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Langkawi SkyCab cable car and Sky Bridge – A Complete Guide

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Langkawi is full of fun adventure activities, beautiful beaches and endless nature. However, the top attraction is something a little different! Regarded as the number one thing to do in Langkawi according to Tripadvisor and most travel guides, Langkawi SkyCab cable car is a must-see during your visit. Not for the faint hearted, you’ll enjoy not only one, but two cable car rides up Machinchang Mountain. There’s also a cool suspension bridge at the top of the cable car ride, the Langkawi SkyBridge.

Epic views, unique jungle scenery and several viewpoints make it well worth the trip. There are also a number of attractions at the base of the cable car station.

In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Langkawi SkyCab cable car and SkyBridge attractions. We’ll share how to get there, things to see in the nearby area, how much the cable car ride costs and some helpful tips and tricks for your visit.

What is the Langkawi SkyCab cable car?

Langkawi Skybridge Cable Car, also known as the SkyCab is the most popular activity on the island. Even if you’re slightly afraid of heights – it’s one not to be missed! The Langkawi SkyCab was built in 2003, making it a fairly new and modern attraction. The SkyCab provides an aerial link from the Oriental Village, at the base of the cable car, all the way up to the peak of Gunung Machinchang, which sits at a staggering 3120ft above sea level. What’s one of the best things about the Langkawi cable car? It’s the steepest cable car in the entire world, at an angle of 42°.

Is the Langkawi SkyCab worth visiting?

As mentioned previously, the Langkawi SkyCab cable car experience is the most popular activity to do in Langkawi. If there’s only one thing you do during your time in Langkawi, it’s this. Afterall, wouldn’t it be cool to tell your family and friends you’ve been on the world’s steepest cable car? The amazing views from the cable car, the viewpoints from the mountain-top and the Langkawi Skybridge all make it worth the trip.

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How to get to Langkawi SkyCab

The Langkawi SkyCab is located to the south west of the island. Here are the best ways to get there, no matter where you’re staying in Langkawi.   

  • The easiest, and most convenient way to get to Langkawi cable car is by Grab taxi. Grab is Malaysia’s version of Uber and taxis are fast, reliable and affordable. Simply download the ‘Grab’ app on your phone, create an account and order a ride.
  • Another way to get to the SkyCab is by hiring a car or moped. It’s fairly easy to get around Langkawi by car, as there are fewer cars on the roads compared to the likes of Kuala Lumpur. Cars and moped rentals are convenient ways to explore the island at your leisure. You’ll find plenty of parking spaces at the entrance of Langkawi SkyCab.
  • The final option is by tour bus. Some tourists book the SkyCab as part of an organised tour. This is a good option for those that want everything planned out for them and want to see a few different attractions in addition to the cable car.

Top things to see at the Langkawi cable car attraction

Langkawi SkyCab is not one cable car ride, but two, plus some excellent viewpoints, a bridge and much more. We recommend allocating at least 2 hours for the cable car experience in order to see everything it has to offer. Here’s a breakdown of what’s in store for you.

Cable car ride no. 1

Your cable car journey will begin from the base station, where you’ll enjoy a scenic 15-minute ride up to the first viewing platform. It’s a great time to get your camera out to take some photos and videos of the impressive views. The first cable car ride is the longest and contains the steepest ascent. It’s nerve-wracking yet exhilarating!

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Viewing platform number 1

After the first 15-minute cable car ride, you’ll have the opportunity to stop off at the first viewing platform. Admire the views from up above and experience panoramic views of Langkawi Island. From the viewpoint, you can see Telaga Marina, jungle scenery and the many small islands to the south. There are a few benches, a public toilet and a small shop next to the viewing deck.

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Eagle’s Nest SkyWalk

If you’re feeling brave, test your nerve by walking across the free-standing 38-meter glass platform at Langkawi SkyCab’s latest attraction, the Eagle’s Nest SkyWalk. This new attraction features an eagle head that peers out from the mountainside, at 650 metres above sea level. It’s a thrilling viewing deck and one that’s not to be missed!

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Cable car ride no. 2

To reach the top of Gunung Machinchang, you’ll need to hop on a second cable car from the first viewing deck. The ride only takes a few minutes, and you’ll get to enjoy more views of Langkawi. This cable car ride takes you over a valley and you’ll catch your first glimpse of the Langkawi SkyBridge as you cross. It’s a shorter ride but it’s just as fun!

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Main viewing deck

After the second cable car ride, you’ll arrive at the largest platform on the mountain. This huge viewing deck sits at one of the highest points of the mountain and it has plenty of viewing spots and relaxation areas. Take a seat and admire the view, or grab a drink and a snack at the sky-high restaurant.

