Comprised of 99 islands (five more at low tide) on Malaysia’s western coast, Langkawi is the postcard image of a tropical paradise. With Langkawi Island as a base, travelers come from around the globe to explore the archipelago. These are some of your best island-hopping options.
Mt. Machinchang (Gunung Mat Chinchang)
Telaga Harbour Park, Langkawi, Malaysia
Whether you ascend Mt. Machinchang in the Langkawi Cable Car, with sweeping views over many of the Langkawi archipelago’s 99 islands, or hike along trails such as the one from Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh Waterfall), you’ll likely land up at the Panorama Langkawi complex. Besides the Sky Bridge, enjoy stores, eateries, a 3D trick art gallery, and a range of cinema experiences, including a “6D” extravaganza—or simply capture a selfie amid the spectacular views.
Things to know before you go
- The cable car and Sky Bridge make Mt. Machinchang a must for first-time visitors.
- The panorama area is stroller-friendly and most kids will love the experience. Invest in skip-the-line cable car tickets to avoid frustrations in the queue.
- The Mt. Machinchang complex is generally wheelchair-friendly. Both the cable car and the Sky Bridge are wheelchair-accessible, although travelers who rely on wheelchairs will need to prebook tickets for the SkyGlide service to reach the bridge.
How to get there
Mt. Machinchang (and the Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park) sit in the west of Langkawi, about a 20-mile (32-kilometer) drive from Kuah. With no public transport on the island, your easiest way to reach the cable car station and the mountain is to self-drive, join a tour, hire a driver, or negotiate with a local taxi.
When to get there
The Langkawi Cable Car and the Panorama Complex are open from morning until early evening. It’s worth timing your visit to avoid Malaysian public holidays, the Lunar New Year period, and weekends.
Hiking Mt. Raya (Gunung Raya)
Many travelers looking for a more classic mountain experience follow their Mt. Machinchang trip with a visit to Mt. Raya (Gunung Raya) in the center of the island. At 2,890 feet (881 meters), it’s the tallest mountain on Langkawi. Drive or hike an 8-mile (13-kilometer) paved road, or climb 4,287 stairs through the trees. An elevator at the top offers dramatic island views.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Mt. Machinchang (Gunung Mat Chinchang)?
Attractions near Mt. Machinchang (Gunung Mat Chinchang):
What else should I know about attractions in Langkawi?
- Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi (Langkawi Crocodile Farm)
- Atma Alam Batik Art Village
- Langkawi Craft Complex (Kompleks Kraf Langkawi)
- Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh Waterfall)
- Oriental Village Langkawi
- Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)
- Mahsuri's Tomb (Makam Mahsuri)
- Langkawi Sky Bridge
- Rice Museum (Laman Padi Langkawi)
- Underwater World Langkawi
- Tanjung Rhu
- Galeria Perdana
- Eagle Square (Dataran Lang)
- Lagenda Park (Taman Lagenda)
- Pulau Payar Marine Park