MalaysiaLangkawi $$$$$ All Year Mostly Outdoor
Cable Car

Langkawi SkyCab

Soar up to the tip of Langkawi's second tallest mountain, Gunung Machinchang on Langkawi SkyCab, the world's steepest cable car. The 15-minute ride in a standard or glass-bottom gondola will have you soaring above the Langkawi's lush rainforest to see nearby waterfalls, beaches, rock formations, and wildlife from a new perspective.

The SkyCab connects to 3 stations, starting at the base station within Langkawi Oriental Village. Next stop is the middle station to access an observation platform with views over the eastern mountains, then take the cable car up even higher to the top station, located 708m above sea level. From here, you can access 2 viewing platforms perched upon Gunung Machinchang's peak with views stretching over Langkawi and the archipelago of islands in the Andaman Sea.

The top station is also the location to purchase tickets to engineering marvel, Langkawi Sky Bridge, a curved pedestrian bridge suspended over the jungle.

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Price

Adult: from RM85 (USD$20.50), Child (2-12yrs): from RM65 ($15.67)

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Time Spent

1.5-3hours

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

9:30am-7pm7 days

Look Around

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Soaring above the rainforestSoaring above the rainforest
Sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding islandsSweeping views of the ocean and surrounding islands
Close to the topClose to the top
Coming down to the Oriental VillageComing down to the Oriental Village
View from inside the SkyCab
Top station observation platformTop station observation platform
View from middle station platformView from middle station platform
Love locks at top stationLove locks at top station
Top station from middle stationTop station from middle station
Observation platforms

Who Will Like Langkawi SkyCab

Bucketlist Bandit

Take a glass bottom gondola to feel as though your floating in thin air. Keep your ticket as proof you've ridden on steepest cable car in the world and Malaysia's longest free span mono-cable car.

Photography Whiz

Be prepared to capture draw-dropping panoramas of the island and surrounding sea.

Fun Expert

Feel the rush as you travel up the steepest cable car in the world. The steepest point is right below the middle station. For extra fun, ride in a glass bottom gondola to see how high you've come.

Nature Lover

Admire panoramic views of the Langkawi archipelago and rainforest from the upper station observation decks. Visitors with keen eyesight may spot eagles soaring above the sea or monkeys jumping between nearby trees.

Luxury Maven

Choose a VIP gondola for an extra fee to enjoy a private cab with leather seats, music, and food and drink to enjoy along the ride.

Insider Tips For Langkawi SkyCab

  • The SkyCab provides views over Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park, one of 3 main sections within Langkawi's UNESCO World Geopark. With unique rock formations, flora, and fauna, the area sheds insight into the formation of the earth up to 500 million years ago.
  • To reach the SkyCab ticket desk, visitors must walk through the Oriental Village which has many restaurants, food stalls, and duty-free stores, as well as clothing, jewelry, and souvenir shops.
  • Some ticket queues take cash only. Make sure you are waiting at a counter accepting card payments before lining up if paying by debit or credit card.
  • Standard tickets include return journey in a normal gondola shared with up to 5 other people, entry to the middle station and upper station observation decks, and entry to the 3D Art Museum (located in the Oriental Village). Optional extras include express lane for ticket purchase; glass bottom, panorama, private, and VIP gondolas; and additional experiences like the Sky Bridge, and Sky Dome (purchased separately).
  • The ticket desk has a printed calendar of cruise ships visiting Langkawi. Visit on a day with no cruise ships to avoid crowds. Also avoid public holidays when many locals visit.
  • Check the weather forecast before visiting to avoid getting caught in the rain or having your view over the island restricted by rainclouds. Refunds are not given due to inclement weather.
  • If short on time, skip getting off at the middle station as there may be a long wait for another gondola to the top station.
  • Attractions available at the top station include a souvenir store (SkyBoutique), bistro (SkyBistro), love lock engraving, a postbox to purchase and send postcards (SkyPos), and the Langkawi Sky Bridge… yes, everything starts with the word "sky".
Entrance from carpark Entrance from carpark
Shopping storesShopping stores
Central pavilionCentral pavilion
Man-made lakeMan-made lake
Directions to village attractionsDirections to village attractions
Oriental Village
Queue to buy ticketsQueue to buy tickets
Cruise ship calendarCruise ship calendar
Ticket booth

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Where Is It

Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

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How To Get There

Taxi

Taxis are available at the Oriental Village entrance.

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Rideshare

Drivers pick up and drop off at the Oriental Village entrance.

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Motorbike

Free parking for scooters and motorbikes along the verge opposite the main carpark. Look for breaks in the fence to avoid walking around to the driveway.

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Car

Large, public carpark with autopay facilities. "Privilege parking" in a closer carpark costs RM10 (USD$2.41).

RM4 (USD$0.96)

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What To Bring

Do:
  • Comfortable shoes as you will spend a lot of time on your feet.
  • Cash although some ticket counters accept card payment.
  • Camera.
Don't:
  • Food and drink inside the cable car.
  • Anyone afraid of heights.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yesflash is ok

Tripod allowed: Yes

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Late Morning

Tips: Use a wide-angled lens to shoot friends or family within the Sky Cab with a beautiful sky-blue backdrop. Switch to a telephoto zoom to capture other cabs passing by.

Drones

Drones allowed: Not encouraged

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

  • SkyBistro - A cafe offering barista coffee, cold drinks, and light meals like wraps, sandwiches, and burgers.

Several dining options from local food stands to international restaurants are located within the Oriental Village near the base station.

Backstory

The Langkawi SkyCab first opened in 2002 after an 18-month-long construction period. It soon received certification from the Malaysia Book of Records as the Longest Free Span Mono-Cable at 950 meters.

The journey from the base station to the peak of Gunung Machinchang is 2.2km with a 680-meter climb, taking around 15 minutes each way. The slope between base and middle station is 42 degrees, making it the steepest cable car in the world.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Wait patiently in queues.
  • Obey all safety signage.
  • Make room for other visitors on the observation decks as they are quite narrow.
  • Stay seated during the cable car ride.
Don't:
  • Try to open the gondola doors - they are automatic.
  • Panic during the cable car ride.
  • Smoke in the gondola.
  • Jump or move around in the gondola.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Views over the island and ocean from the upper station viewing platforms.
  • Availability of glass bottom gondolas to see how high you travel.
  • Exhilarating ride for thrill-seekers.
Could Be Better:
  • Crowded especially when cruise ships are in.
  • Expensive tickets, souvenirs, and food & drink.
  • Often long wait for the gondola type on your ticket e.g. glass bottom.
  • Confusing ticket packages with many optional extras available.
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