Negeri Sembilan, translated literally as "nine states", is so called because it once consisted of nine separate districts, each ruled by a Malay chieftain. Seremban, its capital is well-connected by road and rail to Kuala Lumpur, 50 kilometers away. It houses a cultural handicraft complex, the State Museum, the State Mosque and the Lake Gardens.
The state is often identified with the pervasive influence of Minangkabau migrants from Sumatra as seen in the unique horn shaped roofs of many of its buildings. The Minangkabaus who brought with them their "adat" or traditions are also credited with many aspects of life in Negeri Sembilan, in particular the matrilineal kinship system. This system is evident until today especially in the marriage customs, ownership of property and dance forms.
The Sri Menanti Palace, converted to the Royal Museum in 1992, is a classic showcase of Minangkabau structure and design. Built at the turn of the century by two local craftsmen, the wooden palace took six years to complete and is an architectural wonder as no screws or nails were used in its construction. Elsewhere, the pretty village settings are reminiscent of the Minangkabau influence.
Negeri Sembilan has a popular beach at Port Dickson, on the shores of the Straits of Malacca. This resort town with its miles of golden beaches and a wide range of accommodation is a favorite 'playground' for the city dwellers of KL and Singapore as well as the neighboring towns.
Negeri Sembilan is the legacy of Minangkabau culture; food and building. It is popular with beach of Port Dickson where you can enjoy the usual swimming and water sports. The famous dishes in Negeri Sembilan is masak lemak cili api, made from coconut and tiny chilies. Other than that, this state is known for its Lemang, Rendang, Gulai Kuning, Air Jando Pulang, Penganan and Kesirat, and sambal tempoyak daun kayu.