Just started my final semester of uni after a 3 weeks break back at home. Most of the time I was just slacking at home, but lucky enough was able to go out for a day trip with two highschool friends! Went all the way to Tanjung Sepat, a small sea side town in between Sepang and Banting. Can't say it's a very touristy place, but if you just want to take your eyes off the concrete jungle in KL and instead look at green plantations, kampung style houses and gloomy beaches, here's where you can go. And trust me some of the places here are totally instagrammable. :)
Gonna share our itinerary and our experience of this small town. But before that, really into video making now after my first video for Batam, here's a video to show you things to do, food to eat and places to go in Tanjung Sepat!
We left PJ at around 9 and arrived at Tanjung Sepat at about 10.30am, went straight to our first destination.
1. Ah Hock Seafood Bak Kut Teh 亞福海鮮肉骨茶
Thought of having the famous Bak Kut Teh for brunch but turns out we were too late to reach and the boss told us that they ran out of pork for Seafood Bak Kut Teh. First bad news of the day :( but the boss went on to recommend us a fried fish fillet dish and mix pork soup. Few moments later, one of the bosses came to us again and offered us Seafood Bak Kut Teh with Pig Tail Meat instead. Basically Seafood Bak Kut Teh is just Bak Kut Teh with plenty of prawns, sotong (squid) and fish fillet.
To be plain honest, the Bak Kut Teh taste good but I cant tell the difference between this seafood version and the normal one LOL. Like many Klang Bak Kut Teh, it has a very strong Dang Gui taste. And I was more in love with the pig tail which is super soft haha. The pork soup is gooood, with yummy pork balls and even pig blood, feels very refreshing hehe. The fish paste is super bouncy, your teeth can just cut through, and crunch it. Love the fried fish fillet dish thanks to its strong cilantro flavor.
Address: Lot 2260, Lorong 7, Jalan Besar,Tanjung Sepat
Opening Hours: 6AM -12.30PM
**Please go as early as possible**
Mix Pork Soup 猪杂汤, Seafood Bak Kut Teh 海鲜肉骨茶 and Fried Fish Fillet (bottom)
All recommended by boss, total damage was RM84 (incl two bowls of rice and two can drinks)
2. Wishing Trees and Wishing Well near Lovers Bridge
The famous Lovers Bridge of Tanjung Sepat is no longer around. But the local specialty shop is still there. The wishing trees together with many displays of old school antiques like bicycles, kerosene lamps and wine barrels are still attracting many visitors. Well to be honest the displays feels abit all over the place, but oh well, it's still fun to see all these ancient stuffs.
Address: 21, Jalan Senangin 1, Taman Tanjung, 42800 Tanjong Sepat
The store sells many old school treats like these candies and lollipops.
3. Rainbow Walkway and Twin Towers of Tanjung Sepat
So when we were at the Wishing Trees, a man gave us a flyer that introduces attractions in Tanjung Sepat. Turns out the man was the boss of the shop and he was recommending us to this new place and gave us directions. We followed the instructions by the boss and just a few minutes drive away, we found a place which is 70% similar to the place at the Lovers Bridge. The same twin tower of wine barrels, the same displays of antiques. Seems to me the boss is trying to move all attractions to this new place. But there's some new elements like the rainbow walkway below. Though kinda dirty, but it does make a photo prettier hehe. And you can actually walk down to the beach (if you don't mind your shoes going dirty).
I like how it was on low tide, feels like staring into nothing and nowhere to go.
The twin towers connected with a bridge which you can go up to.
Love the powdery sky. Pretty good place to take those artsy instagram photos I believe. But obviously we weren't going for artsy haha.
4. Ganofarm Homestay's Bridge
Lovers bridge is not around and we were delighted to find out that there's a similar bridge at the back of Ganofarm Homestay. I guess we are somehow lucky and unlucky. Unlucky because the bridge that stretches out to the sea is blocked from access. However there seems to be like some construction going on right next to the bridge, lucky we were still able to go past those and step on the still-available part of the bridge. Don't miss the chance to take pretty photos to update your instagram!
