Are you an adrenaline junkie? Do you love adventure and are always on the lookout for new experiences? Ziplining might just be what you’re looking for. Sliding down a wire cable from way above ground level is something that might seem exciting to some and scary to others. Ziplining is gaining popularity among adventure enthusiasts, with some of them even taking courses to master this activity.
Some of the best places to experience this area at the Bali Treetop Adventure Park in Indonesia, Flight of the Gibbon in Thailand and Lake Sebu in the Philippines. But, in case you are looking for something more sane and simple, try ropeways. Instead of your body being suspended on a harness, it is the cable cars that are suspended on ropes here.
A ride on a cable car will give you an aerial view of the place you’re visiting and it is probably the best way to see a place from up top. If this excites you, do not miss Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car in Hong Kong, which is one of the world’s top 10 cable cars.
Here at 10 best destinations for ropeway and ziplining adventure in Asia:
1. The Langkawi Cable Car (SkyCab), Langkawi Island, Malaysia
Langkawi is a one-stop place for duty-free shopping. But, did you know that it is a haven for nature lovers too? The Langkawi Cable Car, branded as Langkawi SkyCab is the most spectacular cable car rides in Asia. With the stunning backdrop of the 450 million-year-old Machincang mountain range, this cable car ride promises to surprise you.
The journey begins at the Base Station and continues to the Middle Station where passengers can enjoy the view and click photographs. The Top Station is where your journey ends, with a panoramic view of Langkawi, Malaysia
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2. Flight of the Gibbon, Thailand
Want to overcome your fear of heights? Take a trip to Thailand. Well, not for the tropical beaches, royal palaces or pretty temples displaying figurines of Buddha. Head to Flight of Gibbon, voted no. 1 Zipline tour operator in Thailand. They support ecotourism and provide one of the best canopy zip line experiences in Thailand.
In the 7 hour-long duration, including 2-3 hours of ziplining in the Chiang Mai Eco Zipline Adventure, you can immerse yourself in a jungle ecosystem and also spot a wild gibbon or two. Expect to be in the safe hands of expert sky rangers that will guide you throughout the journey. Do not miss the magical Mae Kampong Falls before returning to your hotel.
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3. Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, Hong Kong
Ngong Ping 360 cable car is a must-see tourist attraction in Hong Kong. It is a gondola lift on Lantau Island in Hong Kong and has earned a spot in world’s top 10 cable cars. This cable car connects downtown Tung Chung and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island.
Along the safe and secure bi-cable ropeway, you will enjoy a panorama view of the Hong Kong International Airport, the famous Big Buddha and a 360-degree view of the Ngong Ping Plateau. This ride will take you about 25 minutes, covering a distance of about 5.7 km. You can select a single or round trip in a standard cabin or a crystal cabin.
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4. Bali Treetop Adventure Park, Indonesia
Looking for a family day-out in Bali, Indonesia? Head straight to Bali Treetop Adventure Park. Set in the Bali Botanical Garden in Bedugul, this park has various rope-walking courses. There’s a circuit for everyone in this adventure park and it is ideal for spending an entire day with your group.
This place offers around 72 challenges for all ages, including activities like suspended bridges, spider nets, Tarzan jumps, flying fox and more. It is recommended that children start from the Squirrel Yellow Circuit, which is the simplest circuits around here. As for experienced adults, we recommend the Black Circuit that is full of breathtaking jumps.
Cost (includes 2 and a half hours of access to all levels and activities)
Adults – ₹ 1,500 – ₹ 2,000
Children – ₹ 1,000 – ₹ 1,300
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5. Vang Vieng, Laos
Tucked away amidst tall limestone karst and rice fields you will find this small town of Vang Vieng in Laos. Well-known for being a party destination, this place can be a mega experience for people looking for some adventure. Taste the adrenaline rush of zip lining at Vang Vieng with the longest zip line in town, which is a whopping 147 metres long (and it goes on forever).
You can check out various adventure parks that have epic zip lines, that take you through breathtaking views of Vang Vieng. Rock climbing and cave exploration are some other activities that you can take part in while you’re in Vang Vieng.
Approx Cost: ₹ 1,500
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6. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Phu Quoc is a Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. Known for its white-sand beaches and resorts, this island is a part of Phu Quoc National Park that is famous for its hiking trails and wildlife. To the south of Phu Quoc Island, connecting An Thoi town and Hon Thom Island is a sea cable car which is considered the world’s longest cable car.
A 3-rope cable car technology makes this ropeway one of its kind and extremely safe. A trip on one of these cable cars will give you a 360-degree view of the islands and the turquoise coral reefs. This ropeway is a part of Sun World Hom Thom Nature Park located to the south of Phu Quoc Island.
Cost: A two-way ticket will cost you around ₹ 500.
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7. The Singapore Cable Car to Sentosa Island, Singapore
Well, if you have been to Singapore, you know that the city boasts of impeccable infrastructure. But have you taken a ride on the Singapore Cable Car that connects Singapore to Sentosa Island? This is the only cable car that runs into and within Sentosa Island and gives you amazing aerial views. This ropeway ride takes about 15 minutes between Mount Faber and Sentosa.
This is one of the major attractions of a Singapore itinerary and once you reach Sentosa Island, there is an entire world of activities waiting for you. The cable car operates between 8:45 AM and 10:00 PM (last boarding at 9:30 AM) every day.
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8. Gulmarg Gondola, Kashmir, India
Do you associate Gulmarg only with snow and skiing? For most of us, this beautiful town reminds us of scenic views and snow-capped mountains. But, did you know that Gulmarg is house to Gulmarg Gondola, which is one of the highest operating cable cars in the world? A unique feature of this ropeway is the chairlift which was started in 2011.
It is designed in such a way that skiers can travel with their skiing gear in these. Covering a distance of about 1.6 km, this trip can be completed in 10-11 minutes. There are regular cable cars for tourists as well, which ferry them between Gulmarg town and Apharwat peak.
Gulmarg to Kungdoor – ₹ 750
Kungdoor to Apharwat peak – ₹ 950
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9. Lake Sebu, Philippines
Lake Sebu in Philippines is a placid lake in Allah Valley near the municipality of Surallah, South Cotabato. The lake is surrounded by dense rain forests and hills. Here you can find the Seven Falls Zipline, one of the tallest ziplines in Asia that runs around 300 metres above sea level. You will be amazed at the views your eyes will feast on, in the one-minute-long zipline.
While you dangle and swoosh on the zipline, you get to witness cascading waterfalls and mesmerising beauty. Once you are done with the adrenaline pump, you are welcomed by costume shops at the destination, where you can take photographs in local costumes. Quite an end to the journey, we say!
Approx. Cost: ₹ 900 – ₹ 1,000
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10. Tianmen Mountain Cable Car, Zhangjiajie, China
Tianmen mountain in China derives its name from Tianmen cave, a natural cave formed under the mountain. One of the major things to do here is to take the Tianmen Mountain Cableway. It is the world’s longest cableway at a length of approximately 24,500 feet. The cableway originates from the City Garden downtown and ends at the summit.
The speciality of this cableway is the way it hangs. It almost looks like a dragon in the clouds. This trip can be completed in around 28 minutes and during the tourist season, you have to wait in line for hours for your turn. At the end of the summit, you can visit a large temple which can be accessed through chairlift or by foot.
Approx. Cost: ₹ 2,500
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