KUALA SELANGOR: If the daily grind is getting to you, it’s time to tuck away that pesky laptop and head out to a holiday getaway in the countryside where the air is always fresher and cleaner, and the only sounds are those of birds chirping and leaves rustling.
If you live within the Klang Valley, then you’re luck as one such holiday destination that’s gaining popularity among city dwellers is Kuala Selangor.
However, it’s not the fire flies that beckon this time but the region’s expansive and picturesque paddy fields.
Located about a 90-minute drive from the city, Padi Box in Kuala Selangor is a truly unique homestay experience consisting of a cluster of colourful cargo containers set-up in a paddy field.
Can one get any more rural or peaceful than this?
Simply furnished, Padi Box offers guests all the comforts of home plus a few luxuries that anyone on holiday would expect.
Compact and low-ceilinged, the containers are air-conditioned and furnished with soft, comfortable beds so you can pack in a good night’s sleep.
Painted in invigorating hues of orange, yellow, red and purple that scream to be noticed against the green and serene paddy fields, rates per night are dependent on the type of rooms available.
If you’re with the kiddies or a group of friends, opt for the room with a balcony that provides spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to six people.
The thrill of greeting a new morning right in the middle of a paddy field, with blue skies ahead and not a soul in sight in a unique experience especially for hardened city slickers.
Once up, head out to Padi Box’s café to fill up on a sumptuous breakfast while taking in the views of the beautiful landscape.
Or head back to the common room for a little game of pool with friends. For those hooked on video games, there’s a console there so knock yourself out.
If you positively must be outdoors with the wind in your hair, rent a bicycle and go for a ride in the surrounding countryside.
There are standard two-wheelers and for those cycling in pairs, tandem bicycles as well. Regular bike rentals are RM10 for two hours while tandem bikes are RM15 for two hours.
When the sun’s down, fire-up the barbecue and start grilling a thrilling selection of proteins and root vegetables. There are picnic tables to make the meal all the more comfortable, and a cleaning area for washing-up later.
For those who would like to see and experience the unique homestay experience that Padi Box has to offer, block your calendars and call the number below to make your reservations.
Jalan Tali Air 4
Kampung Parit Empat