Friday, July 11, 2008

Fun in Langkawi, Malaysia

One of the scariest cable car rides I’ve ever had was the one in Langkawi.

The Langkawi cable car is located at the Oriental Village near Pantai Kok. The ride takes visitors all the way up to Mount Mat Cincang which is Langkawi’s second highest peak.
Look at that steep climb!

The ascent up Mount Mat Cincang was quite an unnerving experience for me. I thought the ride to be quite “bumpy”. Having a fear of heights did not help matters obviously so my knuckles were white by the time I reached safety … on the ground.

At around 600 metres up the mountain, the cable car stops at the first station where we disembarked to admire the views from the observatory deck before getting onto another cable car to get to the final station.

The view of the rainforest at the final station is simply magnificent. There is a steel bridge suspended across Mount Mat Cincang where visitors can enjoy the fantastic experience of literally walking “across” a mountain. As awe-inspiring as it is, it was still a mighty scary experience for me!

At the Oriental Village below, there are the usual souvenir shops that cater to the incessant tourist traffic. There’s a little rabbit farm at one end of the Oriental Village where kids can have fun feeding the rabbits. The hungry rabbits would clamour around for carrot sticks that can be purchased at the farm. Be prepared to buy lots coz the rabbits are too cute and hungry!
On our way back to Kuah, we made a stop at The Loaf Bakery at Telaga Harbour. The Loaf is owned by our illustrious former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and serves Japanese style breads. As expected, the breads are premium-priced but then again, you get premium quality breads.
The many luxury yachts berthed at the harbour provides a picturesque view for photos! There are a few restaurants lining the harbourfront for al-fresco dining although it was relatively quiet when we were there in the afternoon.

We also visited Pantai Cenang on the last day of our holiday. How could we miss it? It has one of the most beautiful beaches in Langkawi. Imagine soft white sand and rolling waves. There were plenty of hermit crabs to keep the kids busy!

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