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Langkawi Cable Car – What Not To Do

Langkawi Cable Car – What Not To Do

One of the top things to do in Langkawi is the Panorama Langkawi Skycab, also known as the Langkawi Cable Car. This attraction is the steepest cable car ride in the world spanning a distance of 2.2 kilometers (1.4 miles) and it provides breathtaking views of the island.

With potential for views like this, it’s hard not to get excited about visiting here.

Langkawi Cable Car Views (Credit - Shreyans Bhansali)Photo Credit: Shreyans Bhansali

Due to the cable car’s proximity to the Berjaya Langkawi Resort, we procrastinated on taking a cable car ride due to overcast weather but eventually bit the bullet and went on a slightly cloudy day.

Do not visit the Langkawi Cable Car on a cloudy day!

Things might look fine from the ground when you’re about to board the cable car.

Langkawi Cable Car Start

But by the time you reach the Middle Station at 652.5 meters above sea level, your breathtaking views will be a world away and you’ll be looking out into something like this…

Fog from Langkawi Cable Car

At the Top Station (700 meters above sea level), you’ll be walking through the clouds and visibility is even lower. Take a look at the picture below!

Walking Through Clouds

These photos only tell part of the story though. Not only will your panoramic views be ruined, you’ll endure perhaps one of the most terrifying rides of your life to reach the peak of Macincang Mountain.

The two of us are usually fine with heights but cram us into a tiny little cable car that climbs at a seemingly impossible incline of 42 degrees and we start to think a little differently. Add to that the fact the cable cars are suspended by just a couple of steel cables and even the toughest of the tough must surely feel some panic.

We were convinced that we were going to fall out of the sky and into the forest below but fortunately that didn’t happen! We were however left with severely sweaty hands and feet, Kieron in particular couldn’t even bear to look at times.

If you get to visit the Langkawi Cable Car on a sunny day, we’ll be extremely jealous and both of us would love to see your photos. It would probably rate right up there as one of the most scenic cable car rides on earth and a beautiful day out.

But if it’s a cloudy day, we say stay well away!


  1. Posted October 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I had a similar experience taking the Banff Gondola in Canada – it was a cloudy day and I couldn’t see anything! That said, it was probably half as frustrating as your experience because, even if it had been a clear day, the views in Banff wouldn’t have been nearly as stunning as Langkawi!
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    • Posted October 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah, any time the weather ruins a perfect photo opportunity it kills us! We also went to Whitehaven Beach on a cloudy day and it just didn’t look as perfect as it should have in all of our pictures.

  2. Posted October 9, 2012 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    I experienced the same thing at Montserrat which is near Barcelona. It was cold, rainy and cloudy. I had to skip the hiking.
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    • Posted October 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

      Sorry to hear that Jeff – I guess crappy weather affects all travelers at some stage!

  3. Posted October 9, 2012 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Ah, that’s too bad! At least you did it though.. you probably would have felt worse if you hadn’t gone at all :]
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    • Posted October 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Yeah that’s true. It’s something we definitely would have regretted if we didn’t do it, but determined to make it back there one day to see it on a clear day!

  4. Posted October 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Aww, boo to clouds! It stinks how much the weather can affect a travel experience sometimes.

    And that video is INTENSE! Holy cow. I think I would have been freaked out, too.
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    • Posted October 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

      We were so excited to see the view and knew that it was going to be a little bit hazy but not that bad! Haha yeah definitely one of the scariest rides of our lives which nobody would believe if you said it was on a cable car…

  5. Posted October 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Funny that I experienced a similar predicament but different situation – I visited this cable car on a gorgeous sunny day, hoping for wonderful views, only to be told that it was shut for maintenance for two weeks! Just my luck :-S
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    • Posted October 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

      It puts our mind at rest that they keep it well maintained haha but that sucks – I guess we shouldn’t complain too much then! The SkyBridge was still under maintenance when we visited too.

  6. Posted October 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    I did the same thing going up to Jungfraujoch in Switzerland…. it was a beautiful day…. until you got some altitude…. hiking in the snow and the clouds wasn’t what I was expecting…. plus I was wearing sandals as it was summer ‘below’…. no great views. But it was still fun and memorable. 🙂
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    • Posted October 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      It’s better to have done something than not have done it at all… we’ve got a hilarious video and fortunately can say we lived to tell the story! 🙂

  7. Posted October 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    When did you guys visit Langkawi? Such a shame that you only got mist at the top of the mountain 🙁

    I’ve been up the cable car twice. The first time the weather was getting really windy and halfway up there was a BIG gust of wind which made the gondola bounce at least 10 feet vertically. The emergency brakes kicked in and we stopped moving forward but kept bouncing a few feet vertically. That was certainly a heart-racing moment!

    That excitement was worth it though. I really enjoyed the view from the top and went up again when I visited a few years later 🙂
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    • Posted October 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

      Oh jeez – we shouldn’t complain too much then, that sounds absolutely terrifying! Hopefully we’ll be able to make it back there and see a much nicer view one day. 🙂

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