Negeri Sembilan, located in the central region of Peninsular Malaysia, is bordered in the north by Selangor, in the east by Pahang and in the south by Melaka and Johor. Covering a total area of 6,645 sq km, the land comprises of picturesque valleys and plains amidst undulating hills and mountains. As the Titiwangsa mountain range of the Peninsula tapers down towards the interiors of Johor, the mountainous and forested terrain of the eastern part of the Negeri Sembilan gradually give way to the gentler, undulating rubber and oil palm plantations of the west region
Negeri Sembilan was settled between the 15th and the 16th century by the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra who migrated to the region during the height of the Malay Sultanate in Malacca.
The Minangkabau brought along with them a rich cultural heritage which is still preserved and practised today as the fascinating ‘Adat Pepatih’, a matrilineal system of inheritance and administration that is unique to the State. In its early history, Negeri Sembilan as a unified State did not exist. It was rather a loose confederation of nine fiefdoms which developed in the secluded valley of the region. It was only in 1773 when Raja Melewar became the Yam Tuan that the fiefdoms of Sungai Ujong, Rembau, Johol, Jelebu, Naning, Segamat, Ulu Pahang, Jelai and Kelang were brought together under his rule.
The history of modern Negeri Sembilan began with British intervention in the districts of Sungai Ujong, Rembau and Jelebu. In Sungai Ujong, the British intervened to stop the conflict between Dato’ Kelana and Dato’ Bandar which was affecting the tin trade along Sungai Linggi (Linggi River). The British supported Dato’ Kelana and appointed W.A. Pickering as the British resident in 1874.
By 1889, a treaty was made between the Yam Tuan Seri Menanti and the four Datuk Undang wherein the Yam Tuan was Installed as the ruler of the state of Negeri Sembilan. The same year saw the appointment of the first British Resident of Negeri Sembilan, Martin Lister.
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The beaches of Port Dickson (PD) is a famous weekend retreat for city dwellers. Port Dickson is said to have been named after a British officer, Sir John Frederik Dickson in 1889. Others mention that the place was named after another British officer who supervised the British ports handling ore in Lukut, a district of Port Dickson at the time. Port Dickson is more famous for its attractive beaches, ample amenities and good infrastructure. There are also various types of accommodation for those wishing to holiday here. Among the famous beaches here are Teluk Kemang and Blue Lagoon. There are also infrastructure for watersports dan beach activity.
KAMPUNG PELEGONG HOMESTAY
Get away from it all and return to the serenity of life in a traditional Malay village under the Pelegong Homestay programme in Negeri Sembilan. Here, you will be able to enjoy the warm hospitality of your host family and be a part of the household by joining them in their daily activities. Wake up to the authenticity of ‘kampung’ life. Listen to the sounds of cockerels greeting a new day, breathe in the crisp fresh air and look forward to the simple pleasures of life — collect your own eggs from the coop, learn to tap a rubber tree, enjoy an icy cold dip in the nearby river before trying your hand at fishing or baking delicious Malay cakes.
The Army Museum will lead us back to the memoirs of various inheritance, ultimate collections of artifact which had once witnessed the battlement to retain the sovereignty of our beloved country.
The Army Museum has been honoured a MERIT AWARD in category of “Best Tourist Attraction” with National Identity (Heritage) 2005/2006 by the Tourism Malaysia. Come and experience the Pepper Ghost, the first of its kind in Malaysia and the atmosphere of the night at the dock of Malacca fort as well as the underground tunnel of the Malayan Communist Party.
A wide variety of hand-crafted crystal products such as vases, bowls, candy dishes and decorative items at Rembau Crystal. This one-stop centre houses a sales gallery as well as a production and training centre. After your visit, you can drop by at nearby attractions like the Pedas Hotspring, Gunung Datuk Recreational Forest or the Sungai Timun Fireflies.
Must do: Watch crystal-making demonstrations
LUKUT MUSEUM PORT DICKSON
History enthusiasts should make a trip to the historical town of Lukut and visit its main attractions, the Lukut Museum and Fort. Here, you can read about Lukut’s golden era as the capital of the tin trade or pore over artefacts from the Nassau shipwreck, a Dutch East India battleship, which sank off the coast of Port Dickson in 1606. Further away, are the ruins of the Lukut Fort. It was built in 1847 to protect the town’s booming tin trade. Other attractions here include the legendary
‘poisoned well’ that is believed to be used to punish criminals in the ancient days.
NILAI 3 WHOLESALE CENTRE
Purchase a bewildering array of products at this massive 165-hectare wholesale centre. Located in Nilai, the northern part of Negeri Sembilan, the Nilai 3 Wholesale was built in 2001 and draws shoppers with competitively priced goods such as textile, furniture,clothing, luggage, carpet, garden equipment and caraccessories.
STATE MUSEUM COMPLEX
The State Museum Complex is modelled after a traditional Minangkabau dwelling and comprises three main buildings – teratak perpatih, ampang tinggi palace and Negeri Sembilan House. Teratak perpatih also known as the State Museum, displays items such as royal silver and brassware, old weapons, handicrafts, artefacts, traditional costumes and photographs. Those interested in the history and tradition of Negeri Sembilan should visit the Minangkabau House.
ULU BENDUL RECREATIONAL FOREST KUALA PILAH
Lush greenery and cool clear waters await you at this recreational forest. Located just 16km from Seremban on the main road to Kuala Pilah, it is nestled within the Gunung angsi Forest Reserve and is ideal for outdoor activities. You can enjoy a refreshing dip in the stream or camp out and spend a night under the stars.
• Go hiking, jungle trekking, camping and picnicking in the rainforest
• Scale the challenging, 825-metre high Gunung Angsi
SUNGAI TIMUN FIRE FLIES REMBAU
Take a downriver cruise and take in the glowing banks of Sungai Timun. This fascinating natural phenomenon is attributed to the presence of a firefly colony, said to be one of the largest in the country. The fireflies feed on the leaves of the berembang trees nightly. The nearby Sungai Timun fishing village is popular among seafood lovers for its lobsters and shellfish.
• Enjoy fresh seafood at Kampung Sungai Timun
• Go angling and lobster fishing by the jetty
• Try to spot animals such as crocodiles and birds