Day 15: Last day in Langkawi

Today was our last day in Langkawi and we wanted to make the most of it. Our plan was to fit in as many activities as we could before our flight back to KL. As we were getting ready to leave, it began raining and what we expected to be a 15-20 minutes quick storm turned out to be 3+ hours of heavy rain (Thank you tropical weather!)

Finally the rain subsided and we began our short 30 min journey to the Langkawi Cable Car aka the SkyCab.

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Riding on the cable car was definitely one of the highlights of our journey. The Langkawi Cable Car was recognized by the Malaysia Book of Records as ‘the longest free span single rope cable car’ (950m  between Tower 2 and Middle Station) with one of the steepest gradients in the world, at 42 degrees.

It looked much steeper riding in the cable car than the picture does justice

It looked much steeper riding in the cable car than the picture does justice

The SkyCab ride starts at the Oriental Village, which is one of the region’s most unique duty-free shopping, cultural and culinary destinations, and ends at the top of the Gunung Mat Cincang mountain range. All in all the cable cars travel a distance of over 2 kilometers up a vertical height of 680 meters.The view from both the Middle Station and the Top Station was breathtaking and we managed to take some pretty good pictures before the fog started to come in. Both stations have viewing platforms overseeing the Andaman Sea and the Langkawi island group. On a clear day visitors can also see  mainland Kedah and even the Tarutao Islands of Thailand.

A panoramic view from Middle Station

A panoramic view from Middle Station

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O-H-I-O at the Middle Station

O-H-I-O at the Middle Station

O-H-I-O + Sam at the Top Station

O-H-I-O + Sam at the Top Station

Another impressive attraction at the Top Station was the 125 m long SkyBridge which is suspended from a 82m high single pylon and hangs at about 100m above ground. Unfortunately for us, the SkyBridge was closed until further notice for renovation and upgrading.

The SkyBridge. We will have to go to Langkawi again when it opens!

The SkyBridge. We will have to go to Langkawi again when it opens!

After this magnificent ride we stopped by the Oriental Village for some souvenir shopping and then made our way back to the hotel.

Our innkeepers once again showed how nice and hospitable they are and allowed us to check out late just before our evening flight back to KL. After a wonderful final dinner at the Cactus Restaurant we headed to the airport and back to work in KL.