Malaysia, Selangor

2024 Review my Sekinchan day trip: things to do, itinerary & best time to visit


Sekinchan is located in the Sabak Bernam District of Selangor, 100 km away from Kuala Lumpur. 

Although it’s a fishing village, Sekinchan is known among tourists for its lush green paddy fields; in fact, its name “Sekinchan” literally means “village suitable for plantation” in the Teo Chew dialect (Chinese). 

I visited Sekinchan twice but the first time wasn’t during the paddy field season. My second trip to Sekinchan went well and was fun, except for the extremely hot weather.

If you are planning your Sekinchan trip, continue reading my post until the end to get all the useful information about Sekinchan, including the paddy field season, the best things to do in Sekinchan, the best time to visit Sekinchan paddy field, and my suggested Sekinchan trip itinerary. 

And don’t hesitate to share and comment with any questions about the Sekinchan trip.

Read more: 16 Awesome places for a short trip from KL in Selangor

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1. The best time to visit Sekinchan

The main attraction in Sekinchan is the paddy rice field; therefore, you need to visit during its paddy field season. In Sekinchan, there are two rice seasons:

  • The first crop is sown in March and harvested in June.
  • The second crop spans from September to November.

So the best time to visit Sekinchan paddy field is between sowing and harvesting month. 

However, keep in mind that the timing may not always align precisely with the above schedule. It could be either a month earlier or later.


  • If you’re staying overnight in Sekinchan, you can inquire with your homestay host about the condition of the paddy fields. Or you can scroll to the FAQs section at the end to see how the color of the Sekinchan paddy field is each month.
  • Avoid traveling to Sekinchan in January, February, July, and August as during these months, instead of lush green rice fields, you’ll see muddy plains.

I had a day trip to Sekinchan in September and here is how it looked:

Sekinchan paddy field in September

Furthermore, you should avoid the rainy season as well. The months of September, October, and November often experience showers, with rain occurring most days. Therefore, if you plan to travel to Sekinchan during those months, you should check the weather forecast when planning your Sekinchan trip’s itinerary.

2. Best things to do in Sekinchan

Snap photos at Sekinchan Paddy Field


The paddy fields are likely the main attraction you’ll want to see during your Sekinchan day trip. 

Renowned for its high rice yields, Sekinchan boasts thousands of acres of paddy fields that are especially stunning when the rice is golden and ripe. 

Taking captivating photos with the backdrop of lush green fields and a blue sky is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Sekinchan.

Visit Paddy Gallery

Sekinchan Paddy Gallery

The Paddy Gallery is where you can witness the process of the paddy plantation. 

Additionally, you can take pictures with the rice seedling transplanter at the main entrance. 

The rice seedling transplanter

If you enjoy snacks, consider purchasing some Mi Xiang Tang packs (Rice crackers); they’re incredibly crispy and flavorful. The owner will offer you free samples to try first. Personally, I like the sesame and cashew nut flavor the most, but it’s a bit pricey at RM 16 per box (just found out that they also sell via This link for only RM 14 haha). 

Yummyyy Rice Cracker

There is also a souvenir shop selling Sekinchan rice and other staple products. We purchased a pack of rice, but the texture and flavor were average; I still prefer Vietnamese and Thai rice.

  • Address: Lot No, Ban 2, 9990, Jalan Tali Air 5, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor (Google Maps)
  • Opening hours: daily, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, 2–5:30 pm
  • Paddy Gallery ticket: RM 5/pax

Enjoy the unique atmosphere of N16 Cafe –  Sekinchan Bus Cafe

Bus Cafe – Sekinchan

It’s such an interesting idea to turn an old school bus into a fully functioning cafe shop.

The cafe serves cake and drinks at an affordable price. If you’re a fan of cheesecake, be sure to order a slice of their Blueberry cheesecake when you visit.

My suggestion is to visit this bus cafe in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun isn’t too intense. This way, you can enjoy the outdoor seats that offer a view of the entire paddy field from about 3 meters above the ground.

  • Address: jalan tali air 4 sekinchan, 45400 Tanjong Karang, Selangor (Google Maps)
  • Opening hours: 11 AM – 7 PM (last order: 6:30 PM)
  • Price range: RM 20-40 per person
  • Note: Not recommended for large group (above 15) as the cafe is pretty small
Bus Cafe – Sekinchan

 💡 Read my review of other places for a short trip from KL:


Make a wish at Sekinchan Wishing tree


Another Instagrammable tourist spot in Sekinchan is the Wishing Tree, adorned with numerous red ribbons.

