Discover Sekinchan’s famous paddy fields and intricate designs of the majestic temples before experiencing the unique sky mirror attraction!
Day 1 - Sri Shakti Temple / Ah Ma House / Paddy Gallery / Nan Tian Temple / Pantai Redang / Bukit Melawati / Qi Jian Xian Shi Fo Zu Gu Miao / Eagle Watching / Fireflies
We will start off with a friendly meet and greet with our representative as we depart from Kuala Lumpur to Sekinchan. Along the journey, you will be able to catch sight of vast oil palm plantations, a vital part of Malaysia’s economy. Our adventure kicks start with Sri Shakti Devasthanam Temple, a magnificent Hindu temple located on Bukit Rotan. The temple is believed to have been around for over a century and was formerly known as the Arulmigu Sri Maha Mariamman. Admire the unique architecture and catch beautiful shots of the majestic temple.
The South Indian-style temple consists of an intricately designed 5 tier gopuram entrance tower. Skilled craftsmen from India were involved in the process of building on the project and took four years to complete. The elegantly chiselled walls are the walls of the first temple who features 51 Shakti Peedam statues from different countries. These statues represent the 51 Shakti Peedam which are places of worship to the goddess Shakti located across various locations of the Indian sub-continent.
Next up on our adventure is the famous Ah Ma House. Located on the paddy field side of the Sekinchan town, where we will have a quick photo stop for you to capture wonderful memories, this traditional shop specialises in cakes and other traditional pastries and snacks such as kuih kapit (love letters), pineapple tarts and more that are available for purchase.
Ah Ma in Hokkien translates to grandmother and indeed this traditional village house made of timber-plank tugs at your heartstrings as it gives you a very nostalgic feeling. Decorated with traditional furniture, this place easily becomes a famous attraction as it offers a larger variety of traditional snacks that may not be so easily found in bigger cities. The mock up windmill outside the Ah Ma House provides a place for lovers to hang a name-engraved pendant to bless their everlasting love.
Next, we will proceed towards the Paddy Gallery. This famous attraction is also a paddy processing factory and is surrounded by a sea of lush green or golden paddy field, depending on the season. You may make a quick photo stop here to capture the neat green sea of paddy plants. We will be exploring the museum where a short video of the rice processing steps is displayed, from the seed soaking to seed planting and rice nursery raising, which are all carried out in a nursery as opposed to the conventional public understanding of planting rice.
The rice nurseries are uniformly arranged in forms of strips and are rolled out onto the field, where the land is further prepared for weeding, fertilisation as well as land flooding and finally, harvesting. You will be able to roam about the factory as well and explore the development in machinery from the past generations leading up to the modern times. At the end of the museum is a souvenir shop selling various rice products, including the popular Pearl Rice.
Following that, we will head towards the Nan Tian Temple, or also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Temple, is a beautifully structured place of worship that is located in the middle of Paddy Field. The most important religious event in Sekinchan, is the celebration of the Nine Emperor Gods which lasts for a ten-day period by the worshippers. This celebration is from the 1st to the 9th of the Ninth Month of the Lunar Calendar. Climb to the top of the towers at the side of the temple to enjoy the breathtaking view of the surrounding paddy fields.
To satisfy your hunger, a delicious lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After your appetite has been fulfilled, we will head towards Pantai Redang. This fast growing tourist attraction gained its fame when a Hong Kong television drama series shot scenes on this beach. Due to its picturesque beauty and relaxing vibes, make sure that you get some shots here too, especially the iconic tree house and a big banner that reads ‘I love Sekinchan’ in Chinese.
Another feature of this place is the Wishing Tree. This giant tree is filled with hundreds and hundreds of red entangled ribbons and it is believed that if you make a wish and throw a red ribbon that is knotted with coins onto the tree, your wish will come true. You can obtain the red ribbon from the Chinese Temple beside the Wishing Tree and write your wish upon the ribbon before throwing it onto the tree. We will then resume our journey towards Kuala Selangor.
Upon arrival in Kuala Selangor, we will make a stop at Bukit Melawati to visit the Royal Mausoleum. The top of Bukit Melawati offers an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the Selangor coastline. Apart from being a historical site, Bukit Melawati is also home to Silver-Leafed Monkeys and Long-Tailed Macaques. The Silver-Leafed Monkeys are relatively more gentle however, the Long-Tailed Macaques can get quite mischievous, hence caution should be exercised as they are wild animals after all.
The Royal Mausoleum is the burial ground for Selangor’s first three Sultans; Sultan Salahuddin (1742-1778), Sultan Ibrahim (1778-1826) and Sultan Mahmud (1826-1857). Royal family members of the three Sultans were also laid to rest here. Other attractions at Bukit Melawati also include the Poisoned Well, where it was used to torture or execute traitors by putting them in the well and filling the well with a poisonous mixture of juice from latex and bamboo shoots. We will also stop at the Fort Altingsburg, named after the Dutch Governor of Malacca, that was built under Sultan Ibrahim before the Dutch took over.
Next, we will proceed towards Qi Jian Xian Shi Fo Zu Gu Miao, a uniquely carved Chinese temple with a cave-like structure built on its top. There is an eye-catching sculpture of the deity on the main door of the temple before entering the temple. The large interior hall is filled with a number of murals of deities along each side of its walls. The deities appear to be sitting much deeper into the cave as results of the illusion created by the wonderful design and lighting of the interesting cave looking altar. You may also climb up the grand staircase to the top floor.
Hop on a boat and head out to Selangor River as you get to experience eagle feeding, where eagles fly in the sky, circling and waiting to be fed. Witness as your guide tosses chicken entrails to the river as the hovering eagles swoop across the water and effortlessly snatches up their food with their sharp talons. It is an impressive sight as you enjoy the kind windy breeze.
We will then stop at a local restaurant for you to replenish your energy before we head to our final destination for the day, to watch fireflies. Immerse yourself in the mesmerising display of fireflies as you glide along the river, closer to the synchronised rhythmic flashing of the scintillating display. This enchanting experience in the mangrove swamp of Kampung Kuantan is definitely one that will always remain a beautiful memory. Kuala Selangor is known to have one of the world’s biggest firefly colonies.
After enjoying the fascinating display, we will head to your hotel for a quick check in before you turn in for the night.
Day 2 - Sky Mirror
Dig into the scrumptious breakfast at the hotel to kick start your day before a quick check out. We will begin the day’s adventure by heading towards the much awaited Sky Mirror. The mirror-like reflection of the sky on a mystery island awarded Sky Mirror its name and only emerges for several days a month. It was also known as Malaysia’s own Salar de Uyuni, following Bolivia’s similar natural wonder.
Along your journey to the island, a large flock of seagulls can be seen flying freely across the skies. An abundance of sea clams and baby clams are spread across the sand. These tiny eye-catching wonders shine like diamonds under the sunlight. Other fascinating marine life that can be found are shore-crabs, bamboo clams, sea snails, sea anemones, bailer shells and many others. Located at Sasaran Beach, the shallow waters reflects the sky twice a month to produce a unique photography opportunity. Have fun and capture many wonderful memories at this interesting attraction!
On the way back from Sasaran Beach, we will pass many islands, one of which is Pulau Angsa, now an abandoned resort project. However, it is still a good fishing spot enjoyed by many fishermen. We will then enjoy lunch served at a local restaurant before our adventure comes to an end and you will be transferred back to Kuala Lumpur.