Half Day Trip to Port Dickson (Pantai Cahaya Negeri, Wan Loong Chinese Temple & Pusat Ikan Hiasan)

The kids were longing to go to the beach.

When are we going to the beach, mummy?

Well, Port Dickson would be an ideal and nearest beach to go. It is just 30-40 minutes drive from Seremban. We decided to go early in the morning to have our breakfast at the beach. Yay!

1) Pantai Cahaya Negeri

There are many stops along Port Dickson beach. However I chose Pantai Cahaya Negeri because I felt it is cleaner and less crowd. Furthermore, there’s ample of parking lots here.

Despite cleaner beach, I also like that there’s a public toilet & bathroom here. It will be convenient for beach goers to wash up. There’s a fee of RM0.50 (for usage of toilet), RM1 (for usage of bathroom). I wouldn’t say its very clean, but still acceptable.

 

We were so lucky, that morning was quite cloudy after the heavy rain at dawn. Moreover the beach was really empty. Probably due to the fasting month. It was really nice to stroll along the beach with such nice weather.

 

Pantai Cahaya Negeri is a popular beachside destination between 5th and 6th mile of Port Dickson, served by a considerable number of resorts, hotels and apartments perched along its coastal strip. Some claim this to be PD’s best beach – balancing natural beauty, tranquility and public facilities. The sea waters here are also quite clean, reflecting bluish green with good visibility. Meanwhile, the soft, powdery sand here is notably inviting, gleaming white when lit by the afternoon sun. A recreational park occupies a small cape at the eastern edge, with panoramic views of sea along its perimeter, and a wooden bridge that leads to a small mangrove island (Pulau Burung) off the coast.

We chose a nice spot under the tree to have our picnic! 😀

Hahaha! We bought some packets of Nasi Lemak, Fried Bihun, Steamed Pao, Steamed Siew Mai and drinks before we head to the beach.

The kids were so excited about the picnic and play at the beach. Although this was not the first time, but it is a rare occasion.

Spending time with your child is what every parent should do. Because they grow up really fast without you realizing it.

We didn’t walk across the lengthy wooden bridge. But if you have spare time… why not?

Tip: If you go to the beach and you need to wash off the sand before getting into the car, use talcum powder. It washes off effectively. Ya…its faster than water too. 🙂

2) Wan Loong Chinese Temple

Kampung Teluk Kemang, 71050 Si Rusa, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

We left the beach as its getting hot. We head over to Wan Loong Chinese temple to pray. Wan Loong Chinese Temple is a Buddhist temple. It is nice temple located at a slope by the roadside. Visible from the roundabout.

Wan Loong Temple is located along the 7th mile of the Port Dickson coastal road, just opposite the PD World Marina Resort. This Chinese temple, with its opulent architecture and imposing fortress walls, is hard to miss at left along the main road, if coming south towards Malacca from PD town. The temple name means ‘Dragon of the Clouds’, but it pays homage to several oriental deities, including Kuan Yi (goddess of mercy) and the Monkey King.

A pond filled with tortoises.

3) Pusat Ikan Hiasan Port Dickson

Jalan Kemang 8, Kampung Baharu, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Operation Hours:

8.30am – 4.30pm (Monday ~ Friday)

10am – 4pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Contact Number: 06-6621089

This research centre is now open for public viewing. Comprised of varieties colorful ocean fishes and corals that are well kept in tanks.

They recently set up this Turtle Conservation Centre.

Research on the turtle eggs hatching method.

This was the first time I get to see a real turtle. An up close one! As you know, the turtles are very precious. I was so thrilled 😀

Turtles of different ages and species are put in different water tubs.

Don’t you think that these baby turtles are so cute!! I believed there are people who cannot tahan the cuteness and start putting their hands in or probably catch it. I hope you would not do that ya.

The activities of reproduction and conservation of coral species from the sea (Port Dickson) is done here. I could see some beautiful corals, sea horse, clown fish (nemo).