According to Chinese belief, people write their wishes on these red ribbons, which are then tied to ancient Chinese coins and thrown onto the tree. The higher your ribbon lands, the more likely your wishes will come true. Trust me, it’s not so easy to achieve a high position, haha.


To get a red ribbon, you need to walk up to the Chinese Temple behind the tree. If possible, you can make a donation before taking one; there’s a pen and table provided for writing your wishes.

Opposite the temple, you’ll find souvenir stalls selling dried seafood and other food. According to my Malaysian mother-in-law, the prices are reasonable.

  • Address: 25, Jalan Jpt, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor (Google Maps)
Dried Seafood

Buy some freshly made fish ball 

Mimi Fish Ball

We also visited a fish ball production facility during our trip called Sekinchan Mimi Fishball | 适耕庄咪咪鱼丸. This place sells freshly made fish balls, stuffed beancurds, stuffed tofu, and other steamboat items. The price is as low as RM 0.6- 1.5/ piece.

We bought some fish balls and stuffed tofu to take home and try. The fish balls were crunchy and flavorful, but the tofu wasn’t to my liking.

  • Address: 172a, Jln Bagan, Pekan Sekinchan, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor (Google Maps)
  • Opening hours: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM, every day (close on Tues)

Indulge in a seafood feast

As a fishing village, Sekinchan offers a variety of reasonably-priced and highly-rated restaurants serving fresh seafood. Here are three seafood restaurants you can try:

Halal restaurant in Sekinchan:

  • Chef Danial Halal Chinese Cuisine

Non-halal seafood restaurants in Sekinchan:

  • Boon Kee Restaurant抆记海鲜饭店
  • Restoran Guan Hwat
  • Kim Kee Restaurant

Explore Kuala Selangor

Sky mirror – Kuala Selangor

Kuala Selangor, located about 30 km from Sekinchan, is another fishing village and one of my favorite day trip destinations in Selangor.

It’s known for its unique natural phenomena such as the Sky Mirror, Fireflies, and Blue Tears. However, it’s impossible to participate in all these activities during a day trip, so I recommend choosing just one or considering a 2-day trip.

My detailed review of the Kuala Selangor trip: Click here

Other things to do in Sekinchan

Honestly, I visited Sekinchan on a day trip, so I only focused on the most beautiful and famous places. In addition to the places I mentioned above, here are some other places to visit in Sekinchan that might interest you:

  • Ah Ma House: A bakery shop known for its traditional Kuih Kapit (egg waffle). It has vintage decor and a collection of antiques from the old days, including TVs, furniture, cameras, clocks, and more.
  • Mango King: This place is famous for its fresh mango smoothies, priced at only RM7 per mango. You can even pick the mango for your drink.
  • Bagan Fishing Village: In this fishing village, you can observe fishing boats at the ferry dock and see how fishermen categorize fish by type and size.
  • Pantai Rendang Beach: Honestly, this beach isn’t particularly special. The water is neither clean nor clear, making it unsuitable for swimming, but you can take a walk and enjoy the sunset.
  • MSekin Wonderland: This water theme park is great for bringing your little ones, as most of the games are designed for kids.

Sekinchan tourist map

(Purple pins: recommended restaurants, yellow pins: Sekinchan’s attractions)

3. Sekinchan trips’s itinerary

Itinerary for a Sekinchan day trip

This is the Sekinchan day trip itinerary (by car) I would recommend based on my travel experience and lesson learnt from my trip:

9:00 AM: Depart from KL

10:30 AM: Visit Sekinchan Paddy Gallery and take picture with the rice field (in front of the Paddy Gallery)

11:45 AM: Enjoy mango shake at Mango King

12:30 PM: Have lunch

2:00 PM: Visit the Wishing Tree and buy some souvenirs

3:00 PM: Buy some fish ball at Sekinchan Mimi Fishball | 适耕庄咪咪鱼丸

3:30 PM: Have a drink at N16 Bus cafe 

4:30 PM: Go to Kuala Selangor and join the Firelired and Blue Tears boat tour

7:00 PM: Have dinner

8:00 PM: Return to KL

Itinerary for a 2D1N trip to Sekinchan

Day 1:

9:00 AM: Depart from KL

10:30 AM: Visit Sekinchan Paddy Gallery and take picture with the rice field (in front of the Paddy Gallery)

11:45 AM: Enjoy a mango shake at Mango King

12:30 PM: Go back in time at Ah Ma House

1:30 PM: Have lunch 

2:30 PM: Go back to homestay and rest

3:30 PM: Visit a fish ball production facility – Sekinchan Mimi Fishball | 适耕庄咪咪鱼丸

4:00 PM: Wander around the Bagan fishing village

4:30 PM: Visit the Wishing Tree and buy some souvenirs

5:30 PM: Have a drink at N16 Bus cafe

6:15 PM: Relax at Pantai Redang Beach

7:00 PM: Have dinner

Day 2:

8:00 AM: Depart to Kuala Selangor

9:00 AM: Feed monkeys and enjoy the view from Bukit Malawati 

10:00 AM: Partake in Sky Mirror boat trip

1:00 PM: Enjoy lunch

4:00 PM: Join the Eagle feeding activity – best sunset scene ever!!

