It’s been such a long time since our last family trip, so even though I had to wake up really early on a Sunday morning, it was worth it 🙂
Anyway, the fam and I went on a daytrip to Sekinchan, a small agricultural and fishing village on the far reaches of Selangor. It has become very popular among local tourists in recent years for its beautiful paddy fields. The village is a 1 1/2 hour drive from KL, and is only accessible by trunk roads. Although the trip is long, the scenic views of quaint Malay villages and small towns along the way make up for it.
One of the attractions in the area is the Sekinchan Wishing Tree at Redang Beach. The place was featured in a Hong Kong TVB drama and has since become THE place for tourists to take photos. The tree itself is a beautiful sight, with hundreds, if not thousands of wishes written on red strips of cloth weighted down with two coins, then thrown over the branches.
Just next to it is a simple wooden temple painted red, where visitors can say prayers and get the wishing knots (or whatever you call them, idk). I’m guessing there’s a small donation to get the knot, but we didn’t get any coz it seemed like a waste of money lol.
While you’re at it, snap a photo at the ‘I Love Sekinchan’ placard at the base of the tree.
So many wishes and hopes. I’m sure a few of them have come true. 🙂 What would you wish for if you could throw a wish onto the Sekinchan Wishing Tree?
Next to the big red tree are a couple of smaller ones and swings, made out of old chairs. I chill for a bit in a hammock underneath the shade. It was cool and breezy; I could have fallen asleep.
Redang Beach is not pretty, if you compare it to places like Ya Nui Beach in Phuket. It’s small but there’s a certain, rustic charm about it. There was a man picking up discarded litter and rubbish from the beach. “Wasn’t that much before the tourists started pouring in,” he lamented when we went to pick shells. People, please, please be more responsible with your trash! A beach is not a garbage dump. If you want to visit a place, leave only footprints and take only memories (and photos).
Speaking of shells, the beach is littered with them. They’re mostly white and grey, but there were a couple of really pretty ones.
A rickety treehouse facing the beach.
For those wanting some cheap produce, there are a few stalls here selling all manner of dried seafood, fermented pastes and snacks like prawn crackers.
We left the beach to go hunt for food. On the way out, we passed by this congested dock, lined on both sides with wooden village houses.
On the suggestion of a local, we stopped by a place called Cha Po Tion. It’s next to a Thai restaurant and can be hard to find coz the signboard is obscured by a tree. The restaurant was packed with customers even though it was only 11am, so we were expecting some good food…
We were sadly disappointed. We initially wanted squid, but were told that they had run out (at 11am?). Service was very slow, and we waited a good 45 minutes for food to come.
Mi got so pissed off she started eating plain rice because her gastric was giving her problems. When the food finally arrived, they messed up our order (gave us Kam Heong Shrimp instead of Oyster Sauce Shrimp) and completely forgot another dish (Kam Heong Lala). We were famished by then so we just dug in with no objections. Who knows how long it would take for them to cook up a fresh batch ?
The Hung Joe (red snapper) (RM30) was almost tasteless and the meat was not fresh. Good fish should have a smooth texture that falls off with each spoonful, but this was flaky and felt dry on the tongue, even with all that sauce. You know you’re in deep shit when the fish you serve at a seafood restaurant in a fishing village isn’t fresh.
The Kam Heong Shrimp (RM16) was slightly better, but they were very stingy on the shrimps, which were miniscule in size, and the dish was mostly stir-fried onions and tomatoes. I would not recommend coming here, despite what the locals say…. or maybe we were just unlucky that we were there on a busy weekend and quality control went down. There are many reviews online which swear by this place.
There is another restaurant further down which is endorsed by a famous celebrity food show host but the prices are more expensive.
CHA PO TION
Jalan Besar Bagan,
Bagan, Sekinchan, 45400, Sekinchan,
Opens at 8am
More of Sekinchan to come!