Whether you’re a tourist visiting Malaysia or a local looking for things to do in Langkawi, Laman Padi Langkawi is it! Considered to be one of the most interesting places in Malaysia, especially for agro-business enthusiasts, nature-lovers and green-thumbs folks, Laman Padi Langkawi is a 14-acre landmark denoting tradition, nature and agro-education!
In Malay, Laman stands for ‘field’ and Padi for ‘rice’. So inherently, Laman Padi means Rice Field. Laman Padi Langkawi is one of the key places to visit in Malaysia and is considered one of the main points of interest in Langkawi for its vast open-ness, lush greenery, huge rice paddies, collection of museums and galleries showcasing the cultivation and harvest of rice and rolling herb gardens which fascinate most nature-lovers coming to Langkawi!
So if you’re a nature lover (or even a food lover), take some time to visit Laman Padi: one of the main tourist attractions in Malaysia! Let’s take a look at what Laman Padi has to offer the everyday tourist!
Nestled in Pantai Cenang opposite Meritus Pelangi Hotel on Jalan Pantai Cenang, Laman Padi Langkawi was first established in the year 1999 and has grown in leaps and bounds since then. This nature landmark is quite close to the beach, so you can head there directly after a relaxing sun-soak by the ocean!
Laman Padi is quite huge and covers a vast acreage, so it’s quite easy to wander around for hours There are many unique features of this places, some of the most interesting ones being the Heritage Gallery, the Paddy Gallery, the Herbal Garden, the Café D’ Paddy Restaurant, the Nawa Sari Spa and the Roof Top Garden.
The Heritage Gallery is quite impressive, showcasing the history of rice cultivation in Malaysia from the last centuries up to today. The Roof Top Garden is another wonderful spot, where you can breathe in the aroma of herbs and spices as you enjoy the warm sunshine.
Once you reach the entrance of Laman Padi, please look for a guide to take you around. The guides are free, friendly and very informative! They’ll take you around, show you the different paddies, the cultivation techniques, the herb garden and the Museum Laman Padi (the Heritage Gallery). The tranquil surrounds are ideal for meandering walks soaking up information on rice, after which you can opt for authentic Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Malay cuisine at the Laman Ria Restaurant or a lovely herb massage at the Nawa Sari Spa next to the Heritage Gallery! Sounds perfect, right?
Admission into Laman Padi comes at the cost of RM2 per adult, although it’s free for kids. Open hours are from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, although there are timed visits if you wish to have a guide. So if you’re an agro-tourism lover, don’t wait before putting Laman Padi on your list of things to do in Langkawi!
Laman Padi is one of the biggest things to do in Malaysia, and is a famed nature destination within the archipelago. Whilst here, please maintain eco-tourism standards and avoid littering the place, making too much noise or destroying property. The rice fields need immense amounts of labor and patience, so do try to avoid damage to the paddies.