Some years back (in 2011), whilst travelling in Malaysia, I decided to pay a visit To a tourist hotspot called Oriental Village in Langawi.
Here you can take a cable car some 2000 feet above sea level to have the opportunity to see breathtaking views over the beautiful island of Langkawi.
On the way to the top I met a lovely couple from Australia who had been dating for over 50 years and had got engaged the evening before, I thought they were lovely and it was touching to know that they still wanted to get married after all these years. We had to change cable cars on the way to the top and it felt like we were lifting up for ever. The fact there were multiple cable cars to reach the top made me nervous.
At the top we trudged along a dangerous path to the Sky Bridge. The place was full of tourists, there is no way that it could be unsafe with hundreds of steps taken along the bridge, daily.
The Sky bridge is over 400ft and is elevated by a single pylon. It was constructed whilst elevated by helicopter back in 2005. It really was quite spectacular to see a masterpiece like this, so futuristic, in the middle of Asia. Tips of mountains sit just below the bridge which helped with my nerves somewhat, to not see a sheer 2000ft drop.
On the bridge there are several steps to take which have no backing meaning your toes can see right down to Earth. I’m not normally afraid of heights but this made me somewhat uncomfortable.
Overall it was very enjoyable, but I was glad to be back on land after taking the cable car back down. What shocked me to my core was, only a few months after this, I read a report that said the bridge had been closed down due to safety fears. It made me feel sick. I had paid money and trusted that the bridge was safe, only to find out that just months afterwards, such a masterpiece that attracted tourists daily was deemed SO unsafe that they had to close it, at a loss of income.
Years have passed and I understand the bridge fully reopened again in February of this year after 16 million Malaysian Ringgit was invested into its repairs, not to mention time. I believe more steel poles have been added for further security. I would go back to it, hopefully feeling more secure. I feel quite honoured to have experienced the real ‘floating bridge’, though.