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Rice Museum

210, Jalan Penarak, Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

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A very rare gem, the rice museum was a surprising highlight of my trip to Langkawi. Rice paddys and herb gardens surround the museum, making it an immersive experience instead of a lecture. If asked, a guide will leisurely take you around the grounds, picking things along the way for you to smell, taste, and take home. They'll even share secret herbal remedies, recipes, and local knowledge. Even the most restless kids won't lose interest in this outdoor classroom.

While this seemed like an unconventional activity to do in a beach town, it actually ended up being the most fascinating and educational thing I did. I went into this adventure not knowing about rice, the most commonly eaten food in the world, and left well-informed, not only about the history of rice, but how it is grown, produced, and distributed worldwide.