The cable car station in Langkawi is located within the grounds of Langkawi Geopark Oriental Village. I have no idea the origin of its name but there are many Oriental features, like the bridge, in this Geopark. It is said this is Malaysia’s oldest land, at 550 million years! Hence, Langkawi was accorded the Global Geopark status by UNESCO on 1st June, 2007.
We were there for our cable car ride – supposedly to view the sunset, and 6pm is the BEST time to go. The cable car ride, from the foot of the Machincang mountain to its top, takes about 15 minutes, you see. Anyway, we took the ride earlier than planned because the sky was threatening to pour and thus the cable car services would be halted. From my photos, you can see that it was pretty misty, but the view cleared up slightly as we descended.
It’s a pity that during our visit, the SkyBridge was closed for maintenance and upgrading works. There is no information on when it would be accessible to the public again, but it’s all right. Safety is top priority. Anyway, despite the mist, I still managed to take plenty of photos from the viewing-deck at the top of the Machincang mountain, 700m above sea level. Under clearer skies, one would have been able to see the different colours of the sea. Green would have been the Straits of Malacca whilst blue, the Andaman Sea.
This cable car service is operated by Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd. (Prasarana), the same company that owns RapidKL (buses, monorail and LRT services in the Klang Valley).
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