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Langkawi Cable Car Ride
Langkawi's cable car ride is one of the most unforgettable thrills we have ever experienced. This is one of the world's most awesome cable car rides. Why? Because this ride to the top of mount Mat Cincang takes you to a height of 708 meters in about 15 minutes through the steepest cable car gradient in the world and offering breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys, islands and the Andaman Sea.
The entry to the cable car is at the Oriental Village located at the foothill of Mount Mat Cincang in Patai Kok. Once you buy the tickets at the counter, you will be guided to the waiting area and move towards the cable car pedestal in a queue. The gondolas (cable cars) keep coming every half a minute or so. Each car has a capacity of six persons.
Langkawi Cable Car
View from the cabin. You can see the peak
where the middle station is located
If there is a queue, six persons will be required to get into a car. In several occasions I had the opportunity to ride the cable car all by myself. You will actually have to hop into the gondola as it keeps moving in the pedestal. Before it takes off, the doors will close automatically. There is a slit (small window) on top of the cabin which serves as the only ventilation.
There are two sections of the ride. The first part takes you to the middle station. The gradient or the slope in this stretch is supposed to be the steepest in the world (42°).
As the cabin starts moving up, you will feel how the temperature starts dropping quickly. You will soon get cool breeze flowing in through the ventilation slit. If you look up, you can see the middle station far way up on a ridge top, if you look down you can see the cottage buildings of Oriental Village with their slanted red roofs becoming tinier by the seconds... it's an awesome sight.
The total distance covered in the ride up to the top station is about 2.1 kms. On the way you get fascinating view of the mountain flora, rain forests, valleys, waterfalls and sometimes even wildlife and many types of birds on the ridges.
Once you reach the middle station (which is at a height of 650 meters), you can get off here or alternatively decide to move on to the top station. At both the stations there are viewing platforms to soak in the marvelous sights all around. However, the view from the top station is even better and more breathtaking.
While leaving the middle station, prepare for the unnerving jolt in the cable car. The feeling is more scary as you come down. However from the middle to the top station the gradient is easy and the cable car essentially traverses from one peak to the other at a gentle slope.
Langkawi Cable Car
Looking down from the Cable Car. You can see the
islands and tiny cottages of Oriental Village
So what can you see from the viewing platforms? Actually there are two such platforms at the top station, one on the left and the other on the right of the cable car station. There are two short flights of stairs to reach up to the platforms that offer 360° views. On a clear day you will see the many tiny island scattered in Andaman sea down below, the blue waters, towering mountains, caves and overhanging cliff walls in a panoramic setting. You can also see some parts of Indonesia towards south west and Thailand towards north.
On one side you will see the Langkawi Skybridge, a magnificent curved suspension bridge which is one of the greatest feats of engineering. You will need to walk on the bridge to believe the kind of creation it is. You get a different perspective of the surroundings as you walk over it. There is an approach and a long flight of stairs from the top station to reach the bridge.
Langkawi Cable Car - View Platform, Top Station
Below you can see the food stall
There is a walking trail from the top station that goes down to the middle station and then all the way down to the Seven Wells (Telaga Tujuh) waterfall. The trail goes through forested land. The entire stretch is about 2.5kms. While walking down may not be difficult, walking up can be quite arduous.
Facilities at the Langkawi Cable Car Stations
At both the stations there are plenty of activities and facilities offered so that you can spend and enjoy ample time here. There is a small cafe at the top station selling all kinds of snacks including burgers, grilled sandwiches, chicken and fish items, cold drinks etc. You can plan to take your lunch here as well.
You will also find local artists offering to make a sketch or caricature of your face right in front of you. Or you can buy a photo souvenir capturing an instance of your own ride. There are small handcrafted items, souvenirs & gifts sold at the stations. One of most interesting ones is the replica of your hand that a craftsman makes with wax and you can choose the colors.
You will also find kiosks for reflexology which is kind of a foot massage that you can take while enjoying the great views all around. There is a post box at the top station at a height of 708 meters and at the peak of Mount Mat Cincang from where you can post a letter, a postcard or a greeting card to anyone you like anywhere. There are free toilets and washrooms.
Langkawi Cable Car
The span between Middle & Top stations
Some facts about Langkawi Cable Car
Langkawi Cable Car Entry - Ticket Counter Area
Langkawi Cable Car Waiting Area
Sometimes you will find sea of people
waiting here for their turn
Monday to Thursday: Entry 10am to 7pm (closes by 8pm)
Friday to Sunday (and Public Holidays): Entry 9:30am to 7pm (closes by 8pm)
Wednesday only: Entry 12noon to 7pm (closes by 8pm)
Location & Contacts
Address: Langkawi Cable Car, Oriental Village, Burau Bay,
07100 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia
Phone: +604 959 4225; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Panorama Langkawi Sdn. Bhd. is the company that operates the Langkawi Cable Car.
It's located at the north western side of Langkawi in Patai Kok area. You can take a taxi or a rental car to reach the cable car which operates from the Oriental Village. One way taxi fare from the Pantai Cenang to Oriental Village is RM26 and takes about 20 minutes to reach. Kep the taxi waiting or else you may not get one for your return.
Map location of Langkawi Cable Car
1) Langkawi Sky Bridge: A great suspended bridge hanging on top of Mount Mat Cincang which can be reached by the cable car.
2) Oriental Village: All other attractions & activities in Oriental Village complex.
4) Pantai Kok Attractions: All top attractions in Pantai Kok area
5) Pantai Kok Guide: All about Pantai Kok including activities, hotels, restaurants, shopping etc.
6) Langkawi Attractions: All the top tourist attractions in the island.
By Raj Bhattacharya
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