Langkawi Cable Car

  • Located on the top of mount Mat Cincang of a height of 708 meters from sea level
  • The steepest cable car gradient in the world (42 degrees) and offering breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys, islands and the Andaman Sea. 
  • The entry to the cable car is at the Oriental Village located at the foothill of Mount Mat Cincang in Pantai Kok.
  • Once you buy the tickets at the counter, you will be guided to the waiting area and move towards the cable car pedestal in a queue.
  • The gondolas (cable cars) keep coming every half a minute or so. Each car has a capacity of six persons.  If there is a queue, six persons will be required to get into a car.
  • There are two sections of the ride. The first section takes you to the middle station, and the second section to the top station. The gradient or the slope in the first section is supposed to be the steepest in the world (42°). 

View from the cabin.

  • You can see the peak  where the middle station is located  
  • As the gondola starts moving up, you will feel how the temperature starts dropping quickly. You will soon get cool breeze flowing in through the ventilation slit.
  • If you look up, you can see the middle station far way up on a ridge top, if you look down you can see the buildings of Oriental Village with their gabled red roofs and becoming tinier by the seconds… it’s an awesome sight.   
  • Looking down from the Cable Car. You can see the  islands and tiny cottages of Oriental Village
  • The total distance covered in the ride up to the top station is about 2.1 km. On the way you get fascinating view of the mountain flora, rain forests, valleys, waterfalls and sometimes even wildlife and many types of birds on the ridges. 

So what can you see from the viewing platforms?

  • Actually there are two such platforms at the top station, one on the left and the other on the right of the cable car station. There are two short flights of stairs to reach up to the platforms that offer 360° views.
  • On a clear day you will see the many tiny island scattered in Andaman sea down below, the blue waters, towering mountains, caves and overhanging cliff walls in a panoramic setting. You can also see some parts of Indonesia towards south west and Thailand towards north.  
  • On one side you will see the Langkawi Skybridge, a magnificent curved suspension bridge which is one of the greatest feats of engineering. You will need to walk on the bridge to believe the kind of creation it is. You get a different perspective of the surroundings as you walk over it. You can reach the bridge from the top station.  
  • Below you can see the food stall  There is a walking trail known as Sky Trail from the top station that goes down to the middle station and then all the way down to the base station and also to Seven Wells (Telaga Tujuh) waterfall. The trail goes through forested land. The entire stretch is about 2.2kms. While walking down may not be difficult, walking up can be quite arduous.  

Facilities at the Langkawi Cable Car Stations 

  • The base station is at Oriental Village which is full of quaint stores and eateries.
  • There is a small cafe at the top station selling all kinds of snacks including burgers, grilled sandwiches, chicken and fish items, cold drinks etc.  
  • You will also find local artists offering to make a sketch or caricature of your face right in front of you. Or you can buy a photo souvenir capturing an instance of your own ride.
  • There are small handcrafted items, souvenirs & gifts sold at the stations. One of most interesting ones is the replica of your hand that a craftsman makes with wax and you can choose the colors.
  • You will also find kiosks for reflexology which is kind of a foot massage that you can take while enjoying the great views all around.
  • There is a post box at the top station at an altitude of 708 meters from where you can post a letter, a postcard or a greeting card to anyone you like anywhere. There are free toilets and washrooms.  
  • Skydome: A hi-tech 11-meter fulldome theater has been installed outdoor in July 2014. It can accommodate up to 50 persons and offers spectacular 360-degree 3D projections of galaxy, astronomy etc using 12 projectors. The shows take 10 minutes each and run between the cable car arrival and departure. It helps making the waiting time enjoyable.  

Some facts about Langkawi Cable Car 

  • The total inclined distance covered by the cable car from the base to the top station is 2.16 kms.
  • The middle station is at a distance of 1.7kms from the base. The vertical rise to the top is 680 meters although the top station is at an altitude of 708 meters from the sea level. 
  • The haul rope has a diameter of 50-milimeters. The Malaysia Book of Records has endorsed the Langkawi cable car having the longest free span single rope of 919.5 meters.
  • This longest free span is between the second tower and the middle station. Although the design speed is 5-meters per second, the cable car is operated at a speed of 3-meters per second. 
  • It was constructed during the period April 2001 to August 2002, and was opened to public in October 2002. Public enjoyed free rides during the first month. One way journey takes about 15 minutes (round trip 28 minutes) excluding the waiting time at the stations.  

  • Opening Hours Monday to Thursday: Entry 10am to 7pm (closes by 8pm) 
  • Friday to Sunday (and Public Holidays): Entry 9:30am to 7pm (closes by 8pm)
  • Indicative Rate Adult: RM45 per adult. Child (from 2-12): RM30. Includes Skydome. There is no time limit once you enter as long as you come out by the time it closes for the day. 
  • Express Ticket: RM95 per person. You can avoid the long queue at the waiting area. Includes Skydome and SkyRex. The above rates are for foreign tourists. Malaysian citizens with Mykad cards have lower rates. Combo tickets are also available combining cable car with 6D movie, duck tour, sky dome etc. You can also book a gondola for private ride. Costs RM460  

Location & Contacts Address: Langkawi Cable Car, Oriental Village, Burau Bay,  07100 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia Phone: +604 959 4225 / 1225; Email: Panorama Langkawi Sdn. Bhd. is the company that operates the Langkawi Cable Car.  It’s located at the north western side of Langkawi in Patai Kok area. You can take a taxi or a rental car to reach the cable car which operates from the Oriental Village. One way taxi fare from the Pantai Cenang to Oriental Village is RM26 and takes about 20 minutes to reach. Kep the taxi waiting or else you may not get one for your return.  

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