Writing about all things Penang has and always will be the heartbeat of our blog posts here. Having said that; quite recently, we visited a unique place in Malaysia and we just wanted to share it with you because I’m most certain you’d love this place too.
Hidden in the state of Selangor is a small town called Sekinchan. We have never even heard about it until recently when we saw a video that was filmed there. You won’t usually pass by this town when travelling on the North-South Highway. Sekinchan is both a fishing village and also a major rice-producing area in Malaysia so you would definitely see lots of paddy fields there.
I was initially not too enthusiastic about visiting this place. Why? Growing up in Kedah, paddy fields have naturally become a common sight to me whenever I travel in the car. But truth be told, I have never bothered to explore them. In my mind, such places usually are infested with snakes and all sorts of creatures that I’m not too fond of. But I went along with the idea anyway because I thought it’d be a good eye-opener for my kids who have been eating rice everyday but have never seen where it came from or what it originally looked like.
If you are planning to visit the place, be sure to check out these Top 10 things to do in Sekinchan.
Top 10 things to do in Sekinchan
1. Visit the Paddy Processing Factory
The paddy processing factory (PLS Marketing Sdn. Bhd.) is surrounded by a sea of paddy fields. There is a museum within the factory where you can enter at a small fee of RM4. In return for purchasing the ticket, you will receive a small vacuum-sealed packet of Sekinchan rice. The tour of the museum starts with a short video which tells about the steps of how rice is processed. After that, visitors can take a look at the factory floor from the viewing deck above. After the rice has been processed, they are packed into large sacks and stacked at a corner of the factory. We learnt that each sack of rice was enough to feed a person 2 meals a day for 19 years! The tour led us to some exhibits of machinery and tools used to process rice back in the day. The tour ends at the souvenir shop where visitors can purchase all types of rice produce from Sekinchan. You can also find items sold at fishing villages there such as fish and prawn crackers.
2. Visit Mango King
My husband (who is a big fan of mangoes), came to discover that there is a place in Sekinchan well known for its huge, giant mangoes. So we made it our quest to hunt this place down, hoping to bag some back home with us. Unfortunately, the mangoes weren’t as big as what we saw in the articles but they were still quite big. We did buy some but personally, I think this place is a little overrated. But if you are a mango lover, then this place is still worth a visit.
3. Go kite flying
Redang Beach (Pantai Redang) is a popular place for kite-flying because of the strong winds there. If you did not bring your own, fear not for there are kite-selling stalls aplenty along the beach.
4. View the sunset at Redang Beach
Apart from flying kites, Redang Beach is a nice place to just hang out and enjoy the cool evening breeze after a hot day at the paddy fields. You can cool down with some coconut water or ice cream while taking in the view of the beautiful sunset. And since the beach is rather near to several seafood restaurants, you can conveniently have your dinner thereafter.
5. Visit Sekinchan Wishing Tree
Also another attraction at Redang Beach, the Sekinchan Wishing Tree is quite a sight to behold with hundreds or maybe even thousands of wishes written on red strips of cloth given out at the temple next to it at a small donation. The ends of the strip are tied to a coin (used as weights) and thrown up onto the branches.
6. Take lots of pictures at the paddy fields
Needless to say, I think the main attraction in Sekinchan has to be the paddy fields. So I’m pretty sure no one will leave this place without taking a few, if not tonnes of pictures here. The vastness of the green or golden fields (depending on which time of the year) is what makes this place so picturesque. Come at different times of the year to experience a different feel of photo-taking. You’ll be able to find the paddy planting schedule and color guide as you read on.
7. Go cycling along the paddy fields
Cycling is another great way to explore the paddy fields and bring back some sun-kissed glow. There are plenty of bicycles for rent around that area. If you’re staying the night, you could also ask your hotel or homestay if they have bicycles for rent.
8. Eat seafood
When you’re in a fishing village, what should you do? Eat seafood of course! You can definitely get fresh seafood at affordable prices here and there’s plenty of seafood restaurants to pick from.
9. Visit the fishing village
The main fishing village in Sekinchan is Bagan Fishing Village. The fishing boats will go out to sea very early in the morning and only come back in the evening. The quiet village becomes alive when the boats return so this is the time to visit the village and see the fishermen busy unloading and categorizing their catch.
10. Watch the combine harvester at work in real life
If you haven’t seen a combine harvester in action, this is as good as it gets.
Map of Sekinchan things to do
How to get there?
By Car: Sekinchan is about one and a half hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. To reach there just take the Lebuhraya Utara – Selatan/E1 and LATAR Expressway/E25 to Kuala Selangor. If still unsure, just key in Sekinchan in your Waze app.
By Bus: You can buy the bus ticket from Kuala Lumpur at Pudu Sentral (formerly known as Puduraya). Look for the ticket counter Sabak Bernam – Kuala Lumpur (Counter KT40). Price for one way bus trip is about RM9++. (Please refer to counter for latest pricing). Click here
When is the best time to visit Sekinchan?
|Month||Activity||Colour of Paddy|
|Jan-Feb||Rest and paddy preparation||Nil|
|Beginning of March||Transplanting||Green|
|Mid March - Mid May||Growing||Whole green|
|Middle Of May||Maturing||Golden yellow|
|July-August||Rest and paddy preparation||Nil|
|Beginning Of September||Transplanting||Green|
|Mid of September - mid of November||Growing||Whole green|
|Middle Of November||Maturing||Golden yellow|
The above schedule is just for your reference, the paddy plantation activities will have two weeks of variance.
Eating in Sekinchan
Loong Hua Seafood Restaurant
Address: 73, Lorong Tiga, Pekan Sekinchan, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-3241 0651
Cha Poh Tion Seafood
Address: 170, Jalan Sungai Labu, Taman Seri Sekinchan, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 16-676 1769
Address: 122, Jalan Pasar, Pekan Sekinchan, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-3241 0544
Jian Chyi Seafood Restaurant
Address: 156, Jalan Bagan, Pekan Sekinchan, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 17-350 0867
Where to stay in Sekinchan?
Basically Sekinchan can be visited in one day. However, if you would like to take a slow and easy time to explore the place, then you can opt to stay for a night. There are a couple of nice Air B&B places which are pretty unique and cosy.
Padi Box (Jalan Tali Air 4) – This place is designed from freight containers with each room capable of fitting a maximum of 2 adults and 2 kids (Toddler). The place also gives an excellent view of the padi field and it’s surrounding. You can book through the link here.
Sekinchan Stylish Villa – This place is good if you are coming with a big family. The place is not situated in the middle of the padi field but it is still very near to it. The rooms are spacious with a garden to relax. – Check latest price
Sekinchan is a great place for a short family getaway. The place is small and idyllic, but there is so much this place has to offer. If you go at different time of the year, you would be able to experience the different colours of the paddy field in Sekinchan. The best part about Sekinchan is that you are able to drive or walk alongside the paddy field pretty up close. We found it to be pretty relaxing and enjoyable destination to visit.
Have you been to Sekinchan? What did you think?