Port Dickson

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Port Dickson
The Cape Rachado Lighthouse
Flag of Port Dickson
Official seal of Port Dickson
Nickname(s): PD
Port Dickson is located in Malaysia
Port Dickson
Port Dickson
Location of Port Dickson in Peninsular Malaysia
Coordinates: 2°31′N 101°48′E / 2.517°N 101.800°E / 2.517; 101.800
Country Malaysia
State Negeri Sembilan
Established 1800s
Population (2007)[1]
 • Total 97,834
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Website Port Dickson Municipal Council
Map of Port Dickson
A view of Port Dickson's beaches

Port Dickson, or PD to locals, is a beach and holiday destination situated about 32 km from Seremban and 90 km from Kuala Lumpur. It is located in the state of Negeri Sembilan in Peninsular Malaysia. It takes just over an hour by car to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Port Dickson along the North-South Expressway.


This small town used to produce charcoal, but it was later developed as a small port by the British during the Straits Settlement period. Port Dickson was also known as Tanjung. In the Malay language, that means "cape". The oldest shophouses were the four situated presently at Jalan Lama. There was also a carbon mine at the first mile of the coast road (Jalan Pantai), and therefore Port Dickson was also called "Arang" (charcoal) in the Malay language.

Tin ore was plentiful in Lukut, an area within the Port Dickson district, during the 1820s, and it attracted Chinese immigrant miners. The British considered the area to have great potential as a harbour. It was intended to supersede the port in Pengkalan Kempas. The in-charge officer's name was Dickson, and thereafter the town was named Port Dickson. Others claim that Sir John Frederick Dickson, colonial sectary,[1] a senior official of the Federated Malay States founded Port Dickson and Pulau Arang in 1889.[2]

Port Dickson evolved into a busy trading centre. Railways were constructed to facilitate the growth and development of Port Dickson. Although Port Dickson experienced rapid development, the beautiful beaches are fairly well preserved. Now, Port Dickson has become not only a beautiful tourist destination, but a large municipality with about 524,076 residents.

Oil and Gas[edit]

Port Dickson has two refineries which make significant contributions to the local economy. Shell Refining Company has been operating since 1962[3] and Petron operates another refinery which began operation in 1963.[4]

Recent developments[edit]

The 18 km extent of beach from Tanjung Gemuk to Tanjung Tuan is a popular holiday destination for visitors from Kuala Lumpur. Many Singaporeans have invested in holiday homes in and around Port Dickson.

Thistle PD Resort.JPG

In the 1990s, Port Dickson boomed with new hotels and resorts being planned and constructed. Due to the Asian financial crisis of 1997 however, many of these projects stalled, leaving many unfinished buildings scattered along the Port Dickson coastline. While some of these half constructed resorts are still abandoned, with the improving economy of the 2000s many of the projects were revived and completed.

Port Dickson is also home to many army camps of the Malaysian Army such as Sebatang Karah, Segenting, Si Rusa and Sunggala. [5] In September 2009, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak declared that Port Dickson shall be known as "Port Dickson—Army Town" in recognition of her role in the nation's military services.[6]

Townships in Port Dickson districts[edit]

  1. Linggi
  2. Permatang
  3. Pengkalan Kempas
  4. Bukit Kempas
  5. Teluk Kemang
  6. Pasir Panjang
  7. Pantai Cermin
  8. Tanjung Tuan
  9. Bandar Sunggala
  10. Sirusa
  11. Siliau
  12. Lukut
  13. Kuala Lukut
  14. Kota Lukut
  15. Bukit Palong
  16. Jimah
  17. Bandar Springhill

Hotels and resorts[edit]

Over the years, many three-stars to five-stars hotels and resorts were opened to tourist.

3 stars
  • Bayu Beach Resort
  • Casa Rachado Resort
  • Duta Villa Gulf Resort
  • Duta Hacienda Riviera Resort
  • Eagle Ranch Resort
  • Glory Beach Resort
  • Ilham Resort
  • LE Paris Resort
  • Ris Beach Hotel
  • Seri Malaysia Hotel
  • Sunshine Bay Resort
  • The Regency Tanjung Tuan Beach Resort
  • Tiara Beach Hotel
4 stars
  • Ancasa Allsuites Resort and Spa
  • Corus Resort
  • Desa Lagoon Resort
  • Selesa Beach Resort
  • Lexis Port Dickson
5 stars

Yacht Clubs[edit]

Linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Straits of Malacca is the shortest sea route between three of the world's most populous countries - India, China, and Indonesia. Inspired by the sea trade, expats founded the Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club in 1927, which still offers dinghy sailing courses and runs regattas. Unknown to most, Malaysia's developmental sailing teams, starting at the Optimist Dinghy level, train in and sail from the RPDYC.Politeknik Port Dickson

The newer 5-star Admiral Marina & Leisure Club has good dock facilities for yacht travelers, sailboats and luxury cruisers. It is a transit point for racing sailboats joining the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, Royal Langkawi International Regatta and Thailand's Phuket Kings Cup regattas. Admiral Marina also hosted the disabled sailing event of the 2009 ASEAN Para Games and the 2006 FESPIC Games.[7]


Image gallery[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

  • North Korea Kaesong, Democratic People's Republic of Korea

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 2°31′N 101°48′E / 2.517°N 101.800°E / 2.517; 101.800