“Somebody pinch me, I’m in a cable car,” That’s what I thought as we glide up to the oldest pinnacle in Southeast Asia one sunny day in June on a cable car. Of course, it has always been in my bucket list but never did it occur to me that it will be ticked sooner. The memory of how I felt was as clear as the skies that day: I was ineffably excited seated at our gondola, bathing in sunshine and surreal views.
If you look forward to a fun cable car experience but in Malaysia, here’s what you need to know about the Langkawi SkyCab at Panorama Langkawi in Kedah.
About Langkawi SkyCab
The Langkawi SkyCab is in Panorama Langkawi situated at the foot of Gunung Mat Chinchang in Burauh Bay, about 30 minutes away from Kuah town. It is known to be the Longest Free Span Single Rope Cable Car and one of the steepest gradients in the world at 42 degrees. It basically has 3 stations: the Base, Middle (650 MASL) and Top Station (708 MASL). Riding it will give you a chance to enjoy the 360 panoramic view of the glorious pinnacles of Gunung Mat Chinchang, the Andaman Sea and if you get lucky with the weather, a part of Thailand below as you take a 15-minute cable car ride from the Base to Top station that is situated at 708 MASL.
Our Langkawi SkyCab Experience
We departed from Berjaya Langkawi at 9:00 in the morning and took a five-minute drive to Oriental Village. Since we had an advance booking of tickets, our coordinator gave us our wristband tickets and express lane stickers. We then walked to the Oriental Village, through the bridges surrounded by lotuses bursting in colors and life and went straight to the building where the Base Station of the SkyCab is.
Purchasing the Express lane was a good idea. We didn’t have to fall in line and wait forever for our turn most especially that day during our visit as it was on a weekend. After few minutes of waiting, we stepped into our VIP Gondola.
The VIP Gondola was quite good enough for 6 persons. However, we’re seated shoulder to shoulder. Around us were wide glass panels just above our seats. These allow us to get an unobstructed 360 degree view of the outside. Take note that it isn’t air conditioned. There is just a small opening on top of the gondola and the glass panels for ventilation. If it’s sunny, it may get really hot so might as well wear sunscreen.
It was a feast for my eyes. I couldn’t help but be grateful about the weather that day as it allowed us to see the spectacular scene of the island itself, the islets that I later found out were Paradise 101 (a man-made island), Seraton Island and Pulao Burau, Andaman sea and even a part of Thailand from our cable car. I could not contain my excitement as we slowly ascent to the Middle station as were drawing closer to the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang. The steep gradient added fun and thrill to the ride.
The Sky Bridge
Upon arrival at the Top Station, we then took a ten-minute walk down the stairs going to the Sky Bridge. The staircase was covered by trees anyway which made the walk less exhausting. We actually had a choice of taking the Sky Glide but the line takes forever so we resorted to walking instead. After several steps down the stairs, we arrived at a lovely scene of the pinnacles emerging on the sides of a curved bridge under a clear blue skies.
We made the most of our visit in the place by walking to the view decks, taking the Sky Glide and crossing the Sky Bridge, too. The view from the cable car is unparalleled and so is the view at the bridge!
The journey back to the Base Station was a different experience. When we decided to head back, the wind blew colder as the mist started to envelop the mountains kissing the rainforest and the chasm below. It was even colder inside our Gondola. The peaks bid a dramatic goodbye to us as it hid behind the fog while the coast below warmly welcomed our descent.
Langkawi SkyCab Rates
You may choose between Glass Bottom Gondola, 360 Gondola (good for 4 to 6 persons), VIP Gondola and private Gondola upon booking. Rates vary from one gondola or station to another. Below are the current rates:
|Gondola Type||Price||No. of pax||Inclusions|
|360 Gondola||RM 155.00||shared by 4||Access to Express lane and Complimentary Entrance to SkyDome, SkyRex and 3D Art Langkawi|
|Private Gondola||RM 550.00||exclusive for 6||Access to Express lane and Complimentary Entrance to SkyDome, SkyRex and 3D Art Langkawi|
|VIP Gondola||RM 550.00||exclusive for 3||Meals, access to Express lane and complimentary Entrance to SkyDome, SkyRex and 3D Art Langkawi|
|Glass Bottom Gondola||RM 105.00||shared by 6||Access to Express lane and Complimentary Entrance to SkyDome, SkyRex and 3D Art Langkawi|
Tip: go for Express lane so you won’t have to endure the waiting game that can take forever especially during the peak season in the island.
Langkawi SkyCab Operating Hours
The Sky Cab usually operates from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM in all days of the week. However, its schedule may vary without prior notice. Hence, check their schedule posted on their Facebook page from time to time before your visit.
After bathing into the spectacular scene from above via the Sky Cab, you may also enjoy the other fun attractions at the Oriental Village such as the 3D Art Langkawi, Sky Dome, SkyRex, 6D Cinemotion, Machinchang Petland.
Things to Remember Before Visiting the SkyCab
- Outside food and drinks are NOT allowed. You may purchase at the shops inside the Oriental Village and at the Bistro at the Top Station.
- There are food and drinks for sale at the Bistro (even gelato) but make sure that you’ll bring enough cash with you.
- Wear comfortable clothes and footwear as you may do a lot of walking inside.
- The lines may be long especially on weekends and peak season. Hence, it is best to come early.
- Make sure that you’d check their operating hours and schedule. They usually change from time to time even without prior notice.
- Book your tickets in advance to save yourself from waiting. You may book here.
- Flying of drone is not allowed in the area.
- The entrance fee to the Sky Bridge and the use of Sky Glide is not included in the SkyCab fees. If you wish to visit the Sky Bridge, you can purchase the ticket at the Top Station including that of the Sky Glide.
Where to Book
Planning to visit the island and experience the sought after Langkawi SkyCab? Book your trips in advance here and use my code ANNEGUMIRAN to get 5% off.
Getting Around Langkawi Island
Take note that there are NO PUBLIC TRANSPORT in the island. The only way to get around is to rent a car. Thus, I highly recommend that you rent a car upon your arrival for a hassle-free trip in Langkawi.
Langkawi SkyCab, in a Nutshell
Overall, the Langkawi SkyCab is quite an experience in such a beautiful island. It’s indeed one for the book and a not-to-be-missed attraction when visiting Langkawi. This is just one of the many fascinating places to visit and things to do in this blessed island. If you’re up for more, check out the other best things to do in Langkawi Island especially this 2023.