Where to go in Malaysia to enjoy a breathtaking experience? To the mountains! Gunung Mat Cincang is one of the most famous mountains situated in Langkawi, along with its neighbor Gunung Raya. Having a height of 850 m, this mountain is the second highest one in Langkawi and it features some amazing views of the island. There are numerous exciting things to do in Langkawi, and exploring Gunung Mat Cincang is without a doubt one of them.
Gunung Mat Cincang is home to Langkawi’s famous cable car that’s able to carry passengers 700m above sea level. The views from the top are just spectacular so you’ll definitely have the time of your time admiring them. Legend has it that Gunung Mat Cincang was a giant who was cursed and eventually turned into a mountain, but this outstanding story isn’t the only amazing aspect related to this mountain. Believe it or not, Gunung Mat Cincang is known as one of the oldest rock formations in the world, dating for 550 million years. As a result, the mountain belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Geopark and provides tourists with breathtaking views of these old rock formations.
Gunung Mat Cincang – Historic Facts
The history of Gunung Raya and Gunung Mat Cincang are connected and tightly rooted to various legends. The story talks about two giants known as Mat Raya and Mat Cincang; it was believed that they were really close friends when one day they started fighting during the wedding reception of one of their kids. They each grabbed things closest to them like pans and pots and started to throw them around. Hence, a plethora of famous spots were created throughout Langkawi. A gravy pot fell in the town of Kuah which led to its name, another hot water bowl fell in Air Hangat, and in Belanga Pecah there was a jar broken.
When Gunung Raya and Gunung Mat Cincang finally decided to call it a truce and realized the mistake they’ve made, they accepted to be turned into mountains. Malaysia is such a wondering travel spot, and Langkawi will surely surprise you with its legends. Out of so many interesting places to visit in Malaysia, exploring Gunung Mat Cincang and its scenery will leave you speechless.
Activities and Attractions
Gunung Mat Cincang’s most famous attractions are without a doubt the cable car. It features 35 gondolas and each gondola car carry up to 6 people. If you’re not afraid of heights and you want to see Langkawi’s most impressive landscapes, the cable car spans on 2 km and it features 3 stations. Station no.1 is at Oriental Village, whereas Station no. 2 and 3 are in Gunung Mat Cincang. The three stations will provide adventurers with some pretty spectacular views over Langkawi islands as well as the main land of Kedah.
If you’re feeling adventurous and you want to trek Gunung Mat Cincang, you might want to be prepared as the experience is not that simple as you might think. The famous trek also gives you the chance to see the popular Telega Tujuh (Seven Wells) Waterfall, which can also be admired from the cable car. All you have to do is head to the Pantai Kok area, from where you can choose either to climb the stairway that takes you through the rainforest or test your skills on the steep road. If you decide to climb the 638 steps, you will also get the chance to admire the Seven Wells Waterfall, located at an impressive altitude of 480 meters. Even though the climb is tiring, you will definitely enjoy it. The waterfall is one of the most famous attractions on this mountain, and several tourists enjoy climbing the rock slides which go directly into the water.
There’s nothing more engaging than a trip to the top of the Gunung Mat Cincang Mountain by cable car. With a capacity of 35 cabins, the views from the top are just breathtaking. Adults will have to pay RM 30 to enjoy the experience, while admission for kids is RM 20. Tourists who can’t find what to do in Langkawi should definitely climb the Gunung Mat Cincang Mountain. However, make sure that you hike between November and March, during the dry season. The rainy season should be avoided because the trail can get rather slippery and way more challenging.