Relaxing Sekinchan Trip

This is our second Sekinchan trip (适耕庄). We wanted to enjoy the relaxing padi fields again, and visit nearby 天空之镜 Skymirror  (Will share Day 2 post later)

Sekinchan is about 5 hours (430km) from Singapore. But the trip will be easier if we have a few stopovers. I will list down the estimated time and distance from Singapore, GPS coordinates and where we enjoyed our meals.

Take note time is for estimation only, as we drives at different speed.

0645 to 0900 Tuas Malaysia checkpoint

Jams at the customs are beyond our control, and can make or break the trip enthusiasm. With small kids, prepare tons of attraction or food to distract them, and plastic bag for bladder situations!

*Try out Beat The Jam! app, it can give real time estimation of queues at both customs, and even forecast best-time.

We drove 1 hour to Yong Peng, about 80km from Tuas checkpoint.

1030 To 1100 Yuan Yean Fishball 西刀鱼圓
(GPS 2.011111, 103.063056). (rated 3.75/5)

This is one of the popular stopovers in Yong Peng. I told the kids that Yong Peng’s significance ( and smaller tributaries road too) have been reduced due to North South Highway.

Located between KFC and Caltex, look out for the red building.
We would recommend the fishball, fishcake and otah.

Do not eat too much as road ahead is still long.

We did noticed more speed cameras along North South highway, be vigilant and slow down when you see other cars slowing down near hot spots.

Speed Limit for NS Highway is 110kmh, but I normally drive faster.
Use Waze app to get advanced notification of spot-checks ahead 🙂

1230 to 1300 Kfc Bridge at Ayer Keroh (real name is Restoran Jelantas)

(GPS 2.397665 102.220007) is about 115km from Yong Peng. This is the iconic bridge which spans across NS Highway. Exit left when you see the R&R sign for Jelantas.

KFC, A&W and Baskin Robbin’s are waiting. This might be where you wish to top up your petrol for the next 200km, or short toilet break.

Image credit Google Map

1400 to 1500 Drive 130km to Klang area (Exit 214 Nilai Exit, drive towards KLIA and Shah Alam direction)

There are plenty of good food in Klang. These are the ones we visited to/fro from our trip. In fact, food hunting in Klang was high on our Sekinchan Trip itinerary 🙂

1)Restoran Peng Heong (GPS 3.048364, 101.444857) (Rated 4/5)
This is coffee shop, not restaurant. Delicious Hakka food, famous for pork rib. and many others.

Appetising home cooked style, we all love the fried round meatball.

Look for this mosque as you are navigating towards the stall.

2) Regent Pandan Layer Cake (GPS 3.048362, 101.444890) (Rated 4.25/5)

Looks like Bangawan Solo type of pandan cake. But Klang’s version is less sweet and super addictive. Must consume within 2 hours, or keep in fridge.

Please call “+60 3-3371 8382” beforehand to reserve your cake.

*The distance between the food venues are near but the road congestion is bad. Streets are narrow and you need to filter quite frequently.

Try to follow your GPS and exit from the Round-About!
Next, try to ensure your convoy can catch up.

3) Restoran 158 (GPS 3.010268, 101.419470) (rated 3.75/5)

We visited this 肉骨茶 Bak Kut Teh on our return trip. There are many Bak Kut Teh stalls along this stretch of roads.  We reach around 1130 but most of the good stuffs already sold out.

We highlighted another Bak Kut Teh (under the bridge) in our previous trip.

Do not expect super hygienic premise, but we guarantee the soup stork are good 🙂

From Klang, Sekinchan is only 80km away. We arrived around 4pm and drove one round for the sunset view.

Sekinchan Trip
Sekinchan Trip

适耕庄

适耕庄Fields might turn yellow during harvesting period around end May or Nov. Wind down the windows and enjoy the breeze and view. You might see sparrows flying in unison too.

PadiBox homestay
(GPS 3.492957, 101.114076)

Padibox
Padibox

Love our colouful containers, which stands out among the surrounding padi fields. Every window let us peep out to green “meadows”.

Nintendo Mario (wow old school), cycling and billiards kept us entertained.

Our previous container stay at Farmville was a warm experience in the afternoons, even after we full-blast the aircon. PadiBox containers are ok with the aircon. (Maybe Farmville is better now)

Spacious bunk beds for everyone, with a morning view. Do take note this is a 6-pax family room, the smaller rooms might not have a window.

Love the green views !

Looks so poetic right 🙂

   

It is cheaper to book direct, rather than booking.com
PadiBox website here.

