Distance: One hour drive from KL
Attractions: Casinos, Theme Park, Cable Car, Strawberry Farms, Indoor Theme Park (Skytropolis)
Tickets: Buy GoGenting Package RM50 (includes bus transfer, skyway + Indoor theme park + buffet lunch at First World: Buy at Utama, KL Sentral
Genting is one of the premier tourist destinations in Malaysia. Easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur, Genting attracts large crowds over the weekends where young people love speeding up the steep road to the casinos. Public holidays and school holidays are jam-packed with thousands of people travelling from Malaysia as well as Singapore. Whether you are travelling solo or visiting Genting Highlands with family, there is plenty to do for everyone.
The First World Hotel is one of the largest in the world with more than 7351+ rooms, making it to the Guinness Book of World Record. Genting is host to world-class shows, performances and concerts. There are plenty of mid-week activities, encouraging people to travel and stay at Genting Casinos. First World offers amazing mid-week deals, as low as $20 per night which can reach up to to $150 on the weekends. Check current Rates online with Agoda.
Genting Highlands is easily accessible by car, bus or taxi. Most people book rent a taxi or charter a car which can cost up to 500 RM depending upon the group size. Travelling by Bus can be a relatively cheaper option, however, it can take more time and you will not be able to explore many other interesting places on the way. Here are brief guidelines if you are travelling by bus or car to Genting Highlands.
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Roadside temple on the way to Genting Highlands
Travelling by Bus to Genting Highlands
The bus is the easiest and cheapest way to get to and back from Genting Highlands The buses operate from the top floor of KL Sentral. The return ticket to casinos is subsidized by casinos and costs 10RM. The buses will drop you at the bottom of the cable car station near Ghotong Jaya. The last bus departs from Genting around 10 pm. If you miss your bus, you can book a taxi or GRAB which will cost around 150RM.
You can also catch a bus from Puduraya bus terminal ( frequency is every 30 minutes), from KL central station: (half-hourly and hourly), Venetian Pasarakyat (half-hourly and hourly) Gombak ( half-hourly and hourly).
TIPS: Buy Go Genting Golden Package (RM 47) that includes return bus ticket, return cable car ride + lunch pass + Outdoor theme park ticket
Renting a taxi from Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands
A taxi ride will take around an hour and should cost you around RM 200 from the city. A return day trip can be organized for around 400-500RM depending upon the type of vehicle. The premier taxis (blue coloured SUVs) are comparatively cheaper. Make sure to rent a new vehicle as the road from KL to Genting Highlands is very steep and older cars can heat up or breakdown. The best way to explore if you are travelling with family or a large group is to book a tour.
For First World Hotel, book way in advance as most of the time rooms are not available on short notice. For price-conscious travellers other options are available. Ghotong Jaya is the last town before the Genting Highlands Casino area and this year (2019) I observed a number of new hotels and serviced apartments built in this area. This is a relatively cheaper option and there is a number of cheap food outlets, cafes, Starbucks and a service station in addition to other basic serviced. If you are travelling on a budget and explore this region for a couple of days, Ghotong Jaya is definitely a great option.
Awana Resort Genting Highlands
First World Hotel offers great deals mid-week (off-peak season) where you can rent a deluxe room for under $20. Check rates online with AGODA to get deals. Other options available in this area include:
- Genting View Resort
- Awana Resort
- Genting Grand Hotel
- Resort World Genting
- Grand Ion Delemen
- Theme Park Hotel
I have stayed at First World Hotel several times in the last 5 years and always booked a room online. The automatic machines in the lobby of the hotel can issue hotel check-in cards. In peak holiday season the waiting time can be a couple of hours if you want to make a booking over the counter.
Best Tours in Genting Highlands with KLOOK
Strawberry and Lavender Farms at Genting Highlands
Strawberry and Lavender Park are located in Ghotong Jaya near the Skyway Cable Car terminal. The entry fee for the adult is 15RM. Children entry fee is 10RM. You can also pick strawberries from the farm at 8RM/ 100 grams which will be packed for you at the exit. There are a number of other stalls selling locally produced honey, lavender products and health products. This is an interesting experience to enjoy if you are travelling with kids.
Strawberry Farm at Genting Highlands
Seasonal Flowers at Strawberry and Lavender Farm in Ghotong Jaya
Awana Skyway Gondola Cable Car
Awana Cable Car is one of the major attractions in Genting Highlands. Awana Cable Car has recently replaced the old chairlift. The Skyway Station is located in Ghotong Jaya which is also the stopover for the buses to Genting Highlands. The Cable car is an amazing way to enjoy the scenic views of the Highlands. The ticket price for a return ride is 9RM. The Cable covers a distance of 2.6 KM with an altitude of 620M. Check prices online.
Chin Swee Temple and Awana Skyway Gondola Cable Car visible from the road
The Gondola stops briefly at Chin Swee station from where you can visit Chin Swee Temple which is another popular attraction in this area. Make sure that you are wearing comfortable shoes because there is plenty of walking distance between the casinos in the undercover walkways.
All you can eat Buffet at Food Court at Awana Shopping Area
Shopping and Food offers
Genting Highlands new shopping Mall has a large food court offering "All you can eat" Buffet meals with food from across Malaysia. There are a number of international fast-food chains, food outlets, bars and restaurants catering to a wide range of audience.
Enjoy the exotic light shows in the main area of shopping Mall. Even walking through the Mall and exploring various places within the casinos is a great experience in itself.
Shopping area in Genting Highlands
Other interesting places to visit in Genting includes Tropicale Colmar (Bukit Tinggi) and Japanese Garden. Bukit Tinggi is located at a distance of 25km from Genting Highlands and is easily accessible by road.
Most popular tours in Genting
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