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Genting Highlands, Malaysia’s premier tourist destination and getaway, is situated over six thousand feet above sea level and 51 km northeast of the booming capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
Genting is a complete must-go for any person visiting Malaysia, bursting with all kinds of entertainment opportunities, fine dining experiences and luxurious lodging that make the vast majority of resorts in Asia pale in comparison.
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You’ll never run out of attractions to explore and enjoyable things to do in the Genting Highlands. Located an hour away from Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, it’s a must-see one-time experience for any traveller.
The cooler weather in the Genting Highlands makes it a favourite destination among Malaysians and Singaporeans who are trying to avoid the sweltering heat and humidity.
For people of all ages, from an indoor amusement park to natural attractions, Genting Highlands is a family-friendly holiday destination with more than enough entertainment and activities.
How to go Genting Highlands from Kuala Lumpur
Going to Genting Highlands by Public Bus
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There are Genting Express Bus Service stations that offer direct trips up there, and you can find them in several locations, namely One Utama Shopping Mall (Petaling Jaya), Terminal Putra LRT Gombak, Pudu Sentral and KL Sentral.
This is the preferred mode of transportation for the droves of foreign tourists (many of whom have come from overseas to cross Genting off their vacation checklist).
The buses are usually fairly comfortable with air-conditioning and the trip doesn’t take terribly long anyway.
Driving route to Genting Highlands
Of course, the alternative option is to use your own vehicle to get up there. In fact, some people might prefer to drive up the hilly mountains to experience the cool air and picturesque ascending trail.
Check if your car is prepared and fit for an extreme upward climb because it can be pretty dangerous. To get there by car, you need to take the Kuala Lumpur – Gua Musang Highway (E33) route which can be found just after the Jalan Kuching Road or Route 1.
Awana Skyway Cable Car
One of the most popular attractions at Genting Highlands is the cable car ride – featuring a row of hanging gondolas secured by heavy-duty cable wires that stretch up to the very tip of the Highlands’ pinnacle.
It’s a great way to get an exciting view of the rolling hills and dense rainforest below.
Those who frequent the Highlands often make the cable car ride a necessity, although it’s possible to take your car or a bus straight up to the top (essentially missing out on one of the coolest parts of the trip altogether).
Awana Skyway is the main state-of-the-art cable car system that runs between 07:00 and 24:00 and takes about 10 minutes from Awana Station to SkyAvenue Station, which is linked directly to the SkyAvenue Shopping Center.
A one-way ticket is priced at RM8 per person for the regular gondola, while the glass-floor gondola is priced at RM50 per person. Alternatively, an express boarding pass can be purchased for RM 40.
Awana Skyway’s ticketing counters are located on level 2 of the building.
This cable car makes a short stop at Chin Swee Station, where you can disembark to visit Chin Swee Caves Temple of the same name at no additional cost.
Just make sure to keep your ticket to continue your ride up to Genting Highlands. If you are planning to stay at one of the many hotels in Genting, remember that when travelling on the Awana Skyway, you are allowed to bring one aircraft cabin-size bag per person.
Operating Hours: 7am to 12am Daily
Where to eat in Genting Highlands
Burger & Lobster Restaurant
There are plenty of restaurants to check out, but it’s worth noting that London’s must-eat classic Burger & Lobster Restaurant launched its first Asian branch at Sky Avenue in Genting Highlands.
Lovers of fine dining and great culinary delights may want to consider checking out this eatery.
Not only is fresh lobster shipped from Canada by air, but their Australian beef burger mixed with lobster meat is also one of the popular dishes to satisfy your mixed lobster and burger wishes.
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Guests can enjoy a sumptuous main course with three main types of burgers; The Original, The Big Boy, and Chili Lobster. Steamed lobsters are served with lemon and garlic butter sauce, chips, and salad.
Also specially catered at this restaurant is its speciality, chilli lobster served in claypot and brioche. The menu shares a theme similar to the London Burger & Lobster restaurant that has mastered the technique of grilling and serving lobster.
The restaurant’s burgers are also on offer. These range from the B&L Burger that features 224gm’s of Australia’s highest quality beef topped with lobster meat.
The Mayfair is also available, which has 168gm of beef wrapped in a custom baked sesame seed brioche bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato, house-made pickles, onions, and B&L sauce.
