February 23rd, 2008 – by: stephandadam
Langkawi cable car peak and the two viewing platforms
Decided to get off our backsides and actually take advantage of the fact that Langkawi has a lot more to offer than just beautiful beaches, fantastic food and cheap booze (as if that isn't enough). We went and rented a little green automatic moped which we forgot to photograph so you'll have to take our word for it that it was cute. Armed with a map that had no scale on it we "got our motor running" and set off for the Langkawi cable car which according to our map was a distance of about an inch! 45 minutes later along the almost deserted; excellent roads, we arrived at a typically well set up and efficient cable car operation, 'typical' in that we have come to expect such organisation and efficiency in Malaysia. It's going to be so difficult returning to normal countries where chaos and inefficiency rule.
View of the suspension bridge from one of the viewing platforms
The ride to the top of the mountain cost RM25 each about which is about GBP4 so as tourist things go not a bad deal. The very modern cable car whisked us up to the first station at 625m where a viewing platform allows some incredible views across the island and beaches. Best of all the height reduces the temperature by 5 degrees and there is a very pleasant cooling breeze. You can then get back into the cable car and go to an even higher station where you can practically see the whole island. There is also a suspension bridge that you can cross which leads to a path through the jungle which is for hardy souls only i.e. not us! The views were breathtaking and with the very slight haze and the clear blue sky it was impossible to tell where the sky ended and sea began.
Adam creating a dam in one of the pools at the top of the waterfall
There were a couple of yachts out on the water and with their white sails up it looked as if they could sail off into space. Luckily the fact that we were there early meant we had pods to ourselves which had made the trip up a much more romantic experience. Unfortunately on the way down a woman of a certain age and pushy as hell wasn't content to wait for the next pod and barged her way in with us. We've developed a new theory that older women are the new hooligans and that soon gangs of them will be hanging around the streets terrorising teenagers. It's happened to us too often to be coincidence.
Back on our green machine with throttle gunning, we "head out on the highway" to the Seven Wells Waterfall. Although there is a road that goes right to the top you are forced to park at the bottom and trek up the 7 and a half million steps, the actual figure may be closer to 7 or 8 hundred but with the heat factor hundreds become millions.
Steph in one of the pools at the top of the falls (clinging to dear life; mermaid-style)
It's like wind chill and temperatures. We had to stop a few times on the way up because we so so exhausted and to be honest once we got there we were a little disappointed as it's currently the dry season and the pools are not at their fullest. That said in the wet season I doubt you could go up at all as you are right on the edge of a several hundred feet drop. On close inspection we found a couple of really nice pools to get into and the cool mountain water coupled with our sweaty bodies made for a very refreshing dip indeed. One of the pools was litterally on the edge of the precipice and we got some good photos of us creating an artificial dam with our bodies and then sending a torrent over the side. No jokes about the size of the dams please!!
Back on Green Lightning "looking for adventure" we zoomed along tearing up the back towards our guesthouse stopping at a nearby Go Kart track for "whatever comes our way", with the need for speed coursing through our veins.
Us in our cable car
Unfortunately the ridiculous RM35 for 10 minutes pricetag put us off especially as we suspect that the 'fun' carts take about 15 minutes to do a lap!!! Oh well I guess we'll have squeeze into the leathers again another day and see if this time we can rent a Harley!! "Born to be wild