By Faridah Dahalan on April 16, 2019
Travellers simply shouldn’t miss this place because as soon as planes touch down in KLIA, it means they already enter Sepang district, which is the youngest district in Selangor. Although Sepang is in the southern part of Selangor, folks from Nilai in neighbouring Negeri Sembilan often come here to shop and enjoy a weekend getaway. In conjunction with Tourism Selangor’s #discoverselangor campaign and in line with Visit Sepang 2020 promotion, Gaya Travel was invited to join a two-day familiarization trip intended to introduce Sepang’s tourist spots.
The Place to Stay in Sepang : Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA
We stayed at the amazingly designed Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA equipped with efficient facilities. Owned by Lembaga Tabung Haji, travelers can spot the Islamic elements such as geometric and interlace patterned ornament on the building’s walls, which looks simply breathtaking when set against the clear blue sky as backdrop! Standing next to the hotel is the Convention Centre that is ideal for big or intimate events. Travelers can choose to hold their events at Anjung Tinjau for a breezy open-air experience or at Astaka for its stylish ambiance.
Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA distinguishes itself from the other upscale hotels by organizing Chocolate Hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day, whereby the hotel dishes out various chocolate delights to its guests for free! Do not miss this joyous treat, including light snacks, at Sira in the lobby lounge which operates from 11.30 a.m. until 12 midnight.
Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA also provides a complimentary scheduled airport transfer for its guests every 2 hours as early as 4 a.m. until 12 midnight, which is very convenient! For those who want to relax, bring along your swimsuits to the swimming pool. The area is surrounded by date trees providing shade from the heat. The female swimming pool is separated from the male’s for complete privacy.
Good news for food lovers: this Ramadhan Movenpick Hotel will be cooking up a storm by bringing back original kampung delights! With the theme ‘Warisan Kampung @ Movenpick KLIA”, diners can indulge on mouth-watering Kerabu Perut (tripe salad), Kerabu Ayam (chicken salad) and Kerabu Daging (beef salad) – all our personal favorites. This is Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA’s first Ramadhan Buffet dinner and the hotel is offering Early Bird promotion at only RM90 nett per adult until 30 April 2019.
Things To Do In Sepang
So what to do in Sepang? Check out the list below:
1. National Automobile Museum, Sepang
This museum was the brainchild of Malaysia’s fourth and seventh Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and has been opened to the public for free since March 2004. Located within the Sepang International Circuit Welcome Centre, the museum is home to 22 classic and local automobile models, a haven for car enthusiasts and collectors. The first floor of the museum showcases The Brushmobile made in 1904, Jaguar D type in 1955 and Austin Healey 3000 in 1960. The exhibits on the second floor might be familiar to all Malaysians: vehicles created by local companies such as Proton, Modenas and Perodua are on show. To visit this museum, travelers should inform the guards at the entrance gate and they will let you in.
Visiting Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Closed on Eid Fitri and Eid Al-Adha
A visit to Sepang is not complete without taking the tour to Sepang International Circuit (SIC), the home to Malaysia’s international circuit, which happen to be among the finest circuits and marshals in the world! The world has so much trust in SIC that 54% of its clients consist international automobile manufacturers testing out their models in tropical climate. Despite being designed to suit every aspect of motorsports, SIC also provides track rental venue-for-hire service to suit whatever event you are staging. If you find walking down the aisle to exchange vows is just too mainstream, then you could opt to walk down a race track instead for your wedding; better yet, a runway fashion show on the same track Lewis Hamilton drove on!
We found ourselves roaming the grounds of a lush dragon fruit farm owned by HL Nursery Trading at noon. The café manager, Miss Queenie refreshed us with vibrant pink Lokal Pitaya Wholesome Juice, a dragon fruit-based beverage served with salad on top. The highlight of our meal was when Miss Queenie gave us a demo on how to eat the Jumbo Dragon Curry Bun, a soft round bread with curry chicken filling – dipping the bread into the curry is a perfect match! Once our stomachs were full, it was time to burn the calories off by touring the farm. This two-hectare land is filled with hundreds of dragon fruits ripe for picking. We spent two hours on the farm and would be happy to do it again!
Mitsui Outlet Park (MOP) is without doubt a paradise for shoppers. Located eight minutes away from KLIA, travelers can do last minutes shopping at this mix of Malaysian and Japanese cultured shopping mall. MOP offers free shuttle service to KLIA and KLIA 2. Travelers may shop in style since MOP provides free luggage storage near to the drop off point of the bus. By 2021, MOP will expand to 250 stores making it the largest factory outlet in Southeast Asia. After checking out the entire shopping centre, we rested our legs at Leten Restaurant on the first floor, which served up seven unique and cute looking dim sum! Our personal favorites were Signature Original Chicken Xiao Long Bao and Chocolate Xiao Long Bao. Do ask the waiters or even the friendly restaurant manager, Miss Faridah, on how to eat the Signature Originals Chicken XLB to avoid burning your tongue!