1. The Langkawi Cable Car (SkyCab), Langkawi Island, Malaysia
Langkawi Island may be known for duty-free shopping and beach hopping, but these are not the only things to do during a visit to the Pearl of Kedah. Only roughly 20 kilometers away from the hotels along the main tourist beach of Pantai Cenang is the Langkawi Cable Car Complex. Simply make your way through the cultural village and enjoy the steep ascent up to the tip of Machincang Mountain. While at the top continue to push your limits and try to cross one of the longest sky bridges in the world. If you enjoy photography set up your tripod and capture the beautiful panoramic view that includes Pantai Tengah, Pantai Cenang, outlying islands and an upper section of the Seven Well’s Waterfalls.
Cost: 30 Malaysian Ringgit (approx. 10 US dollars)
A comprehensive list of hotels near the Langkawi cable car be accessed here.
Note: The skybridge was still under maintenance as of August 12th, 2013.
Official Website: http://www.panoramalangkawi.com/
2. The Singapore Cable Car to Sentosa Island, Singapore
If you have the money, why not make your trip to Sentosa Island from the city a little more dramatic? The Singapore cable car ride offers stunning views of the famous Singapore skyline in addition to the port area and Sentosa Island. The trip across isn’t very long, so make sure that your camera is ready before your trip begins. As you approach Sentosa Island from the mainland you will find it hard to ignore the massive 37 meter-tall Merlion. The Singapore Cable Car ride is only the first of many attractions on Sentosa Island. Universal Studios Singapore and Siloso Beach are just a few of the multiple attractions on the island.
Cost: 26 Singapore Dollars (approximately 20 US dollars)
A comprehensive list of hotels near the Singapore cable car be accessed here.
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Official Website: http://www.singaporecablecar.com.sg/
3. The Maokong Gondola, Taipei, Taiwan
One of the most pleasant experiences in Taipei is the super cheap Maokong Gondola ride. Since it is actually an extension of the public transport system in Taipei, it could be the best sky ride in South East Asia for the money. The ride from the bottom station (Taipei Zoo) to the uppermost station (Maokong) is approximately 4.3 km in horizontal distance; therefore it is much longer than the cable car rides in Singapore and Langkawi. It might be a wise decision to check out the Taipei Zoo during the same day because of its extremely convenient proximity to the gondola. Make sure your camera is ready to capture the amazing view of Taipei 101 along the way!
Cost: 100 Taiwan New Dollars (approximately 3 US dollars)
A comprehensive list of hotels near the Maokong Gondola (Taipei Cable Car) can be accessed here.
Official Website: http://gondola.trtc.com.tw/mp.asp?mp=122034
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