The mangrove walk was short and sweet. The guide talked about the importance of mangrove forests and it's amazing how the mangrove trees adapted to survive the harsh salt water environment.
A tiny crab
We had lunch at the resort then checked in at the apartment we rented for our stay. It was spacious and we took a deep nap before driving out to town for dinner at the famous Soon Huat restaurant. The restaurant is right at the edge of a fishing village and we ordered the specialty dishes. After the dinner we went back and settled in for the night.
Yes this is the way to the restaurant
The fishing village
Dusk at the fishing village
Stir-fried paku pakis
Lala with Chinese wine
The next day, we checked out and headed to the Lukut Museum. There's the old fort up the hill; built by Raja Jumaat, the fortress used to overlook the tin mining activities and eventually came to ruin when the workers staged a mutiny and outsed the king. Unfortunately there were no markers or signages to explain the layout of the fortress and the history, so it was hard to appreciate the remaining stone walls and the landscape. The museum was interesting; there were descriptions of Lukut's history and well-preserved artifacts. Entry is free. Tip: There are monkeys in the trees near the old fort so be careful!
After the museum we went to Lukut town and had lunch at the popular Restaurant. The most famous dish here is the pau. The pork curry was thick and super delicious, a perfect dip for the warm bun! We couldn't finish so we brought it back. Off to Seremban for dessert at Haji Shariff Cendol! The cendol and rojak was the pulling force for the many patrons there. I gotta say: you can never go wrong with cendol with the right texture and perfect combination of brown sugar with coconut milk!
It was my first time to Port Dickson and I now understand why so many urbanites flock there for the weekends; maybe it's the lull of the seaside or the proximity of so many eating places in and around the area. On another note, I'm glad I joined the Raptor Watch event and it's certainly a commendable effort to raise awareness of our mangrove forests as well as the survival of the majestic raptors!