More than just a beach Bagan Lalang offers a quick and easy escape from the city

BAGAN LALANG is a 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur which is fast becoming a favourite spot for family activities.

Palm trees line both sides of the road to Bagan Lalang beach while airplanes can frequently be seen from above since both KLIA and KLIA 2 are nearby.

Visitors will first arrive in Sungai Pelek which is the nearest town to Bagan Lalang beach, and is a good place to stock up on food and drinks.

To those without navigation apps, don’t worry. The beach is very easy to find as there are numerous signboards along the road.

The Bagan Lalang beach is usually crowded on weekends with visitors taking part in water sports activities such as kayaking and swimming.

The water may not be crystal clear, but that does not stop people from having some fun in the sun.

Kite-flying is also a popular activity, with many colourful kites along shops in front of the beach.

The more adventurous can set up camp at no charge, and the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) has improved facilities in the area.

Campers can also enjoy BBQ sessions with their friends and families.

Fishing is not restricted in the area, making it an ideal spot for anglers.

Visitors can use the public toilets to clean up after a day at the beach.

There are several ways to see the coastal town — by foot, motorbike or boat.

The best way to take in the scenery is by walking along the pedestrian pathways while enjoying the breeze from the beach.

Motorbikes can also be rented from nearby hotels.

The mangrove used to be a popular attraction as trees used to grow abundantly along the coastal fringes and river mouths, but much of the natural vegetation has been lost to development.

However, some patches of mangrove swamps are still present at both ends of the beach.

Visitors can go also rent a boat from PNK Sepang Resort, located about 500m from the beach and go on a two-hour river cruise which will take them to Sungai Sepang Besar as well as a mussels and fish farm.

If water sports is not your thing, there is also an extreme park located within walking distance from the beach.

Operated by Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort, the park is open from 10am to 10pm and there are activities such as paintball, archery, go kart, and All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) jungle trail.

Food options are aplenty with a food court near the beach, and plenty of stalls.

At night, there are seafood restaurants serving a wide range of fresh items.

The price is also cheaper than seafood restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.

If the drive back to the city is too tiring, there are ample accommodation options with several hotels such as Hotel Seri Malaysia and Seri Bayu Resort Hotel, both within walking distance from the beach.

There are also chalets and more affordable homestays that are perfect for families.

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