Langkawi Cable car leads all the way up to the top of Mount Matchinchang! (Image Credit: Flickr//ViralNiaga)
Langkawi cable car price range:
Adult (International): RM45
Adult (MyKad Holder): RM30
Child (International): RM32
Child (MyKad Holder): RM22
How you can get there:
- Car, motorbike and bicycle rentals are available around the city. Be sure to check them out if you wish to have more freedom navigating around the island
- You can also opt for a taxi to get you around
- Ride-sharing apps such as Grab and Uber are also useful to flag a ride around the city
- Tour packages offer different selections and guides up Gunung Machinchang for you to choose from.
Langkawi The views from the sky bridge is astounding!
What to look out for:
Have you ever wondered how it feels to view the world from a bird’s-eye view? Seeing the beautiful sky up close and gazing down at the beautiful mountain landscape and the city is not a sight you get to see every day. If you look even further, you will be able to see the beautiful turquoise ocean in the distance as well. Located at an approximately 30-minute drive from Pantai Cenang, the Langkawi cable car ride is easily accessible and serves as a perfect place for the highlight of your Langkawi trip.
Feel the wind and enjoy the views from the unique Sky Bridge (Image Credit: Flickr//loccoguapito)
The ride is simply designed to fill you up with thrill and excitement as you journey your way up Gunung Machinchang at a height of 708 m above sea level. In fact, the fact that you are able to conquer the ride itself is already an achievement. Boasting the title of the steepest cable car ride in the world, the Langkawi cable car ride is a challenge that tests your mental strength to its utmost.
While January to March is usually the peak season for visitors who are interested in Langkawi, you may also wish to consider mid-season April to August as your arrival date to avoid the long queue. Of course, coming in during the latter period means light rain here and there but it is worth considering if you wish to have more privacy and more personal travelling experience.
It is also reassuring to know that the Langkawi cable car ride (a.k.a. SkyCab) is in close proximity to many of the island’s scenic landscape. As you make your way up, you will be able to stop by the beautiful Sky Bridge and get snapping. The entrance requires a small entrance fee (RM5 for an adult and RM3 for a child) but is worth every penny. The beautiful elevated bridge offers a 360-degree view across the mountain. Be awed by the lush forest, the crystalline ocean and the simple realisation that you have just conquered the steepest cable car ride in the world. Feel the fresh wind brushing through your cheeks and escape the miasma of the city in this mountainous adventure that is designed to bring you the best of Gunung Machinchang.
The entrance fee of Langkawi SkyCab also comes with a free entry into SkyDome, a 360-degree 3D image projections room where you can experience the joy of living in your imaginative world. Marvel at the wonders of the galaxies and witness the power of the stars as they bring you into the vast alien void of the universe called the outer space. If you are bringing your family, this is definitely a prime spot to bring your children to. Let them live the world of their own imagination and see the beauty of the world presented in a novel and wondrous format.
There's a bustling Oriental Village to shop around at the bottom. (Image Credit: Flickr//ohemolas)
If you prefer a more adventurous and daring journey, you also have the option to trek your way up from the Base Station at Oriental Village all the way to the Middle and Top Station at Gunung Machinchang. The journey totals a whopping 2.2 km trails from the bottom to the top which will take approximately 3 hours’ time to complete. As you make your way up, reward yourself with the beautiful view of the lush primary jungle surrounding the mountain trails and the occasional chirp and cry of the birds and insects singing through the air. Once you reach the top, give yourself a pat on the back for having completed and dedicated 3 hours of your time into conquering Gunung Machinchang on your own two feet instead of taking the easy way around.
There is much to behold and try out at the top of Gunung Machinchang. So be sure to not miss out on this memorable ride as you brave the steepest cable car elevation in the world!