By Mohd Mursi on February 13, 2015
For travellers who are based in the Klang Valley, or those who treat Kuala Lumpur International Airport as the gateway into the country, they are welcome to go for a quick jaunt to Negeri Sembilan, the state located south of Selangor, which offers sweet short breaks.
The following are some of the attractions that travellers might find interesting when visiting this predominantly Minangkabau state:
Opened to commemorate the 10th Ruler Negeri Sembilan, HRH Tuanku Ja’afar ibni Tuanku Abdul Rahman, this 4,087 square-foot gallery houses the glory and memories of the late ruler who reigned over Negeri Sembilan from 1967 until 2008. The gallery houses original artefacts and information about Tuanku Ja’afar, his family and his favourite hobbies. The late Tuanku Ja’afar was also the tenth Supreme Head of Malaysia, called the Agong. We personally think that the gallery is indeed one of the important places to visit so that travellers can learn more about the state’s royal family, including Negeri Sembilan culture and history. The gallery also features the contributions that Tuanku Ja’afar made towards the state and society.
Jalan Taman Bunga, Taman Tasek Seremban
70100 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Malaysia is well known for its homestay packages, and one of Negeri Sembilan’s famous homestay is Homestay Kampung Lonek, where travellers can experience authentic traditional Malay village experience. Travellers will get to stay with a foster family and join in all of the family’s daily activities in the village such as hand-fishing, rice-pounding and hands-on cooking of traditional delicacies such as dodol and kuih Melaka. Besides, since travellers are located in the village, they are bound to appreciate its laidback lifestyle and serenity.
One popular attraction that travellers should visit is Ladang Alam Warisan, a village-like atmosphere that showcases various activities related to culture and heritage such as cultural performances, traditional martial art and horseback archery. Travellers can try their hand on archery, horse-riding, deer-feeding and bird-watching, besides savouring Masak Lemak Daging Salai (smoked beef cooked in coconut milk gravy), which is Negeri Sembilan’s most popular dish. Travellers may stay at this wondrous place since it also provides accommodation.
Ladang Alam Warisan, Jalan Masjid, Kampung Tengah, Tanjung Ipoh, Seri Menanti, 72000 Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan
Located just 45-minutes from KL, Jelita Ostrich Farm is the memorable place to go to get up-close and personal with the world’s biggest bird. The farm is a great place to further understand the animal’s character, what they feed on and learn how strong their eggs can be. The exciting part is, you can even ride on the birds around in an enclosure. Travellers need not be too worried about falling off because the ostrich is strong enough to bear a human on its back.
Lot 1504, Batu 6, Mukim Pantai, Jalan Jelebu, Seremban
This article is included in Gaya Travel Magazine Issue 10.4. Read the magazine HERE.