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)

 

3D2N Sekinchan family trip

3D2N Sekinchan family trip

Imagine a Sekinchan family trip.

Golden padi fields stretching as far as our eyes can see, all ready for harvesting.

适耕庄 Sekinchan is such a piece of abundance. Infact, 适耕庄 (Chinese name) liteally means land-suitable-for-farming, 鱼米之乡.

Sekinchan is in Selangor, 1 hour North of KL. It is about 5 hours, 440km from Singapore (estimated driving speed of 120 to 140kmh).

 

You know you have arrived at Malaysia’s rice bowl when you spot endless fields of padi.

 

鱼米之乡
鱼米之乡

Our Sekinchan family trip was timed to see golden Padi fields, estimated around mid May/Jun and Nov.

We did say Harvesting right, seeing monster tractors in action were COOL!

Right photo below, the padi factory. You will also notice many high-rise buidings designed to nest swallows and their saliva (燕窝 bird nest)

Rice Factory GPS (3.520942, 101.128885)

There are tours to guide you about padi process, from planting to harvesting to packaging and buying of  by-products (photos at Google link)

(L) 南天宫 (GPS 3.523699, 101.142036 )

 

The other highlight for us at Sekinchan was our accommodation. We were staying in container boxes!

Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay (GPS 3.500811, 101.111003)

Pretty innovative and abstract right, there is a small pool too!

We had more details about containers in this post, but you can see photos at Google link. (Just take note that the boxes can be hot during the afternoon, full blast the aircon)

 

This is view from our window, Green and yellow!

 

Map of Sekinchan attractions.

Image credit http://sekinchan.org

If you like nature, old-town, and lots of seafood, try Sekinchan. There are enough activities for families to enjoy a laid back 3D2N.

Sekinchan family Trip
Sekinchan family Trip

This is the famous Beach at Pantai Redang (GPS 3.502855, 101.094474).

You can swim but do not expect white sandy beaches.At the canal entrance, you can spot fishing boats heading out to the sea.

We spotted many “tree-houses” along the coastline. This beach is popular for kites and fishing.

Next up, Dinner. There are many stalls next to the beach area. The stalls are a bit run down, do not expect food court hygiene hee hee 🙂

炸騙集团 caught our name! The shop name means “deep-fried syndicate” haha.

 

Our “seafood dinner” consists of fried squid, prawn (is it mantis shrimp?). Total bill was only RM40, we ordered a second plate of squid as it was good.

 

You will not miss this Coca Cola landmark. Folks would climb up to second floor for a better view of surrounding.

Cool refreshments are always welcome 🙂

Breakfast was a 10 minutes walk for us to Sekinchan’s town area.

You will find coffee shops, bike shops and a wet market. This place is very crowded in the morning.

We did pass by a popular old school coffee shop. (Kedai Kopi )

Wanton noodle seems to be popular with locals.

Bike shops all along this street (GPS 3.506692, 101.106362), prices start from RM30 to RM50 (Quad bike) for 1 hour (or is it 2?).

 

This padi stack (or roll) Ah Ma’s house (Grandma) is popular for photo props.

阿嬷的家 The House of Ah Ma (GPS 3.50760, 101.10848)

You can find nostalgic stuffs and food, popular with souvenir hunters. This egg crepe is their best seller. It may look plain but it is tasty.

Mango King (3.52782, 101.13948)

You will likely see tour coaches before the mango trees.

We had the sweetest mangos ever, and busloads of visitors kept popping up. Try to enjoy the mangos under the trees, for enhanced novelty feel.

If time permits, visit “fishy” Bagan fishing village (3.506837, 101.094621)

Trawlers are back in port, and fishermen busy repairing their nets. Try to spot eels and other local catch.

After seeing the seafood source, seafood restaurants for lunch.

No1 favourite would be 建旗海鲜饭店 (Restoran Jiann Chyi, GPS 3.504834, 101.099031), but queues can be up to 1 hour! We ended up with neighbour “Hai Kang” .

We enjoyed our seafood lunch although Google Reviews are less positive.

After lunch, there are some shops selling local goods (土产). Do buy the normal or coconut egg tart but skip the cendol.

 

Cycling offers a good experience to exercise off the seafood calories. Fresh air, green landscapes, but do avoid the huge quad-bike haha!

We struggled to sustain momentum for this bike over an hour and we got 6 pairs of legs!


Quad-bikes does looks cool for family portraits and Instagram haha.

 

There are minimum cars on the road but we must still exercise vigilance. Just stop anywhere and pose with the padi landscape.

 

More details can be found on Sekinchan website http://www.sekinchan.org

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

This trip was taken in May 2016, we are two years late 🙂

More about our Container hotel at this link.

ps.. We would like to highlight another Fun pace near to Sekinchan. Do Google for 天空之镜 Sky Mirror. I enjoyed my sand-bank and clams exploration with my boy, blog post below.

Sky Mirror in Malaysia is SUPER FUN