Padang Matsirat, Langkawi
(7 September, 2018)
(GPS: 6.35024, 99.73295) is a small town on the west coast of Langkawi. The area surrounding the small town including Datai Bay
and Burau Bay are all part of the Padang Matsirat area.
The name Padang Matsirat comes from the rice field in Langkawi. This area was the former administrative centre for Langkawi before the centre moved to Kuah town. It was also here that the villagers set on fire their own store of rice, on the orders of the local chieftain, when they were beseiged by the Siamese in 1822. This happened just a few months after the Mahsuri tragedy (see Makam Mahsuri
), resulting in mass starvation for the villagers themselves. The site is preserved today as Padang Beras Terbakar (Field of Burnt Rice)
Padang Matsirat is where the Langkawi International Airport
is located. The road around the airport runway continues south towards Pantai Cenang
. The coastal stretch around the airport has some scenic views of Gunung Machincang
in the northwest.
Map of sights in Padang Matsirat, Langkawi
List of sights in Padang Matsirat, Langkawi
Beach at Padang Matsirat, Langkawi
(4 June, 2005)
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