Port Dickson, Malaysia, is a resort town just 90 km from the country’s capital—so it’s a pretty popular getaway, to say the least.
You’ll get more than just sand between your toes, though. This beach retreat has boomed since the 1990s, and Port Dickson packages are near world-class shopping, five-star dining and laid-back nightlife. From scrambling around what remains of a fort to snacking on coconut jam, all the excitement of the tropics will be at your fingertips.
Port Dickson holiday packages put you right on top of 18 km of sandy serenity—and there are options for every type of beach bum. Action seekers can beeline it to Pantai Saujana for jet skiing, kayaking, banana boat rentals and more. Party animals will love bustling Teluk Kemang, with its beachfront stalls and restaurants. And if you just want to kick back and get your vitamin D, Pantai Cahaya Negeri is your spot.
Kota Lukut Fort is just 4 km north of the city centre on Bukit Gajah Mati (which means “Dead Elephant Hill” because of its height). Make the climb up to the ruins of the old fort, now a historical park with gazebos and moats. The museum is located at the foot of the hill, so if you don’t want to hike, you can still check out the region’s history through displays of military weapons and mining gear. Learn about the Rules of Life (adat perpatih), Sumatra-style, including the island’s unusual tradition of elective monarchy.
You’ve probably passed plenty of beachfront vendors, pop-up stalls and mom-and-pop shops on your Port Dickson holiday, so you already know where to go. Local goods are where it’s at, and you’re sure to find the perfect gift for both your mom and your boss. Look for hand-embroidered batik silk fabric, wood carvings and ceramics—and of course, colourful sarongs. You are on a beach getaway after all!
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the waterfront for delicious eats. At a kopitiam coffee shop, grab a milo (malted chocolate drink) and a pastry with coconut jam. Not enough to fill you up? For a taste of the local flavour, you have to try sup tulang sour soup and ikan bakar, grilled fish with spicy gravy, from a “hawker” (street vendor). Port Dickson holidays can go upscale too: Take a peek inside any of the waterfront hotels for six-course extravaganzas.
When the sun goes down, well, the volume goes down too. (Did you expect us to say “the nightlife heats up”? Sorry! If you really want to get wild, grab your Port Dickson car rental and drive to the capital. Kuala Lumpur holiday packages are sure to entertain!) Northeast of the city centre you can find hookah bars, trendy bistros and live music in the Lukut neighbourhood or browse the downtown night market and toss back some steamed peanuts.
Stage your own “Great Escape” with Port Dickson deals that leave you plenty of ringgit for frosty adult beverages to sip from your beach hammock. Wotif has the best selection of hotels and airfares, so you can find your best combo package. Then kick back and imagine the sea breeze in your hair!