The Dusun is a 12-acre orchard close to Kuala Lumpur and KLIA, although it feels like miles from anywhere. To be precise, it is only 1 hour and 15 minutes south of Kuala Lumpur, 1 hour from the Kuala Lumpur International Airports (KLIA) 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 to us 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, rich in birds and plant life of all kinds. The tigers died out a generation ago, but there are still wild boars 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 primary watersource for Seremban.


Pantai is in the district of Seremban. Pantai is also the name of the village or two rows of shops before you turn off Jalan Jelebu towards us. You can find a few food stalls and basic groceries close to the police station and mosque at breakfast and lunchtime. You’re also likely to find a villager who’s happy to chat. There isn’t any food for sale in Pantai at night.

Pantai is the Malay word for beach. Many ask, Where is the beach? Some may know the river in Pantai is sandy and popular with sand miners. Maybe these sandy spots have inspired Pantai’s name.

Image of durian roadstall

Stalls brimming with a huge variety of local fruit are available all along Jalan Jelebu. 

Photos of petai

Petai is a forest delicacy, mainly because someone needs to climb the straight trunk of the tree which can reach up to 30 metres.


Seremban is the capital of Negeri Sembilan, with a population of almost 400,000 people. Much like the rest of Malaysia, Malays, Chinese, Indians, Orang Asli, and others live together in this modern city. In Seremban, you can find malls, cinemas, cafes, restaurants and satellite cities for Kuala Lumpur commuters.

Scenes from the Wet Market. Upstairs is a treasure trove of random and practical finds. 

3437, Jalan Kampung Baharu Pantai,
71770 Seremban,

Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.