Sekinchan for beginners

Selangor’s rice producing districts has plenty of scenic views and places to explore for those who are new in cycling a folding bike.

HELLO foldies! IN this issue, we head to Sekinchan, Selangor’s ‘rice bowl’ where you can take your folding bicycle for a slow weekend ride.

At the town marker in the outskirts of Sekinchan.

Setting up the ride in Sekinchan town.

For starters, Sekinchan is located North of Selangor, which is roughly about one and a-half hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.
There are many ways to get this quaint little town. You can either drive or even cycle there (I will discuss this later on how to set up a tour to Northern Selangor).

STARTING THE RIDE

The best place to assemble is around the town square. For the car owner, there’s ample parking here even on weekends. So, to get the best out of it, you should head there early in the morning.

The paddy growing season here is something that is very interesting to observe. For the record, the rice growers in Sekinchan are the most successful in Peninsular Malaysia. Riding around here alone, you can cover a vast distance. From the town centre, you can cycle towards Kampung Sekinchan A, which is roughly about 6km away.

Cycling along a paved section next to the paddy fields.

Cycling on the paddy field bund.

Here, there are two Chinese temples that are great photography subjects and if you crave for cup of local coffee and a packet of nasi lemak, you will find it in the coffee shops here.

Tea break at Sekinchan A village.

If you are adventurous, there is a track from Sekinchan to Kampung Sungai Burung where you can actually cross over to a fisherman’s village.
A complete loop is about 40km.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO?

Sekinchan is famous for its seafood restaurants.

Lunch break at the Bagan.

And if you want to see how an offshore fishing vessel is built, there are a couple of workshops where that constructs them.
For restaurant listings, its best to do a ‘Google Search’ where nearly all the makan places here had been blogged to death by foodies.

For the beach commando, there is a track that leads to a seaside area along the district’s coastline. During low-tide, you can see a ‘ship cemetery’ where the remains of some old seafaring vessels are left on the water.

Taking snapshots at a fishing village in Sungai Burung.

A farmer preparing his plot for growing rice.

Since the economic activities here are based on fisheries and agriculture, you can check out the seafood sorting areas as well as paddy processing factories in the area.

Accommodation are pretty limited in Sekinchan. One of the highly-recommended hotels here is the Harbour hotel.
The best experience would be at a homestay facility.

Harbour hotel in Sekinchan.

CONCLUSION

If you are a beginner who wants more than just cycling in loops around your neighbourhood, Sekinchan is worth considering.
The roads are pretty safe here and there’s a vast area for you to cover.

Curious kids checking out Samo's bicycle.

Samo, cycling in Sekinchan

There are no undulating terrain here as its mainly flat. And since its near the shoreline, it would be advisable to put on some sun-screen to prevent your skin from being burnt. On the level of difficulty, the ride here would be easy.

By Samo
samcheong@gmail.com

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