is to compete for my own sand space during a holiday that’s meant to get me away from the hustle and bustle of city life. All I want is the peace and quiet that only a less crowded AKA less popular beach can offer.
Port Dickson is one of the oldest beaches in Malaysia which is situated alongside the Western Coast of Malaysia. The beach is 32 km from Seremban and 90 km from Kuala Lumpur. Port Dickson is located at the border of the Negeri Sembilan and Selangor state but is held under the state of Negeri Sembilan. The main attractions at Port Dickson are its beaches, seafood and water sports. Port Dickson beach was once coined as one of the most famous beaches in Malaysia, offering an ideal hotspot for beach and water activities to tourists from Malaysia and around the world. However, over the years, other Malaysian beaches overtook the popularity of the Port Dickson beach due to heavier travel publicity on those beaches.
I visited the Port Dickson beach last year and enjoyed the serenity of the beach very much. Although I must admit that if I had visited the beach years back when it was much more popular, I would not have enjoyed myself at the beach so much because the beach would have lacked in ‘private space’.
My visit to Port Dickson was just a brief one day trip. Hence, I managed to enjoy sight-seeing with my then-boyfriend (now husband) at the sandy Port Dickson beach. We ‘wanted’ to savour some delicious seafood there but somehow our plan backfired.
During dinner time, we waddled happily to one of the seafood restaurants nearby the beach front. Unfortunately, the restaurant that we went to had really poor service. There were just too many patrons and too little staff to attend to the patrons of the restaurant. As a result, nobody attended to us and I didn’t even get to order my food! After at least 1 hour of impatient waiting, with very hungry stomachs and a grumpy mood, my then-boyfriend (now husband) and I decided to abandone the restaurant and head to a food court nearby. At the food court, we finally managed to satisfy our hunger with a plate of ’nasi lemak’ each. The ‘nasi lemak’ was very aromatic and delicious.
If you do not like to sun bathe (such as myself!) and would just like to enjoy the sea view and/or sunrise/sunset, just make your way to the beach during the respective times and don’t ever ever get out there at 12 noon! If you attemp to do so, make sure you put lots of sun block on your body and face. When you head to the beach, some of the stuff that you might consider bringing along are a travel mat, an umbrella and a good book to read.
During my time at the Port Dickson beach, I managed to observe that the favourite activities there were mainly playing with kites and having family picnics. I also saw a group of foreign tourists who were camping there. They were halfway singing songs and strumming the guitar when I was at the beach enjoying the sunset.
There’s a ‘pasar malam’ AKA night market held nearby the beach front. Souvenirs sold there are stuff made from sea shells and T-shirts with the Port Dickson name on it (that’s a classic). I bought a t-shirt for my sister at the night market . My boyfriend, however, decided to get me a sea shells ornament (stationary holder) from the Port Dickson supermarket.
Word of Caution: You can bargain your price at the pasar malam. But don’t bargain at the supermarket. They will give you a ticking off!
I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading my article on Port Dickson.