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Laman Padi Langkawi

Learn traditional Malay rice farming methods on an active rice farm. Verdant, water-filled rice fields provide a serene backdrop for the Laman Padi complex, consisting of a rice museum, herb gardens, a restaurant, and hotel.

Museum galleries are the main attraction where informative posters first explain the importance of rice farming as Malaysia's oldest agricultural industry. The country now produces 1.4 million tons of rice per year, just shy of the population's rice consumption. A large portion of Malaysia's local rice is grown in the state of Kedah, of which Langkawi is part.

The rest of the galleries are filled with examples of traditional rice farming equipment, from wooden yokes and plows operated by water buffalo, to iron rakes and planting tools, to large threshing hubs and winnowing machines. The museum provides a quick download on the labor-intensive nature of rice farming and the evolution of techniques used in Malaysia.

You'll walk away with a new appreciation for your next bowl of rice.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

20-45minutes

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

9am-5pm7 days

Look Around

Gallery entranceGallery entrance
Rice seedlingsRice seedlings
Herb garden signageHerb garden signage
Herb gardenHerb garden
Scarecrow in rice fieldsScarecrow in rice fields
Around the complex - outside
Map of rice growing regions in MalaysiaMap of rice growing regions in Malaysia
Examples of different rice grainsExamples of different rice grains
Inside rice museumInside rice museum
Signage for each itemSignage for each item
Looking at exhibitsLooking at exhibits
Rice museum
Local gamesLocal games
Rice grainsRice grains
Farming equipmentFarming equipment
Coconut shell utensilsCoconut shell utensils
Woven trays and sacks for riceWoven trays and sacks for rice
Cultural paintingCultural painting
Museum exhibits
SteerSteer
Planting toolsPlanting tools
Traditional outfitsTraditional outfits
Rice farming equipment and outfits

Who Will Like Laman Padi Langkawi

Culture Buff

Delve into the importance of rice farming in Malay history and culture and see examples of traditional rice and fish farming equipment used over the generations.

Insider Tips For Laman Padi Langkawi

  • Activities like rice planting are available for RM5 (USD$1.20).
  • The museum galleries are often un-manned. Walk around at your leisure.
  • The museum can be tricky to find from the carpark as the complex is quite large. Follow the signs saying "Gallery".
  • Complement your visit with a night at The Gemalai Village to wake up to a golden sunrise over the serene rice fields.
Rice field view from The Gemalai Village

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Where Is It

Jalan Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

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How To Get There

Car

Free • Large parking lot available. The main gallery is a 2-3-minute walk through the complex.

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Motorbike

Free parking for motorbikes and scooters in main parking lot.

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Rideshare

Drivers drop off in the parking lot.

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What To Bring

Do:
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses).
  • Waterproof rubber shoes or flip flops if you plan to walk in the rice paddies.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yesflash is not allowed

Tripod allowed: Yes

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Sunset

Tips: Keep an eye out for water buffalo grazing in the nearby rice fields.

Drones

Drones allowed: Yes (subject to national/regional rules)

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

  • Gemalai Restaurant - Individual huts above the rice fields with low tables provide an intimate setting to enjoy traditional Malay seafood dishes, served with rice, of course.

Backstory

Laman Padi opened in June 1999 as one of the first examples of agro-tourism in Langkawi. Laman Padi literally means "rice field" as "laman" is the Malay world for field and "padi" is a term for rice.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Be quiet in the galleries.
  • Be polite to gardening & maintenance staff.
Don't:
  • Touch items in the galleries.
  • Pick any herbs or rice.
  • Walk on the rice fields unless guided.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Scenic rice fields around the complex.
  • Detailed information on rice farming history and practices in Malaysia.
  • Opportunity to experience rice farming with activities like seedling planting.
  • Intimate restaurant setting with private huts.
Could Be Better:
  • Lack of shade other than the indoor galleries.
  • Large complex makes it a little difficult to locate the galleries.
  • Lack of staff for guidance and direction.
  • Renovation needed for overall complex.
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