If you want to experience the most breathtaking views that Langkawi has to offer, look no further than the incredible Mount Machinchang, home of the iconic cable car ride and infamous Sky Bridge. Standing tall at 850-metres, it is the second-highest peak in Langkawi, and it is also south-east Asia’s oldest rock formation, formed around 550 million years ago. The sights from the top are nothing short of spectacular, with panoramic views of the stunning island and turquoise sea, stretching as far as the mainland and all the way to southwest Thailand on a clear day.
The cable car ride to the top begins at the Oriental Village near Pantai Kok. Enjoy sensational views of the lush rainforest and magnificent Seven Wells Waterfalls as you ascend. The final stop is the Sky Bridge, and you will also see several stalls selling souvenirs, snacks, and drinks when you disembark. The steel bridge is suspended from a single pylon, however, it is perfectly safe and the views are unforgettable.
An alternative to the cable car is trekking right to the highest point of the mountain. This takes approximately three hours and is only suitable for fit and experienced trekkers. The mountain is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Geopark, and the steep yet scenic hike passes some beautiful rock formations, as well as an abundance of flora and fauna, and Seven Wells Waterfall which offers a perfect place to stop and cool down. A food stall at the top provides much-needed refreshment.