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Genting Highlands Skytropolis

Genting Highlands Malaysia is one of the premier tourist destinations in Malaysia. Easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands attracts large crowds over the weekends. With a continuous uphill drive, the weekend brings out the fast bike and car riders racing up to the top of the hill to the casinos. Driving to Highlands is a great experience if you are comfortable with driving in the mountains. 

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. 

Quick Facts

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

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. 

 

How to Travel To Genting Highlands?

Self-driving to Genting Highlands

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 RM 500 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 w

I normally rent a car from KL International Airport and explore the Berjaya Hills and Genting Highlands Area by myself. The road condition is amazing and it is very easy to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Genting. Make sure to start early and arrive late in the evening to avoid peak weekday traffic in Kuala Lumpur. The traffic quickly picks up around 7 am and it is very difficult to drive in the city. 

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During one of my trips, I exited towards Ipoh instead of Kuantan and ended up in Batang Kali. This is an alternative way to drive to Genting Highlands if you are driving from the North. The road is well maintained and merges at Ghotong Jaya. 

 

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Roadside temple on the way to Genting Highlands


Here are brief guidelines if you are travelling by bus or car 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 RM 10. 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 RM 150. 

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).

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 RM 400-500 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

Where to stay in Genting Highlands?

Looking for a hotel in Genting Highlands? There are plenty of options at all prices ranges. If you are looking for an experience to remember, try booking at First World Hotel with over 7531 room and amazing views of Kuala Lumpur on a clear day. For First World Hotel , book way in advance as most of the time rooms are not available on short notice.

Some of the best Genting Highlands Hotels are located at the casinos including Awana Resort, First World Hotel, Maxims and Genting Highlands Resorts. Other notable Genting Highland Hotel include Swiss Garden Hotel and Residences  & Grand Ion Deleman

Budget Hotels in Genting Highlands 

For price-conscious travellers, I suggest exploring hotels in Ghotong Jaya which is the last stopover before the main casino's area in Genting Highlands. During my last visit in late 2019, I observed that a number of new 3 stars hotels as well serviced apartments are available in the area. This neighbourhood has received a facelift and looks much clears and modern.

Hotels in Ghotong Jaya 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 amenities. If you are travelling on a budget and explore this region for a couple of days, Ghotong Jaya is definitely a great option. 

 

Handy Tip: Check Mid-Week Rates for First World Hotel Genting where you can get mid-week specials for under USD $20 per night. 

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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. Compare best hotel rates from top search engines  Other options available in this area include:

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. 

Awana Resort

A new shopping Mall at Awana Resort is a great place for shopping at Genting Highlands



What are some of the best things to do in Genting Highlands?

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Awana 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 RM 9. The Cable covers a distance of 2.6 KM with an altitude of 620M. Check prices online.
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Strawberry & Lavender Park

Strawberry and Lavender Park are located in Ghotong Jaya near the Skyway Cable Car terminal. The entry fee for the adult is RM 15. Children entry fee is RM 10. 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.
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The Chateau

The Chateau is a five-star luxury resort ideally located at a driving distance from Genting Highlands. The area is generally called Bukit Tinggi and other places of interest include Tropicale Colmar a French Styled Village. Japanese Garden is also another worth visiting location in the same area. Book a stay at The Chateau to enjoy an amazing break from the noisy and hectic life of Kuala Lumpur.
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Casinos

Try your luck at some of the best casinos including Maxims, Genting Resort, First World, Genting Grand and Awana. Genting Highlands attract large crowds on the weekend. Group tours from Singapore are popular during holiday season. Spend a weekend at Genting to enjoy the casinos and concerts.
Tropicale Colmar

Tropicale Colmar Bukit Tinggi

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Tropicale Colmar is a French Styled village located in Berjaya Hills. Enjoy French Cusine, spas and kids entertainment at Tropicale Colmar.
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Skytropolis Theme Park

A recent addition to the indoor entertainment is "Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park" which offers unlimited thrill rides for a flat rate of 90RM. Multiple day passes can be bought to enjoy two full days for fun-packed thrill rides ranging from the roller coaster, ziplines, Power Surge, Bumper Boss, Skin Crazy and Sky Towers and lots more. The rides are designed for kids of all age groups. Weekends are very busy therefore, it is recommended to travel mid-week to get the best out of your trip to Genting.
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Shopping

SkyAvenue Genting offers a variety of retail, dining, and entertainment outlets in Genting Highlands. The majority of shops, restaurants, and cafes within this four-storey shopping mall are open between 10:00 and 22:00, while entertainment outlets,

Genting Highlands has something to offer for people from all age groups. New shopping Malls and fashion outlets near Ghotong Jaya offer world-class shopping. Some of the most popular reasons for travelling to Genting Highlands include: 
  • Visiting Casinos (Awana, Maxims, First World, Genting Highlands Resort)
  • Exploring indoor and outdoor theme parks with children
  • Attending world-class shows and performance in the Arena of Stars
  • Visit Lavender and Strawberry Farms
  • Shopping at world-class shopping outlets at Awana Resort and Ghotong Jaya
  • Visit Bukit Tinggi & Tropicale Colmar
  • Visiting Genting Garden - Genting Japanese Gardens in Bukit Tinggi 
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The indoor theme parks Skytropolois at Genting Highlands offer amazing thrill rides and a full day of action for kids and families alike. Get a day pass for RM 90 for unlimited rides including thrill rides at the indoor theme parks. The rides are designed for kids from all age groups. 
 
If you are staying for a couple of days, you can explore a number of outdoor activities, including a visit to Lavender Gardens  horse riding and other adventure sports. 
 

 

 T O U R S     IN     GENTING HIGHLANDS MALAYSIA

Most popular tours in Genting

The best way to explore Genting Highlands is to book a day tour from Kuala Lumpur. Here is a list of most popular tours and activities in Genting Highlands.

Book online and save $$. Online bookings have special discounts and you can avoid queuing up at the venues during peak period and avoid missing out on the fun due to overbookings etc. 

KLOOK offers amazing tour deals to most of the locations across Malaysia.

Ozasiatraveller has teamed up with KLOOK to provide the best possible rates for amazing activities in Genting Highlands. Enjoy!!!
Skytropolis Genting Highlands Tour
Bukit Tinggi and Japanese Garden
Bukit Tinggi is French Styled Village located 30k from Genting. Tropicale Colmar is a 5-Star resort in Berjaya Hills with amazing architecture and layout. Explore Japanese Garden with serene landscape & Spa facilities.

 

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