 

This is a nice and educational place for children and adult. Although it is not big, but I like how well they maintained the place. “Protecting fisheries resources and ensuring national treasures are preserved for future generations”

Clown Fish (Nemo) is one of the popular fish here.

Visitors get the chance to touch starfish & sea cucumber too.

Pantai Cahaya Negeri → (5 min.) Wan Loong Chinese Temple → (5 min.) Pusat Ikan Hiasan PD, are all linked together in a same route. Therefore, it is quite convenient.

4) Restaurant Yit Hin

Medan Selera Bandar Port Dickson
Jalan Pasar Lama, 71000 Port Dickson

Operation Hours: 10.30 am to 4.30 pm daily, closed on Tuesdays

For lunch, we drove to PD town (about 15 minutes drive from Pusat Ikan) for chicken rice which claimed to be best Hainan Chicken Rice in Port Dickson. I kinda agree on that. The fragrantful rice is abit oily but its fluffy. Steamed chicken is firm yet smooth. I like the ginger sauce to compliment the chicken and rice. Besides that, I felt the chili sauce is rather different from others. Apparently, they uses free range chicken or we usually called it ayam kampung.

The stall and dining place may not look appealing. But the chicken rice is good!

 

It was a well spent day. And what matters most are all the mentioned destination are free. No admission fee required. Isn’t that great!

Another destination that I would like to recommend is the Army Museum Port Dickson. Yes, it is free too. 🙂

*archived photo*

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Short Getaway to Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson

Would like to apologize for the less frequent updates here.

Today, I’m gonna write about this long overdue post. HAHAHA! 😀

Sorry….my bad…

It was actually about my plan of a short getaway with my family during Chinese New Year. Okay la…I know that CNY has over for like 2 months! =P

Wanting to go for hotel stay but didn’t want to travel far or get caught in the jam during the festive season, I decided to book a stay at Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson. Afterall its a new place to everyone of us.

Nestled along Port Dickson’s pristine Pasir Panjang beach, Lexis Hibiscus consists of 639 pool villas comprising tower rooms and water villas. Each villa is spacious, tastefully decorated with modern conveniences and comes with its own private dip pool and steam room for luxury and privacy. Complementing the rooms are a wide range of beach and water activities, all focused around the tallest sea water fountain in Malaysia at 400 feet.

At the hotel lobby during check in. The lobby was so lively. CNY deco, performances by the ground staffs, balloons giveaway to the children, not forgetting the quite a number of guests. The process of checking in was pretty fast. Probably because they have many working staffs. Moreover I’ve paid for my room during my purchase via Lexis website.

I got the ‘soft opening deal’. I paid RM680 (without breakfast) for a night stay at Sky Pool Villa. Why am I willing to pay so much for a room? Lets continue reading………………………………

This is where Sky Pool Villa located. Not on the sea. “But I thought there’s a pool attached to the room. How lar?”

Let’s see………………………..

Situated onshore, this Sky Pool Villa offers a more spacious area, yet sharing the same modern contemporary style of the other designs. The room’s brighter tone and sleek furnishing truly enriches and dignifies its aesthetic quality and effect. Apart from a wide view of the beautiful waterfront, its functional layout, impeccable finishing and space optimization creates a succinct visual appeal that is contemporary yet timeless.

These are the key points:-

  • 96 sqm
  • located in the tower block
  • every unit has panoramic sea view
  • 2 king beds
  • private dip pool and sauna in the balcony area
  • spacious bathroom

The spacious bedroom can fit 4 adults. (psstt….the day bed also can sleep in)

Spacious walkway for wardrobe & wash basin, separating the bed and TV area.

Spacious bathroom with standing shower & bath tub. The bathroom and toilet are separated.

The nicely arranged basic amenities which look quite attractive.

TV inside the wall.

Oh ya, not forgetting that the Wifi signal was quite strong too.

