Cover story: State of mine

This article first appeared in Options, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on June 22, 2020 - June 28, 2020.

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Klang Valley residents who are still wary about travelling interstate can make the most of the oft-overlooked charms in their own backyard instead. Options travels to Sekinchan in Selangor’s district of Sabak Bernam to experience celebrity photographer Heng Mok Zung’s new foray into innovative tourism and gastronomic offerings.

 

Despite the fact that Malaysia has moved into the Recovery Movement Control Order, many are still taking the wait-and-see approach when it comes to travelling interstate. For Klang Valley residents who wish to assuage their cabin fever without fear or worry, it is good to know that Selangor is not short of choices when it comes to scenic spots.

One of the most popular destinations for a day or even an overnight trip has been Sekinchan. Called “Sik Kang Chong” in Cantonese, which may be loosely translated as “the village that is good for plantations”, the coastal town is home to a lively fishing village and acres and acres of beautiful paddy fields. Sekinchan is, in fact, one of the country’s major rice producing hubs with one of the highest yields nationwide.

All it takes is a 1½-hour drive north from Kuala Lumpur to reach this blissful part of Selangor where vast fields of paddy, allotted by parcels and neatly irrigated, stretch as far as the eye can see. For those who wish to enjoy the emerald-hued panorama, climb up the tower of the pagoda at Nan Tian Temple, perched right in the middle of a rice field, for a sight that is truly made for sore eyes.

For the full story, pick up a copy of The Edge Malaysia (June 22, 2020) at your nearest news stands or visit optionstheedge.com.