Genting Highlands is an integrated hill resort development comprising hotels, shopping malls, theme parks, and casinos, perched on the peak of Mount Ulu Kali at 1,800 meters high and nestled near the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor, Malaysia.
The integrated hill resort represents a popular weekend getaway from the city heat, connected by major highways, trunk roads and cable cars service from Gohtong Jaya and is accessible by car within an hour drive from Kuala Lumpur (about 35 km), or accessible by two different cable cars, Genting Skyway which at its opening was the world’s fastest and South East Asia’s longest gondola lift, and the newer Awana Skyway.
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How to get to Genting Highlands?
You may want to read how to get to Genting Highlands from KL Sentral by bus and cable car.
Awana SkyWay Gondolas
There are two types of Awana SkyWay Gondolas to choose from, both of which offer a bird’s eye view of a 130-million-year-old rainforest as well as numerous attractions and hotels in Genting Highlands. The standard gondola can accommodate up to 10 passengers, while the glass-floor gondola accommodates only six passengers. All of them have louvres to provide ventilation, as well as power outlets in case you need to charge your mobile phones.
A one-way ticket for the standard gondola is priced at RM8 per person, but we highly recommend the glass-floor gondola for a more jaw-dropping view of the highlands, which costs RM50 per person. Alternatively, an express boarding pass can be purchased for RM40. Ticketing counters for Awana Skyway are located on Level 2 of the building.
If you’re planning on staying at one of Genting Highlands’ many hotels, do note that you’re allowed to carry one aircraft-cabin-size bag when travelling on the Awana Skyway. Oversized luggage can be stored at the Baggage Storage Service (Level G) for RM5 per bag for 24 hours. As the Awana Skyway is a cost-effective method of transportation in Genting Highlands, it can get very packed during weekends and holidays, so head there early to avoid long queues.
Where to go in Genting Highlands?
Genting Casino is one of the most popular evening activity venues in Genting Highlands, where you can test your luck at winning a massive pay-out. Established in 1971 by Resorts World Genting’s founder, Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the casino was the first land-based casino in Malaysia, and has continuously attracted thousands of visitors from across the world.
Genting Club Casino
Genting Club Casino is one of the many gambling centres you can find in Genting Highlands, attracting travellers and locals looking to win a massive pay-out during their holiday. It offers a wide range of electronic table games, slots machines, and tables offering the usual array of games such as Blackjack, Russian roulette, and French Boule Tai Sai.
Ripley’s Adventureland, Jurassic Research Center, 4D Trick Art Museum & Zombie Outbreak
Enter a world of dinosaurs, scary zombies, fascinating oddities, and more at SkyAvenue Genting! See the spookiest, wackiest, and the strangest things this world has to offer inside Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorum. And if dinosaurs thrill you, you’ll definitely enjoy the Jurassic Research Center, where you’ll see realistically sized figures of different species of dinosaurs spread throughout the space. Channel your inner Spielberg and travel back in time, as you learn about the creatures of the land-before-time era. Enter a spine-chilling live-action haunted attraction, Zombie Outbreak, and try to hide from the undead—if you can. Buy Ticket Online
The family-friendly fun park, Skytropolis Funland is conveniently located in First World Plaza and adjacent to SkyAvenue, the latest lifestyle mall at Resorts World Genting. Experience new rides and attractions before anyone else, and be filled with memorable moments with your family and friends as you try thrilling rides such as the Sky Towers and Power Surge. Take your kids for a nostalgic ride in Copper Express, where a steam engine train tours you around a mini garden. Buy Ticket Online
Awana Horse Ranch
If you’re tired of the bright lights and kitschy slot machines, then take to the cool hillside, saddled atop a beautiful horse and take in the sights of the greenery of the tropical forest. The equestrian centre is located within the Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort; it’s a good way to spend time within the lush jungle without having to hoof around on your own two feet.
Butterfly Wonderland Genting
Butterfly Wonderland Genting is an expansive garden where hundreds of butterflies roam freely, making it a popular stop amongst animal lovers and families in Genting Highlands. Open daily, it’s also part of Happy Bee Farm, where you can learn about bee farming and purchase natural honey-based products.
Chin Swee Caves Temple
Situated on a 28-acre plot of rocky forested land, the Chin Swee Caves Temple is situated in the most scenic site of Genting Highlands. This Taoist temple was erected in honour of Reverend Master Chin Swee, a religious figure renowned for his ability to summon rain and drive away evil spirits.
