Things To Do In Sekinchan

Sekinchan is an easy day trip or a weekend getaway from Kuala Lumpur with its own set of attractions that are very different from what urban city life has to offer.  

Sekinchan’s stunning paddy fields, glorious seafood, and the famous wishing tree are just some of the sights that will bowl you over.

This once sleepy fishing village is now a thriving tourism hub offering wholesome activities for anyone yearning for a change in scenery. Just check out this guide!

15 Best Things To Do In Sekinchan

1. Sekinchan Beach

While Pantai Redang beach may not boast crystal clear waters or powdery fine sand, it offers ample opportunities to create Instagram-worthy shots.

Weekend Crowd At Pantai Redang In Sekinchan
Weekend Crowd At Pantai Redang In Sekinchan – Photo credits to travelswithsun

Strike a pose at the giant “I Love Sekinchan” signboard, fly a kite with the strong ocean breeze here, or look upon mesmerizing sunsets.

For avid bird watchers, find yourself a secluded spot during early morning hours or the late evening, and watch migratory birds take flight.

Else, you can always try to spot hermit crabs scurrying around for food on this muddy coast!

2. Visit Paddy Field Sekinchan & Paddy Museum Sekinchan

Marvel at the magnificent carpets of rolling paddy fields against a backdrop of clear blue skies at The Paddy Gallery!

What the Sekinchan rice paddy field looks like when the rice shoots are still fairly young - when to visit and more on www.travelswithsun.com
What the Sekinchan rice paddy field looks after planting season – Photo credits to travelswithsun

However, you should time your visit right to immortalize the best view for the Gram:

The best time to visit Sekinchan paddy fields is in March / April or September / October.

This is the pre-harvest season so there will be lush masses of green paddy stalks! For a golden sea of swaying grains, come in December instead when the paddy ripens for harvest season!

To learn more about paddy plantation and processing, make a pit stop at the Paddy Museum Sekinchan for a small fee of RM5.

Inside The Rice Processing Plant At Sekinchan
Inside The Rice Processing Plant At Sekinchan – Photo credits to travelswithsun

At the museum, you’ll also find different types of rice sold.

3. Sekinchan Fishing Village And Sekinchan Jetty

Another must-see attraction in Sekinchan is the Sekinchan Fishing Village and jetty.

Quiet Bagan Fishing Village Of Sekinchan
Quiet Bagan Fishing Village Of Sekinchan – Photo credits to travelswithsun

Swing by The Bagan, the main fishing village located along the river and just a 6-minute drive from Pantai Redang. See fishermen unload their ocean bounty, while other workers sort their catch by type and size.

If you can catch the fishermen as they head out to the ocean, the atmosphere is quiet and tranquil, with womenfolk’ sun-drying fishes and packing them for sale.

Bring back a pack of Sekinchan salted fish or fresh seafood straight from the sea!

4. Ah Ma House Sekinchan

Reminiscent of an old provision shop, Ah Ma’s house doubles as a quaint bakery shop with bakers making love letters on the side.

Ah Ma House 阿嬤的家 at Sekinchan
Ah Ma House 阿嬤的家 at Sekinchan. (Photo credits: florence-mycottage.blogspot.com)

This blast from the past is a wistful walk down memory lane with many familiar items like vintage tiffin carriers, candies sold during primary school days, and wooden netted cupboards.

Revisit your childhood years by picking up nostalgic snacks, titbits, paraphernalia, etc from Ah Ma House Sekinchan.

5. Sekinchan Coconut Farm

When the heat gets unbearable, savor fragrant coconut drinks and a variety of snacks over at the Sekinchan Coconut Farm.

Previously an unknown hidden gem, this scenic strip of stalls under lush coconut trees is now famous for its fragrant pandan coconut drink and coconut milkshake.

Tables under umbrellas provide a much-needed reprieve from the scorching sun and occasional rain. Patrons can refuel over a bowl of Oden, waffles, and other treats too.

Since it became viral, the crowd has noticeably increased. Do note that this farm operates only on weekends.

6. Sekinchan Fish Market

Aside from visiting the Sekinchan Fishing Village and Sekinchan Jetty:

You can buy seafood at wholesale prices at the Sekinchan Fish Market, which also goes by the name, Hai Seng Huat Fishery Sdn. Bhd.

Look out for your favorite seafood at their freshest with rates that are much cheaper than what you normally see in KL and PJ.

The market is well-organized, hygienic, and spacious. They sell polystyrene boxes to contain your purchase (so you might want to bring your own). Along with complimentary cleaning and cutting services too.

Note: For customers who run out of cash, fret not as various e-wallet payments are accepted.

But to secure the best catch from the ocean, do arrive before noon as this is when the fishermen unload the haul from their boats.

While this place will thrill Tai Tai’s*, bored kids can enjoy the stunning view of the boats docking and departing from the second and third floor.

*local term for the matriarch of the house or wealthy housewife

7. Wishing Tree Sekinchan

Close to Pantai Redang is the Wishing Tree at Sekinchan – this photogenic spot which shot to fame after it was featured in a Hong Kong TVB drama.

Red ribbons and charms hanging from the wish tree at Sekinchan
Red ribbons and charms hanging from the wish tree at Sekinchan – Photo credits to travelswithsun

With hundreds of red ribbons dangling from the tree, it’s a sight to behold and an opportunistic snapshot not to be missed.

Visitors can pen their wishes on a strip of red cloth weighed down by two coins and toss them over the tree’s branches.

Locals believe that the higher your strip hangs, the brighter your prospects for the wish to come true!

8. Sekinchan Seafood

Of course, you should take advantage of the comparatively lower prices to indulge in mouth-watering seafood – there are restaurants at every nook and cranny of Sekinchan!

