Not long ago, we spent a few days in Langkawi with my parents in order to attend a conference. Being ourselves, though, we couldn't possibly go to Langkawi and just do official conference stuff--so we squeezed in some fun adventures, including a visit to what claims to be the steepest cable car in the world.
I myself have not measured the incline of cable car tracks in the world so I cannot attest to the truth of that statement, but I can say I've ridden lots of cable cars in a number of different countries and this is the only one that's ever made me uncomfortable in terms of height/steepness at which you are ascending.
Angel and I had already ridden the SkyCab a year ago, so, now, being obvious experts on the SkyCab experience, we made sure we arrived first thing at opening time on a weekday. Because of this, there was absolutely no line when we arrived and the four of us shared one gondola on the cable car with no strangers.
I achieved some pretty sweet photos of the cable path we were following by sticking my camera out a little open window in the top of the gondola...I'm not sure if that's a recommended practice for camera safety, but I was very impressed that my camera was able to capture the beautiful view even though I was just clicking the button, not able to see where exactly I was pointing it.
We ran into some pretty thick cloud cover that obscured half of the view from the middle station, and I found it very amusing to pose with the thick white "view" from that point, but we quickly re-boarded the cable car and headed up to the top station.
On a previous visit, Angel and I had visited the SkyBridge as well, but on this visit, we could see that part of the SkyBridge was under renovation, and we felt no need to pay the extra fee to walk on the bridge--but we enjoyed drinking in the views of Langkawi and surrounding islands from the top platforms. Thankfully, from this vantage, our views were unobscured, and while it was sunny, the altitude kept it from being too warm up there.
He's always protecting his fair skin from the sun...
A happy surprise was when Angel spotted chocolate-covered apples at the little cafe. I had spotted them, too, but I refused to believe that they were actually chocolate-covered apples until we had definitive proof. They made a great snack after the exertion of riding an extremely steep cable car all the way up a mountain.
On the way down, Dad recited facts about the strength and properties of steel and steel cables in order to calm Mom's nerves ( #nerd #mechanicalengineer ), and we really enjoyed a bird's eye view of distant waterfalls and boats in the ocean far below us.
After descending the mountain, we did the other too experiences included in the basic ticket we bought--SkyRex and SkyDome. Both are short, rather gimmicky, cheesy video/rides. What amused us is that vomiting is absolutely not permitted. I actually think this is a great rule and if we simply institute a complete ban on vomiting we'd have a more peaceful world with fewer upset stomachs. Now, how to get flu viruses and hormones and medicinal side effects and inner ears to agree with this proposal...
Have you ever ridden in a cable car?