Sekinchan is slightly over an hour’s drive from the city. Leave early to get there before it gets too hot and too crowded. You will be rewarded with vast green paddy fields and a busy fishing village.
Don’t expect a small and peaceful village-town. It may have been once upon a time, but now that city folk have discovered it’s charms, it gets pretty busy, especially on weekends. The main attraction are the swathes of green paddy fields that glisten under the sun. Take time to go around the fields – you may even find a paddy farmer hard at work.
It is worth checking when you want to go. During the harvesting season, the field is a golden shimmer but during the resting season, there may not be much to see.
We managed to buy some love letters at Ah Ma House. The paddy factories are worth exploring. We had two hungry kids so didn’t make it for either the factory or the cart tour of the agricultural area.
Bagan Fishing Village, Sekinchan
Bagan is a small fishing village close by that boasts lots of delicious seafood restaurants. We realised a little too late that if we wanted to buy some of the daily haul right from the fishing boats, an ice box would have been good to have! Something to remember for our next trip.
On the way back, don’t forget to stop at the roadside stalls that sell fruit – mangoes, corn and water guava (jambu air) are all locally grown. There are lots of stalls selling similar fruits, so just keep an eye out as you are leaving.
All in, Sekinchan is a nice few hours away from the city and a peek into village life with nice seafood lunch thrown in at the fraction of prices we get in KL. Just make sure to go early – otherwise you find yourself baking under the scorching sun.
Fraser’s Hill is also great as day trip from KL. Read about it here.