Quick trip to Bagan Lalang, Sepang
The kids have been looking forward to their first trip the the seaside ever since we got them some sandcastle-making kits a few weeks back.
So about 2 weeks back, we decided to make a quick trip to Bagan Lalang, Sepang. We have heard a bit about the place from family and friends and it sounded like a good place. Bagan Lalang is also the home to Sepang Goldcoast.
It was an hour’s drive from where we lived.
The drive was quite interesting, taking us through the plantations around the KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport). We saw the Sepang F1 Circuit and many dragon fruit (pitaya) farms along the way.
In less than 30 minutes, we have found a spot and unpacked. There wasn’t really much to unpack anyway — just unfold the beach mat. But most important thing — bring out the sandcastle-making kit. In no time, the kids started building their mini sand fortress. After making sure the kids are settled in, I took a stroll.
Walking towards the sea, I could see lots of tiny crabs and other beach
creatures animals like the hermit crab and mudskipper. I have to emphasize — There were lots and lots of tiny crabs everywhere. It was really fun watching them hide when I walked close to them.
There were a few small patches where it felt muddy and dirty. They are just small patches but I managed to encounter 1 to 2 such spots while walking towards the sea. It felt scary when I found myself sinking further with each step. At one stage, I had to slowly backtrack after I started to “sink” to my knee level. The mud at these spots felt quite dirty and in fact, I think it is very dirty because not too long after that, my legs started to itch. I had to quickly clean them off with sea water. So, not a good idea to use the mud as facial mask! 😉
Anyway, after about two hours, we decided to leave. Kids were getting hungry and we did not pack lunch. The kids were naturally not too happy about this but we told them we’ll be back. With the sea so far out, the beach is quite a safe place for the kids to build their sandcastle. And a good place for the adults to relax and unwind. So, we’ll definitely be going back to Bagan Lalang.
Lessons learnt from this trip:
1. Bring water for cleaning up (washing hands). There are public bathrooms but it’s just so much easier to bring your own water for washing hands. And if you’re wondering, each visit to the public bathroom will cost rm0.30 (rm0.60 if you want to take a bath).
2. Pack lunch. In disposable packs. I know it’s not so environment-friendly but seriously, I think in this case, the convenience outweighs the other concerns. Just make sure to dispose the food packaging properly. OK, if you must, use eco-friendly packaging. 🙂
3. Actually, if you don’t have any specific diet requirements, there are stalls next to the beach serving local food. So, if you’re game to try local food, might not be necessary to pack your own food. On that note, we also saw many people bring their mini portable BBQ pits.
4. Bring some plastic bags and pails. Throw the wet clothes and towels into the bags and pails when you’re ready to go.
5. Sunblock. No explanation needed. We forgot this…