Genting Highlands Mountainside
Genting Highlands sport some lush tropical greenery in stark contrast to what you would expect from this supposedly glitzy Asian-style Vegas hillside station. While it may not sound like much of an interesting venture, going out for a stroll is a really good idea; the crisp air, as well as the spectacular views of the lush greenery and surrounding mountainside, are all simply spectacular.
Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm
Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm is a family-friendly attraction in Genting Highlands, where you can spend an afternoon exploring its many colorful fruit farms and flower gardens. Set within Bandar Gohtong Jaya, it’s accessible within a six-minute drive from the Genting Premium Outlets and Awana Skyway cable car station.
Happy Bee Farm Genting
Happy Bee Farm Genting offers visitors a first-hand yet safe experience on bee farming in Genting Highlands. It houses a butterfly farm, café, and retail outlet selling reasonably-priced products such as bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis, and natural honey.
Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre
Another must-visit attraction, the Kuala Gandah Elephant sanctuary was established in 1989 and is the only one of its kind in Malaysia. Home to over 500 wild elephants who’ve been displaced by diminishing habitats, these gentle giants will lift peanuts from your hands and even let you hop on for a quick ride.
Lim Goh Tong Memorial Hall
Be inspired by the story of Tan Sri Dato Seri (Dr.) Lim Goh tong, founder of the Genting Group. Renowned for his vision and courage, this enigmatic man successfully transformed Genting Highlands from an unexplored hilltop into one of the world’s most successful casino-oriented hill stations.
Picture House Cinema Genting
Picture House Cinema Genting is where you can catch the latest blockbusters in Genting Highlands. Located on Level 1 of SkyAvenue Shopping Mall, it houses four spacious cinema halls fitted with 170 seats as well as state-of-the-art screens and a Dolby Atmos audio system.
SeniKome Péng Hēng East Coast Arts & Cultural Centre
The SeniKome Péng Hēng East Coast Arts & Cultural Centre in Genting Highlands houses a massive collection of artefacts, textiles, traditional games, and handicrafts sourced from east coast regions in Malaysia. A good option for history buffs and those looking to learn about the local culture, this expansive museum also offers an array of family-friendly activities, exhibitions, live performances, and workshops all year long.
SkyCasino Genting is known as the largest casino in Genting Highlands, spanning two floors with eight dining venues, a massive LED screen on the ceilings, and a variety of gaming tables and slot machines. It’s located within SkyAvenue Shopping Mall and operates 24 hours a day, making it a popular entertainment centre among adult visitors.
SkySymphony Genting takes shoppers by surprise with its unique orchestra of audio, visual and motion graphics in Genting Highlands. Also known as the Theatre of Lights and Sound, it’s widely regarded as Asia’s largest permanent winch installation. This family-friendly and free visual experience lasts around 15 minutes and is performed every two hours between 10:00 and 18:00, followed by hourly intervals from 18:00 until midnight.
The Arena of Stars
Genting Highlands’ Arena of Stars has played host to a multitude of international acts from Boyz II Men to Leona Lewis. The fully roofed amphitheatre equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems is one of Malaysia’s top music venues. Catch a show when you’re in town and enjoy being serenaded by some of the best performers
Vision City Video Games Park
Vision City Video Games Park is an indoor arcade centre within Genting Grand, where visitors of all ages (especially children) can enjoy hours of fun during their visit to Genting Highlands. Open daily, there are over 400 types of entertainment options here, such as interactive games, skill-based games, kiddie rides, and redemption games.
World of Phalaenopsis (Orchid Farm)
Flower lovers will fall head over heels in love with the World of Phalaenopsis. This farm houses an assortment of some of the most beautiful and exotic orchids; there are over 398 varieties of these flora types’ in various hues of pink, yellow, purple and white.
Future Development in Genting Highlands
20th Century Fox World Malaysia
20th Century Fox World is an upcoming movie inspired theme park project at Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands, Malaysia. The park is going to be the only functioning 20th Century Fox theme park in the world and the first in Asia. It is scheduled to open sometime in 2019.
In November 2018, Genting Malaysia filed a lawsuit against 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company for allegedly attempting to pull out of the deal, making the park’s future uncertain.