Negri Sembilan, which translates to “nine states”, might not always be the obvious holiday destination for many. Sandwiched between the more tourist-centric Klang Valley and Melaka, travellers might make a quick pit stop at Seremban to refuel.
But despite its size (Negri Sembilan is one of the smallest states in Malaysia), the state does have its fair share of attractions. Its proximity to the Klang Valley also makes it the perfect day trip option for city dwellers. Negri Sembilan is made even more unique thanks to its Minangkabau culture, brought by settlers from West Sumatra in the 15th century.
The most distinctive trait of the community can be seen through its elegant architecture. The roof of a Minangkabau building are said to resemble buffalo horns.
You can see for yourself this unique architecture at the State Museum (Teratak Perpatih) within the grounds of the State Museum Complex. The venue is also a great place to learn more about the history and culture of the Minangkabau community.
For those seeking an adventure, there are a number of mountains to hike in Negri Sembilan. Gunung Datuk, Gunung Angsi and Gunung Telapak Buruk are some of the popular recreational hiking spots.
Gunung Angsi for one, is popular among day-trippers from the city. Located in Ulu Bendul Recreational Park, the mountain offers picturesque views at the top. Meanwhile, the recreational park has clear streams and BBQ sites for picnics.
You can also find one of the country’s most popular beach spots in Negri Sembilan – Port Dickson. The beaches here might not have the most exciting shores, but its proximity to Kuala Lumpur makes it a convenient spot for some quick sun-and-sand getaway.
Over at the capital Seremban, feast on the famous beef noodles and siew pao. Stop by the Galeri Diraja Tuanku Ja’afar to learn more about the state’s royal history.
Other attractions in Seremban include the Seremban Railway Station, Centipede Temple and the Lake Gardens.