After a restful night back at De Palma Hotel, we were fully recharged for our 2nd day of familiarisation trip in Selangor with Tourism Selangor! We started the day with a motorboat ride along Sungei Buloh that would take us to Sasaran Beach and see one of the most famous attractions in Selangor – Sky Mirror 天空之境.
Selangor Familiarisation Trip with Tourism Selangor – Sky Mirror 天空之境
Sky Mirror also known as the secret island, only appears twice a month and lasts for approximately 2-3 days each, due to the rising and falling of the tides. Unfortunately, it was not the time to see the Sky Mirror while we were there but there were other things we could view too.
Here are the examples of how the sky mirror looks like when the tide is low.
(Pictures Courtesy of Tourism Selangor)
The guide brought us round Pulau Angsar, an abandoned resort project. Just to have a closer look at the island. We stopped by a few fishermen and saw how they harvested their seafood. It was an experience that could not be replicated in an urban city lifestyle. We also witnessed how cockles were processed accordingly before they were brought to be sold.
Thereafter, we were taken to lunch at Pasir Penambang Riverview Restaurant. It is literally a restaurant by the river which leads to the straits of Malacca. Nearby the restaurant, are rows of shops selling dried goods such as fish maw, dried shrimps which are reasonably priced as well.
Selangor Familiarisation Trip with Tourism Selangor – Sekinchan
After lunch we proceeded to a small town in the state of Selangor, Sekinchan. Sekinchan, also widely known to the locals as a “village suitable for plantation” is one of the major exports of rice in Malaysia. Although harvest period was over when we arrived, but we were still able to enjoy the scenery as well as learn more about how bird’s nests are cultivated. Corns are aplenty at Sekinchan as well.
Below is a table to show you a rough guide on when are the harvest periods. Information Courtesy of Sekinchan.org
We visited a paddy gallery where a staff briefly explained the vast variety of rice choices and the different purpose each has in cooking. There was even a short video further elaborating on how the process of rice planting has evolved over time, increasing in efficiency. It was very engaging and educational session, perfect for those educational school trips.
Selangor Familiarisation Trip with Tourism Selangor – Mango King Sekinchan
We had a brief stopover at Mango King Sekinchan where we had the opportunity to taste some fresh mangoes. Mango King is known for its large-as-your-arm succulent mangoes. Sounds like an exploration opportunity not to be missed! At first we noticed that the mangoes were green and were wondering if they were even riped (we casually assumed that all mangoes were orangey-yellow when riped). After tasting it, we were indeed fooled by its greenish appearance! Although green, these mangoes were one of the sweetest we have tasted! We could not resist buying a refreshing serving of ice mango shake to beat the heat. Delicious! Mango King sure lives up to its name!
Sekinchan is filled with so much history from being a fishing village initially to becoming a paddy field. Corn and mangoes grow especially well here. Surrounded by plantation and swallows flying freely around the area. This is indeed a great place to de-stress and unwind in the serenity of nature and indulge in the sweetness of the its produce (another round of mangoes anyone?). Definitely a town worth visiting.
To end off the evening, we were treated to a home stay out in the fields…with actual accommodations of course
Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by our hosts. A 15 minute drive on the sandy roads later, we arrived at the Kampung.
Our hosts had a huge piece of land to themselves. Although the house was built in 1976, it was fully furnished and well maintained. It gave a rustic feel – yet another experience that we cannot experience in the city.
Fortunately for us, our host was previously a chef on TV3 where she goes on to share cooking and culinary ideas. For dinner, she cooked us catfish in cream sauce, chicken etc. Sedap! During home stays, don’t expect to have air conditioning, it does get cold at night though. Expect to have cats roaming around freely in the house. Our home stay had 9 of them. Also, there were flies bigger than those back in Singapore. Tons of mozzies. But hey, its all part of the experience living away from the city! Definitely worth a try! Although the stay was only for a night it was enjoyable and fun. A whole new experience indeed.
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Hope you have enjoyed this coverage of our familiarisation trip to Selangor. Stay tuned for day 3 as we check out other attractions in Sekinchan Selangor!