For most people, when Genting Highlands is mentioned, the first thing that would pop in their head is the thrill-filled, exciting rides that make up Genting’s popular theme park. Nestled high on a mountain peak also makes Genting Highlands one of the best places to escape from the scorching sun to the salubrious mountain air.
Even though the outdoor theme park is currently under construction for a bigger, better and more extravagant first ever 20th Century Fox World Genting Malaysia theme park that is set to open this year, don’t let this stop you from getting yourself to the Highlands. There are many other things to do up on that mountain. Here are just a number of them:
Casino de Genting
Genting Highlands raison d’être, the Casino de Genting, may not come anywhere near Las Vegas’s prime light where sparkling attire, glittering neon lights and scantily-clad showgirls abound, but for all it is worth, this is Malaysia’s only legal land-based casino. Men in batik shirts and women in pretty dresses crowd the tables and punters line the slot machines waiting for Lady Luck to bless them with a big payout. There is nothing but pure fun here (and monetary loss for some).
If you fancy being strapped safely into a harness and helmet and then jumping off a ramp into a dipterocarp forest, this would surely tickle your adrenaline spirit. This airborne adventure sends you down 100 metres off the side of the hill. Not only do you get to enjoy this jump down, imagine the view of the whole Genting right before your eyes. The ultimate way to bond with friends and family is going for this perfect quick-thrill ride together.
The Awana Skyway is the fastest and easiest way to get to the peak of Genting Highlands. This relaxing and scenic ride affords you breathtaking views of the surrounding hills; the gondola-style cab glides along at leisurely pace, making it an ideal photo-taking opportunity.
Experience winter wonderland unlike any other in Malaysia as soon as you step into the snow-white landscape of Snow World. Featuring the Cresta Run snow slide, this attraction is a novel experience due to Malaysia’s hot and humid weather. It’s a great place to watch kids play while adults take in the sights.
First World Plaza has a bowling alley – Genting Bowl. One of the highlights at Genting Bowl is glow-in-the-dark bowling. For those of you who feel like the indoor theme park has nothing to offer you, do make sure you take some time off your shopping trip and drop by this bowling alley and experience a one-of-a-kind bowling session with family or friends!
Now that the entertainment aspect is conveyed, let’s talk about accommodation in Genting. Hotels on the Highlands are stylish. Spacious guestrooms offer breathtaking mountain views.
Here are a couple of our favourites.
This hotel is officially the world’s largest hotel as it adjoins the First World Plaza which boasts 500,000 square feet of indoor theme park, a shopping centre and food haven. Right at the main entrance, a lush, tropical rainforest greets guests. All the rooms are modern, comfortable and practical.
Awana Hotel – Resorts World Genting
Indulge in five-star luxury while enjoying the breathtaking view of a majestic mountain range. Make full use of their 18-hole golf course, heated swimming pool and other sports facilities. At Awana, the only main rival for comfort is their beautiful, stunning scene.
One thing about Genting is you need to plan your holidays well as the crowd can be overwhelming and rooms totally sold out, especially during school holidays. It is always best to check with Traveloka on room availability, as well as for the best deals in town.
Credit: All images (except for #1) sourced from Resorts World Genting.
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