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Escaping the Sun at Underwater World Langkawi

 

 

 

The Underwater World Langkawi (UWL) is located in Pantai Cenang, Langkawi. Its found exactly toward the end of Pantai Cenang Road on the right hand side. Its not hard to miss it. Parking is plentiful, but it was full. Reason being we were there during the Malaysian School Holidays. What’s more, the complex is air-conditioned. An extraordinary spot to get away from the afternoon Langkawi sun.

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The aquarium around 6 acres of land and have various types of marine life including Seals, Penguins, Sharks. We went there to see the penguins, which were the star attraction there. You stroll in a little forest walkways with beautiful flamingos and cute marmosets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other attractions in this aquarium include the Freshwater Fish Section, the Seashell Display, the Koi Pond, the Reptilian Section, Invertebrate Section, and the Poisonous & Venomous Section. Love to see the gracefullness of the sharks and stingray moving around. My eldest had a chance to have a picture opportunity with a large pyton on him.

 

 
 

 

 

 

My Verdict

 
The UWL is a bit smaller than expected if you compare it with the Aquaria KLCC. But its a educational nice place to be, to get out of the sun. The whole place is air conditioned. When we were they, they seem to be doing some renovations. Their exhibits are very nice with great information. And at the end however there is a long line of gift shops and duty free shops with a great variety of goods. Parking is ample and there is some fast food chains nearby.
 
Address :-Pantai Cenang, Pulau Langkawi  Kedah 07000 Malaysia
 
Telephone :- +604 955 6100
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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Mixed Feelings at Laman Padi Langkawi

Had mixed sentiments when visiting this place. Saw some incredible reviews on the food and Laman Padi. Yet when we were there, it was something very different. Not certain if we came at a wrong time. Reason being some Tripadvisor reviewers wrote about a café, with pleasant food. Where you could feast in little sheds in padi fields. But when we went there the place looked deserted.

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The Laman Padi is a pleasant idea for spreading info and the history of rice. We have been to the Padi Museum in Kedah. Which was somewhat educational. Be that as it may, the Laman Padi was unique. They had they own padi field alongside buffaloes and ducks. Anyway the spot ia poorly maintained. Be that as it may, entrance fee is free. I suppose so, cause there were no one around collecting anything.

When we went there, Langkawi was experiencing a rainy spell. Perhaps the traveler moving around was lesser. So the management felt it was a waste to do the activities. There were no one to welcome us or show us around. We just strolled around looking at the various displays. Looking at the padi fields, we assume that they did some sort of demonstration on methods for gathering padi there. Be that as it may, similar to I mentioned before possibly we came at an wrong time.
There were various displays demonstrating the way toward planting padi till the creation of rice. Which was very informative. With certain diversions side interests that the farmers enjoy. Outside there is likewise a nearby herb garden, diverse hardware utilized. Both generally and present day. What’s more, a padi field total with scarecrow. Extraordinary spot for taking photographs.

My Verdict

A nice informative place to learn about production of rice. But I feel the management should put in more activities to let people feel whats it like to be in a padi field. You can charge a small fee. People like me don’t mind paying if the experience is unique.
Open everyday from 10am to 6pm.
Address: Laman Padi, Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang 
Phone: (+604) 955 4312

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A Glimpse at Langkawi’s Folklore – Makam Mahsuri

A must visit place when you are in Langkawi. Here lies the tomb of Mahsuri. Mahsuri was a young lady who lived in Langkawi whose family moved from an island in Thailand during the late eighteenth century. She was believed to be extremely beautiful. Her beauty led her downfall. When she was falsefully accused for adultery. On the day of her execution, she cursed the island of Langkawi to seven generations of misfortune. The curse has now lapsed and that is the reason Langkawi is booming. Google about this old stories, it will most likely make your visit fascinating.

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At the entrance there are a traditional band, comprising mainly of woman. Playing soothing traditional music on traditional instruments.

 

 

 
Later you will walk the path to Mahsuri’s tomb. This complex isn’t just about the tomb there are more fascinating things to see. You can stroll through shady trees with seats on the side for you to relax.

