If you are looking for round-the-clock excitement in the cool highlands, the glitzy ‘City of Entertainment’, Genting Highlands beckons. Situated some 1,800 meters above sea level and just under an hour’s drive from Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands is popular among locals and foreign visitors for its fine mix of tranquility and thrilling attractions.
The pace of life quickens as you journey upwards from the foothill towards Genting Highlands at the summit. The idyllic township of Gohtong Jaya and the peaceful Awana Genting resort nearby, give way to the fast paced international resort ambience at the top.
The main draw of this ‘city in the clouds’ is the abundance of indoor and outdoor theme attractions. Experience first-hand the exciting Sky Venture, Asia’s first skydiving simulator; give your lungs a good workout with the heart-rending Corkscrew, the adrenaline-pumping Space Shot or the mind-numbing Spinner. Be it the romantic gondola or stomach-churning roller coaster rides, the wild, wet Water Park or mesmerizing Snow World, the bountiful bowling alleys or the taxing X-pedition rock climbing wall, Genting promises endless thrills. Aspiring pop divas will love the Be A Star Karaoke session, while party animals can dance the night away at the Cloud 9 Discotheque.
Accommodation atop Genting Highlands is aplenty with numerous apartments and hotels to choose from, including the First World Hotel and Plaza, reputedly the world’s largest integrated entertainment complex. The combination of all these attractions, together with over 80 international and local food and beverage outlets, 70 alluring shopping outlets, and much much more, certainly makes this City of Entertainment live up to its name. Moreover, try your hand at the Casino de Genting, check out the many internationally renowned performances, or simply take in a leisurely game of golf. Whatever your fancy, this fast paced hill resort promises you endless hours of round-the-clock fun.
Getting to Genting Highlands
Fifty-one kilometers northeast of Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands is accessible via the new scenic 6-lane Karak Highway or the Batang Kali Road up north. At its foot lies a rest and recreational area where you can indulge in a quick mean or shop for groceries before continuing your journey up the hill.
Midway, lies Gohtong Jaya and the 5-star Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort. At Gohtong Jaya, you will find several good restaurants, while Awana Genting offers well-appointed guest rooms, an award-winning 18-hole golf course and an eco-sports center wit over 30 innovative recreational activities. The nearby Awana Horse Ranch offers good horse riding facilities while the other ornate Chin Swee Temple serves as a spiritual retreat.
Skyway (Cable Car Services)
To get to the summit, you can board a cable car at the Awana Lower Skyway Statin that will take you straight up to the Genting Hotel. Alternatively, take the 3.4-kilomete cabe car ride near the Awana Horse Ranch, which will link you to the Highland Hotel. Both rides offer you panoramic views of lush tropical rainforest and the environs.
Luxury Shuttle Coach and Limousine Services
The resort has its own fleet of luxury shuttle coaches to ferry guests from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) via the KL Sentral Station to Genting and back. Alternatively, passengers taking the KLIA Ekspres from KLIA to KL Sentral Station, can board the express shuttle service to Genting Highlands at KL Sentral.
Express Bus Services
Genting Express Bus services are available from any of the following locations to the Genting Lower Skyway Station near the Awana Horse Ranch.
• Pudu Raya Bus Terminal
• KL Sentral Station
• Gombak Putra LRT Station
• Pasarakyat, Jalan Imbi
Practical Tips on Driving Up to Genting Highlands
If you are driving, do not overload your vehicle on the way up the hill, as the roads are rather steep. Ensure your car brakes are functioning well for the trip to Genting. Above all, drive carefully as there are many precarious bends and heavy traffic during public holidays. During poor visibility or misty conditions, it is advisable to avoid driving up to the resort.
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