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“Breathtaking But No Safety Measures”
Review of Gunung Mat Cincang

Gunung Mat Cincang
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Cable Car and Oriental Village Tour from Langkawi
Ranked #34 of 97 things to do in Langkawi
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

We took the cable car ride up Gunung Mat Chinchang after much enthusiasm from friends who had gone up the mountain and seen the breathtaking views.

I must admit that the ride up/down was a real experience with spectacular views and a great adrenaline rush.

It was a big "No No" however, when upon reaching the top most cable car terminal that there was no one to monitor passengers' exit from the moving cable cars. The same went for when it was time to descend. Some people did not know where to stand, while others just cut the cue to get in the moving cars. At that height, it is like an accident waiting to happen and it would have been a tragedy.

There was also no one monitoring the tourist activity at the top most viewing areas. Some children were hanging onto the railings. While it is the responsibility of the parents, or adults accompanying to supervise these children, it would be nice to have security personnel tell people about the "do's and don'ts" with regards to safety.

I gave it a 4 rating (Very good) because of the spectacular views and the cable car ride. But the security for safety would have scored a 0 or 1.

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Reviewed 22 May 2012

Mount Machinchang is the second highest mountain in Langkawi and also an amazing wonder of nature. It's over 500 million years of age (MYA) and is supposedly the oldest piece of rock in SE-Asia, together with neighboring Thailand's Tarutao Islands.

The way to reach the peak of Mt. Machinchang is via the Langkawi SkyCab (I have a separate review of this attraction). Upon reaching the peak, one of the steps heading to a viewing deck is next to a very old piece of rock, which has been at the same location since the birth of the mountain (in situ, as shown by a nearby plaque).

Amazingly, despite its age, the mountain still consists of many jagged peaks and not worn down, unlike other nearby mountains, including Mt. Raya (the highest one). This provides an amazing backdrop both to planes landing at the Airport as well as when driving around Langkawi, and can be somewhat of an unofficial "symbol" of the island!

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Reviewed 2 February 2012

i juz want to say that, this cable car is soooooo hi,
so if u brave enough, u can try. the best thing;
the view from the top , juz amazing.

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Reviewed 28 January 2012

Great place and a must see for all travelers. May need more signage and maintenance which can be seen from wear and tear.

Thank Fabfidel
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Reviewed 30 April 2010

700 metres climb. 2 hours up. 1 hour down.

Starting from the car park at 7 Wells (Telaga Tujuh) follow the steps all the way to the top and then cross the stream where there are all the signboards in Malay.

There is a small trail that goes into the Jungle - easy to follow and comfortably shady. It winds back and forth across a little stream (in a few places it's just about deep enough to get in for a refreshing soak, but the fish will nibble you). There are a few concrete bridges to cross the stream.

Eventually you will come to a sign that says you are at about 1300 metres above sea level (I can't remember the exact altitude on the sign but it is grossly innaccurate - really you are only at about 250 metres above sea level) and other signs in Malay warning you to turn back. Unless you are an experienced hiker this is good advice, as things get distinctly more challenging from this point on

From this point on the trail becomes narrower and trickier. Best done with good walking shoes. You round the side of a hill until you come to a large gully full of rocks.

Cross the gully and you will find the trail on the opposite side. From here on in the trail is quite steep and the ropes that have been installed are quite useful, especially in rainy season when the the trail is muddy and treacherously slippery.

At the top of the steepest part you meet some rock walls. Look around for the carniverous fly trap plants. From here the forest thins out and trail climbs towards the summit through bushes. You get some beautiful views across at the cable car and the ocean and on a clear day a few islands.

From the summit the view is quite obscured by bushes, though you will be able to see down into the valley below and over towards Telaga Harbour, the airport and beyond that. There's a sign at the summit that says 702 metres which is probably accurate. There is a small trail along the top of the summit .

WARNING - If you are caught in the clouds don't go exploring on the summit, as the trail is very narrow and only a few low bushes separate you from a 700 metre drop to the valley below.

Bring LOTS of water. I know 3 litres per person sounds excessive for a two hour hike, but believe me it is not. The trail can be very slippery in rainy season. There's a sign at the car park asking you to register if you are going to climb, but there is rarely anyone there to register with and trying to get you to fork out for a guide (renjer). Bring a phone.

Leave yourself time to stop at the waterfall on the way back down and soak out those tired legs. Rehydrate with a coconut by the carpark.

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