Address: 700, Jalan Laut Membiru, Taman Pelangi, 42800 Tanjong Sepat
Address: 700, Jalan Laut Membiru, Taman Pelangi, 42800 Tanjong Sepat
Loving the view here, again, the low tide together with the vast skies creates a very peaceful scene.
5. Hai Yew Heng Pau Store and Kopi Break at Lorong 4
After all the sun, time for some rest and we went to the tourist-filled Lorong 4 with many kopitiams, food carts and specialty stores. But the main star here is definitely the famous Hainanese pau shop, Hai Yew Heng. Turns out they don't serve ready-to-eat pau but only has the frozen version. So we picked up some to bring home. And my favorite has to be the Mui Choy pau, love the strong flavors and the pau skin was really fluffy, not like your usual pau that is often too dense and starchy! While waiting for the Pau, we had Kopi and Fishballs at the kopitiam opposite the pau store.
Address: 405 Lorong 4, Jalan Pasar, 42800 Tanjung Sepat
Opening Hours: 1pm-6pm/ 10-6pm (PH)
Fishballs (RM5.00) here are like super bouncy.
refreshing Kopi (RM1.50)! Not sure if they are using the famous coffee in Tanjung Sepat but it taste really good.
Our Paus all packed.
6. Mr. Black Homemade Pau
Sort of like a rival of Hai Yew Heng, this pau store offers more variations and it's has seats for dine-in customers. But gotta mention that the kopitiam itself was pretty much invaded by loads of flies. Really disgusted initially, but oh well, as long as they dont touch my food.
Address: No.7, Jalan Bawal, Taman Mutiara, 42800 Tanjung Sepat
Opening Hours: 10AM-6PM
Deep Fried Yam Pau 炸芋头包, Mui Choy Pau 梅菜包(pink dot), and Rice Wine Pau 黄酒鸡包(orange dot)
Gotta say I am very impressed with the paus! Personal favorite is the Yam Pau. I thought it would be some sweet pau like our usual Red Bean Bun but it has this savory flavor that taste awesome together with the crunchy pau. The Rice Wine Chicken is also delicious, it's abit like XiaoLongBao due to the hot gravy inside. But the gravy sinks into the fluffy pau skin and makes it so delicious!!
Salted Fish Pan Fried Pau 咸鱼包
This one has thin crust with chewy salted fish filling inside. Initially I couldn't really take the strong smell of Salted Fish, but it gets better after a few bites.
7. Morib Beach
By 4.00pm, we've pretty much finished exploring Tanjung Sepat town, we've decided to head to Morib Beach instead which takes around 20 minutes drive. There's quite a lot of visitors and you see people playing with roller skate, flying kites and kids driving mini cars. There's also a food court nearby where you can enjoy food or just take a coffee break. It was still low tide when we first reached, many visitors went down the beach and many walked as far as 500m i think. But around 5.30pm, the tide starts rising rapidly and you get a different view.
Love it when it's low tide, reminds me of Gaomei Wetlands in Taiwan!
when the tide rises, you'll see the water reflects the bright sunlight, tiny beams of light dancing around the surface of water.
The sun was shining brightly, but there's abit of breeze, so it's not too hot afterall. We were just chilling out, staring into the sea, listening to the waves, and I almost fell asleep haha. And with that, we ended our exploration.
Again, I really recommend this place for anyone who wants to have a break with friends but doesn't want to go too far from KL. Well I guess we moved pretty fast, but you can always take things slowly, try out more food stalls in the area and explore the many temples around, I swear you can totally temple-hop over here. Or you can go to Sepang or Banting once you're done with Tanjung Sepat.
The #PauSquad. Thanks KaiLeong for offering to drive the total 3 hours worth of road. Thanks Miu for being the cheerful companion who made sure no moment was boring, and for taking pretty photos that I've featured int he video! To be honest, I don't think I've talked that much with them while we were still in school. Really grateful that they still keep in touch. I've always enjoyed my annual meetups with Miu to explore and also catch up with each other. Glad that we're still doing this and I can't wait for our next trip!
My 3 weeks break was over and it's time to face the last but definitely not least final semester of my university life.