Cape Rachado, Port Dickson

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The Cape Rachado Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in Tanjung Tuan, also known as Cape Rachado, in Alor Gajah, Malacca, Malaysia. The lighthouse is believed to be the oldest in the country, its history allegedly dating back to Portuguese rule of Malacca during the 16th century.HistoryThe early history of the lighthouse remains largely unverified, with unofficial accounts by locals tracing the lighthouse's history back to a period following the conquest of Malacca by Portugal in 1511. The Portuguese government in Malacca vested interest in the construction of a lighthouse to guide its ships through the narrow Straits of Malacca, completing the first iteration of the structure on Cape Rachado (a name given by the Portuguese, meaning "Broken Cape") in the 16th century. Possession of the lighthouse was handed over to the Dutch VOC, alongside Malacca in entirety in 1641, and a second version of the building was claimed to have been built in 1817, during temporary rule by the British under William Farquhar, seven years before Malacca's total changeover to the British in 1824.The present lighthouse was constructed in 1863, during Malacca's status as a British-ruled Straits Settlement, and remains active, as of 2008. In 1990, a second concrete tower was built next to the original lighthouse to house a MEASAT radar.
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  • Awesome views of Malacca straits once you reach on top peak. A great recreation getaways for everyone who want explore back to nature.  more »
  • After paying 1RM admission we climbed up the main road and arrived at the lighthouse. Its a pity you cannot access the lighthouse. However at the left of the lighthouse we discovered a trail that led ...  more »
  • What I thought is a short walk up a hill on an asphalted road transformed into a nice forest walk with slopes and descents. Beautiful area, not crowded, untouched nature, with different walks on the h...  more »
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  • At first I was in doubt to go to Cape Rachado because of how long the distance felt according to reviewers. It took me just 14 minutes from the RM1 entrance to the lighthouse. There are many elders walking up the lighthouse. It is hence, a very basic trek. The lighthouse is closed from entry. Difficulty level: 1.5/5 If you are thirsty, there's a lady selling drinks. To go to Batu Putih: 1. Before you reach the lighthouse, see your right side for signboard "PERHATIAN". 2. Yeah, that mud. Just climb it up. 3. Follow the track that makes sense to you. 4. For about 10 minutes, you will reach big wall of stones. 5. Climb the stones. Becareful. 6. You will reach the peak - the Malaysian flag. You may now take your yoga photo shots and post on your instagram. Beautiful sea to see. No whirlpool seen as claimed though. Difficulty level: 1/5 To go to Pulau Intan: 1. Climb the stairs heading to the lighthouse. 2. Walk straight till you see a path on your left (it is a bit secluded). 3. Follow the track. You will see migratory bird signage, rotten benches and small signage to Pulau Intan along the path. 4. The trekking will take you 20 tiring minutes and 297 stairs. 5. When you hear the beach sound, you are near. 6. Enjoy the green beach. Difficulty level: 4/5
  • The walk is like a km from the main entrance. The view from here is quite nice. But I guess the trek down to the beach might be the best part, which unfortunately I didn't do to comment on.
  • Really great panoramic view if you manage to get all the way to the end. There's a beautiful beach in the middle, it will be nice to pack some swim shorts and bikinis and have a great swim with clear water
  • There is a beautiful view of sea is there.All u need is to climb a mountain.Entrance ticket is rm 1
  • Nice and secluded. There is a secluded beach, a beautiful one

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Port Dickson offers plenty of budget, middle, and upscale rooms. Stay along the seafront if you plan to spend most of your time on the beach, or go for a resort located near the forest reserve if you prefer trekking and exploration. If you prefer lower rates, consider visiting in the low season, when crowds disperse and upscale resorts offer significant discounts.
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