This was the main attraction. A private pool all to ourselves. I have to admit that the pool at Lexis Hibiscus is much smaller compared to Grand Lexis. But this one has panoramic view lor.

View from our room at 3rd floor. I couldn’t capture the full top view. The arrangements of sea villas are suppose to look like a Hibiscus.

This is how the arrangements look like. A better vision for you.

You can also take a stroll along the beach.

There’s also a sauna room here for your usage.

Children can’t wait to get into the pool. Wanna go for a dip into the pool during this hot weather? YAY! Definitely.

After dinner, before return to our room, we brought the children to the indoor playground which is located next to the Spa centre. There was an admission fee of RM20 (if I’m not mistaken) for 1 hour.

Inclusive of one free coloring activity.

There were also activities like nail painting, DIY greeting cards, etc..with a minimal fee of RM5 onward.

The next morning, we brought the children to the playground and some bubble play. HAHAHAHA! Bubbles are not free of charge. Need to pay money also. Can’t remember the exact price. It was between RM8-10/small bucket.

These Popsicle are sold here. It is so lovely to watch them when they both are in good terms.

A heartwarming gesture, we received these CNY goodies from the hotel.

Here, I attached the room layout for a better understanding.

We didn’t took our dinner here. Instead we went to a Chinese Restaurant named, Weng Yin which is merely 5 minutes drive from this hotel for some Chinese ‘dai chow’. Prices are all stated on the menu. So, no worries.

Overall, we were quite pleased with our stay. The room, the facilities and the services. Although the price was quite steep, but it was a relaxing family trip and how often do you get to spend on family trip. Its about the quality time spent.

LEXIS HIBISCUS

12th Mile, Jalan Pantai, 
Pasir Panjang 71250, 
Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan,
Malaysia.

Tel :   +606 – 660 2626
Fax :   +606 – 660 2628
Email :   reservations@lexishibiscuspd.com
Website    :   www.lexishibiscuspd.com

Picnic at Port Dickson

Last weekend I spent some time with my family at Port Dickson beach. We planned to go picnic there. And the weather was all good. Not really sunny and did not rain. Port Dickson is just half an hour drive from Seremban. Therefore, the idea of getting there for a family day isn’t tough.

Port Dickson is developing now. Finally there’s a McD!! Located at PD Waterfront  (near town). Unfortunately there are still many abandoned resorts which is an eye sore. Whenever I sees an abandoned building…my mind will start to imagine some spooky stuff… =p

Nice weather with people strolling along the beach.

I chose this part of beach which is located next to Avilion Resort. (Not so crowded & quite clean). But you will need to walk further if you need to go to toilet.

There are tables and benches provided for people who planned to picnic there.

Mummy prepared some light food. Otak-Otak Samosa (bought from supermarket and self deep fried it) ,Fried Chicken (marinated overnight with kunyit) and Apple+Water Chesnut drink. The fried chicken was ‘finger licking good!’ ^^

visitors having fun at beach. There are people doing fishing there too.

guess this couple were having fun at beach too.

Do you like the sandy beach?

Alex abandoned his slipper here. *kesian…

my slipper and a dead coral.

Sis brought some toys for Vernice to play there.

She has yet to get used to the beach. She kept saying dirty @_@.

Vernice : YiYi…tissue please….

Yea..this was the purpose of asking tissue from me. Busy wipping her feet! =p

Finally! Braving herself to lift her ‘heavy’ feet from the mat. hahaha…

Everybody getting their hands on the sand.

Mummy was happy too…

The result. A rejected ‘sand castle’ and a cacat feet! Hahaha….

Mel with Alex ^_^

Alex : Aiyohhh….so heavy lah! Can’t carry. My bones are cracking!!

Mel : Kahwin time can carry…Why now can’t edi?

Alex : Last time was light, and now so heavy!

Mel : @_@ KNS!!

Water sports; banana boat, water scooter or a boat ride with some charges.

