The Dusun is an 12 acre orchard resort close to Kuala Lumpur and its airports, although it feels like miles from anywhere. To be precise, it is only 1 hour 15 minutes south of Kuala Lumpur, 1 hour from the Kuala Lumpur International Airports and Low Cost Terminal (KLIA and LCCT) and 30 minutes east of Seremban, the capital of Negeri Sembilan.
The Dusun is 800 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Titiwangsa Main Range, so expect cool nights. Next door is the Berembun Forest Reserve, 4,000 acres of protected virgin forest rising to 3,900 feet.
This is a dipterocarp forest, little known outside the orang asli community, which is rich in birds and plant life of all kinds. The tigers died out a generation ago, but there are still wild boar and deer, although what you are more likely to see are giant millipedes, monkeys – and leeches. The Batang Penar river arises in this reserve and is a main source of water for Seremban.
The Dusun’s nearest neighbours are two Temuan villages. Harvesting the jungle is still a vital part of their economy and lifestyle, although they also have rubber trees and work for cash in nearby farms and factories. Most of our staff are from this community. The orang asli knowledge of the jungle is unparalleled and they are proud to share it with visitors.
Pantai is in the Seremban district of Negeri Sembilan. Negeri is a unique state in Malaysia. Most of its original Malay population came from the Padang region of Sumatra in the 18th and 19th centuries, and so are matrilineal Minangkabau in culture. They also have a distinctive cuisine, which is celebrated in the Dusun kitchen.