Dickson or more popularly known as, P.D. is a favourite weekend
getaway for people from KL and Singapore. Especially for those,
who are seeking some time away from the hot, stifling cities. During
the weekend an estimated average of 45,000 people visited the beaches
in the district stretching about 25 kilometers facing the calm sea
of Straits of Malacca.
Refreshing cool breeze blowing in from the Straits of Malacca and
the relaxed environment was one of the reasons for choosing this
tiny seaside village as a colonial beach resort. Sir Frederick Dickson
who 'founded' PD, was a leading official in the Straits Settlement
during the 1880s. He had been searching long for a suitable deepwater
port. To reduce transportation costs, he was hoping that he could
shorten the travelling time from the interior tin mines at Sungei
Ujong to the coast by setting up a port at PD instead of using the
old, winding land route all the way to Klang.
Before Sir Dickson came along, all there was of the place was a
small village called 'Arang', of which the villagers made their
living from burning wood in kilns. Arang means 'charcoal'
Dickson has kilometers of fine sandy beaches fringed by Casuarinas,
palms, and the intricate, above-ground root formations of the Banyan
tree. A complete menu of leisure activities is available in Port
Dickson, including water-skiing, canoeing, snorkeling, windsurfing,
and sailing, all of which can easily be handled through the reception
desk at your hotel.
At Kota Lukut, a mere 7 km from Port Dickson, stands the fort of
Raja Jumaat, a renowned nineteenth-century Bugis warrior. The fort
was built in 1847 to control the lucrative tin trade in the area.
The road along the Malaysian coastline is very lovely and resisting
to stop for a rest and a swim is almost impossible. Vendors along
the road offer thirst-quenching drinks of coconut water and sugar-cane
juice. Another rewarding site is the lighthouse at Cape Rachardo,
built by the Portuguese in the 16th century in order to guide ships
to the safety of Malacca's harbour. The lighthouse is still functioning
today, and visitors can ascend its narrow spiral stair to the beacon,
which offers a magnificent view of the coastline of Sumatra. The
Cape is also a popular stopover point for migratory birds. From
September to March, flocks of sparrows, honey buzzards, and swifts
can be seen here, together with birds of prey, such as hawks and
To catch a glimpse of the locals at 'work', a night market comes
alive every Saturday at an open car park next to the Petronas Petrol
station on 4th mile. Lots of snacks, food and produce to buy for
the weekend stay over.
the coastal road the lovely old bungalows are replaced by 10, 20,
30th floor condominiums, apartments and hotels. Blue Lagoon (10
miles from PD town) is still the favourite beach as it was 20years
ago and is very popular with local visitors. It's the most famous
picnic spot and is an excellent spot for the water sport enthusiasts.
However, the more crowded beaches are often covered with litter
and you may find it hard to find a clean bit of sand to park yourself.
If only there were trash bins located along the beaches and a little
bit of civic duty from the local holidaymakers, then the councils
may be able to counter this predicament.
than numerous holiday resorts, Port Dickson is also well known for
its oil refineries belonging to the giant oil companies of Shell
and Esso. In addition to these two giant industrial complexes there
are also another two oil related industries comprising of Castrol
and Cabot to add to the landmark of Port Dickson.
The oil industries generate a huge number of heavy traffic comprising
of oil tankers plying Port Dickson and other parts of Peninsular
Dickson is about an hour away from Kuala Lumpur. Take the North-South
highway and exit at Port Dickson. From the exit, take a right turn
at traffic lights after the toll. Follow signs to Port Dickson.
There's another highway that leads to Port Dickson from there. On
this stretch of highway, you can exit at Lukut or head straight