Have a nice day! ♥

a short getaway……..2D/1N@Avillion Admiral Cove

In conjunction to our anniversary and with a minimal budget; we decided to choose Avillion Admiral Cove as our destination of a short getaway! Avillion Admiral Cove is located at Port Dickson, which is just approximate 30 minutes drive from my home (I can save travel expenses too…).

*If you would like to head to PD town, you will need to drive for about 15 minutes.

My planned iternary of the day. Looks kiddie..but cute right?? ^^

The crowded lobby. Duno why so many people chose to go on the same day =_=

View from lobby

The grand stairway

The room check-in was done quick. May be because I’ve already made my payment when I booked the room through PYO Travel website.

I booked a Superior Room for RM220 (inclusive of breakfast for 2). It could be that I did not inform them much earlier that I wanted a big bed. Therefore I was given the room with 2 single beds. In resultant of that; Alex pushed both beds together.

The Bathroom – Standing Shower Area.

I wasn’t too sure how come the toilet area stinks alil. There could be a hidden area which was uncleaned *yuckiieeee*

This area looks like an office to me ^^

A small sofa for you to watch TV

Well….I switched it to ‘timer’ with ‘continuous shot’ for the photos above…

(wahh…now I realized that our shirt color matches the sofa lerr….)

Left side view from our room’s balcony.

The marina view

Kids Pool

Adult Pool

Seeing the pool, plus with the hot weather, I felt like jumping into the pool immediately!

Only reveals the back…..

Hand in hand we walk together…Till when? I hope is forever!

From the hotel main entrance, walk about 5 minutes to the private beach.

hehehe….stole a snapshot of the sand castle did by a little gal

We had fun with our shadows! =p

Over here, you may rent a bicycle. RM15 per hour (if I’m not mistaken)

Mel at Art Space

They do serves good breakfast….

Review :  The Superior Rooms are located at ‘View Wing’ (which is the one room that I shared photos here). The furniture seems to be alil old. If to be given a chance to stay again; I think I will choose Deluxe Room located at ‘Vista Wing’ which is much newer. Facility wise; if the pool table would to have more than 1; that would be better. heheh….

*stay tune on my next post about Buffet Dinner at Trader’s Food Shop*

Avillion Admiral Cove

5 1/2 Mile, Jalan Pantai 71050 Port Dickson Negeri Sembilan.

Tel: 06-6470888 Fax: 06-6482444

Website

AVILLION 2009

This is an outdated post actually. It was on October 2009. I decided to blog on it now. Sweet memories are always the memorable ones. Kinda misses it now… Despite that; it meant 1 year is just ‘sap sap sui’. Really fast…..and its already September 2010 now.

It was a short getaway after our wedding.

We bought the room voucher during MATTA fair at the price of RM410 for the water chalet room. (rooms are built just above the sea). Inclusive of buffet breakfast for two. Avillion is located in Port Dickson, which is just approximately 30 minutes drive from my home.

We spent a night of relaxing & pampering ourselves here.

I would say its a prefect resort for me so far. A place which I hope to visit again. The room is clean, the surrounding is comfy, good environment and nice view.  We had a great time there….really hoping for something similar this year!!  😉

our room. unfortunately the rooms were quite occupied that day. we got no choice but to choose 2 single beds instead of 1 big bed.

view from the verandah

the bathroom. the opened-air shower is the best part or unique one.

there was a beach side wedding held on that night. Its so lovely…

changed into swimsuit and hooped into the adult’s pool. There are 2 swimming pools actually. Well….the adult pool is much better…less crowd.

night view of the other pool which located next to the restaurant. Had our supper there.

buffet breakfast….food not bad though

visited the mini petting zoo

feeding the cute & lovely pets

After the breakfast, zoo, we walked over to the beach. While relax, enjoyed the beautiful sandy beach .

-the end-

say goodbye~~~~

Avillion Port Dickson

3rd Mile, Jalan Pantai,

71000 Port Dickson,

Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Tel : +606-647 6688