N.16 cafe the bus is just next to Padibox
(Gps 3.492867, 101.114068) (rated 3.5/5)

We noticed folks streamed non-stop to visit this bus. Quite a novelty to enjoy your lunch while enjoying the scenery all around.

Food is very Instagrammable too, go for the chicken chop.
(not that there are many options on the menu)

However, beverages and cheese cake are so so only.

We will share more from our Sekinchan trip in the next post. Meanwhile, you may read the following posts and photos first.

Previous 2016 Sekinchan Trip (Farmville stay)
Skymirror trip (Bagan Datoh)
Driving tips for Malaysia

Our 3D2N Photos are in our Facebook album, click here.

*We would recommend two more links for Klang food, read here and here.

 

Sekinchan Paddy Fields and Container Stay

 

适耕庄 Sekinchan Paddy Fields (Google images) beckon to us, 鱼米之乡. Swaying stalks awaiting harvesting, Sundown and Sunrise casting a golden reflection across the horizon.

Take note there are only two Golden periods per year, during harvesting.

Sekinchan Paddy Fields
Sekinchan Paddy Fields

Our Sekinchan trip is dated 2016 May, read our 3D2N post here.

 

Sekinchan 3D2N Fun video (YouTube Link)  .. Got doggie escorts too

On the way North, we stop at Port Klang for Bak Ku Teh. Port Klang is famous for many other food (fish dishes especially) but we only got time for one restaurant.

Restoran Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh (Rated 3.5/5)
(GPS 3.043480, 101.448206)

 

Too herbal but aromatic. It was a good recharge before we proceeded North.Our favourite BKT is still Hwa Mei in Johor.

Google recommended nearby coffee shop for good Kopi and Toast too.
(Chong Kok Kopitiam 中国酒店, GPS 3.042634, 101.449485)

 

The best thing about road trip ids are we can stop and detour as and when we like. Refer map below, we always visit Kluang for 豆沙饼 too (Shop name at end of page)

As we are taking the coastal route, the rural areas present more laid back sceneries 🙂 There are many mosques along the way.

Reached “Container Hotel” . We have seen many F&B from Containers, but not much about accommodation.

 

 

Farm Ville cafe and Homestay (rated 3.75/5)
(GPS 3.50106 101.11100)
http://www.farmvillehomestay.com.my/home

I guess it is the novelty which attracted us. You have paddy fields all around, a short 10 minutes walk to nearby town (breakfast and dinner).

Comfortable bed for 6 pax. However, containers can be very warm during the day, we need to on aircon full blast.

Try to choose second floor for better view, and privacy. Do take note sound proofing might be lacking, we can hear kids playing trampoline on the roof.

Fortunately, roof is off-access from 8 pm onwards.

No4 Xin loves to bounce at the roof terrace. The roof also gave us a good view over the Sekinchan Paddy Fields horizon.

You can rent buggies or bikes to tour the paddy “avenues”.

The concrete structure in the background houses the swallows.

Or you can rent a nostalgic ride from “The House of Ah Ma” souvenir shop too. Driver (and tour guide) included.

 

Kids wanted to chill at the mini swimming pool.

 

We drove nearby for some nice desserts.

Mamawe Cafe (rated 3.5/5)
(GPS 3.507446, 101.102887)

We ordered ice cream and snowy mango for the hot weather. Lunch was chicken chop and black pepper chicken (so so).

Go for snowy mango, cool and refreshing.

There is a mini Night Market at nearby Town Center (Same place as wet market)

 

We woke up early on Day 2 but could not catch the Sunrise. We did spot many friendly dogs.

Coffee and Toast for breakfast and we are ready to go home.

We bidded Sekinchan GoodBye, with one more round of paddy fields. Do not leave Sekinchan without tasting their mangoes!

鱼米之乡
鱼米之乡


Before heading home, we always detour at 居鑾 Kluang for some famous 豆沙饼 (Tau Sar Piah).

Yuen Fatt Biskut 源發餅家
(GPS 2.042024, 103.333510)

Traditional Nasi Lemak anyone? Kluang railway coffee

Kluang Rail coffee – original stall next to Train station
(GPS 2.033543,103.317584)

 

If Sekinchan Paddy Fields are too far away, there are some nearby in Kluang area (previous Farm stay blog post) . But the scale and beauty would be different.

Do pop by our Sekinchan Facebook photos, Day 1 and Day 2.

Our 3D2N Family itinerary is listed below (http://sengkangbabies.com/holiday/3d2n-sekinchan-family-trip)

.. read our 2018 Sekinchan Padibox stay

3D2N Sekinchan family trip