One of the attraction at the Oriental Village in the upper northwest of Langkawi Island in Malaysia is the Langkawi Sky Bridge. A pedestrian bridge appears to be floating on top of two mountains. The experience to be there is exhilarating and be rewarded of the commanding view of the rainforest and its nearby islands.
The bridge can be reached by first taking the SkyCab to the top station and an inclinator that connect to the bridge. During the time I was there, the inclinator and the connecting platform is undergoing upgrading, so to access the bridge one need to hike a very narrow and steep pathway to reach the other end of the brigde platform that serves as the entrance access. It was exhausting experience, I have to stop from time to time just to catch breath. But once I reach the platform I felt relieved by the 360 degree of awesome view of the island.
The bridge is curvy-shaped and being hanged by 9 cables tied to a single pylon at the mid section. The main structure is made of stainless steel and the walkway is precast concrete planks with portion made of glass equally arranged at the middle span for a clear peek view down under. It has two triangular-shaped platform at both ends.
The walk on the bridge in the first few meters is breezy and just okay, but going along it going to be dizzy as the bridge tends to sway and got an illusion that seems threading on a rope because though the bridge is 1.8m wide it appears to be narrow given its elevation and have a see-through railing so basically one will feel scary if not used to standing on very high surface. But upon reaching the midsection it would get use to already. And then iby stepping on a clear glass plank and will be looking down below the dizzy feeling will be felt again. The bridge is 82 meters above ground. If you have fear of height, the bridge is the way to conquer your fear.
Coming back at the platform after traversing the bridge, I started to ponder what was the motivation to construct the bridge in the first place. I thought it was an insane idea to be build the bridge there. But now nothing is impossible, everything can be build. I wonder on the difficulty and the logistic to put it in such high terrain it must have been a feat building it. The sky bridge can truly claim as one of engineering marvel.
Before i left the bridge i took the customary selfie beside the signage that says " i survived! at the most iconic suspension brigde".
The stainless steel main structure of the bridge
There is an entrance fee of 5 malaysian ringgit, and one has to sign a waiver before anyone can be allowed to the brigde.