On the Titiwangasa Mountains at 1,800 meters between the borders of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia, Genting Highlands is an integrated resort development with hotels, shopping malls, a theme park, and Malaysia’s only casino. Genting Highlands is a popular weekend getaway as it is about an hour drive from KL and has many attractions and entertainment suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Here are 10 things to do in Genting Highlands:
1. Experience the indoor theme park
While the outdoor theme park is being renovated (see below), families can enjoy the indoor theme park. However, some rides have been closed to make way for 20th Century Fox World theme park. Some available rides include Mini Train, Rio Float, Busy Bugs, and Safari ride.
It’s worth noting that these rides are mainly suitable for families with relatively young children. They’re located inside a boutique-like mall that has some cafes, restaurants and shopping outlets.
2. Play around in Snow City
Close to the indoor theme park is Snow City. Snow City, as you might have guessed, is a mini city covered in snow. It’s about 22.8k sq. and the temperature inside is -6 Celsius. It’s a nice change from the everyday heat we’ve been experiencing lately in KL.
3. 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; overlooking the lush green mountains couldn’t be more picture perfect. The ride lasts about 15 minutes and it’s a great activity for the whole family.
4. Indulge in strawberries
Visiting the strawberry farm is another great activity suitable for the whole family. At the farm, you can pick and buy your own strawberries. The farm also grows mushrooms, organic bean sprouts, herbs and other vegetables. To complete your strawberry indulgence, why not have strawberry treats at the farm café while looking over the mountains?
5. Try your luck at the casino
You must be at least 21 years to enter this casino that’s 6,000 meters above sea level. Opened in 1971, this casino is complete with blackjack tables, roulette, and classic one-levered slot machines.
The casino has also kept up with the times; it features electronic table games and cashless gaming as well. This is Malaysia’s only casino and it is said to be the Las Vegas of Malaysia. Enough said!
6. Enjoy the outdoor theme park – soon!
The outdoor theme park is closed now for renovations to make way for the world’s first 20th Century Fox World theme park! The park will be about 25 acres in size and is said to have 25 thrill rides based on popular movies and cartoons such as Ice Age, Life of Pi, Night at the Museum, Planet of the Apes, Titanic, and more.
A total of $US330 million has been invested in the park, making it a future magnet for tourists in and around Southeast Asia. The park is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 or early 2017.
7. Treat yourself to a unique dining experience
In addition to the casino, The Genting Club has some great restaurants with a wide range of cuisines. You can have barbecued ribs at New Orleans Barbecue, oriental fare at the Genting Palace Restaurant, local favourites at the Golf Terrace or, if you’re particularly hungry, try out the breakfast buffet at the The Food Factory.
After your meal, you can go to the rooftop lounge to enjoy the mountain view over some drinks and nibbles.
8. Enjoy entertainment in the evenings
The Genting International Showroom offers nightly entertainment from live bands, karaoke, to world-class performances from both local talents and international starts.
Also, the Arena of Stars has regular events as well and has seen the likes of Sir Elton John, Boyz II Men, Black Eyed Peas and many more talents grace its stage. Check out rwgenting.com for the latest show updates.
9. Visit the Chin Swee Cave temple
If you’re interested in visiting historical or cultural sights, then Chin Swee Cave is a must-see. The statue of Chin Swee, a deity in Fujjan province helps bring about rain and drive away evil spirits.
It attracts many tourists and devotees from Asia particularly Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and China. This temple is also situated in one of the most beautiful places in Genting Highlands.
10. Savour the cool weather
If none of the above strikes your fancy, then surely enjoying the cool breezy weather must entice you to visit these mountains. Genting Highlands is a few degrees cooler than KL, making it a refreshing and breezy getaway from the city!