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Negeri Sembilan

One of the 13 states that form the Federation of Malaysia, Negeri Sembilan is probably the most unique and versatile. Blessed with lush, green fertile valleys and densely forested hills, Negeri Sembilan offers a fabulous variety of attractions to a broad spectrum of visitors.  

For those who wish to enjoy a seaside vacation, Port Dickson offers sun, fun and sea as well as economical and international class vacations. For the cultural minded, Negeri Sembilan is rich in culture, customs and traditions.

The people of the state practice a unique matrilineal culture known as 'Adat Perpatih' which was brought down by their ancestors of Minangkabau heritage from the highlands of West Sumatra. This heritage is evident in the Minangkabau-style houses found in the hinterlands of the state. 

For nature lovers, the pristine forests offer a fascinating array of flora and fauna, while the state capital Seremban is a veritable shopping and food haven. In fact, Negeri Sembilan has it all. However, the following nine factors are reason enough to visit the state!

 

Malaysia Map. Negeri SembilanLOCATION

Negeri Sembilan translated literally means "Nine States," so named because it comprises a federation of nine states. It is located on the south-west corner of Peninsular Malaysia and encompasses an area of 6,645 sq km including a 48-km gentle coastline. Seremban, the capital of Negeri Sembilan, is 64 km south of Kuala Lumpur.

Negeri Sembilan is noted for its Minangkabau-styled architecture, reflecting the influence of the State's first inhabitants from Sumatra.

 

 

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SEREMBAN

Seremban, the capital of Negeri Sembilan with some 160,000 inhabitants, lies in a mountainous region. A few of its public buildings reveal the characteristics traits of Minangkabau architecture, recognizable by steep, pointed, curving roof gables, but otherwise it has little in the way of sights to support active tourism.

Descendants of the Minangkabau settlers keep their Islamic cultural heritage alive in more ways than architecture. Traditionally a matrilineal society, they preserve this aspect to this day; property passes from mother to daughter. In families who strictly observe the adat, traditional law which survives from preIslamic times, a bride doesn't move in with her husband when she marries, but rather brings him into her family's home as a guest.

The architecture of the Masjid Negeri, constructed in 1967, is highly symbolic. Its nine columns and nine suspended roofs represent the state's political structure. The mosque is near the Lake Gardens, or Taman Bunga, in the city center. The park with its two lakes is often a venue for sports and cultural events. Nearby, the State Secretariat is a gleaming, colonial-style building.

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Places of Interest

PORT DICKSON

Port Dickson, the playground resort in Negeri Sembilan, is thirty-four kilometers from the state capital of Seremban and about an hour and a half from Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur. It has miles of fine sandy beaches fringed by Casuarinas, palms, and the intricate, above-ground root formations of the Banyan tree. The road to Port Dickson hugs the Malaysian coastline, making impromptu rest and swim stops almost impossible to resist. Vendors along the road offer thirst-quenching drinks of coconut water and sugar-cane juice.

A complete menu of leisure activities is available in Port Dickson, including water-skiing, canoeing, snorkeling, windsurfing, and sailing, all of which can easily be handled through the reception desk at your hotel.

Despite Port Dickson's reputation as an area firmly focused on beach resort activity, the sights and history of the surrounding area are well worth experiencing. At Kota Lukut, a mere seven km from Port Dickson, stands the fort of Raja Jumaat, a renowned nineteenth-century Bugis warrior. The fort was built in 1847 to control the lucrative tin trade in the area. Another rewarding site is the lighthouse at Cape Rachardo, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century in order to guide ships to the safety of Malacca's harbor. The lighthouse is still functioning today, and visitors can ascend its narrow spiral stair to the beacon, which offers a magnificent view of the coastline of Sumatra. The Cape is also 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.

Twenty-three kilometers south of the lighthouse, on the road to Malacca, sits the small and mysterious village of Pengkalan Kempas. The village houses the enigmatic 15th-century tomb of Sheikh Ahmad Majnun, whose epitaph explains that he fell while fighting to save a now unknown woman referred to simply as "the princess." It is home to a more prominent mystery as well, however. Beside the tomb stand three megaliths, elaborately carved, of unknown origin and use. As if to seal the reputation of this hamlet of the unknown, there is also in Pengalen Kempas an "ordeal stone." This ancient lie-detector, through which a person would put his arm when answering questions, allegedly reacts to an untruth by closing upon the liar's fist. Whether or not this story is true makes for an interesting dare.

Getting there:
Take the Kuala Lumpur - Seremban bus, then the Seremban - Port Dickson bus.

