Malaysia is a tropical country at the center of Southeast Asia, split between Peninsular Malaysia and Northern Borneo across the South China Sea, while sharing its borders with Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore.Rich in cultural heritage and natural wonders,colourful cities, highland landscapes, ancient rainforests, beautiful beaches and remote islands,Malaysia is a home to a multi-racial community predominated by Malay,Chinese,Indian and various other ethnic groups living in harmony together since time immemorial.According to World Tourism Ranking, Malaysia is the second most visited country after China among Asia and the Pacific.
Thistle- 5 star Beach Resort
Located on a lovely stretch of Port Dickson’s finest beach, Teluk Kemang, this 5 star beach hotel offers picturesque beauty as it is situated in about thirty six hectares of tropical landscaped gardens. The resort is an ideal destination for leisure and business travelers as it provides amenities for both kinds of visitors. This beachside resort is just eighty kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, and can be reached in one hour by car from city Kuala Lumpur.
The scenic resort boasts of a private sandy beach of three kilometers which offers solace and relief from fast and stressed lifestyle of today’s competitive world. The resort is well known, and in fact, is famous for its hospitality.
Port Dickson Waterfront
PD waterfront is an esplanade development at Port Dickson’s town center, facing the sea off Pulau Arang. A popular spot in the evening for families to fly kites, the PD Waterfront is also a designated entertainment, dining and shopping zone, lined with contemporary shoplots along a seafront boulevard, with recreational parks fronting the promenade walk.
Amont the various tourist attractions in Malaysia, Port Dickson is a beach resort destination at Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia, about 90km south from Kuala Lumpur and 30km away from Seremban. Also called ‘PD’ by locals, this popular holiday retreat is located within easy reach from KL and Singapore by major highways and roads. From PD’s town center, a coastline of warm beaches and calm seas stretches along a 10-mile strip towards Malacca, ending at the tip of Cape Rachado, an ancient Lighthouse built in 1819 by the then British government. The most popular beach zones along this stretch are Teluk Kemang, Blue Lagoon, Bagan Pinang and Pantai Cahaya Negeri, supported by major hotels, resorts and apartments that offer budget and luxury family accommodation.
Also known as Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse, Cape Rachado was built in 1819 by the government of the British , especially when Stamford Raffles. It was later rebuilt in 1860 after the original tower was destroyed, as a result of the war. From the top of Tanjung Tuan will look vicious whirlpool that drowned at least four warships, Dutch and Portuguese in 1605.Administered by the state of Malacca, Cape Rachado is also a favourite bird watching spot, especially during the migratory season of raptors.
From the peak, visitors have an amazing view of the sea, along with lush forest scenery below and magnificent granite outcrops along the coast. An outline of neighbouring Sumatra can even be glimpsed on an exceptionally clear day. The seas here were also the site of an important naval engagement between Dutch and Portuguese forces in 1606, resulting in defeat for the latter.
While you can only camp here for an overnight stay, proper hotel accommodation can be found at its foothill, including Casa Rachado and PNB Ilham Resort; both a stone’s throw away from the park entrance.Cape Rachado is named after the Portuguese word for ‘Broken Cape’. After conquering Malacca, the Portuguese colonial forces built a lighthouse at the peak in 1528, to guide friendly vessels to the port and keep an eye out for enemy ships. This historica lighthouse still stands here today, but with modern enhancements and adjoining radar transmitter that visitors can see.
The entrance to Cape Rachado starts after Blue Lagoon, next to Ilham Beach Resort. The paved road continues up to the lighthouse, but most will park outside as private vehicles are prohibited from entering. During the evening, this uphill road is frequented by locals who come to jog or walk briskly for exercise and recreation. From the lighthouse, visitors can access jungle trails that lead to hidden beaches, the most popular being the beach facing Pulau Intan island. Another popular trail leads to the mangrove areas near Pulau Masjid, which eventually loops back to the road. Keep an eye out for insects, mammals and birds as you trek through to the forest, as the area is fairly rich with wildlife. Entry to Cape Rachado during the day requires a small entrance fee at the gate.
The PD Ostrich Farm is located at 9th mile along the Port Dickson beach road; watch out for a signboard at left while going south from town.The ostriches are housed in open paddocks shaded by large trees; they can be feed with pellets bought from the entrance. For a fee, adults and children can even ride ostriches around a small circuit at the back for the farm.
Besides ostriches, visitors can see peacocks, peasants, jungle fowls, monkeys and a strangely large number of farm animals. A restaurant on the premises serves cuisine made from ostrich meat, including satay. Open daily from morning till evening, costs for ticket is minimal around Rm.10/person.