Monday, March 9, 2020

[Review] Padi Box: Sekinchan's Instagrammable Container Hotel

I did a quick staycation in Sekinchan in December and I was determined to wake up to the sights of a green paddy field with the morning sun spilling over it. So I booked a container room at Padi Box Container Homestay. As luck would have it, the paddy fields has yet to be harvested during my visit. So major yay for me.

Padi Box is a ten minutes drive from the main part of Sekinchan town and is surrounded by rice fields is all directions. From a distance, it's quite easy to spot its vibrant containers as well as the famous bus cafe, N16 next to it against an endless field of green. Parking is limited at the homestay as the lot is shared with the cafe and boy is the cafe popular amongst day trippers. But good news though, the front gate of the homestay is only accessible by an access card or by the front desk.

We checked in fairly quickly and was quickly given the key to our container room. To my understanding they have several options of rooms that accommodate groups of two, four and six pax comfortably. I had opted for the container room that opened up to its own little balcony overlooking the neighbouring paddy field.

At first glance, I was in love with it - this simple and concise bedroom with an ensuited bathroom and doors that opened up to the balcony area. The decoration was simplistic and tastefully done up and the bed comfortable for a goodnight's rest. The aircon was wonderfully strong to combat the Malaysian heat. At night, the balcony doors will be closed by the staff for safety reasons but you can easily push them open in the morning to be greeted by the morning sun spilling over the field. But bare in mind it will get hot very quickly.

I wondered around the homestay and found their own little cafe/pantry area and the games room which also doubled as a common area. However due to the hours, the aircon was off and other than to snap a few photos, I quickly went back to exploring the place. It wasn't really big but it had a nice colourful porch area looking out to the field and is a great place for Instagram photos.

In fact, the entire place was pretty Instagrammable so on top of a comfortable night in their container room, I got to spruce up my Instagram feed with a lot of photos there. Food is pretty limited but luckily N16 cafe is just next door. I didn't try it due to a time constrain but hey, it's an option. Otherwise, a quick drive to Sekinchan will easily sate your hunger with reasonable seafood.

You can also rent bikes for RM30 for the whole day and make arrangement for several activities around Sekinchan easily at their reception.

I booked at Padi Box on Airbnb because I had credits to use and paid about RM150 for one night but they have their own website where you can make direct booking with them as well: To get there, just waze. It's about a leisurely 90 mins drive from Selangor.

This review is not sponsored by Padibox or Airbnb. All opinions are my own.

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