Pantai Kok: Home of the Langkawi Cable Car
By Kieron Turner
OF all the things to do on the popular island of Langkawi, the Panorama Cable Car and Skybridge usually rank right at the top of the list.
Located within the Oriental Village near Pantai Kok, the Cable Car is something that just cannot be missed on a visit to Langkawi
We visited the Langkawi Cable Car on an overcast day and after paying our admission (RM 30 for adults), the two of us boarded our cable car at the Base Station and we commenced the steep climb up the mountain. And when we say steep, we mean extremely steep!
The total length of the cable car ride is 2.2 kilometres (1.4 miles) and it reaches an elevation of 708 metres above sea level… you do the maths!
For those with a fear of heights this ride is slightly terrifying to begin with, but the views as you make your way are up are tremendous. There is lush greenery of the jungle below the cable car, you can see the beautiful ocean in the distance and before you know it you have reached the Middle Station where you can plant your feet back on solid ground for a few minutes and take some photos.
It’s then back onto the cable car to the Top Station, which has two viewing platforms and a refreshments stand. It is quite surreal feeling the cooler breeze blow past you and the temperature up here is around five degrees cooler than ground level.
There is also a pedestrian Sky Bridge at the summit of the Cable Car that takes you out further, this time between the peaks, for more amazing views.
If you’re visiting from Pantai Cenang or elsewhere on the island, a day trip to this part of Langkawi is highly recommended as there are several attractions located in the nearby area that are worth checking out.
As already mentioned the Langkawi Cable Car is located at the Oriental Village, an Asian-themed shopping village at the foothills of Mt. Machincang.
The Oriental Village is home to a variety of souvenir shops, fashion outlets and food places but for many the main shop they visit is Zon Duty Free, which sells alcohol and cigarettes at ridiculously cheap prices. For those who aren’t aware, Langkawi is an island with duty-free status.
There are also many other things to do in the Oriental Village including pony and elephant rides and Segway adventures.
Seven Wells Waterfalls
Located just a few minutes away from the Langkawi Cable Car and Oriental Village is the Seven Wells Waterfall, considered the most beautiful waterfall in Langkawi. Seven Wells received its name from the seven natural pools along its path and the legends of Langkawi associated with it say that fairies used to come down to the pools to bathe.
We hired bicycles to ride from the Berjaya Langkawi Resort to Seven Wells and were quite happy taking photos from the base of the waterfall but if you want to see the seven pools then you’ll need to make a steep climb up over 300 steps but from what we’ve been told the rewards are well worth it.
Seven Wells is within walking distance of the Oriental Village but if it’s too hot outside, it’s probably smarter to take a taxi there.
Telaga Harbour Park
The final recommended stop on your way back to your hotel if you’re staying elsewhere on the island is Telega Harbour and Perdana Quay, which is adjacent to The Danna Hotel.
Described as the most elegant dining district in all of Langkawi, Perdana Quay is home to the number one ranked restaurant on the island in Privilege and features over 10 other eateries. Could there possibly be any better way to end your day than by consuming some of the best fresh food Langkawi has to offer?
For those planning to visit this part of Langkawi, we do have one piece of advice – try to pick a clear day when visiting the Langkawi Cable Car for best views. A visit to the Cable Car of Langkawi is a non-negotiable… you just HAVE to do it if you’re coming here!
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About the author…
Kieron Turner (Australia)
Kieron is a twenty-something marketing graduate from Australia with a background in digital media and a passion for travel. He has recently returned from an extended trip around the world with his partner Amy and blogs about his adventures at Don’t Ever Look Back. You can also find him on Facebook or on Twitter.