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If you’re into heights and in need of excitement, you’ll definitely need to visit SkyBridge. What is SkyBridge? It is a suspended bridge 100m above the ground and 660m above sea level.

SkyBridge was built atop Mount Machinchang, and completed in 2004. Construction on top of the mountain was near to impossible, so the bridge was prefabricated and parts of the bridge were lifted to the site using helicopters.

At that height, you will be able to see a wide, panoramic view of Langkawi (which we Langkawi BRATs affectionately call ‘Langkawaii’), several islands in the Andaman Sea and Koh Lipe of Thailand.

To get there, you have two options, one more favorable than the other. The first being taking one of the SkyCab cable cars from the Base Station to the Middle Station, and hiking up the SkyTrail to SkyBridge. The hike takes you about an hour to complete. In exchange for more time spent walking, you get to see more of Langkawi’s flora and fauna. The second one is taking SkyCab all the way up to the Top Station. From there, you walk along a jungle trail to SkyBridge.

Obviously, we took the shorter, smarter route – SkyCab. Perhaps you could say that it’s the route for lazy people. Once you arrive at the platform of the bridge, which connects two hills around 125m apart, you will be taken away by the view of the whole island of Langkawi. There are several glass panels on the floor, and you might get a mini heart attack if you walk across one of them without realising it. But #TeamIan (minus one member) bravely accepted the challenge of sitting together on one of the glass panels.

How to get high blood pressure and a heart attack 101 @ Langkawi Sky Bridge. Also #TeamIan for life @BRATs.

Posted by Marsha Choo on Friday, 4 December 2015

 

You’d think he was supposed to keep us safe but #ThanksIan.

The mesmerizing view left some of us captivated, and some of us frightened. The bridge is suspended from a single 81.5m high pylon. Eight thick cables connect the bridge to the top of the pylon, allowing it to hold up to 250 people at the same time. But being a suspended bridge, it still sways ever so slightly when the wind hits.

We were lucky enough to get a visit to SkyBridge as they still do maintenance and construction work on and off. The bridge was completely closed from July 2012 to February 2015 for upgrades and structural strengthening. They are currently working on more upgrades that will give the SkyBridge a brand new 10m glass walkway.

Taking the SkyCab up to the bridge is an experience in itself. SkyCab is touted as the steepest cable car in the world, with a gradient of 42 degrees. Now that is crazy steep!

From inside the cable car, you will be able to see amazing views of the surroundings such as the rainforests and the Seven Wells waterfall.

It really is as fascinating as it sounds! If you are ever in Langkawi, SkyBridge is a place that you should definitely visit.

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