Genting Highlands is a high altitude resort in Malaysia. On the Titiwangasa Mountains at 1800m, Genting Highlands is an integrated resort with hotels, shopping malls, a theme park and Malaysia’s only casino. There is a cable car that connects the resort with the plateau town Gohtong Jaya.
Genting Highlands is a popular weekend getaway, as it is about a one hour drive from Kuala Lumpur and has many attractions and entertainment, suitable for the whole family to enjoy.
Since 1971, Genting Highlands, has remained the only legal gambling outfit in Malaysia – its very own Las Vegas on a mountain top. There is a theme park that provides fun rides for adults and children alike. First World Plaza is a colourful shopping complex with restaurants, entertainment and boutique outlets. On the peak, First World Hotel – the largest hotel in Asia with over 6,000 budget rooms, provide budget accommodation along with family oriented Theme Park Hotel. Genting Highlands has a cooling climate between 20 deg Celsius to 26 deg Celsius during the day and goes down to 15 deg Celsius to 20 deg Celsius during the night. If you prefer a dry holiday, the best time to visit would be between March and September, when the rainfall is generally the least. Be sure to wear some thick clothing at night, if you are susceptible to cold. The mist around the peak can obscure panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur city and landscape below. Hence, the best time for a view would be early mornings or late evenings.
Things to do in Genting Highlands
Experience the indoor theme Park
While the outdoor theme park is being renovated, families can enjoy the indoor theme park. Some rides have been closed to make way for the 20th Century Fox World theme Park. Some rides include Mini Train, Rio Float, Busy Bugs and Safari ride. These rides are suitable for families with relatively young children. They are located inside a boutique-like mall that has some cafes, restaurants and shopping outlets.
Play around in Snow City
It is a mini city covered in snow. It is about 22.8ksq and the temperature inside is -6 deg Celsius. It is a change from the everyday heat, one experiences in Kuala Lumpur.
Take a ride in the cable car
Riding the cable car is one of the must do activities in Genting Highlands. It is exhilarating being hundreds of feet up steep mountain slopes. The view is breathtaking ! It overlooks the green mountains and the ride lasts for about 15 mins.
Indulge in Strawberries
Visiting the strawberry farm is a great activity, suitable for the whole family. You can pick and buy strawberries. The farm also grows mushrooms, organic bean sprouts, herbs and other vegetables.
Try your luck at the casino
You must be atleast 21 years to enter this casino that is 6,000 meters above sea level. Opened in 1971, this casino has blackjack tables, roulette and one-levered slot machines . It also features electronic table games and cashless gaming as well. It is said to be the Las Vegas of Malaysia.
Enjoy the outdoor theme park – soon!
The park is closed for renovation to make place for the world’s first 20th Century Fox World Theme Park. This park will be 25 acres in size and will have 25 thrill rides based on popular movies and cartoons such as Ice Age, Life of Pi, Night at the Museum and more. This park is slated to be the future magnet for tourists in and around Southeast Asia.
Visit the Chin Swee Cave Temple
If you like historical or cultural sights, then Chin Swee is a must see. The temple is situated in one of the most beautiful places in Genting Highlands.
You can treat yourself to a unique dining experience, enjoy entertainment in the evenings from live bands, karaoke, to world-class performances from local and international talents. Savour the cool weather. Genting Highlands is a few degrees cooler than Kuala Lumpur, making it a refreshing and breezy getaway from the city!