One of the smallest states in Malaysia includes Negeri Sembilan. Located on the southwest of Peninsular Malaysia, Negeri Sembilan literally means “Land of the Nine”, is believed to be derived from the nine Minangkabau village settlements. Minang people are the early significant numbers of migrants of indigeneous group coming directly from Highlands of West of Sumatra. These villages are also known as luak in Minang language covers Seremban (formerly Sungai Ujong), Rembau, Jelebu, Johol, Ulu Muar, Inas, Gunung Pasir, Terachi and Jempol. Today, there are only 7 villages left due to the change of State Borders.
Although it is considered small, Negeri Sembilan offers a range of places for tourists to drop by and spent some nights here. Our top local tourists visit would be the popular beach of Port Dickson due to its close proximity with Kuala Lumpur. It consist of several beaches along the 18km stretch of area which some might not be promising. Of course there are some resorts with private beaches here could amaze you though so choose wisely.
In continuation, have you imagined how an old palace in Asia would look like? Imagine no more because one of the famous landmark in Negeri Sembilan would be the old palace of Seri Menanti representing the uniqueness of traditional Malay culture. Best part is that, this palace was built with no nails by highly local craftsmen in 1902 and was completed in 1908. The name was taken from 3 paddy plant around the area which symbolizes the strength of these paddy plant literally being translated as “the paddy burning spirit of waiting”. The architecture is just amazing as it was derived from the Minangkabau influences in Negeri Sembilan.
Another place to learn about the kings and queens lifestyle would be the Tuanku Ja’afar Royal Gallery. A museum of the late Tuanku Jaafar displaying his collections and belonging during his 42 year reign as Sultan of Negeri Sembilan, some historical backgrounds of Negeri Sembiland and himself before crowned as the Sultan. No pictures are allowed in the exhibition centre though, so, enjoy your moments understanding the historical events happening in Negeri Sembilan.
If you’d love something quiet, a connection between your inner spirit and nature, a good 2-3 hours climb at Gunung Angsi would be a perfect fit for you. But bear in mind that Gunung Angsi do not really have a spectacular view like other mountains though. It is just between you and nature! Quick tip is travel light only with necessity needs, suitable attire and hike with a guide. Its not advisable to hike after rain and also for those with fear of heights though as it might be a little bit steep.
There are not many places to shop in Negeri Sembilan. Only few fancy places such as Parkson, Terminal 1 Shopping Centre, Palm Mall and Aeon for some proper last minute fix. A place for those who are planing to purchase wholesale stuffs probably for wedding or textile stuffs, do check Nilai 3 Industrial Park as well. Don’t forget to haggle your purchase before buying it.
If you are a hardcore fan of spicy food, the Negeri Sembilan would be your food galore place because they really love spice food. Some of the famous must try food in Negeri Sembilan would include Daging Salai Masak Lemak Cili Api (Grilled Beef cooked with coconut gravy and bird’s eye chilli), Sambal Tempoyak Daun Kayu (Fermented Durian with finely shred tapioca, petai, pumpkin, tumeric and more than 40 types of leaves and plants together), Rendang Minang (Spicy Minang Beef), Nasi Ulam (Rice mixed with various herbs and leaves), Habang Chicken (Classic dish from Banjarmasin ancestors) and probably lots of fresh seafood restaurants. Try out cendol as your dessert too.
Its a warm and sunny day throughout the year in Negeri Sembilan with occassions of rain. Our suggestion for a nice peaceful retreat from the city is to avoid months from October until mid-January. Rainfall is expected to be pretty heavy during these months.