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.

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