Good morning students. Today, Teacher Andrew will take us around Laman Padi in Langkawi, commonly known as the Rice Museum. It is situated at Pantai Cenang on Langkawi Island in Malaysia. We liked the Rice Museum so much that we went two days in a row!
The first day, Tanya was able to tick off one of her goals for this trip. To plant rice. That's Tanya in the middle of the picture above. In the video below, you can see Tanya planting rice. Along with this, Teacher Andrew takes you through the various stages of sowing, planting and picking rice, both in the traditional way and the new commercial way.
At the end of the tour you can also wander through the museum part of Laman Padi. Its filled with traditional tools from different regions and lets you see the different approaches people used to solve the same problems.
There's also a beautiful herb garden that contains many plants indigenous to Malaysia. Some of them have gone from being traditional medicines and spices to being used all over the world. If nothing else its nice to see the plants that you read about on soaps and cosmetics. If you visit the rice museum you can see a Ylang Ylang plant with your own eyes. It actually exists outside of shampoo commercials.
When in Langkawi do check out "Laman Padi" aka the "Rice Museum". It is free entry. Just make sure you get a guide. Without a guide you'll just be looking at rice fields. Outside of the museum building there are no plaques or anything to tell you what you're looking at. You need to get the information from a guide. Give as small or as large a donation at the end of the tour as you feel is appropriate.
We loved Laman Padi in Langkawi.