Not sure what to do in Sekinchan? Don’t worry, we were in your shoes once.
With the recent boom of tourism to Sekinchan because of a TVB Drama called Outbound Love, Sekinchan is still a hidden gem in Malaysia with not much information.
That is why we have written this guide on the top things to do in Sekinchan and how you can do them all on a day trip!
How To Get To Sekinchan?
Sekinchan is a small fishing village located in the Sabak Bernam District of Selangor, about 100 kilometers away from Kuala Lumpur. The most convenient option to visit Sekinchan is by renting a car in Kuala Lumpur and taking the 1.5-hour drive.
Though there is public transportation that goes from Kuala Lumpur to Sekinchan, the route requires many stops and a longer time (~2 to 2.5 hours). If you want to do a Sekinchan day trip, it is highly recommended to drive from Kuala Lumpur.
If you insist on taking a bus from KL to Sekinchan, head over to Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) and catch the SPT to Teluk Inan. The bus will pass by Sekinchan where you can disembark.
It is also possible to come from the north as well. Ipoh is a common departure point for Sekinchan. The drive from Ipoh to Sekinchan could take up to 3 hours, making it an unrealistic option for a day trip to Sekinchan. Public buses are also available from Ipoh to Sekinchan, though that would take a much longer time.
Is A Sekinchan Day Trip Enough?
One of the most common questions I get asked about Sekinchan is “Is a Sekinchan one day trip enough?” The answer is: Probably yes.
Sekinchan is beautiful but it is a small fishing village after all. One day in Sekinchan is plenty to see the main Sekinchan attractions.
If you are visiting Sekinchan, chances are you will have your own car or motorcycle. Having your own transportation allows you to easily jump from one Sekinchan attraction to another. Taxi-hailing apps such as Grab can be unreliable in a small town like Sekinchan.
A popular option for traveling in town is by bicycle. There are bicycle rental companies in town with various types of bikes for rent!
Though if you want to enjoy some of the nearby attractions in Kuala Selangor such as the fireflies and Sky Mirror, you might want to consider staying in Sekinchan for 2 days. A weekend in Sekinchan is the ideal amount of time to explore and relax in this beautiful seaside town with stunning rice paddies!
If you are going from KL to Sekinchan, check out our special Sekinchan day tour with Sky Mirror!
Best Time To Visit Sekinchan, Malaysia
If you are visiting Sekinchan, you probably want to see the lush paddy fields. If that is the case, it is important that you come at the right time and not when the rice was just harvested.
Generally, from the middle of March to May and the middle of September to November, you will encounter lush rice paddies. December is harvest season so you won’t find anything.
Depending on how the season is going, the schedule might be a little different than anticipated. It is wise to check with your accommodation in Sekinchan before arriving to check the condition of the paddy fields!
We visited early March and found that some of the fields were already cleared out. The owner of our homestay said the farmers had cleared it a few days ago. If we arrived a few days early or a few weeks later, the paddy fields would’ve been in full bloom!
What To Do In Sekinchan: 11 Best Things To Do In Sekinchan, Malaysia
1. Check Out Amazing Sekinchan Paddy Fields
Though Sekinchan is a fishing village, it is a lot more famous for its beautiful stretches of rice paddies. These rice paddies dominate the landscapes of Sekinchan, and it is probably the best thing to do in Sekinchan.
Visiting the Sekinchan rice paddy fields is a must if you come from a stressful city such as Kuala Lumpur as they remind you of the simpler days. Watch the rice plants flow freely in the wind, listen to the sounds of the birds, and feel your worries dissipate from your body.
Similar to the rice paddies in Bali or Vietnam, they are very picturesque. Blue skies, tall rice plants, and a beautiful flower dress, you have yourself the perfect Instagram photo! Sekinchan is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places in Malaysia!
2. Rent a Bicycle And Ride Around Town
Riding a bicycle is one of the best ways to explore Sekinchan and the paddy fields around it. If you are in Sekinchan without any type of transportation (car or motorcycle), a bicycle will allow you to visit some of the places outside of town.
