For some reason, Malaysians like to take a cable car up into the mountains. I already went up with the cable car to Genting Highlands and Penang, and now it was Langkawi’s turn. With the Langkawi SkyCab, the steepest cable car in the world, 708 meters up for a stunning view.
I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this. I had barely survived Penang Hill, in my experience, and still had to recover from this. But if you are in Langkawi and this is called the biggest tourist attraction of the island, you have no choice but to go. I also thought the weather didn’t look very promising, which means I saw clouds. In the queue for the tickets, there was a sign, even though it wasn’t pointing at us, with the cable car being closed in case of bad weather. Don’t even think about sitting in such a small wobbly booth with lightning and thunder. A real nightmare if you’d ask me.
With clammy hands, this isn’t the first time I’ve had this, we got into the gondola. Opposite us, two Malaysians who were very excited to go up. Instead of moving your weight a bit, I thought that was a smart and necessary thing to do, they were sitting close together and enjoyed the view. In my imagination, I could see us hanging more and more to one side and finally collapsing into the abyss. If that had been the case, I wouldn’t have been able to write this blog, so luckily nothing was going on, and we arrived at the top 15 long minutes later.
At least I thought we’d arrived upstairs, but this was just the middle station. Not that it matters much in terms of view. You’re then at 650 meters above sea level, and this is a good indication of what Langkawi and the surrounding islands look like. It is indeed beautiful, and I was especially happy to be back on the ground again. The end station, located at 708 meters, brings you to the top of the Machincang mountain. According to the website, you will find yourself on rocks that are over 550 million years old!