Kampung Pantai–Scenic Village in Negeri Sembilan

Traditional Minangkabau style house in Pantai

Last year I wrote about Kampung Endah, a village in Selangor which was recognised as the Most Beautiful Village in Malaysia for several years running back in the 1990s.

I think I have now found another village which could compete for that title. Kampung Pantai and its surrounding hamlets contain many fine traditional houses, some of which have the Minangkabau ‘buffalo-horn’ style rooflines, like the example above, which are unique to Negeri Sembilan state.

Pantai is about ten kilometres outside of Seremban on Highway 86 headed towards Jelebu. On the way you pass the Rubber Conveyor Belt Factory.

Rubber Conveyor Belt Factory.

I wonder where the conveyor belts used to make conveyor belts are made?

Next the road passes Kampung Bukit Kubot where there is a large modern house with a spectacular roof. Not sure if it is a private residence or if it serves some other purpose.

Buffalo horn roof at Kampung Bukit Kubot. 

Close by, at Kg. Jerlang, is an old wooden mosque of a sort seldom found these days. The protruding mihrab (alcove) marks it out as a mosque otherwise you might think it is just a house.

Wooden mosque at Kg. Jerlang, Pantai, Seremban

Approaching Kg. Pantai itself you will see an extraordinary building, rising multiple layers like some kind of Malay fantasy castle. It is private property so I guess it is an institution of some kind.

Kg. Pantai

Pantai has a few old shops, some food stalls, a mosque, a police station and a clinic. Being on a busy main road, the tranquillity is spoilt somewhat by traffic noise but as soon as you step into any of the back lanes you are enveloped by the relaxing atmosphere of rustic kampung life with roosters foraging for scraps and the smells of burning charcoal and grilled fish.

Here are some of the quaint and charming homes in the village (and apologies if I have taken a photo of your house without permission but it is only out of admiration):

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

There is a homestay in Kampung Bemban if you want to experience village life for yourself. I did not see the place myself but you could call the numbers on this billboard if you are interested. They also have a page on the internet which you can find by Googling homestay kampung bemban.

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

If you know of a village in Malaysia which you feel is even more beautiful than Kampung Pantai I would be pleased to hear from you.

Kampung Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Kampung Endah – The Most Beautiful Village In Malaysia?

I had read somewhere that Kampung Endah was considered to be the cleanest and loveliest village in Malaysia. Since it is not that far from where we live, on Sunday I drove the family there to find out.

Kampung Endah (Marker A)

It is located close to the coast (Straits of Malacca) about half way between Klang and Port Dickson.

Welcome to Kampun(g) Endah

Apparently the village only dates back to the 1950’s  when three older villages were relocated to this new location. This was the time of the Malayan Emergency and the Government had a policy of resettling villages into guarded, barbed-wire ringed settlements in order to deprive the Communist terrorists of food and supplies. This policy was successful and the terrorists were eventually starved out of their jungle bases but it does mean that many villages lost their original natural settings. Kampung Endah is surrounded by parallel rows of oil palm trees, bordered with straight drainage canals and roads. Even the village itself is laid out in a grid pattern rather than the more haphazard  look of a traditional kampung.

The new settlement was originally called Kampung Pindah, meaning ‘moved’ or ‘relocated’ village but the name was later changed to Kampung Indah, meaning beautiful though the current spelling is Endah, meaning friendly. Either spelling, it seems an appropriate name. It must be a friendly place because they have a home stay programme where tourists can stay with a local family to experience traditional Malaysian kampung life.

tradional house kampung endah

Is it the most beautiful village in Malaysia? Well certainly there are a number of attractive traditional wooden homes.  And the streets are clean and tidy. It seems the village won a Most Beautiful Village award in 1994 but that was quite a long time ago. There are some fancy pavements and up-market lampposts but is that grass growing on the path? Perhaps a case of the village resting on its laurels?

 

Need a bit of weeding?

If any reader knows of a kampung which is more deserving of the title ‘Most Scenic Spot in Malaysia’ I would be delighted to hear from you.