Negeri Sembilan is a small state located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, though not the smallest state (that honours goes to Perlis) in Malaysia with square kilometre covering about 6,645. Negeri Sembilan as per the namesake in Malay means nine states as Negeri Sembilan is a collection of nine districts merge into one to form its present state in Malaysia.

Sunset in Port Dickson

Negeri Sembilan is well known for its Minangkabau culture through an age old matrilineal social system preserved by the Adat Perpatih. The Minangkabau architecture is very easily identified with its unique upswept roof design. This is also one of the designed used by the Kuala Lumpur Muzium Negara when it was constructed.

Negeri Sembilan is very near to Kuala Lumpur, just about 50km away and provides a quick weekend getaway to the popular Port Dickson beaches. Though the seaside is nothing to shout about in comparison with the Malaysian beaches located in the East Coast and East Malaysia, the close proximity provides a quick vacation getaway for the holiday goers looking to refresh themselves and get away from Kuala Lumpur city.

The capital of Negeri Sembilan is Seremban which is a short 45 minutes drive away from Kuala Lumpur. There are many who actually brave the daily commute from Seremban to Kuala Lumpur to go to work!

There are several museums in Negeri Sembilan if one wants to find out more about the history and culture of this state. Of course the best way to experience is to immerse oneself into the Malay culture by having a homestay experience. Several popular homestay in Negeri Sembilan are located in:

  • Batang Nyamor Homestay
  • F’Best Homestay
  • Gemas Homestay
  • Kuala Klawang Homestay
  • Laman Bangkinang
  • Lonek Homestay
  • Pachitan Homestay
  • Pelegong Homestay

One of the famous popular dim sum from Seremban is the Seremban Siew Pau. This are like the regular Chinese steam buns except that they are oven roasted giving a nice crusty exterior. Wherever siew pau are sold they always like to associate with Seremban Siew Pau.

For Malay traditional food, the Minangkabau or Minang food is hot and spicy and best sample in the town of Rembau. If you not able to go to Rembau, you could always look around for equivalent or head out to Port Dickson for some Chinese seafood restaurants which are easily found along the place.

Negeri Sembilan still holds some interesting tourist attractions for a small state in Malaysia. With its close proximity to Kuala Lumpur makes an easy day trip for some quick Malaysia vacation travel.

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