6:00 PM: Have dinner

7:00 PM: Watch fireflies and blue tears

8:30 PM: Return to KL

4. How to go to Sekinchan from Kuala Lumpur?

Sekinchan is located about 100 km from Kuala Lumpur, approximately a 1.5-hour drive. There are three ways to get to Sekinchan from Kuala Lumpur:

By Car

It’s highly advisable to travel to Sekinchan by your own private car or motorbike because bus schedules from KL to Sekinchan are not frequent, and finding a Grab driver in this area can be challenging. Therefore, driving on your own is the best option, especially for a day trip. 

If you’re not a local, you can rent a car through This link, with prices starting from RM 120 per day for a 4-seater car (enter code DL6KGF to get RM 20 off ).

If you prefer to rent a car with a driver, don’t hesitate to contact me via WhatsApp at +60 149 776 712 or My Instagram for more information.

By bus

I only recommend taking the bus from KL to Sekinchan if you’re on an overnight trip. Buses depart from TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) or Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) in KL. Bus tickets cost between RM 17 and RM 21, and the journey takes approximately 2 hours (if there is no traffic jam). Tickets can be purchased through This link.

If you also plan to visit Kuala Selangor, there is a SmartKS01 bus connecting Kuala Selangor and Sekinchan. It takes 1.5 hours to travel between the two places by bus (30 minutes on foot plus 1 hour by bus).

By tour

For non-local tourists, joining a tour to Sekinchan is likely the most practical option. Here are some ideal tours to consider:

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5. Best homestays in Sekinchan


Below are some top-rated homestays in Sekinchan:

One Residence Sekinchan 适耕庄无敌海景

  • Address: 5-3-B jalan perdana 1 , Sekinchan perdana One Residence Sekinchan, 45400 Sekincan, Malaysia
  • Price range: about RM 430/ apartment for 8 adults
  • Review score: 8.9/10
  • Book now: Click here

Countryside Homestay

  • Address: NO 5, JALAN INDAH 2/5 TAMAN INDAH 2, 45400 Sekincan, Malaysia
  • Price range: about RM 380/ apartment for 8 adults
  • Review score: 9.0/10
  • Book now: Click here

Sekinchan PaddyView Homestay

  • Address: BLOCK Mahlinja, One Residence Sekinchan, Jalan Perdana 1, 45400 Sekincan, Malaysia 
  • Price range: about RM 420/ apartment for 6 adults
  • Review score: 8.4/10
  • Book now: Click here

Thanks to its beautiful scenery and proximity to Kuala Lumpur, Sekinchan is one of the best places for a day trip in Malaysia from the capital.

And I hope my review of the Sekinchan day trip is helpful to you. I have covered all you need to know about this destination such as Sekinchan paddy field season, best things to do in Sekinchan, the best time to visit Sekinchan paddy field, the Sekinchan day trip itinerary, and more. 

If you have any other questions, feel free to comment below. Thanks for reading!

1. How to go from Ipoh to Sekinchan?

The best way to travel from Ipoh to Sekinchan is by car. The drive takes about 3 hours if there is no traffic jam.

2. where to buy rice in Sekinchan?

In Sekinchan, you can purchase rice, prawn crackers, cereal, and more at the souvenir shop located in the Paddy Gallery.

3. what to eat in Sekinchan?

When traveling to Sekinchan, you must try the seafood, where you can find affordable and fresh crabs, prawns, and fish.

4. When is the paddy field in Sekinchan green?

The below table shows the color of Sekinchan Paddy Field each month. As you can see, the rice field turns green from the beginning of March to mid-May AND from the beginning of September to mid-November.

Month Activity Color of the Paddy Field
Jan – Feb Cleaning up  No 
Beginning of Mar Transplanting Green
Mid of Mar – Mid of May Growing up Whole Green
Mid of May Maturing Golden Yellow
June Harvesting Yellow
July-August Cleaning up No 
Beginning of Sept  Transplanting Green
Mid of Sept – Mid of Nov Growing up Whole Green
Mid of Nov Maturing Golden Yellow
December Harvesting Yellow





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