Malaysia destinations – Negeri Sembilan highlights

Port Dickson is probably more well known than Seremban, the capital of Negeri Sembilan, for a good reason. There’s next to nothing of interest in Seremban other than Seremban Siew Pau (baked pork bun). At least, the Siew Pau is really good. I took the recommendation of someone who’s lived in Seremban a long time and bought the Siew Pau from Warong Seremban Siew Pow (1607, Jalan Rasah, minutes from North-South Highway exit 219), which is under the same company as the better-known one called Empayar. This was probably one of their older premises.

Port Dickson is famous for its water chalets – chalets built on stilts above seawater. To be honest, the dirty seawaters of the straits of Malacca is nothing beautiful to behold, but it is the sea after all. Besides the resorts, there is just one other attraction in and around Port Dickson – seafood.

Lexis, one of the oldest, if not the oldest water chalet
Lexis, one of the oldest, if not the oldest water chalet

When I googled, the restaurant that seem to show up most frequently was Tian Tian. It was quite a distance from Lukut town, which is practically lined with seafood restaurants. I decided to give it a try, but it turned out to be very disappointing compared to the two I have tried in Lukut town years ago. Everything tasted thick and heavy, though very fresh indeed.

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Quite a few customers despite being in a reclusive location
Chilli fish, their signature dish. This was one of the better dishes
Chilli fish, their signature dish. This was one of the better dishes
Salted egg yolk crab. The crabs were very fresh but the egg yolk sauce was too dry and bland
Salted egg yolk crab. The crabs were very fresh but the egg yolk sauce was too dry and bland

Broga Hill is a popular hill for hiking, with views of rolling hills. We arrived real late, past 11am, and the sun was too scorching hot. The hike was also rather strenuous and dangerous, in fact impossible with a kid on the back. I left my wife and kids halfway up and dashed to the first peak and quickly returned to avoid sunburn. At this time of the day you’ll definitely have the hill to yourself. When you have descended to the starting point, there’s no way you can refuse getting some coconut juice to quench your thirst.

The final ascend to the first peak
The final ascend to the first peak
The panoramic view from the peak
The panoramic view from the peak

Negeri Sembilan has a few boutique accommodations up in the hills that are priced out of my reach, but they look really nice. Check them out – the Dusun, the Shorea and Awanmulan.

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