Port Dickson is a famous beach retreat destination on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia in Negeri Sembilan. It is popular among both locals and tourists for the beautiful beaches, as well as to how close it is from major cities in the west coast, making it the go-to place for families to have a weekend getaway.
Fondly called “PD” by locals, Port Dickson was originally named “Tanjung” (meaning “cape” in Malay) due to its location, and “Arang” (meaning coal in Malay) after the nearby coal mine. According to some sources, the name was changed to “Port Dickson” after the British High Officer Sir John Frederick Dickson, who turned the area into a seaport. The development of the port transformed the small town into a bustling trading centre. Now, tourism is one of the main industries in Port Dickson, making it one of the top tourist destinations in Malaysia.