Anyone who suffers from a fear of heights should definitely brave Langkawi Sky Bridge. One look at this curvaceous bridge will probably get even those with minor acrophobia the shivers from head to toe. Jokes aside, this beautiful bridge is definitely one of the best places to visit in Langkawi. After all, think about the effort it took just to construct this cable bridge which literally uses 82 meters worth of single pylon in order to hold it together. Not to mention the fact that it is located 2,300 ft above sea level and you will really appreciate the hard work and ingenuity put in so that visitors can enjoy the scenic view around Mount Mat Cinchang.
If you are travelling from another state or country, do be mindful of local customs. Langkawi is an island which welcomes tourism as its main income generator so the locals are pretty much used to all sorts of shenanigans by visitors. Still, it is always wise to follow the crowd especially when you are travelling because it will give you a better understanding of local culture. Also, it would be great if you picked up a few local Malay words along the way. Something simple like “Terima Kasih” (thank you) will warm their hearts and make the locals even more predisposed to aid and assist you.
To get to the Sky Bridge, all you need to do is get onto the Cable Car at the Oriental Village end. You might want to put on something a little warmer once the cable car gets started, though, because the draft does get a little chilly after a while. Once you get used to the fact that you are in a moving vehicle many feet above sea level and suspended by the tiniest of mechanisms, feel free to look around and enjoy the view. This will give you a good taste of what beholds you once you get onto the bridge itself.
One of the best things about this curved bridge is the fact that it gives you endless panoramic view of the surrounding areas. You would be surprised at what you can see just by walking along the 125 meters of the bridge! One of my favourite views would be that of the Andaman Sea. Check it out especially on stormy days when the wind is raging and the waves are rolling about. The bridge lifts a little bit during windy days but it is still pretty manageable. Other than that, some tourists have also been awed by the fact that Thailand’s Tarutao Island – even though 13 kilometres away – is clearly visible from certain vantage points of the bridge.
Another thing I love about the design of the Sky Bridge is the fact that there are two platforms located at different points of the bridge. Although you might be happy to just saunter along until the end, it would be great to take some time to go up to these platforms. Photo opportunities abound as different parts of the skyline can be seen from these two platforms. If you see someone taking a photograph of his or her family, why not be nice and offer to take a group photo for them? You might even make friends along the way.
Of course, there are many different things to do in Langkawi besides visiting the Sky Bridge. One great way to go about Langkawi would be by hiring a local guide to bring you around. This will help support the local tourism sector while at the same time be an enriching experience for you simply because you will get local insight to the island. You will enjoy your holiday more simply for the fact that you now understand more about Langkawi than the average tourist. Also, if you’ve promised to send photos back to the guides with a testimonial on how much you had fun during your holiday, do keep your promise. It will definitely be much appreciated.
Yes, Langkawi does have many things to offer to the intrepid traveller and ecotourism and the Sky Bridge is a welcome addition to the many tourist sites peppered all around the island. It was definitely a good idea to construct the bridge so that many more people will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the island at such a vantage point. The next time you travel to this part of the world, be sure you make a pit stop at this island which has many things to offer the appreciative traveller!
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