Top Things To Do In Langkawi – Langkawi Cable Car & Sky Bridge
Langkawi Cable Car, also known as Langkawi SkyCab, is probably the best attraction on the Langkawi island. This cable ride to the peak of Gunung Machinchang at 850m/2,788 feet high above the sea level. The total length of Langkawi Cable Car is 2.2 km/1.4 mile, with a journey time from the base to the top of around 15 minutes. It was officially opened in 2003, some 14 years ago.
So during our company’s trip to Langkawi in May, the girls and I took the opportunity that our hotel, Berjaya Langkawi Resort is located right next the Langkawi Cable Car, made a trip to The world’s steepest cable car ride on a Sunday morning. A standard return ticket costs RM40(Malaysian)/RM55(non-Malaysian), and express lane access costs additional RM50 per person. I’d highly recommend the express lane ticket just to avoid the queue as the crowd could be very daunting most of the time. To me, time is more important than spending a little extra money.
Langkawi Sky Bridge
The cable car ride up was at parts scary and shaky when strong wind hit the cable car. We got off at the top station to get to the Sky Bridge. This iconic curved suspended bridge is built on top of the Machinchang mountain, suspended from a 82m high single pylon, hangs at about 100m above ground. At any one time, Sky Bridge can accommodate up to 250 people at the same time. However, in order to access the Sky Bridge, we will have to either walk a distance down from the top station, or pay another RM10 for adult and RM7 for children for the Sky Glide (separate from the standard cable car ticket). Sky Glide is a gliding cabin on a 94 meters of track length, accommodating up to 12 passengers or per trip. It takes less than 2 minutes for the cabin to travel from top station to Sky Bridge, but the queue was moving extremely slow the morning we were there.
Nonetheless, the wait to the Sky Bridge was well worth it. The view from the Sky Bridge is captivating although it was foggy most of the time we were up there. At the peak of Gunung Machinchang, which is the second highest mountain in Langkawi, Sky Bridge offers some spectacular views of the island. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the mainland and south west Thailand. Unfortunately, we went on a moody morning and the mountain was covered in a thick fog. The walk on the Sky Bridge was a little wobbly, definitely scary for some of faint hearted visitors who are afraid of heights. Our phone reception even thought that we were in Thailand and went on international roaming when we were in the Sky Bridge.
Final Thoughts – Langkawi Cable Car Experience
This was my second time riding the Langkawi Cable Car and I still love it. The bird’s-eye view from the Sky Bridge is just amazing, as well as the entire cable car journey up and down the Gunung Machinchang, where you could soak up the lush green view on one side, and the beautiful sea view on the other. If you are in Langkawi island, Langkawi Cable Car is definitely a must see and top things to do.
Have you been to Langkawi? Or do you have a favourite cable car ride? Do tell me your experience!
Langkawi Cable Car official Website: http://www.panoramalangkawi.com/
Address: Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia