Langkawi Cable Car
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A journey on the Langkawi Cable Car commences from the
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.
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.
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
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
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.