Chili Crab At Weng Kee Seafood Restaurant, Sekinchan
Chili Crab At Weng Kee Seafood Restaurant, Sekinchan – Photo credits to shinichikasai (Instagram)

But while it’s quite certain that you will be getting the freshest marine cuisine at Sekinchan, not all restaurants serve up the best standards.

Jalan Bagan is a famous stretch with many seafood restaurants. Several reputable restaurants to look out for here are Restoran Guan Hwat, Restaurant Kim Kee, and Kedai Makanan Seafood Kampung Sekinchan. Check out the full list here for more of the best seafood restaurants in Sekinchan.

The prices of seafood at Sekinchan is generally very affordable. You could walk away after a satiating seafood meal for 3 at just below RM80, or less than RM 200 for a group of 6 to 8 pax!

9. Dahlan Lemon Myrtle Plantations

Scenic and expansive with endless rows of lemon myrtle, this plantation opens to refreshing views with tea ready for sampling.

The verdant greenery and fragrant aroma of this place make it a perfect location for wedding snapshots and birthday photoshoots.

Dahlan Lemon Myrtle Plantations is run by a husband and wife team, discover all you need to know about processing and cultivating this native Australian herb here.

You’ll also gain invaluable insight on the health benefits of the lemon myrtle.To secure your educational tour, do contact the owners before coming.

10. Mango King

Mango King is a nondescript stall selling mangoes and local fruits in the front yard of a corner house.

Mango King at Sekinchan
Mango King at Sekinchan. (Photo credits: visitmalaysia.info)

But the star attraction here is non-other than the creamy mango smoothie that’s loaded generously with mango pulp!

It’s also a worthy stopover for local fruit connoisseurs scouting for the finest harvest.

Load your shopping baskets with guavas, passion fruit, jackfruit, passion fruit, prawn crackers, and rojak! (mix fruit salad).

Take the opportunity to capture more photos of paddy fields from across the shop too.

Note: Parking can be tricky when there is a huge crowd as the lanes are narrow. 

11. One Stop Corn Sekinchan Selangor

If you fancy learning about corn plantations and how they harvest a bumper crop – you can also learn how to recognize ripping corn:

Head over to this corn plantation in Sekinchan.

It’s a newly discovered gem that provides walkabout education tours at the corn farm. You can try your hand and being a farmer for a day and harvest one ripe corn each!

Many corn products are sold here too such as steamed corn, corn cookies, corn starch, and a variety of corn snacks.

Be sure to make a reservation before visiting to secure your tour.

This corn farm in Sekinchan also accepts group tours for preschoolers or students from universities and other educational institutions.

12. Sekinchan Nan Tian Gong Jiu Wang Ye (南天宫九皇大帝)

If you still can’t get over the panoramic views of the Sekinchan’s paddy fields, then the Nine Emperors God Temple will give you a fantastic vantage point.

Nan Tian Temple at Sekinchan
Nan Tian Temple at Sekinchan (Photo credits to visitmalaysia.info)

Since they look right over a paddy field, the two front towers of the temple offer unobstructed views. May and November are prime months to make a trip here to admire the paddy fields in full bloom.

As a bonus, there is ample parking space and a typically small crowd visiting this iconic temple in Sekinchan.

13. Swiftlet Farming

Dubbed as a rare delicacy and luxurious health tonic among the traditional Chinese community, the demand for bird nest soup has caused swiftlet farms to mushroom in Sekinchan.

A swiftlet house in Sekinchan
A swiftlet house in Sekinchan – Photo credits to travelswithsun

These gray swiftlet houses sport a boxy concrete façade with artificial bird calls to lure birds in.

They are the commercialized alternative to the natural cave environments that these birds seek. Eliminating the dangers of nest harvesting and resulting in cleaner birds’ nests.

With over 350 blocks of swiftlet house in Sekinchan, you’ll see many in the middle of paddy fields.

14. Cycle Around Sekinchan

If you don’t mind the sweltering heat, cycling is a great way to explore Sekinchan’s rice fields and tourist spots.

The off-road paths along Pantai Redang to Pasir Panjang make for an exhilarating ride with a scenic backdrop of the sea.

Explore the beauty of Bagan and discover cottage industries that produce Yong Tau Foo*, crackers, and rice products too.

Slower traffic during the weekdays makes the ride safer and more enjoyable.

Bicycles are easily available for rent at most hotels and rental shops such as AMG Bicycle. The average rate to rent is RM10 per hour.

*A Hakka Chinese dish comprising of vegetables and tofu stuffed with fish paste or minced meat

AMG Bicycle Renting Sekinchan:

15. Kuala Selangor Sky Mirror And Fireflies

Strategically located where the Selangor River meets the sea, Kuala Selangor is blessed with lush mangroves and wide rivers with thriving biodiversity.

In fact, Kuala Selangor capitalizes on ecotourism to its best advantage, with the Sky Mirror tours being a popular tourist attraction:

The unique seabed along Sasaran Beach elusively appears only during low tide. Tourists get to pose in epic shots with a mirror-like reflection on the sea bed under the guidance of an experienced crew that includes photographers.

Cap the tour to Kuala Selangor with a visit to a firefly park where you can board a night river cruise for a magical experience ahead, with fireflies twinkling on the trees in pitch darkness!

Conclusion

With this extensive list of what to do in Sekinchan, finding an interesting activity for kids and adults is a walk in a park.

There are so many places to visit in Sekinchan, so it’s best to lay down your itinerary carefully if you’re only going to be there for a day.

As for accommodation, there are just as many top-notch homestays in Sekinchan or Sekinchan hotels that you can book!

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