 

 

 
There are malay wooden houses which you can go into. Mind you, you have to remove shoes before going into the houses. Most places in Malaysia is this way. Indeed, even in Malaysian homes, we don’t wear shoes in our homes. There are houses with an replica of ancient wood fire kitchen. An replica of the chieftains house. With potrait of the Mahsuri and her seven generations. One even houses a quaint Malay café where you can sit and have beverages and light snacks. All through the complex,there are information on various things around. Which is fairly educational.
 

 

 

My Verdict

 
The whole complexs is well planned out with ample walking space. There’s even a well which locals believe to have medicinal benefits. Along the path to the well, you will come across a shed with local women preparing local sweets. We bought some to eat on our way to the next destination. Below one of the houses, you will find traditional equipments used in the production of rice. There are a parking and modern toilets. A must visit place. Really worth the nominal entrance fee.
 
Opening Hours :- 8am till 6pm
Address :- Kampung Mawat , Mukim Ulu Melaka
Entrance fee :- RM10 adults and RM5 child
 
 

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The St. Paul’s Hill- A little climb to History

The St. Paul's Hill- A little climb to History

After the Malacca Sultanate Palace, we opt to go up the hill to the St. Paul Church. We start at the bottom at the Porta de Santiago. The Porta de Santiago is what’s left of the A Formosa Fort. The Porta de Santiago is the most famous historical landmarks in Melaka. And you can see by the number of people visiting the Porta de Santiago. The Porta is actually a small gate house of the fortress.

 

 

 

After the photo opt at the gate, we walked up a flight of stairs to the St. Paul’s Church. The walk-up is great and large trees provided some shade from the evening sun. Along the way there are locals selling their wares such as paintings, small souvenirs and so on. The walk up is worth it. Reason being upon reaching up, the view is spectacular. You can see the old Malacca for miles. Upon reaching the top you will come to the ruins of the St. Paul Church.

 

Inside the church there are many tombstones and also the grave site where St. Francis was buried before his body was exhumed to be buried in Goa.

At the entrance there is a statue of St.Francis. The statue had one of its hands missing due to a bomb during the second world war.

We followed the path which brought us down to the other part of the Historical Melaka. Thanks to the large trees the walk was not too bad
 

My Verdict

A good slow walk up the hill. We went in the evening which made it quite hot. I supposed the mornings are better with all the greenery around. But it’s alright as there are a number of large trees to shade us. As there are many stairs. This is not a place for the elderly and wheelchair bound. But the view from the top of the hill is spectacular. Do note at times there will be lots of tourist.
 

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Malacca Sultanate Palace, Melaka

Stepping into the lives of the Ancient Melaka Sultan

A beautiful replica of the original Sultan Mansur Shah’s 15th-century palace. It is build the traditional way, without any nails. According to historical records, the original was destroyed a year after the sultan ascended the throne by lightning.
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The outside the building is overwhelming. The garden areas are well taken care off.

At the entrance, you will find a miniature replica of the palace.

Inside it depicts some Melaka history and palace life. The three-storey museum is divided into eight chambers where you can see a variety of weaponry, decorative arts, traditional costumes, brassware, jewellery and more. Plus there are three galleries depicting famous legends through dioramas.
The first diorama would be the Sultanate chamber meeting. Which what it might have been like in those days.

Then on to the Sultan’s bedchambers

There’s also a diorama depicting the epic battle between two best buddies Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat.

And various different dioramas of different merchants and their wares when traded in Melaka.

My Verdict

It’s good for an educational tour. Visitors must remove their shoes before entering as it’s a Malaysian culture. We do not wear shoes in the house. So don’t wear your espensive shoes. As you will have to leave it outside. It’s not wheelchair friendly, due its many staircase. The museum opens from 9am till 5pm. Entrance fee for citizen of Malaysia RM3.00 adults and RM2.00 Child. For non citizen RM5.00 for adults and children RM2.00. The entrance fee is very nominal for the information you will receive.

Address :- Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka

Contact No;- 06-282 6526

Open Hours :- 9.00am till 5.00pm (Closed on Mondays)

Entrance Fee :- Malaysian Citizen RM3.00 (Adults) and RM2.00 (Child)

Non Malaysian RM5.00 (Adults) and RM2.00 (Child)

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Then after that on to the St. Paul Hill

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