PD Waterfront, Port Dickson

It was a long weekend over New Year’s (good thing about living in Malaysia – if a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the next day is a replacement holiday. woohoo!), so the fam and I went on a day trip to Port Dickson, about an hour and a half’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.

PD is a coastal town in the state of Negeri Sembilan, famed as a weekend getaway for locals. The height of its popularity was in the 90s, where dozens of serviced condominiums, hotels and homestays sprouted along its beaches. They all took a hit during the Asian financial crisis. When we drove by, we saw many old buildings lying abandoned, some with ivy and plants creeping over the walls.

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In recent years, tourism in PD has been reviving, with new developments to attract more visitors. One of these places is the PD Waterfront area – a stretch of cafes and inns with a nice view of the ocean. There’s no ‘beach’ to speak of, only rocks, but there are proper walkways and pavements so it should be good for a nice evening stroll.

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Some of the public beaches in PD have been polluted over the years, so I was surprised to find that this was relatively well kept and pristine. The water was clear and a beautiful light shade of blue.

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Commercialised outlets – McD’s, Starbucks, and a Domino’s further down the road.

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A small observation deck area, where some folks were fishing. Could do with more shade because the sun was very hot in the afternoon – but then mom reasoned that if they had shady trees, the leaves would fall into the sea and pollute the ocean. Good point.

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The problem with some Malaysians – first class facilities provided but a third world way of enjoying them.

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High time for lunch. There are quite a number of options; from mamak to Korean BBQ, fast food (McD’s, Domino’s), Thai and Western. We opted for a place called Pak Hailam, which serves local, Asian and Western favourites. Mom had the Hailam Chicken Rice – but instead of smooth, poached chicken, these were deep fried and clearly not fresh. The sprouts were fat and juicy though.

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Bro’s sausage fried rice was okay, although a little lacking in ‘wok hei‘. Enjoyed the sweetish spicy sambal on the side.

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I had the stir-fried beef kuey teow (flat rice noodles) which came swimming in an eggy broth. The peppery flavour was a little overpowering, but otherwise it was decent.

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Keen to visit PD Waterfront? There are also a few hotels located within the vicinity; although retail outlets have yet to open so the only place to grab groceries/essentials is from a hypermarket nearby. There isn’t much to do yet around here, but it’s a good place for an evening walk if you’re planning a daytrip to Port Dickson.

Happy trippin’! 😉

More info: pdwaterfront.com.my

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Author: Luna

Bibliophile/foodie. Drop me a line at erisgoesto@gmail.com

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