Essential Travel Information to Sekinchan
Overview of Sekinchan
Sekinchan Paddy Field is a small town located in Sabak Bernam within the state of Selangor, Malaysia. Though it is small, it is also one of the most important rice producing areas in Malaysia. Blessed with well-irrigated paddy fields, Sekinchan produces the highest yields of rice in the country.
Aside from rice production, Sekinchan is also a known fishing village with visitors both local and international flocking over to taste some of the freshest seafood.
The village is also the site of a local Chinese drama called 'The Seeds of Life'.
What to Do
There are plenty of things to do in Sekinchan and below are just some of our favourites:
Make your way to Redang Beach to make some wishes at the Sekinchan Wishing Tree. With thousands of red ribbons hanging from branches containing people’s individual wishes, you can bet that it’s also a great place for an Instagram-worthy photo shoot. If you’re interested to have your wish on the tree, you can make a small donation to the nearby temple before you get the red ribbon to write your wish on.
There are also other places where you can take a picture without having to pay! Sekinchan is famous for their vast paddy fields and some of them provide the perfect background, with clear blue skies and verdant fields to invoke envy from friends!
Sekinchan is a popular spot for kite flying as the winds are quite strong. You can purchase kites from the local vendors and get started on learning how to fly one!
Visit the fishing village to witness first-hand the lives of the local fishermen at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Educational and Cultural
With the small town known for its rice production, you can learn all about how the rice is processed at the Paddy Processing Factory & Gallery. You will be charged a small fee to enter but it’s a great experience, especially if you’re a family with children.
You can also choose to visit temples, as there are plenty in Sekinchan. The most famous temple is the Nan Tian temple.
Kuala Selangor, famous for its night firefly tour is a short 30 minutes drive away from Sekinchan which is easily doable after a day tour.
When is the Best Time to Visit Sekinchan
Sekinchan is suitable to visit all year but this also depends on the monsoon season. It is recommended that travellers visit during the dry season, typically between the months of March to September.
How to Get to Sekinchan
You can reach Sekinchan by car, which will take about 1 and a half hours from Kuala Lumpur City Centre. This makes visiting the small town perfect for a day trip! Aside from driving, you can also opt to go by bus from the Puduraya Bus Terminal.
However, visitors are encouraged to book a day-tour van for easier access to tourist spots; this is also a good and convenient choice if you’re a non-local tourist.
How to Get Around
If you are self-driving, it will be relatively easy to get around Sekinchan as attractions are never too far from each other.
What to Eat
Fresh seafood should be on your list when visiting Sekinchan! Not only are they inexpensive, there are plenty of popular seafood restaurants to choose from too! Bagan Sekinchan Restaurant is one of the famous eateries that serves local Chinese cuisine.
However, you won’t always be guaranteed a table as restaurants are typically packed. To avoid disappointment, do make a call to reserve a table in advance. Some restaurants you can try out are Loong Hua and Cha Po Tion.
Besides seafood, giant mangoes are also the village’s main foodie attraction. At Mango King, located near the Paddy Processing Factory, you can get your hands on some juicy giant mangoes as well as other tropical fruits such as guavas and soursops.
What to Buy
Locally Made Keropok (or Chips)
Don’t leave without stocking up on some local keropok or chips as known in the Malay language! There are plenty of flavours to choose from, whether you’re craving savoury prawn or sweet potato. You can purchase them ready fried or individually packed at a street stall located opposite the Jiann Chyi Restaurant in Bagan.
Where to Stay
There are several homestays and hostels dotted around Sekinchan that you can choose to stay in. These include Padi Box, Farm Ville Café & Homestay, Sekinchan View Homestay, and Lavender One Residence Apartment.
What to Wear
Sekinchan is a laidback town so comfortable clothing and footwear is the best way to dress. It can get quite hot so bring along sunscreen and a hat or a cap to protect yourself from the sun rays.