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Exploring Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands is a hillside resort city in Malaysia comprising of luxury hotels, casinos, theme parks, entertainment activities, games arenas & shopping malls. It is located about 1800 meters up at the Titiwangsa mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia. It also has a strawberry leisure farm where you can get a view of lots of beautiful strawberry beds and a picturesque lavender garden.

The Genting Highlands also hosts the world’s largest hotel ‘First World Hotel’ which is spread over 500,000-square-foot and includes an indoor theme park, shopping center, many dining outlets, spa center, entertainment activities and casino.

Genting Highlands

The Perfect Itinerary:

When to visit:

The ideal season for visiting Genting Highlands is from March to September. There is hardly any rainfall during these months, hence making your visit and sight-seeing easy and worthwhile. The remaining months may have constant rainfall, so if you are planning to visit during those months you will have to stuff your bags with raincoats & umbrellas.

How to reach:

From the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Bus Terminal, take a taxi and settle on a fixed fare (it may cost upto RM 200) to the Genting Skyway or the Awana Skyway cable car station. You can also catch a direct bus to Genting Highlands, .i.e. the Aerobus which would cost you RM35 per adult & RM25 per child.

 

Genting Skyway:

We took a taxi from the Kuala Lampur Station to the Genting Cable Car station. Once you are in the cable car be prepared to be awed by the breathtaking & scenic beauty that would be unfolding before you. There may be thin mist in the air which will add much more beauty to the valleys covered with tall green trees & bushes. The cable car travels a distance about three and a half kilometers and climbs to a height of about 6000ft above ground level. This ride was definitely a surreal and amazing experience.

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands
View from Genting Skyway cable car

Timings:

The cable car service operates daily,  from 7.30 am in the morning till midnight. You may find long queues at the ticket station during the weekends, but since the cable cars are frequent and accommodates 4-5 persons each, the queue is fast moving.

For safety reasons, Genting Skyway undergoes periodic maintenance. During the maintenance closure, visitors to Resorts World Genting can go for Awana Skyway, which was built prior to Genting Skyway.

Ticket Prices:

Ticket Type                                      Price (per person)
Normal One-Way                            RM 8.00
Normal Two-Way (Return)           RM 16.00
Express One-Way                            RM 40.00

First World Hotel, Genting Highlands:

We had our stay at the First World Hotel which is the world’s largest hotel featuring a total of 7,531 rooms. The check-in lobby is huge and super efficient having automated self-service kiosks which makes the check-in & check-out pretty convenient & fast.

The hotel also has an indoor theme park, many dining outlets, a casino & is very well connected to a shopping mall. It also has Snow World which is extremely cold, it would be better if you can put on some thermal wear and then go inside. I couldn’t bear the chilly temperature there, so we just clicked some good pictures and made a quick exit.

You can relax at the hotel, get going to the theme park, have a delicious dine-in, shop at the shopping mall as well as enjoy by all the entertainment activities accessible from there. It has a bowling arena too called the Genting Bowl which offers Glow in the dark bowling after 6pm, it’s also a bit expensive during the evening hours.

The hotel is within walking distance to the various highlights of the Genting Highlands, including Genting International Convention Centre (GICC), Arena of Stars and the newly opened SkyAvenue concept mall.

First World Hotel Genting Highlands
First World Hotel
Genting Highlands
The Entrance of the First World Hotel

Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm:

This is another popular tourist attraction in Genting Highlands. Besides strawberries you will find many beautiful flowers, herbs, plants and vegetables grown here. You can also pluck the strawberries you like and purchase them from there. The farm is very well maintained & also very clean. The lavender garden was extremely beautiful & pleasant. This place is also good for photography. Also you can buy good souvenirs, lavender perfumes & fresh strawberry jams & juices from there.

Genting Highlands
Strawberry Leisure Farms
Genting Highlands
Strawberry Leisure Farms
Genting Highlands
The beautiful Lavenders
Genting Highlands
Strawberries

Timings:

9 AM to 6: 30 PM

Ticket Prices:

RM 8 for Adult & RM 5 for child

You can plan a week long or weekend getaway visit to Genting Highlands & you will be treated to a whole lot of fun and pleasure. For us the highlight of this trip was the cable car ride and the theme park visit. We also had a lovely stay at the hotel.