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Nature walk / SkyGlide

A pleasant surprise during our visit to the Langkawi SkyCab cable car is the nature walk to reach the Langkawi SkyBridge. On this peaceful and serene walk, you’ll come across various species of plants, fauna, trees and you might even see some of the island’s residents, the cheeky macaques. It’s a 10-minute walk to reach the bridge from the main viewing deck. The hike down is easy. However, it can be a struggle to get back up due to the high heat and many staircases. An alternative to the nature trail is to pay an additional fee and take the slow-moving funicular, which is known as the SkyGlide. It’s a fast and easy way to reach Langkawi SkyBridge.

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Langkawi SkyBridge

The final stop off point before heading back down the mountain is the SkyBridge. This impressive structure ranks amongst the world’s longest curve suspension bridges. Here, you’ll get to enjoy 360-degree views of Langkawi whilst taking in the breath-taking surroundings. There’s even a glass-bottom section as you walk across the bridge if you’re feeling brave! The entrance ticket for the Langkawi Skybridge can be bought with your SkyCab cable car ticket and is only a small additional cost. It’s well worth the price! The SkyBridge is one of Malaysia’s most famous attractions!

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FAQs

Top tip: book a standard ticket (not an express lane ticket) if you’re visiting during the week at non-peak times of the year. If there’s a queue when you arrive, you can always upgrade in person.

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Our top tips for visiting Langkawi SkyCab cable car

  • Book your tickets in advance via GetYourGuide during busier times of the year.
  • Avoid visiting during the weekend, especially during peak times of the year. We recommend visiting before 10am if possible.
  • Check opening times before arrival so you’re not waiting around waiting for it to open. You can view current attraction times on the official website here.
  • If you’re visiting during off season/ during the week, an express ticket may not be necessary. You can always upgrade when you arrive if it’s busy.
  • Monitor the weather forecast and try to visit on a clear, sunny day. The SkyCab may close during storms, heavy rain or windy weather.
  • Visit other attractions on the same day at the Langkawi cable car and Sky Bridge. There’s lots to see in the Telaga area. We recommend visiting this attraction first thing in the morning and then exploring the other attractions once you’ve returned to the base station. Continue reading for recommendations on what else you can see in the area.
  • Celebrating a special occasion? Consider booking a VIP cable car experience.

Other attractions in the nearby area

Oriental Village

Located at the base of the cable car ride is the picturesque and highly Instagram-able Oriental Village. It’s full of colourful buildings! Some of the best features at the Oriental Village include the lake, which is full of unique species of fish, wooden bridge walkways and the double decker bus which takes you around the entire village. There are also gift shops if you’re looking to buy a souvenir, cafés, restaurants, bars, and even a 7 Eleven. We recommend visiting the Oriental Village after the SkyCab for a drink and a bite to eat.

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3D Art in Paradise Museum

The excitement continues after you’ve arrived safely to ground. The biggest 3D interactive art museum is located right next to the Oriental Village, and the best part – entrance is free for those who have purchased a ticket for the Langkawi SkyCab. Therefore, remember to keep your cable car entry ticket. This impressive 3D Art Museum holds over 100 3D paintings and wall murals across different themes. Explore the 9 unique zones and follow the information cards next to the artwork to ensure you capture that perfect 3D picture! We had low expectations for this place but ended up having a lot of fun!

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Telaga Tujuh Waterfall

Along with Temurun Waterfall, Telaga Tujuh Waterfall is one of the best waterfalls to check out when visiting Langkawi. It measures a whopping 91 meters. The waterfall is located deep within the jungle, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a group of mischievous macaques, tropical birds and other animals along the way. There are 2 sections to the waterfall, and you’ll need to cross a jungle trail to reach both areas.

The top of the waterfall has nice views of the valley, rock pools where you can swim and a fun natural water slide. The base of the waterfall is where you can see the waterfall in all its glory. It’s a nice place to relax with a picnic.

You can walk to Telaga Tujuh Waterfall in 10-minutes from the Oriental Village/Langkawi SkyCab area.

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We hope you find our guide to Langkawi SkyCab cable car and Sky Bridge useful and can use it to plan an upcoming visit. Remember to check the weather and opening times before setting off and arrive early to beat the crowds. We’re confident you’ll have an amazing day out!

We’d love to hear from you about your experience at the world’s steepest cable car, so be sure to leave us a comment down below. Equally, if you have a question about Langkawi’s cable car attraction or need help planning your trip, send us a message.

BY SUSIE

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I’m a passionate traveller that loves a sunny beach holiday, but also appreciate the cultural side to a trip and checking out undiscovered destinations. I’m the go-to Toucan Traveller for great holiday stories, cool photos and foodie recommendations.

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