The traveler’s guide to surviving a long transit in Sepang
LOCATED in the southern part of the state of Selangor in Malaysia, Sepang is home to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2).
It also boasts a state-of-the-art Sepang International Circuit which hosted the Formula One (F1) Malaysian Grand Prix for 18 years; the township of Cyberjaya, which is also known as the Silicon Valley of Malaysia; and Sepang Goldcoast, a beach destination which features the Sepang coastline and the sheltered waters of the Straits of Malacca.
And that’s not all the quiet town has to offer.
Located in the southern part of the state of Selangor in Malaysia, Sepang was once a small village that’s rich in natural resources, with a portion of its land used for oil palm plantations and a beautiful beach right around the corner.
It was brought to life when KLIA opened in 1998, following by the opening of the Sepang International Circuit in 1999.
The otherwise sleepy village, located about an hour’s drive from the Kuala Lumpur city center, then slowly transformed into a vibrant town as it began to both local as well as international visitors.
In 2006, the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) officially began operations, contributing to an influx of traffic, more than Sepang has ever seen before.
Businesses in Sepang flourished as budget stays and luxury hotels were built to accommodate travelers and the more curious ones set out to explore the town over their long transits.
But if you have absolutely no clue where to start, here are some things that you need to check out:
Chow on some fresh dragonfruit
Challenge yourself to chow down some Malaysia-grown dragonfruit for the first time.
There are three varieties of dragon fruits grown in Malaysia: red skin with red flesh, red skin with white flesh, and yellow skin with grey/white flesh.
To get a taste of the homegrown goodness, visit the Multi-Rich Pitaya Dragon Fruit Farm, which welcomes visitors on the daily until 7:30pm.
In there, you can wander around the farm before picking up some fresh dragon fruit in their little farm shop.
Address: A-126, Jalan Jaya 1, Kampung Geching Hilir, 43900, Sepang, Selangor.
Shop on at Mitsui Outlet Park
If visiting a farm is not your thing, then head over to Mitsui Outlet Park, a Japanese factory outlet shopping mall just six kilometers from KLIA and klia2.
The sprawling mall is home to a variety of goods and F&B outlets, perfect for some shopping right before your flight.
Pick from luxury brands like Aigner, Ralph Lauren, or Hugo Boss, or choose from the more sportier stuff like Nike, Under Armour, or Adidas.
Alternatively, you could just kick back and chill at one of its handful of cafes until it’s time to head back to the airport.
Address: Persiaran Komersial, 64000 KLIA, Selangor.
Sink your toes in the sand
Hop onto your ride and go towards Bagan Lalang, where a magnificent five-star resort built in the shape of a palm tree is located.
Blending elegance and tropical beauty, AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort features stunning overwater villas and spa rejuvenation.
The resort also has six dining options so you can grab a light bite or relax by the pool whilst sipping refreshing cocktails on your lounger.
Don’t forget to take a long walk by the beach, sink your toes in the sand, and feel the warm breeze in your face.
Address: 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang, Kg Bagan Lalang, 43950 Sungai Pelek, Selangor.
Eat seafood at Bagan Lalang
You can’t say you’ve been to Sepang unless if you’ve sampled the fresh seafood Bagan Lalang has to offer.
Take your pick from sweet and sour crab to mussels cooked with chili, or ikan bakar (charcoal-grilled fish ) and deep fried squid go to with warm fluffy rice.
The best time to go is at the end of the day when the restaurants are awash in gold from the glorious sunset.
The humidity will take some getting used to, but it’s just a small price to pay for affordable, delicious seafood, and you won’t leave Bagan Lalang hungry.
Address: Bagan Lalang, 43950 Sepang, Selangor.
Quickly zip to klia2
Too tired to head out of the airport area? Is your transit way too short for you to make it out and back? Quickly zip to klia2 instead.
Don’t let it being a low-cost terminal fool you because it’s packed with apparel stores, F&B outlets, most services that you’d require.
To get there, just hop on the free shuttle bus that operates around the clock (10-minute ride) or the inter-terminal KLIA Ekspres rail transfer (four-minute ride).
Then treat yourself to everything that klia2 has to offer.
Address: Terminal klia2, KL International Airport Jalan klia 2/1, 64000 KLIA, Sepang, Selangor.