Wednesday, 11 October 2017

7 Day Road Trip Malaysia – Sekinchan

Small village Sekinchan, although I have heard about it before being mention now and then by KL folks that this was a daytrip or weekend getaway for the city folks I have never really knew about this place. Last minute search on google showed some amazing photos that was just too good to skip by. One thing for sure, backpackers won’t find their way here that easily with the lack of public transport. 
Rice Paddy Fields of Sekinchan

Paddy Fields of Sekinchan

Lush green paddy fields with roads in-between that cars can easily get up close, it was impossible not to stop and explore. Nearing the town notice the change in scenery, roads with bushes at sidewalk now become roads with greens to the horizon swaying gently to the wind. 

Map wise there was not much but seeing a slip road I drove off the main road and was now driving within the maze of rice paddy fields. A big container in red caught my eye which said 

“Farm Villa Café & Homestay” 

Farm Stay in Sekinchan
Menu for Lunch
*note* this is going to sound like I am promoting them but really … I am just documenting my experience. 

I stopped there for lunch taking the “Nasi lemak special” and of coz cheated and googled wikitravel sekinchan to check out the place. It felt like there was so much more to sekinchan than just the rice paddy fields and I was glad I did decide to get a quick info scouring. 

Classy with Air-conditioning Farmstay for the City Folk
A day trip they say for the city folk but it was a good place to unwind. I was so tempted to spend the night here, just chill and take it slow enjoying the quietness with such closeness to Kuala Lumpur. (it’s only a 2 hours’ drive leisurely). So naturally I check out the price of the farm stay which was made out of shipping containers …. Hmmph …. Cheapest room was RM 98 …. Moving on … moving on …. 

Driving around Sekinchan, I made my way to the rice processing factory (Kilang Beras Sekinchan) which is also a museum for more information of rice farming but alas it was not free, there was a fee for the entry and I now feel Sekinchan has truly become an eco-tourism destination …. It was no longer a hidden destination, but a semi cheap-expensive getaway. 

Sekinchan Rice Factory

Sekinchan Rice Factory
Lots of people renting cycles and cycling under the hot sun. Couples with the cutesy 4 wheel bicycle … I thought the 4 wheel bicycle was brilliant, you get to chat with your partner while exploring instead of one behind slacking while the dummy in front paddle like crazy.  
Bicycling to See Sekinchan is a Thing ...

Cutesy Couple Bicycle to Tour Sekinchan
One house had a sign saying Ah Ma House (Grandma House), with a windmill outside. It was just calling for a stop and peekaboo and what I found was a hand made love letter biscuit factory. The staff was cooking it as I walked in and it was really old school. It’s one of those stories how Dad will tell me they have to do it near Chinese new year flipping one love letter for 1 cents or such so they can sell it later at school. I bought one tin of love letters … it was just nostalgic
Ah Ma House - Sekinchan

Cooking Love Letters - Ah Ma House Sekinchan

Folding Love Letters when its Hot - Ah Ma House - Sekinchan
Then I headed to the fisherman village (I knew where it was coz of wikitravel quick research) and was a place lost in time where one never thought that Malaysia still has fisherman around. Hardship and honest work, I could see the desire to live a better life if they had a chance but now they could only be contended with the passing by tourist.
Entrance to Fisherman Village - Sekinchan

Malaysian Fishing Boats - Sekinchan

Rivermouth of Sekinchan
Wishing Tree of Sekinchan
With the popularity Sekinchan seem to be attracting it’s like more of an annoyance to them since they do not benefit from it. Only those slightly well off sets up restaurant and make a business while the fisherman can only watch as they miss out the opportunity as they don’t have the resources to built a niche homestay or restaurant to capture the tourist money. 

Last stop was the beach in Sekinchan, yep … this small town of Sekinchan has lots to see for a mini holiday with the white sandy beach and an old temple with tree decorated with wishing charms of red. 

Sekinchan Beach
Onwards to Teluk Intan

Travelled on : Nov 2016

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