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.

 

Tioman family itinerary

Tioman Family itinerary, this is the last post of our Tioman 4D3N trip. We will share all the Fun activities which families can enjoy on Tioman Island.

Our previous Tioman blog posts :
-Road trip (http://sengkangbabies.com/holiday/tioman-road-trip )
-Snorkel and X Rector Minsu (http://sengkangbabies.com/holiday/tioman-snorkeling-and-x-rector-minsu)

Without a doubt, Tioman best activity is snorkeling (we have two snorkel packages to giveaway from X Rector, ending 14 July 2018)

snorkeling in Tioman
snorkeling in Tioman

As we could not book extra night at X Rector due to full house, we stayed one night with “Island Reef” (Bare necessities for Rm 160 per night, a bit run down, but it serves our needs).

 

Before we proceed further, checkout our YouTube (Link) for our fun family activities on Tioman island.

Kayaking anyone?

Very safe here, minimum current and no sharp corals. Kayak fees are about RM40 per hour

Cycling and Kayaking rentals are available at selected resorts or stalls.
We got our kayaks from Impiana Inn, 30 RM per hour (but boss let us rent extra hour free).

Tioman Family itinerary
Tioman Family itinerary

Kayak can actually fit 3 pax 🙂

 

Fish bait anyone? You can feed the bread to the fishes when you go for island hopping. Kampong Genting’s shoreline might have limited shoals of fishes, you need to snorkel 50m out to see the nice corals.

Cycling anyone? Explore the island on wheels.

No matter where we cycle, we always get to see the sea.
Take note there are plenty of slopes on the island!

 

Tioman family activities

 

You will smell mangos along the way, and we stopped a few times to chase after the chickens.

Motorbike rental is not expensive, and no license required. But the town is super small, so we did a lot of walking.

But if you wish to enjoy some thrills, why not? Rental is cheap!

Below bikes are not for rental, we were just posing for fun.

Walking to and fro from X Rector to the jetty. Jetty area will have some provision shops. Walking to our lunch and dinner spots etc.

Be prepared for a lot of walking 🙂

Ramly burgers, every night! Rm5 only and tasty. This is the one and only stall in our Kampong, next to jetty.

Prata and Mee Goreng breakfast at Jetty area also recommended

Along the ways, kids always make a beeline for the jetty.

Fishing maybe?

Infact, kids love to checkout fisherman’s latest catch at the jetty, day and night. If time permits, I would have love to go fishing with them.

There are always shoal of fishes huddling under the jetty.

Two other things we noticed while exploring Tioman. There are a LOT of rocks and cats.

The ROCKs are on the island, inside the forest and under the sea!

 

The cats are near your cafe and restaurants haha.

 

Eastern end of Kampong Genting, there are some mangroves in the creek.

More dive shops, this corner has more sands (rather than rocks).

 

Beach fun, Sandcastles or building reservoirs or drains.

There are always some family activities to keep the kids entertained. We would catch hermit crabs in our “swimming pool” or try to block the waves.

 

We can add many more activities to our Tioman family itinerary. Anything but mobile phones, kids will be near to nature and sun.

We did not do trekking and waterfall this round (3 to 4 hours round trip). There are two popular waterfalls in Tioman, Seah Waterfall and Juara waterfall. If you are keen, there is a 1000m Mountain for you to hike too!

Additional tips :

1)Read our previous road trip tips from Singapore to Mersing.

Tioman 4D3N blog posts :
Tioman Snorkeling –http://sengkangbabies.com/holiday/tioman-snorkeling-and-x-rector-minsu
Tioman Road Trip –http://sengkangbabies.com/holiday/tioman-road-trip
Tioman Family Itinerary –http://sengkangbabies.com/holiday/tioman-family-itinerary

  • 2)Do pop by our Facebook album for more Fun photos (Facebook link)

3)If you are going near the beach, spray some insect repellent on your legs. Me and no1 was bitten by sand flies. We did not spot them but only felt the itch after 2 or 3 days.

ps.. Follow our Instagram tag #SengkangBabiesJohor for more JB adventures