About an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur is the Genting Highlands resort development. Situated on the Titiwangsa Mountain range in Malaysia, this resort lets you enjoy panoramic views (and cooler weather), while you entertain yourself in the restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, casinos and theme park. With so much to choose from, here are my 10 suggestions and further information on what to do when you visit.
Get chilly at SnowWorld
Step into a winter wonderland at SnowWorld in Genting Resorts and remember your gloves and scarf, because the average temperature inside is -6°C. The intricately designed interiors will leave you feeling as though you’ve been transported into a traditional snow-covered town.
Take a cable car ride across the Highlands
Make your way to Genting Highlands in style, by taking the cable car up and over the stunning Pahang hills. From the Awana Skyway cable car station it’s just a 10-minute ride to the Genting Highlands Resort and the views of the mountains and rainforest are to die for!
Shop ‘till you drop
With two large shopping complexes, there are plenty of shopping opportunities at Genting Highlands. SkyAvenue has more than 70 retail outlets and places to eat and with the SkySymphony performance (Theatre of Lights and Sound) in the shopping area, you’ll never be bored. At the Genting Highlands Premium Outlets there are more than 150 brands to choose from, including Coach, Hugo Boss and Moschino. They also have a food court for when shopping fatigue sets in and it’s time to refuel.
Place a few bets at the casino
Genting Highlands has several casinos where you can go to try your luck on a variety of electronic gaming machines and conventional gaming tables, including blackjack and roulette. Don’t know where to start? SkyCasino and Genting Casino are two favourites at the resort.
Get a bite to eat
As well as a casino, the Genting Club boasts some excellent restaurants, offering a variety of cuisines from around the world. There’s everything from barbecued ribs at the New Orleans Barbecue to delicious Chinese fare at the Genting Palace Restaurant. Head slightly further afield, to the town of Gohtong Jaya (just outside Genting Highlands), for some traditional Chinese food. If you’re a real foodie and want to discover the best dishes across Malaysia, there are several foodie tours you can explore too.
Hop on a ride in the theme park
While much of the outdoor theme park rides are currently closed due to the ongoing construction of 20th Century Fox World, a movie inspired theme park, the indoor theme park at Genting still offers plenty of fun activities for the family. It may be worth holding out for the new 20th Century Fox World, though (due to open later in 2018), which is expected to have 25 thrilling rides and attractions based on some of their biggest blockbuster movies, including Planet of the Apes, Night at the Museum and Alien vs Predator.
Pick strawberries at Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm
Visit the Strawberry Farm, where you can pick, eat and buy freshly-grown strawberries, after which you can head to the farm café and indulge in strawberry treats, while enjoying the beautiful views of the mountains. You can also pick-up packaged farm products and souvenirs from the farm shop.
For those of you who never miss the chance to squeeze in 18 holes, there’s the Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort. The golf course, at 3,100 feet above sea level and with breathtaking views of the mountains, provides more than your average golf experience. When not golfing, you can relax in the resort with a drink and simply enjoy the scenery.
Visit the Chin Swee Cave temple
Near to the Genting Highlands Resort is the Chin Swee Cave temple – a place for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the resort for a few hours. Built in 1976, devotees from all over Asia come to worship at the temple. Climb to the top of the 9-storey pagoda and take in the panoramic views of the spectacular landscape.
Check out some weirdness at Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Featuring more than 500 exhibits from Robert Ripley’s collection, this interactive museum will take you on a tour of the weird and the wonderful. A must-see if you’re spending time in Genting and a perfect activity for the whole family.
Have you been to Genting Highlands? If so, share your favourite things to do, in the comment section below.