Langkawi Cable Car

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A journey on the Langkawi Cable Car commences from the Oriental Village, an exclusive shopping area that has ceased operation. It starts from about sea level and rises to an altitude of over 700 metres above sea level. It is a must-see attraction where you may enjoy the glide up to the cool Machincang range via the Langkawi Cable Car on new modern gondolas giving the visitors 360 degrees panoramic views of the surrounding forests, the Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) waterfalls as well as the Andaman Sea.Visitors will glide above verdant rainforests and the ride itself will be exhilarating experience.Visitors will also be able to catch glimpses of eagles,hornbills and assortment of birds and wild life along the route up.

The idea for the cable car was conceived several years ago and it required engineering genius to erect the support towers and hook up the cables in position on the near vertical mountainside.

Oriental Village,Langkawi
Such familiar sights are common in the ski resorts in Europe but here it is less common.

As the gondola continued its way up the mountain, I was spellbound by the mix of blue and green horizon spread out all around me. Prevailing weather conditions will have a lot to do with tourists’ appreciation of this, so if it is overcast or raining, it is best to wait for a clearer day. I was lucky above all because the sky was clear and the sun was shining gaily.

A horizontal lift of over two-kilometres is achieved and only two pylons have been installed for the whole system, a decision to protect vegetation that clings to the rocky outcrops rather than destroy them with too many support towers. The expanse of the cable from the second pylon to the first observation station is suspended over a distance of one kilometre, which is quite amazing engineering feat by itself.

There are two viewing stations and it is possible to get off and rejoin the cable car at Station One. A walking trek from Station One, uphill to Station Two has been carved through the vegetation for those who want to have a refreshingly cool walk through the forest.

The views from Station One face southeast and the beaches of Pantai Kok and Teluk Burau can be seen below. In the far distance are Pantai Cenang and its long expanse of yellow sands.

To access Station Two, we have to get back on the gondola for a short ride to the summit. Getting on and off the cars is easy as they slow down at each station. The views from here include those from Station One but also the forested northeastern side of the island and, in the distance to Tarutao National Park in Southern Thailand.

Thailand is less than ten kilometres northwards across the Andaman Sea.

The rocks of this mountainous site are also worth noting as the sedimentary rocks here are over  350 million years old. This makes them some of Asia's oldest rocks. The geology is quite diverse with layers of various sedimentary rocks including sandstone, mudstone, siltstone and conglomerate.  

I noted from afar, a commercial airline approach and land on the island. From my elevated position, it is rather unusual to watch planes land. As we slowly descend our way to the base station, though feeling a little light headed, nonetheless, it was one of the most exciting ride I have ever experienced.


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Oriental Village,Langkawi
Oriental Village,Langkawi
On the top station
On the top station
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