Things to do in Genting Highlands
Take a walk and go exploring
As funny as it sounds, many Malaysians often flock to this famous highland spot on the regular without spending much on the vast array of attractions.
Instead, they come up here just to bask in the cool air and mist which are in stark contrast to the damp and hot climate that Malaysia’s known for.
That’s right, tons of people drive (or ride bikes) all the way up here to basically just chill – taking long walks around the prominent compounds between the hotels and malls, or passing time in the parks or the outdoor seating areas.
What’s more, Genting is such a wonderful mishmash of luxurious development and natural splendour, that just exploring the many corners and sections of the large highland attraction as a whole can be a treat in and of itself.
SkyWorlds Outdoor Theme Park
It newly opens its door in Q1 2021, Genting SkyWorlds is the region’s newest theme park at 6,000 feet above sea level, you can spend all day long with entertainment and excitement across nine uniquely themed worlds there.
Each themed world tells a captivating story that fuses unique rides, delicious dining, fun retail, and exciting live entertainment in an immersive journey from start to end.
While so many of us might await the reopening of Genting’s outdoor theme park that’s been in development for years now, just know that there’s an alternative option for you to try out.
Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park
The Skytropolis is an indoor amusement park known as one of the best attractions in Genting Highlands, with over 20 impressive rides for both children and adults. You’ve got that right. This is a theme park with indoor sports.
Located in the First World Plaza, next to Skytropolis, it’s also home to other theme parks with various styles, and you will never run out of things to do inside these walls.
Come rain or shine, in this 40,000 square foot indoor park, you can ride a suspended roller coaster, a 2-story-high drop tower, and more!
A whole day there is sure to offer you a lot of laughter, entertainment, and thrills! Soar on a Viking boat or have a romantic time on the Ferris wheel, conveniently situated in one of Genting Highlands’ finest shopping malls!
There are stalls selling waffles, popcorn and hot dogs for fast bites if you’re feeling peckish. Take a break from the rides for fuller meals, and head over to one of the several First World Plaza restaurants.
So what are you waiting for? For a fun-filled day at Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park, bring your family and friends!
Where to stay in Genting Highlands
Glamz At Genting
It is a glamping-style lodge nestled under glistening stars in the cool foothills of the Genting Highlands for those looking to escape the city’s hustle and bustle.
This nature-themed glamping site is located amid lush greenery, with hotel facilities such as hot water, wifi, electricity, water supply, and clean toilets.
Glamz is one of a kind experience in Malaysia. Where two lost souls can find themselves, where a night of good music and great friends becomes a reality, where we pursue the horizons, it is truly an open space inspired by nature. It’s a millennial lodge that starts with your undefined adventure.
They have a few kinds of domes: a luxurious kind for couples, a basic dome for 2 people, a nice dome for a family with one or more children, a group of friends or families that want to stay together that can accommodate 6-8 people.
You name it, they’ve got it. It’s just 8 minutes away from the Genting Premium Outlet. You can always head to the Petron Genting Permai area for restaurant options if you want to dine out as it’s just 5 minutes away.
Midhills Genting Highlands - Airbnb for Couple
A common option for travellers is the Couple/Family Suite @ Midhills Genting, located in the Gohtong Jaya area. Guests will make the most of what the vibrant city has to offer from here.
The apartment, with its convenient spot, provides quick access to the must-see destinations of Genting.
Every effort is made to make guests feel relaxed. To please even the most discerning visitor, this property provides various on-site facilities. All of which exude an aura of complete peace and harmony.
The Airbnb host ensures that you have plenty to do during your stay at the Midhills Genting, the place hits the mark in several respects, with a perfect location and amenities to fit.
Staying at Bird Of Paradise Villa - Airbnb for Large Group
It can accommodate up to 22 guests and comes complete with 2 wide living rooms, a well-equipped kitchen and a separate dining area (we love the one with the panoramic view!).
Additionally, you can spend the afternoon with your group hanging out at the infinity pool and outdoor jacuzzi, too.
You’ll be happy to know that there are several rooms at Bird of Paradise to accommodate a big family getaway.
With 5 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, after spending the whole day barbecuing, singing your heart out in a karaoke session, and enjoying a cup of tea amid the spectacular view, there’s enough space for everyone to get some sleep.
Look no further than a stay at Bird of Paradise Villa if you are looking to avoid the city’s hustle and bustle.
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