Luckily for you, there are a few bicycle rental shops in Sekinchan. The most reliable of which is the AMG Bicycle Renting Sekinchan.
Featuring anything from the single-person bike to a family bike (4 persons), AMG Bicycle Renting Sekinchan has a bicycle for any type of travelers. If you are too lazy to paddle, they also have electronic bikes for a higher price!
Be careful if you plan on riding a bicycle in Sekinchan. There is no such thing as a bike lane in Sekinchan!
3. Dine At the Unique N16 Cafe
Any travelers looking for a unique dining establishment must not miss N16 Cafe in Sekinchan. Using an old school bus, the owner has renovated it to become a cafe.
The food is decent but the most promising feature is the spectacular view of the paddy fields nearby. Sip on a cup of home-brewed coffee, have a cake, and enjoy the stunning visuals inside and outside the bus cafe!
The cafe is built on top of a freight container that acts as the kitchen. There is free parking nearby and the famous accommodation Padi Box is right next door. If you are staying in Padi Box (which is what we did), you surely cannot miss the N16 Cafe.
N16 Cafe has air conditioning, making it the perfect place to relax after a visit to the other Sekinchan attractions nearby.
4. Make a Wish At The Sekinchan Wishing Tree
Located on Pantai Redang (Beach Redang), the Sekinchan Wishing Tree is one of the best places to visit in Sekinchan.
As you approach the wishing tree, you will see the numerous red ribbons hanging off the tree. These ribbons are written with wishes from other visitors.
To get your own ribbon, you must make a donation at the adjacent temple. Each red ribbon is tied to an ancient Chinese coin. When tossing your ribbon on the tree, try to get it as high as possible. Legend says that the higher the ribbon lands, the most likely your wish is going to come true!
Don’t forget to keep your wish a secret!
5. Chill At Pantai Redang Beach
If you are already at the Sekinchan Wishing Tree, then Pantai Redang is literally right at your doorstep. Though the quality of the beach cannot compare to those of Langkawi, Pantai Redang still attracts plenty of people on the weekends and holidays.
If you are traveling with family in Malaysia, Pantai Redang is the perfect place to bring your kids. They can spend hours running up and down the soft sands, observing kite-flyers, and swimming in the cold soothing water.
It is impossible to not love the beach in the hot and humid weather of Malaysia!
If you have time, grab a coconut, have some seafood nearby, and wait for the breath-taking sunset to unfold in front of your eyes!
6. Wander Around The Sekinchan Fishing Village
Though Sekinchan is famous for its rice paddies, the village itself is meant to be a fishing village. When you are not taking photos at the rice paddies, stroll around the old streets of Sekinchan. You will encounter numerous seafood restaurants and vendors selling various types of dried seafood.
Not only do you get to see the ending products, but you can also see the difficult types of equipment and ship that fishermen use. If you are from a big city like I am, then the contrast of a small fishing village will be quite interesting.
7. Stuff Yourself With Some Fresh Sekinchan Seafood
One of the many pros of a fishing village is the accessibility to fresh and delicious seafood. Sekinchan is no exception.
The fishing village is populated with many high-quality seafood restaurants at affordable prices. If you are from the western parts of the world, chances are you have never encountered some of those kinds of seafood.
Dishes such as oyster omelet, mantis shrimp, and shark meat are all popular local cuisine. If you are feeling adventurous, make sure you give those a try!
A highly-recommended place for seafood in Sekinchan is Loong Hua Restaurant. Though I have not been there myself, I have heard great things about it! If not, Restoren Wan Lau was personally recommended by a Malaysian friend!
8. Learn About Rice Harvesting At The Paddy Gallery
Besides admiring the lush paddies, one of the best activities in Sekinchan is to learn about the entire process from start to finish.
The Paddy Gallery is an active rice-processing facility as well as a museum featuring exhibits on harvesting and more. Visitors will learn each and every step of the process from the rice paddies to the rice grains we see in the supermarkets.
On the ground floor of the establishment are shops where visitors can purchase souvenirs, snacks, and even rice produced there! On the first floor is the informational museum, where the entrance fee is 5 RM.
