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Sembilan and Malacca
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Negeri Sembilan

On the southwest corner of Peninsular Malaysia, Negeri Sembilan is known throughout the region for its Minangkabau-style architecture, which was influenced by its 1st inhabitants from Sumatra.

Seremban

Negeri Sembilan’s capital is 64 kilometres (39 miles) south of Kuala Lumpur or about a 30 minute drive.

Seremban Lake Gardens is 1 of the most attractive places. It has 2 lakes, one with a floating stage where cultural shows are performed.

The State Mosque has nine pillars that symbolize the 9 districts of the state.

The Cultural Handicraft Complex at Labu Spur is home to the Negeri Sembilan State Museum. Historical artifacts of the state and its inhabitants are on display in this museum which is made completely from wood.

Port Dickson

Port Dickson is on the coast and about a 90 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur and 32 kilometres (19 miles) from Seremban. Malaysians gather here from the city on weekends and with 18 kilometres (11 miles) of beach there are usually a wide range of rooms. The bays are good for all types of water sports, like fishing, water-skiing, motor cruising and deep-sea fishing. The water quality is not normally great and the sea around the beaches is sometimes too shallow for decent swimming.

The only true tourist site is the Tanjong Tuan Lighthouse. On a clear day one can see the coastline of Indonesia across the Straits of Malacca.

Elsewhere

7 kilometres (4 miles) from Port Dickson in Kota Lukut, Fort of Raja Jumaat is home to a royal palace and a royal burial ground. The fort was constructed in 1847 to control the tin trade in the region.

Pedas Hot Springs is 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of Seremban. Tourists wishing to take the curative waters will find bathing enclosures, dining and recreational facilities.

Malacca

Only 2 hours by road south of Kuala Lumpur, the city of Malacca is centuries away in ambience. Fishermen in boats still cruise up through the centre of this modern city with the catch of the day. River cruises exploring the city’s history are popular. Established in the 15th century, Malacca remains primarily a Chinese community, even though there are many reminders of periods under British, Dutch and Portuguese rule. More of this can be found in the Malacca Museum.

Historical remains are the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in the heart of the city, St Paul’s Church with the grave of St Xavier, the gateway of A Formosa Portuguese fortress, the Dutch Christ Church, the Stadthuys, and the Tranquerah Mosque which is 1 of the oldest in Malaysia. Malacca boasts international hotels and a resort complex 12 kilometres (7 miles) outside the city.

Johor

The southern state Johor Bahru is Malaysia’s southernmost gateway. It also the road and rail gateway from Singapore via a 1.5 kilometre (1 mile) causeway that links the city/state to Peninsular Malaysia.

Tourist attractions in Johor Bahru are Johor Lama which is the seat of the Johor Sultanate after eviction from Malacca, Kota Tinggi Waterfalls and Ayer Hitam ceramic works. The Muar is famous for its ghazal music and trance-inducing Kuda Kepang dances and the palm oil and rubber plantations and Desaru which is 1 of Johor’s newer resorts.

Desaru has serene beaches and jungles. All varieties of sports are available here, ranging from swimming, snorkeling, canoeing to pony riding and jungle trekking. There are accommodation in Malaysian-style chalets and hotels. Campers are also welcome.
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