Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My SkyCab Trip of Langkawi Island

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 9:31 AM
Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah (Malay : Langkawi Permata Kedah) is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. Langkawi Island is a duty-free island.


Langkawi Island
During the school holidays, my family, four of us went for a 5 days tour to Langkawi Island. It was of exciting experiences for my son and grandson to explore the island. My son decided to stay at traditional Tok Senik Village Resort, 10km from Kuah Town  and the ferry terminal. Since we were from the east coast, Terengganu, the beaches are common to us. Tok Senik Village Resort provide reasonable rate and basic facilities, serene spacious location surrounded by fruit orchards and forested landscape and away from town atmosphere. Lots of tourism spots to choose, the duty free shopping malls, sea activities, ancient tomb of legendary Mahsuri, the Undersea Ocean World, island hopping and exploring.

Tok Senik Village Resort
Our first mission to take a trip up to the cool Machincang mountain via the cable car system . The Base Station is conveniently located on foothill of the Machincang   mountain. The ride will be an exhilarating experience for everyone to enjoy. You will also be able to catch a glimpse of the flora and fauna that surrounds the area. My soul was down on the way up and down at the highest climb, but the family were enjoying the exciting trip.

An intermediate cable car station on the eastern ridges provides the much desired access to the eastern cliffs with its 3 vertical chimneys and the beautiful 360-degree views. For the first time, visitors would be able to observe at close range the unique geological formations of the Machincang range, which was formed around 450 million years ago.

The journey from the Base Station to Middle Station will cover 1,700 meters in distance and upon reaching the Middle Station at an elevation of 650m above sea level, visitors will be able to alight and walk up to the viewing platforms. Visitors will enjoy panoramic view of the main island as well as the many surrounding islands. They will also be able to observe at close range the unique flora on the ridges and the forested valley between the Middle Station and the Top Station.
A short walk up the stairs from the Top Station will take visitors to the two viewing platforms at the top of Machincang  mountain. Visitors will be amazed at the unfolding dramatic views from the platforms, the many unique and exciting features of Machincang, are dominating rock tower peaks providing spectacular 360 degrees panoramic views of the Langkawi islands and Southern Thailand as well as dramatic views of the deep chasms, overhangs cliff walls, isolated pinnacles and some caves. Such nature monuments are seldom seen anywhere else in this combination except in Langkawi.

The overruling height of Machincang  mountain, its commanding views over Langkawi, the western sea coast, and the dramatic views over the funnel with its staggered rock blocks will make the visitors wonder in amazement and bring the visitors so close to nature that they can practically touch it.



Completed in 2004, this suspended bridge is built on top of the Machinchang  mountain.  Accessible from the Top Station, the bridge is suspended from a  82m high single pylon and hangs at about 100m above ground. It swings out over the landscape to give visitors a unique spatial experience, and to bring them into otherwise unattainable locations, above virgin jungle with spectacular views. Notably, in contrast to a straight bridge, where the end is always monotonously in sight, a curved bridge offers spectacularly changing perspective that reinvent themselves, as one proceeds along it.


This SkyPos  post box located 708 meters above sea level is the first of its kind in Malaysia. The postcards sent home from here by visitors and tourists will undoubtedly not only promote Panorama Langkawi's attractions such as the SkyCab and SkyBridge it will also promote Langkawi and Malaysia as a whole to local and foreign recipients of this post.



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