Langkawi Island

Situated at the crossroads of the Thai-Malaysian border, within the Straits of Malacca and the Andaman sea, Langkawi Island is the largest island in a cluster of 99 islands. An enchanting holiday destination to all who explore its many attractions, Langkawi Island provides vacationers a variety of activities for relaxation and recreation. There are water sports around crystal clear waters, jungle treks through rich tropical forests, quiet strolls through quaint fishing villages, rounds of golf on a 18-hole course and duty-free shopping opportunities.

Tanjung Rhu

There's no shortage of beautiful vistas in Langkawi. Among the most prominent and a must-see is the famous Cape of the Casuarinas or Tanjung Rhu. Located about 22 kilometres from the main town of Kuah, Tanjung Rhu has a wide sloping beach ideal for picnics and swimming. However, beware of the treacherous undercurrents further out to sea. The beautiful beach and the route leading to the main beach are fringed by swaying casuarina trees. At certain locations, one could just sit under a tree and let the over-hanging foliage naturally frame and compose a scenic view of the area.

Once nothing more than just a sleepy-hollow of a fishing village, today's Tanjung Rhu has been tastefully developed into a beautiful area complete with an international-class hotel and shops selling souvenirs and local foods. Talking about food, try the Mee Gulung at one of the restaurants located right on the beach front.

Mee Gulung is actually wet yellow noodle wrapped in thin omelette and served hot in spicy soup. Tanjung Rhu is, perhaps, about the only place in Langkawi where the real Mee Gulung is available. There was once an outlet nearer to Kuah that used to draw the crowds, but it has since closed down. News has it that the owner relocated to Brunei where the Mee Gulung is even more popular.

Right opposite the main beach is a rocky outcrop known as Pulau Cabang. It is possible to take a leisurely stroll to the island during low tide. At the northern end of the beach are numerous caves that used to provide high-quality birds nest. Gua Teluk Dedap, Gua Teluk Udang and Gua Siam are among the more popular ones. Access to the caves is only possible by boat ride across the cape. Fishing is the main occupation of folks here. Colourful traditional fishing boats are moored in the lagoon connected to the sea by a tidal creek. With the beach on one side, the brackish water of the mangrove lagoon on the other, and the caves to the north, Tanjung Rhu offers a complete destination for the naturalist.

Laman Padi

More than half the people of the world subsist on rice as their staple diet. Added to this is the luxurious indulgence of the western palate for rice in a variety of puddings, cakes, rolls, stew, porridge and crisps. It is due to the popularity of this wonder grain that a padi hall of fame was built in Langkawi. Located at the island's popular beach thoroughfare, Pantai Cenang, the 'Laman Padi' as it is called, holds no punches in placing rice on an honoured pedestal to inform and educate.

Here, at Laman Padi, padi cultivation as the oldest agriculture industry in Malaysia is showcased in history, heritage and development. Within the hallowed walls of this complex the visitor can view a wide assortment of displays comprising artifacts, charts, photographs that provide a deep insight and understanding of the role and significance of padi and rice in the life of Malaysians.

The Laman Padi is also a 'living' museum with its unique Roof Top Garden where small plots of fragrant padi is grown. The Roof Top Garden is also the place to get a panoramic view of real padi fields surrounding the complex. The serene atmosphere coupled with the occasional whiff of the fragrant rice is indeed an experience to cherish. Although the complex is open all day, the best time to visit is late afternoon when the sun leans low on the horizon. The bursts of golden sunshine that flood the white-plastered walls of the building, casting long shadows across the surrounding padi fields could just be the stuff inspirations are made of.

As a 'living' museum, Laman Padi offers visitors the chance to try their hands at padi planting. This is made possible through the observance of a continuous planting cycle. Post-harvest activities are also on display.

Other displays include a tropical herbal garden, floating rice garden and a traditional rice village. To conclude this enriching tour, visitors can try a variety of popular traditional Malay foods that use rice as the main ingredient at the Laman Padi Restaurant.

Besides the permanent displays, various activities are also seasonally held. Check-out the complex diary for details (call 04-9554312). The Laman Padi complex is about 15 minutes drive from the main town of Kuah.

Laman Padi Langkawi,
Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang
07000, Langkawi, Malaysia
Tel: (603) 9554312
Fax: (603) 9551819

10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Adults: RM2.00
Children under 12: Free