Location: Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Highlights: Traditional tools and things used in rice
How To Reach: One can easily reach here by hiring taxis, or by
boarding buses from the island.
The Laman Padi, established in 1999, is a complex that is dedicated to
Rice-the staple diet of Asia. This special place has the capability to
satisfy all your nosiness about paddy cultivation and harvesting.
Located at the renowned Pantai Cenang, it takes about 10 minutes to
arrive at the museum from the Langkawi Airport. Literally means Rice
Garden, Laman Padi represents the history, heritage and development of
the Rice Industry in Malaysia.
In the complex, you can explore the museum where artifacts, charts and
photographs, representing the rice industry, are kept on display. The
replicas of traditional rice-based foods and fish traps made of bamboo
are also showcased in the gallery. Check out the traditional technology
and paraphernalia, which were used in rice planting and harvesting,
during earlier times in Kedah and Langkawi.
Each tool is displayed with clear description, and moreover, new
methods of rice cultivation are also highlighted. Here, the dummies are
also decked with the traditional clothing of farmers. If you wish though
you must, then you can enjoy the sheer view of the paddy fields from a
multi-tiered roof-top garden. Walk across the white bridge that suspends
in the field to take pleasure in the striking view of the landscape.
The surroundings dotted with paddy fields, scare crows, hens, tiny
chicks, huts, and buffaloes impart a complete rustic look to this
brilliant museum. Here, you can also see a floating garden, a
conventional rice village and a herbal garden. After checking out the
complex, you can delight your taste-buds with the authentic Malay
rice-based food at the restaurant. To put in succinct terms, Laman Padi
is an enlightening attraction, especially for agro-tourism lovers.