HISTORY
Port Dickson was also known as Tanjung. Tin ore was abundant in Lukut during the 1820's, attracted the Chinese immigrants. Port Dickson and Pulau Arang were founded by Sir John Frederick in 1889. It was a highly potential area to be a harbour, which later on developed into a busy trading centre. Railways were built for easier transportation. Even though there are vast development happening in Port Dickson, it's beautiful beaches are still well conserved.

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TANJUNG TUAN .cape rachodo light house


Tanjung Tuan is 16km away from Port Dickson, at the border of Melaka State. It's popular for its' light house which was built by the British in 1860. On a bright and clear day, one can see Sumatera Island across the Straits of Malacca. The light house is not open to visitors, nevertheless the keeper is more than willing to bring visitors for a tour if one were to request. There are 66 flight of steps leading to the light house.

To reach the peak of the light house, one has to climb 72 flight of steps. Tanjung Tuan is also a strategic location for bird watchers to observe migratory birds such as the eagle, swallows during the months of September, October, March and April. A 35 mins. taxi ride from Port Dickson is all it takes to get to this heavenly cape.

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KOTA LUKUT. . . . . . . .Fort Lukut
30km, south-easterly from Seremban you'll find Kota Lukut. This fort was built by "Raja Jumaat" on top of a hill, Bukit Gajah Mati in Lukut, 7km from Port Dickson. during the year 1826-27. Historic ruins is still traceable here such as; castle ruins, a poisonous well, ditches surrounding the fort, 4 cemented holes, martial art court and a pond. The cemetery ground of the Royal family of Raja Jumaat is within the vicinity of Lukut.

PENGKALAN KEMPAS HISTORICAL COMPLEX
This complex is 35km away from Port Dickson town. The ancient historic tomb, Keramat Sungai Udang belong to a theologian, Sheikh Ahmad Majnun who was an arch rival of Sultan Mansur Shah, Sultan of Melaka who reigned during 1457-77. Tombstones written in Arab and Kawi (Ancient Sumatran Scripture) are also found here. It is megalith and crafted.

PASIR PANJANG RECREATIONAL FOREST
It is 28km south of Port Dickson. It was opened to the public in 1985. This is also one of the favourite spots for bird watchers. It is along the coastal area with a panoramic view, rest house facilities are found in this recreational forest.

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KUALA PILAH

SRI MENANTI PALACE.
The Sri Menanti palace was rebuilt to replace the former as it was burnt down during the civilsri menanti palace war between Yam Tuan Antah and the British. Yam Tuan Tuanku Muhammad, the Yang DiPertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan renamed the palace as "Istana lama Sri Menanti". It was built in 1902 and completed

by 1905. This palace is 4-storey high and has 99 stilts which represent the 99 warriors constitution. It has the Minangkabau "Rumah-rumah Adat" architecture.

ULU BENDOL RECREATIONAL FOREST
Along the Seremban-Kuala Pilah road at 18km, you will find this recreational forest on top of Angsana Hill (Bukit Angsana), covered with tropical rain forest which is one of the oldest forest in the world, about 130 million years old! If you are in for a cool dip, there are water falls and a man- made lake.

ulu bendol recreational forest

Playground, parking space and shops are available here. For the adventurous, one should not miss jungle trekking to Gunung Angsi. There's also a river, Sungai Batang Terachi, a favourite spot for fishing, picnicking and swimming. This recreational forest is also a habitat for mousedeers, wild boar and monkeys. Tourists may enquire further information from the Information Centre in the park.

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JELEBU


jeram toi water fallJERAM TOI. . . . . . . . . .
Jeram Toi is another recreational forest, known for it's 30 ft beautiful cascading water fall. It is located at km-28 along the Seremban-Kuala Klawang trunk road. Jeram Toi is a popular picnic spot among the locals. One can reach Jeram Toi by taking a 45 mins. bus ride from the Seremban bus station at Terminal One.

 

LENGGENG
In 1984, Lenggeng Recreational Forest was opened and it is 16km away from Seremban town. It has a 20 ft water fall. The surrounding is very breathtaking, full of greenery. Entrance is free.

JEMPOL SERTING ULU RECREATIONAL FOREST
Negeri Sembilan is popular for its' recreational parks. Serting Ulu Recreational Forest is one of them. There's a water fall and a few rapids. It is located 3 miles from Jalan Batu Kikir - Simpang Pertang. Facilities such as parking area, suspension bridge, food stalls, lavatory and rest huts are available.

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TAMPIN

GUNUNG TAMPIN
It is 2 miles away from Tampin town. The road leading towards the peak of Gunung Tampin is tarred for visitors conveniences. It is a favorite spot for recreational activities and jungle expedition.

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Transportation : By Bus


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Tel: (606) 6647 3412  / ( 603 ) 202 2319

 

 

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