‘Oh wow! That looks steep!’ was probably the first thought that went through my head when we finally got into the cable car and faced the green steep slopes of Gunung Machinchang.
The Langkawi SkyCab (a fancy name for what is the cable car), was not on our initial activity list when we were mapping out our trip to Langkawi. It was on our ‘extra / spare-time’ list. Our initial plan was: Telaga Tujuh waterfalls, mangrove swamp, day cruise, beaches, beaches and more beaches!
However, when Hani and I reached our first accommodation, the desk clerk, Nathan, suggested that the SkyCab should be our first stop. We were quite dubious about this but he explained that being the dry season, Telaga Tujuh may be fairly dry.
Taking this into account, off we headed to the SkyCab, located within the UNESCO recognised Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park. Touted as being one of the steepest cable car rides in the world (at a 42 degrees gradient) and the longest free span single rope cable car (950m), the ride was certainly an experience.
As the cable car climbed towards the Middle Station (at which point you get out to have a little walk around) and then to the peak, we viewed the approaching Gunung Machinchang (it was as if you could reach out and touch it), the sea behind us, the lush green rainforest beneath us and the bright blue sky above us.
We did manage to spy the Telaga Tujuh waterfall as we rode up – it looked pretty dry. The SkyCab was a fortuitous diversion indeed.
Unfortunately the SkyBridge (a suspended bridge above Gunung Machinchang) is currently under construction. There is a supposedly a temporary jungle trail but we did not spy any signage of this.
A pretty popular attraction in Langkawi, the SkyCab garners plenty of visitors. The operators have tried to alleviate the waiting time by adding a SkyDome – essentially a domed movie theatre. A good idea but perhaps patrons should be warned that it is not so suitable for those prone to motion sickness – head spinning I walked out of the SkyDome. The ‘movie’ shown was of a rollercoaster through Mars – perhaps something more Langkawi related would have been more appropriate and educational.
The SkyCab is located in the Oriental Village, full of random knick-knacky things. Hani needed a new pair of slippers so we zipped around the shops trying to locate a shop (which she remembered from her last time in Langakwi) which sold Fipper slippers. Buying a pair (ok, 2 pairs – I could not resist buying one for myself), we headed off to Pantai Pasir Tengkorak (Skull Beach), to put the slippers to good use.
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Price (*at time of blogpost): RM35 for adults and RM20 for children (For the basic cable car ride. There are various upgrades.)
Operating Hours: usually from 9.30am – 7.00pm. However, do check their calendar for any changes.
Address: Cable Car Station, Oriental Village,