It is worth the low price for so much information. Rice might be simple on the service, but the procedure to get it down to the grains is scientific and interesting!
The Paddy Gallery is located in the middle of the paddy fields, offering unparalleled views of the lush surroundings. However, it is quite a trek to arrive. I recommend either renting a bicycle or driving there!
9. Indulge In Fresh Mango Smoothies At Mango King
Located on the outskirts is one of the best things to do in Sekinchan, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Mango King is a small stall located in the midst of the paddy fields, just down the road from the Paddy Gallery.
Here you will find the freshest and sweetest mangoes and mango smoothies in Sekinchan. If there is anything I learned from backpacking Malaysia, it is that nothing beats a refreshing mango smoothie or slushie in the hot Malaysian sun.
After trying their mango specialties, you may want to purchase those seriously addicting mangoes! Thank God they are so affordable!
Mango King also sells snacks and other kinds of beverages!
10. Go Back In Time At Ah Ma House (Grandma’s House)
Ah Ma House is a unique attraction in Sekinchan. Featuring a conglomerate of old things such as film cameras, the Game Boy, the refrigerator-sized TVs, and other items that are beyond my time, stepping into Ah Ma House is like stepping into a time machine.
If I had taken my parents there, they would’ve enjoyed the trip down memory lane tremendously. For me, I was only able to recognize a few of the items. Even then, a sense of nostalgia rushed over me as I stood in awe in the traditional Chinese house.
Besides the antique items and cool historic house, Ah Ma House is known for its home-made cookies and crackers. Those snacks brought back some childhood memories for me. Don’t hesitate to try them when you get the chance!
Across from Ah Ma House is another attraction called the Kampung Atuk (or Grandpa). Though it was closed when we visited, it had empty stands with displays selling traditional snacks. It must be a popular spot in Sekinchan on the weekends or holidays!
11. Visit Kuala Selangor For Fireflies and Sky Mirror
If you have more than one day in Sekinchan, consider visiting the neighboring town Kuala Selangor. Kuala Selangor is a small seaside town similar to Sekinchan, but it has two of the top attractions in Malaysia: Fireflies and Sky Mirror.
Because seeing the fireflies is a night-time activity, it might be difficult to participate if you are on a day trip to Sekinchan. If you can afford to spend more than 1 day in Sekinchan, seeing the fireflies is a must.
Numerous colonies of fireflies roam freely in the mangroves of Kuala Selangor. With the pitch darkness, the flickering of their lights is like stars in the sky!
Sky Mirror is another place worth visiting near Sekinchan. It is a shallow sandbank that appears only during low tides. The result? A magical place where the ground reflects the sky and everything around it. It is somewhat similar to the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) in Bolivia.
All boats to Sky Mirror depart in the early morning, so it is recommended to stay in Sekinchan on Kuala Selangor the night before.
Where To Stay In Sekinchan, Malaysia
Best Unique Hotel In Sekinchan – Padi Box
If there is another thing Sekinchan is famous for, it’s the freight container hotel and homestays. If you are used to staying in 5-star hotels and think this is outrageous, let me convince you otherwise.
The most famous container hotel in Sekinchan is Padi Box. Using recycled freight containers as building structures, this eco-friendly accommodation is not only stylish but strangely comfortable.
The decor of the hotel is adorable, and there are plenty of open areas to get some sun and admire at the rice paddies. It has the amenities of a standard hotel but in a generally fun and relaxing atmosphere.
I highly recommend staying at one of these container hotels in Sekinchan if possible. The other more luxurious container hotel is called Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay.
Best Hotel In Sekinchan – The One Boutique Hotel
If you are looking for a standard clean and comfortable hotel, then consider The One Boutique Hotel. One of the most popular hotels in Sekinchan, The One Boutique provides spacious rooms at an affordable price. Though you won’t find the utmost luxury here, you will find sufficient amenities!
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This is the end of our guide on the things to do in Sekinchan, Malaysia. Hopefully, this has given you an idea of what to do on your Sekinchan trip!
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