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May 7, 2006
The cable car ride cost RM15 for adults and RM10 for kids. The ride can be a heart-thumping, breathless, palm-sweating and seemingly never-ending journey for those afraid of heights, even though it only lasted for around 12 minutes. Initially, the car slowly and gradually ascend the slopes of the mountain but soon it climbed at a steep 45º. The ground suddenly seemed so far below while you cruised along in mid-air. It can be rather frightening experience—I actually broke into a cold sweat.
Wild thoughts of the car dropping into the jungled slopes below crept into my mind and I had to consciously force those thoughts out of my head to stay calm! But before long, I was distracted from the thoughts of my personal safety by the fantastic aerial view of the Langkawi island and its surrounding isles. A nearby waterfall locally known as the Telaga Tujuh Falls (or Seven Steps Falls) is clearly visible against the forested backdrop. Granite outcrops on the mountain slopes, created from weathering over the years, can be very interesting to look at. One can only wonder in awe at these craftworks of Nature.
Before long, the middle cable car station comes into view. One can exit here to visit a curved bridge suspended over a chasm or take a jungle track up the top cable car station. The suspension bridge is an engineering marvel, and I can't help but wonder how the locals managed to build that bridge. Its a long way up the mountain and there doesn't seem to be any road that leads up from the mountain foot. Its really amazing, given the huge difficulties involved in logistics, transportation of materials and the building of the bridge over such a precarious chasm. The view here on the bridge is fantastic too and provides many photographic opportunities. As for the jungle track, it will take around 20 minutes to half an hour to reach the top cable car station. The track is reasonably well-paved and should not pose too much difficulties to old and young.
The top cable car station is only a 3-minutes ride away. Here are two, 360º viewing platforms built on the mountain top, 708m above sea level. One can have an unobstructed view of Langkawi island and the Andaman Sea. On a clear day, the view offered here cannot be fully described using words alone. One has to experience it for himself or herself!
All in all, the cable car ride is an unforgettable experience and all visitors to Langkawi are strongly recommended to take a ride there!
From journal Langkawi - A Gem of Nature
January 31, 2005
Now, the cable car was a great experience. If you are a photographer, it is a sight you should not miss. It’s located in the fairly new Chinese village and is a very nice, but pasteurized tourist area. Don't let that discourage you, though, as the view from the top is worth it. The cost is RM15 for adults and RM5 for kids.
There are two stops on the cable car, one about halfway up the mountain and one all the way at the top. Both have great lookout pavilions and covered areas to sit down in, if you are so inclined. On the ride up, you will be able to look down into the jungle as you scrape the tops of the trees. It is really quite a long and enjoyable journey. One you get off at a station, you can stay as long as you would like and catch any car you want to go back downhill.
The top station is breathtaking, though. It’s about 2,100 feet above sea level, and you have a wonderful panoramic view of the area, including many islands and beaches. There is also a fantastic cool breeze at the top, and it seems comfortable there, even at the hottest times of day. As a bonus for the more active, you can hike from the top station down to the middle station and see some of the jungle. There is a nice path, but it should only be done by the fairly fit, as the slope is steep.
The cable car itself is good for all ages. I have seen people from ages 1 to 90 on them, and everyone enjoys the view. It's not a 100% must-see but if you have the time, you should go.
From journal Best Budget Langkawi