Where to Stay at Genting Highlands:

Genting Highlands being a hilltop destination has many hotels offering breathtaking views amidst the beautiful rain-forest and mountains. Here are some of my picks where you can have a perfect and relaxing stay while exploring this scenic resort city;

Budget: First World Hotel, DZH Health Resort ClubGrand Ion Delemen Hotel, Kempas Apartment Genting View Resort

Luxury Hotels: Resorts World Genting- Resort Hotel, Maxims Hotel

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Have you been to Genting Highlands or planning to make a visit, please drop by your experience or query. It would be great to read your views & share more information. 🙂

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73 thoughts on “Exploring Genting Highlands”

  1. This looks like a lovely area! I’m afraid of heights, but I’d still want to try out that sky way to see everything.

  2. Genting Highlands is breathtakingly gorgeous! Oh my! I’d never get tired of exploring the place ; just right from the entrance to cable car rides to the strawberry farms. I mean, now that World Hotel is too massive and very luxurious, Malaysia is one place on my bucket list.

  3. Oh my! That looks amazing. We went to Malaysia last January but we were not able to go to Genting Highlands due to time constraints. We only went to Putrajaya and explored KL city. I will try to visit next time if ever we go back.

  4. Sounds like you can have a vacation at the First World Hotel by itself. The Cable car also looks like it is worth the visit. Are they any good hiking trails in the area that you know of?

  5. The highlands looks awesome. I really love the skyway cable car trip. The views must be incredible. And the strawberry leisure farm would be such a lot of fun.

  6. This is one of the reasons I have vowed to do more traveling! So many unique and fascinating corners of the world to explore. I would love the chance to stay in that beautiful, colorful hotel!

  7. I’m not sure I would have the guts to get in the Genting Skyway cable car. I’m a coward when it comes to heights. But I would love to go to Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm. Looks so amazing and I love strawberries.

  8. Haven’t been but it sounds awesome!!!! And is defining going on my to travel to list!!! Glad I saw this.

  9. Seems like you had great fun! Genting Highlands looks lovely. I’d love to pick some of those juicy strawberries and eat them in the cable car as we ride over those lush rainforests…haha!

    1. Yes, I enjoyed a lot on the trip! And that sounds like a fun idea, but you know what, you can either enjoy the views or eating those strawberries! While I was in the cable car I was busy clicking pictures of the forests below😄

  10. World’s Largest Hotel? Interesting! Didn’t know that. The hotel looks like a theme park with all the colours on its facade. Plus strawberries? Who knew. Hmmn. Lovely pictures.

  11. I have never heard of this before, shame on me! Looks like a great experience & that first world hotel and all the bright colors!! LOVELY!

  12. The views from the cable car are wonderful but scary for those of us who are afraid of heights. However, the views that the cable car allows for are worth the risk. Gentin Highlands Malaysia truly has some spectacular sights

  13. I’ve never been to Genting but I’m so excited to visit as I’m moving to KL in July! Weee! <3

  14. There’re alot to expect from Genting Highlands. Your post reveals many of them. I would love to travel to the Highlands myself!

  15. Wow! That is amazing. Staying in the world’s largest hotel? That is so cool! We won’t need to go anywhere else! Been to Kuala Lumpu before, but not this one. Will consider this next time we visit.

  16. Genting Highlands is a famous tourist spot in Malaysia and still, lots of people visiting there after all these years. Thanks for the introduction and now I have a better idea of getting there for my visit next time ~:) @ knycx.journeying

  17. The lush landscape you can enjoy from the skyway is impressive as much as the automatization you had in the hotel. I wish other smaller hotels around the world could introduce this system to speed up the check-in and check-out process.

  18. It is Malaysia’s iconic place to visit above appox 2km above the sea level. 6000 feet beauty. Enjoy this beauty by cable car and the amazing rides.

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