Ever heard of a town called Sekinchan in Selangor? You can spend a day or even the entire weekend at this small town because there is so much to see and do. Known for its lush green (or gold, or brown … depending on when you visit during the year) padi fields, there are also other places of interest, as well as many options for food.
Why you should go
This is a good town to go for a road trip where you can visit several places of interest at one go. Sekinchan is a coastal town, so you can enjoy fresh seafood here.
What to do
There are padi fields in Sekinchan; you can learn about the process of padi planting by taking a tour at the Paddy Processing Factory & Gallery. There is a fee for the tour, but you can just roam around the general area and the retail store – where you can buy rice and rice products – for free.
Pantai Redang, not to be confused with Redang Island in Terengganu, is a low-key beach known for its Wishing Tree and “I love Sekinchan” sign. If you’re hungry, there are stalls selling snacks by the seaside. On a windy day, you can fly kites on the beach.
There are many restaurants, coffeeshops and stalls selling food at Sekinchan, but N.16 Bus Cafe offers a unique dining experience. The cafe is an actual bus! It sits atop a huge container, and you can get a good view of the padi fields from the restaurant. It serves Asian-fusion food and cakes. Look for them on Facebook (“GreenSixteen”) to check out when they are open.
Nan Tian Temple is located in the middle of padi fields. There are two towers which offer a good view of the surroundings. The temple is a popular place of worship for both townsfolk and tourists. Its grand facade alone makes a good background for taking pictures.
Besides these places, if you explore Sekinchan, you’ll realise that it is a fishing village, and there are many seafood restaurants where you can enjoy a good meal. You can buy fresh and dried seafood, as well as other snacks, in this coastal town too.
In case you decide to stay overnight, there are several accommodation options, including small resorts. The place does get a little crowded on weekends and public holidays, so you may want to make your reservations early.
Who will like it
This place is a crowd pleaser because there is something for everyone. Whether you enjoy nature, the beach, seafood, unique stuff, or even something educational, you’ll find it in Sekinchan. It’s a family-friendly place, too. Many couples like to take their pre-wedding shots here as well.
The best way to get to Sekinchan is by driving – it is about a one-and-a-half hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. There are buses from the Klang Valley that can get you to the town itself, but once you’re there, the places of interest are quite far apart.
Aside from driving, cycling from one place to another is also an option.
It is possible to take a Grab there, but you might find it expensive.
GPS coordinates for Sekinchan town: 3.503917, 101.101083