Seremban is the state capital of Negeri Sembilan, on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia.
Like most other cities on the West Coast of Malaysia, Seremban is populated by citizens of Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnicity (called separate "races" in Malaysia). Major languages spoken in the city are Malay (the national language) and Tamil, Cantonese (especially by the elder generation), Mandarin (spoken more by the younger generation)
Seremban is seldom regarded as a main tourist attraction. It is located between Melaka (70 km south) and Kuala Lumpur (60 km north).
Buses from other towns in Peninsular Malaysia, as well as Thailand and Singapore, stop at the "Terminal One" bus station at the town center. There are also buses from here linking other towns within Negeri Sembilan state. There is a shopping mall by the same name beside this bus station.
The nearest airport to Seremban is the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which is about 30 km north of Seremban (about 30 minutes drive away). The airport is easily accessible via the PLUS highways.
The old trunk road (Federal Route 1) links Seremban to other towns/cities in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur to the North and Melaka to the south.
It is also accessible by major highways. The main highway is the North-South Expressway (NSE/PLUS). The nearest exit is no. 218 (Seremban). Seremban is approximately 3 hours' drive (non-stop)- 265 km from Johor Bahru and 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, using the NSE.
Seremban is also connected to the state of Selangor via the LEKAS highway which passes through Serdang and Nilai.
Seremban is on the main railway line linking Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. The rail station is opposite the Seremban Parade on Jalan Antah. It is operated by the KTM. Another KTM train station is located at Senawang. Another train station at Tiroi can be considered too if you have personal transport, it is near the new S2 Heights area.
- 1 Seremban railway station.
Driving around Seremban is quite tough during the day with constant streams of busy traffic, but not as bad as Kuala Lumpur or Penang Island due its volume. Road traffic volume increases during the weekends and public holidays as people who work in nearby major cities return. Traffic gets less busy away from the Seremban and Port Dickson toll plazas (towards Seremban 2) and Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik). Roads that should be avoided during peak hour include Jalan Tuanku Antah (main road to Senawang), Jalan Rasah (main road to Port Dickson toll plaza), Jalan Sungai Ujong (main road to Seremban toll plaza) as well as the main city centre.
Seremban is, to a certain extent, pedestrian unfriendly, due to a lack of pedestrian crossings and designated pedestrian paths especially in the Seremban town. There are also few facilities for the disabled. Going on foot is an unpopular means of getting around in Seremban.
For similar reasons, cycling is also an unpopular means of getting around. Cycling is uncomfortable can be dangerous due to the narrow road lanes. Riding bicycles is only recommended for recreational purposes. But neither of the main parks in Seremban, the Lake Gardens (in front of State Assembly building) or the City Park (behind the fire station in Seremban 2), cater to cyclists.
Online taxi services like Grab is quite popular.
- Visit State Museum (Muzium Negeri Sembilan) in Jalan Sungai Ujong to see a collection of the history of Negeri Sembilan.
- There are also local art complexes in Seremban such as Cultural Handicraft Complex & Minangkabau House in Jalan Sungai Ujong
- Two zoos in Seremban: Seremban Animal Park near Taman Setia Jaya and the Mini Zoo near Taman Jiboi
Enjoy a walk at Seremban's Lake Gardens especially during sunset. The A&W fastfood restaurant is also located by the side of the Lake, to offer great lakeside view. The Lake Gardens is a favourite park for joggers and anglers alike. Well maintained pathways around the lake makes strolls a leisure. Located nearby the lake is the recreational forest in which nature lovers can enjoy the biodiversity it has to offer. Seremban is not a major tourist attraction but stopping a night at Seremban before a departure flight from KLIA is enjoyable.
Apart from shopping complexes, Seremban has designated numerous zones in the city to market locally manufactured products such as antiques, textiles, fabrics and handicrafts.
- Sungei Ujong Walk a market located in Jalan Dr. Murugesu
- There is also a flea market in Jalan Utam Singh
- 1 AEON MALL Seremban 2, 112, Persiaran S2 B1, Seremban 2, ☏ +6066015643. 10:00-22:00 daily. It has more than 20 shops & western-style department store, AEON. With TGV Cinemas
- Seremban Parade (Seremban Prima) — It has various kind of shops and western-style department store, Parkson.
