Sunday, 15 December 2013

Genting Highland, Malaysia

Fun Above The Cloud - Genting Highlands, Pahang

Why Genting Highland was on my list?

Both of us (me and my wife) had never been to a theme park prior to the Genting Highland ! 

I know it's bit hard to digest but that's the reality :( and things can't get better when you can visit theme park with an option to recover the cost of ticket in a casino lol. It felt really good to be a child again :). 

Genting Highland, run by Genting Berhad, basically comprises casinos, outdoor and indoor theme parks as well as hotels. Casino in Malaysia are generally illegal but Genting Highland casino is the only place in Malaysia where you can gamble legally. Situated around 35KM away from Kuala Lumpur. It is located at 1800 meter height and temperature always remains between 20°C to 25°C during the day and 15°C to 20°C during the night.

Indoor Theme Park

















Genting Highlands Attractions:
  • Genting Skyway
  • Casino De Genting
  • First World Theme Park or Also known as Genting Highland park

== Photos from my trip ==
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Food and drink:

There are many restaurants to serve your appetite. We tried Coffee Terrace which costed us around 60RM per person. It is buffet style dining. You can fill your plate from at least 50 different dishes ranging from veg to non veg!! 

Some of other famous restaurants at the highlands are The Olive, Bakery, Spice Garden and Pizza Hut. For dark lovers, don't forget to knock the door of Safari disco!

Stay:

It is only a day trip unless you decide to spend a night there. If you stay there just leave the window open for a while and see the cloud entering in your room :) 

I would rather suggest you to stay there for a night. Genting highland weather gets very cold during evening time, walking outside can be a fun. But you really got to carry woolen cloth to enjoy genting weather else you will be running from corner to corner. 

During our trip we stayed at First world hotel which is the one of the largest hotel in world. It costed us around 120RM for a night stay. The room was clean but no WIFI and TV had very few channels and mostly were only free to air channels. The valley view from the room was decent enough. 

I guess this was the most "budget" hotel at the Genting highland. There are few other options if you want to check them out: Genting Grand, Maxims, Resort hotel, Theme part hotel and Awana. Make sure you book the room in advance specially if you are travelling on week end. 

How to get to Genting Highlands:

If you wish to pay a visit to Genting Highland. You have following three options available, if you choose to pick the public transportation:
- Take a bus from Titiwangsa Bus Terminal
- Take a genting bus from KL central terminal 
- Take a taxi instead of bus from above two places. 

Taxi will cost you around 70RM single side or may be more depends on your bargain skills! 

If you catch a bus from Titiwangsa Bus Terminal it will cost you around 10RM. But keep in mind, this bus service is more like a city bus service, don't expect it to be fast and flying around. It will take its sweet time to take you there, I guess 1 and 1/2 from one side. But the only plus point this bus service has is that it will take you all the way to the First world hotel you don't need to catch a cable car from half way (but cable car is fun, don't miss it!!). 

However if you catch a genting bus from KL central to Genting Highland, it is the best deal you get from KL to Genting Highland. It will cost you around 50RM per person. The genting bus service is fast and seats are more comfortable than Titiwangsa bus service. 

The ticket cost 50RM is inclusive of Indoor and outdoor theme parks, unlimited rides or if you don't want ticket for theme park rides you can get it replaced for lunch or dinner at Coffee Terrace plus the ticket is valid for both ways. The KL central Genting service will drop you at the cable car station. 

From there you can catch a cable car all the way to Genting Highland if it's cloudy you will really pass through the clouds!! And the cable car price is include in genting bus ticket, no need to pay any thing.I guess this entire KL central to Genting highland thing is called "Go Genting" package, I leave it you to check it out. 

At the Genting Highland, there are no such major roads for people to walk, but lots of escalators...you may have to walk a lot and if you get lost at highland don't mind it you will soon find your way just keep an eye of signage which you will find everywhere :) and yes don't forget to find a genting highland map. If you are travelling with your family, it will be fun for them to be at Genting Highland as part of their Malaysia holiday package.

Update: As of today, 26 Feb 2014, genting highland theme park are closed for renovation. 

Happy travelling...

1 comment:

  1. Genting Highland is a magical dream place for me. I visited Malaysia many times sometime with my family and sometime alone with my friends. I never listen about this place. It is a surprise for me. After reading your blog I feel is the best to enjoy the holidays and offers a lot of activities make tour memorable. This time I’m I had chosen the bus tours dc with my family. After complete this tour I want to try to go there as soon as possible and see the unique attraction in Malaysia.

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