Langkawi Cable Car, Malaysia

Its pretty unusual seeing women wearing head scarfs getting into a cable car. Its even more unusual to be doing it your self it shorts and sweating! The locals had their cardigans and jackets though – because at the top of the Langkawi cable car – its actually surprisingly cool – over 700m above sealevel its usually about 5C than the bottom!  If you’ve ever been in a modern Swiss cable car – then the car is absolutely standard, they slow down, but don’t stop for loading, and carry around 6 passengers each.  The odd thing is that you are catching it in a tropical island!

Langkawi is a beautiful island, with lovely beaches, but tends to be skipped over by Western tourists- most of the tourists here are local. The village at the bottom of the cable car is very clean and pristine, and feels a little “Disneyland meets the east”.

We used it as an interesting way to get to southern Thailand – taking a boat to Koh Lipe the next day.

Langkawi Cable Car, Malaysia



  1. Martin Pietrzak on May 18, 2012 at 2:41 am

    We were tempted to go on the cable car while in Langkawi, but after Hong Kong we decided to stick to the beaches. Langkawi was an amazing place…We enjoyed the town too but had a slight issue with the unpleasant scent from the sewage system….

    • Elisabeth on May 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Ah yes the smell of Asia – can’t quite convey that on a blog yet!

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