Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2015: Things To Do When In Port Dickson


The wide roads soon narrowed down to two-lane busy streets. And some retail establishments came into view. Whilst the place still keeps up with the time, Port Dickson brought in a different feeling, way different when you are Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Once in Port Dickson, I can’t help but feel nostalgic and think about home, the countryside. It feels rustic and laid back. And though it was a pretty long drive from Kuala Lumpur, there’s so much to discover and experience in Port Dickson.

Our first stop in Port Dickson was in Muzium Tentera Darat.

Muzium Tentera Darat
Ken Si Rusa, Persiaran Pahlawan
71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

Port Dickson is a home to Malaysia’s war history and memorabilia – the Muzium Tentera Darat. After getting our cars parked, we proceeded to the museum entrance for the instructions of our second activity – the Explorerace. But little did we know that the activity was camouflaged with twist – we had to paint our face like war guerillas! As I wasn’t of an artist, I tried what I can do with the camouflage effect on my face.

Muzium Tentera Darat houses a great collection of weapons used by the guerillas during the war. Tanks, war planes and vehicles used during the war were displayed outside the museum. Concrete structures were built and engraved with the names of the soldiers who perished during the war. It’s interesting to know that guerillas rode the elephants during the war using bows and arrows as their primary weapon.

One of the few war planes displayed outside the museum

One of the few war planes displayed outside the museum

These structures are engraved with the names of guerillas who died from the war.

These structures are engraved with the names of guerillas who died from the war.

The Explorerace primarily required us to have a quick review of Malaysia’s history. Somehow, there were similarities in the history of the Philippines and Malaysia as both have been invaded by the Japanese government; both countries were once under the American government. One difference that I can think of is that Malaysia became a British Colony.

The activity was very informative despite that some of the texts were written in Malay. Yet, we got to answer all of the questions. It was an enriching and educational experience.

Tired from the day’s event, with our face still painted, we got into the car and headed to the Grand Beach Resort Port Dickson. The staff greeted and accommodated us warmly, handing each one of us a cold towel to wipe off the paint on our face. We proceeded to our respective rooms, and whattasuprise! Welcome gifts were waiting for us neatly placed in our bed.

Welcome gift from Grand Beach Resort Port Dickson.

Welcome gift from Grand Beach Resort Port Dickson.

Though I felt a bit exhausted, I can’t afford to miss how it feels like to run on this side of the world. The runner in me just kicked in. At five in the afternoon, it was rather humid. From the Grand Beach Resort where we were staying, I went out for a 5-kilometre run. Just what I needed to stay in shape.

What I love about running is that it takes me anywhere my feet lead to. This was part of the 5-kilometre route I ran in Port Dickson.

What I love about running is that it takes me anywhere my feet lead to. This was part of the 5-kilometre route I ran in Port Dickson.

Back at the resort, the poolside was getting busier. Pumped up music filled the air. Dressed in traditional Malaysian costume, I joined the rest of the delegation for the welcome dinner. To make the event more meaning for us, Director of International Promotion Division (South East Asia) for Tourism Malaysia Mr. Syed Yahya Othman also joined us.

Grand Beach Resort Port Dickson welcome us with a barbecue dinner and a great party!

Grand Beach Resort Port Dickson welcomed us with a barbeque dinner and a great party!

During the welcome dinner, we wore the batik we received as gift when we arrived at the resort.

During the welcome dinner, we wore the batik we received as gift when we arrived at the resort.

While dinner was served, raffle prizes were given away. And the most awaited part was the open mic. Those who had the courage and less stage fright went up the stage to sing their heart out. Okay, so I did a couple of solo songs, and duet with Jude. As it was already past 10:30, we called it a night.

Just as we started the day, it was also time to catch up with the other delegates over breakfast and sharing the things we do back home.

A refreshing morning at the Grand Beach Resort Port Dickson.

A refreshing morning at the Grand Beach Resort Port Dickson.

Next stop on our itinerary was the PD Ostrich Farm. And honestly, I’ve never seen one before. So, I was very excited about this tour.

When we arrived at the PD Ostrich Farm, we were oriented on the Dos and Don’ts to avoid any injuries that may arise from mere negligence or for not following the regulations.

Our second stop in Port Dickson was the PD Ostrich Farm.

Our second stop in Port Dickson was the PD Ostrich Farm.

PD Ostrich Farm
Lot 1419, Jalan Keman 13 | Batu 9, Jalan Pantai
Port Dickson, 73000 Malaysia
For tours, you may contact the Malaysia Tourism Information Centre.

And here the five exciting things that you can do at the PD Ostrich Farm:
1.Get your hands on the ostrich egg. The shell is so thick that you have to drill through it to crack it.
2.Take a bite of the skewered ostrich meat.
3.Try the ostrich egg omelet.
4.Be up close with the ostrich and get to feed the one. Just take some extra caution, though. They get stressed also.
5.My favourite – run with the ostrich!

Aside from the getting up close with the ostrich, we did other farm activities like chasing the geese. It was physically challenging as I had to catch not just one, but two geese. Chasing the geese felt like one of those times when I was kid.

Photo 1: Ostrich egg yolk/white. 2. Ostrich egg omelet. 3. Skewered ostrich meat.

Photo 1: Ostrich egg yolk/white. 2. Ostrich egg omelet. 3. Skewered ostrich meat.

One of the things you can do at the PD Ostrich Farm is to feed the ostrich.

One of the things you can do at the PD Ostrich Farm is to feed the ostrich.

Unleash the runner in you. Race with the ostrich!

Unleash the runner in you. Race with the ostrich!

Also, make sure to buy souvenir items for your friends and loved ones.

Laid back as it may seem, Port Dickson offers its visitors a glimpse of the past at Muzium Tentera Darat, the warmth of the Malaysian culture at the Grand Beach Resort, and a wonderful farm experience at the PD Ostrich Farm.

If you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a day or two, drive down to Port Dickson.

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Read more about our road trip from Kuala Lumpur to Putraja and Port Dickson here: Malaysia Tourism Hunt: Road Trip – Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya and Port Dickson

Disclaimer: This tour was sponsored by the Malaysian government through the Malaysia Tourism Hunt program.

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