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Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park Machinchang Mountain Raya Mountain Oriental Village Cable Car Hanging Bridge
Langkawi consists of 99 islands off the sea of Perlis and Thailand. The main island is Langkawi Island which is about 30 km from Kuala Perlis and 51 km from Kuala Kedah. It covers a land area of 467 km2 and is a popular island resort.

In 2006, Langkawi was declared as a geopark by Langkawi Development Authority (LADA). Eco-tourism is now one of the main attractions of Langkawi. Actually the main Geoforest Park is situation in 3 areas. 2 areas are on Langkawi Island and the third is on Tuba Island and Dayang Bunting Island.

The first geoforest park is Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park which is about 550 million years old. It is situated on the west side of the island covering Teluk Datai / Pantai Tengkorak, Machinchang Mountain, Seven Wells Waterfall and Oriental Village.

Those interested in geological formation and deposits can visit places such as Pantai Tengkorak, Tanjung Sabung and Telaga Tujuh Waterfall or Seven Wells Waterfall. Of course, the formation is not easily seen unless you study it. The beauty of this Seven Wells Waterfall is that the waterfall is broken into seven parts each having a natural pool.

Machinchang Mountain is located in Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park. It can be reached using the cable car from Oriental Village.

There is one fable about Machinchang Mountain and Raya Mountain which is the highest peak in Langkawi. The legends believed that there were 2 great giants by the name Mat Raya and Mat Chinchang. Mat Raya was angry when he saw Mat Chinchang's son, his future son-in-law flirting with another maiden during the engagement feast. They fought, kicking their crockery around. Belanga Pecah village emerged from the broken crockery, Kuah town emerged from the gravy spilt from the pot and the Hot Spring emerged from the spot where the hot water pot was smashed.

The fight disturbed a sleeping giantess that can curse anything. She cursed the 2 giants and turned them into mountains, Mat Raya into Raya Mountain and Mat Chinchang into Machinchang Mountain. There was another giant, Mat Sawar who tried to reconcile them was turned into Sawar Hill which is in between Raya Mountain and Machinchang Mountain.
Places of Interest in Langkawi
Oriental Village

Oriental Village is an important place to go because this is where you can take the cable car to Machinchang Mountain, the second highest peak in Langkawi Island standing about 700 m above sea level. It is located on the south-west of Langkawi Island. It sells duty free goods and restaurants.It is opened daily from 10 am to 10 pm. Admission is free.

This Langkawi Cable Car system uses a haul rope with diameter of 5 cm and bull wheel diameter of 6.1 m. The incline distance is about 2158 m, horizontal distance of 2079 m and vertical distance of 680 m. It was built in April 2001 and open to public in Oct 2002.

Langkawi cable car can take 6 passengers per gondola. The operating speed is about 3 m/sec with turn around trip time of 28 minutes. It has 3 stations and 2 on-line towers. The longest free span is 950 m, between Tower 2 and Middle Station. The steepest gradient is 42o.

Machinchang Mountain has a Hanging Bridge at the height of 687 m above sea level. The foundation of its pylon was built at 605 m above sea level. This bridge is about 125 m long. It was built in Aug 2003 and opened to public in Feb 2005. Its maximum capacityis 4 person per m2. This is a curve pedestrian bridge.

Other places of interest are Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Cultural Foundation which is near Pasir Tengkorak beach on the northen side of Langkawi.
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