- 2 Terminal One, No. 20B, Jalan Lintang, 70200, ☏ +6067673193, email@example.com. It has 2 anchor tenants: Parkson Grand, and Golden Screen Cinemas, which features 4 screens. Parkson Grand serves as a departmental store. Handphone shops and electronic gadgets can be found also.
- Era Square. in Jalan Labu Lama, near to Bandar Seremban. A multi-purpose commercial centre with more than 18 shops and Western restaurants.
- Centre Point — Jalan Dato Muda Linggi. It has various kind of shops & western-style department store, The Store
- Angsana Seremban (Plaza Ampangan), Jalan Ampangan. 08:00-22:00 daily. Outlet centre.
- There are also some hypermarkets in Seremban such as Lotus's near Seremban 2 and Seremban Jaya; KIPMall in Senawang and in Plaza Ampangan. Mydin Mall in Seremban 2 and Senawang.
- Palm Mall at Kemayan Square, with GSC Cinemas and restaurants.
- The Store near Jalan Tuanku Munawir. Mainly departmental stores.
- Seremban Siew Pau
A special delicacy here called the 'Siew Pau' is a type of baked bun which is considered a must-have by those who visit this town. The filling inside is usually minced pork. Several other brands can be found instead of the most famous "Seremban Siew Pau" brand, for example Kee Mei (奇美烧包) and Siew Bao Asia (亚洲烧包).
Places to eat
- Tow Kee Hakka noodles (滔记客家麵), 94 Jalan Kapitan Tam Yeong, ☏ +60 6 761 6638. Has existed in Seremban since the 1930s. Home-made flat noodles come with minced pork in a thick clear sauce.
- Seremban Crabs A popular destination especially for tourists due to spaciousness and fast food preparation. Located along Jalan Lobak.
- Hong Kong Noodle House Homemade noodles and a variety of Wan Tan Mee. Located on the same street as Seremban Crab. Another location at Bukit Kepayang. Slightly more expensive than normal noodle stalls, but possibly worth it. Not only has wantan mee, but also chicken noodle (with or without curry) and chicken feet noodle.
- Pasar Besar Seremban Numerous stalls with great food such as beef noodles, cuttlefish bihun (Seremban specialty) and more. The Hakka noodles mentioned above is also located in the bazaar. Upper floor for food. Expect RM5+.
- Haji Sharif's cendol in the Seremban town along Paul's street. Shop lot is the first in the row and is green in colour. Their rojak is quite good too. Self service.
- The soymilk stall near Lee Sam Road is quite recommended.
- Herbal tea stall can be found near the soymilk stall or near the front door of Terminal One.
- Spanish Villa, Jalan bunga raya 19, Taman Tasik Jaya (Senawang), ☏ +60 66797448.
(Upward of 55myr)
- Hotel Lotus, Kemayan Square, ☏ +60 6 7621829 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1 Seri Malaysia Seremban Hotel (Hotel Seri Malaysia Seremban), Jalan Sungai Ujong, 70200, ☏ +6067644180, email@example.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. RM168-208.
- Klana Resort Seremban, Jalan Penghulu Cantik, ☏ +60 6 7627888.
- 2 Royale Chulan Resort & Spa, Jalan Dato A.S Dawood, ☏ +6067666666. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00.
Seremban is a pretty safe town to travel to. Crime rate is amongst the lowest in Malaysia. Just take the usual precautions when travelling to any town or city: avoid carrying large amounts of cash, wearing excessive jewelry & leaving valuables visible inside one's vehicle.
- Satay in Kajang
- Visit a popular beach destination at Port Dickson. Can be reached through the old Lukut road (free but possibly slower), or through the highway (with toll fees).
- Seri Menanti - Visit Seri Menanti Old Palace, one of the famous landmarks in Negeri Sembilan
- Visit Wet World Pedas Hot Spring. It's 13 km away from Seremban.
- Visit Kuala Pilah. 33 km from Seremban
- Melaka or Kuala Lumpur. Following the PLUS Highway.