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Port Dickson: Living on Stilts!

Many people tend to diss Port Dickson as a disappointment on the shores of muddy seas. I was skeptical too, but my impulsive trip to this little town near Malacca turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

Another weekend getaway from Singapore’s bustling city-life, Port Dickson’s real charm lies in the chalets built upon stilts rooted in the sea bed. The Legend Water Chalets and The Legend International Water Homes are modelled on an open-living concept and are both extremely affordable.

Port Dickson, Malaysia, legend water chalets, international water homes

Chalets on stilts at Port Dickson, evening view

Legend water Chalets, international water homes, Port Dickson, Malaysia

Chalets on Stilts at Port Dickson, day view

The Water Chalets will charm you with their open-rooftop showers within the rooms – showering under the starry night sky is both chilling and beautiful, as is showering under the sunspots cast by the sun during the day. Each chalet has a private balcony that looks over the Straits of Malacca and is an endearing way to spend an afternoon. The day bed by the window overlooking the sea, and the marble bathtub in the living-room make you feel right at home in the chalets. The floor of each chalet has a small glass panel so you can view the sea directly beneath you, and although the water isn’t exactly blue, it’s surreal watching the waves hit the stilts so close to you.

Floor glass panel, Legend Water Chalets, Port Dickson, Malaysia

Floor glass panel at Legend Water Chalets

Open Rooftop Shower, Legend Water Chalets, Port Dickson, Malaysia

Open rooftop shower at Legend Water Chalets

The Water Homes are in a league of their own – each chalet comes with it’s own private Swimming Pool, and having a private Pool for a midnight dip (or skinny dipping for the bolder ones) is definitely underrated! Enough said.

Private swimming pool, International Legend Water Homes, Port Dickson, Malaysia

Private swimming pool at International Legend Water Homes

Read more TripAdvisor reviews on Legend Water Chalets and Legend International Water Homes.

The town area of Port Dickson is hardly bustling with pedestrians, tourists or activities – but being by the shore, it affords you a no-frills sunset by the beach (not a fancy one at that) or at one of the local eateries (or Pizza Hut if you’re a vegetarian like me).

Sunset, Port Dickson, malaysia

Sunset at Port Dickson

And it’s amazing how an activities-devoid weekend on the stilts can rejuvenate you!


  1. manchitra says

    Shivya, I think you are travelling a lot these days. Good you are blogging again. I loved the sunset and chalets on stilts.

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